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Demonstration and learning gardens provide examples what you can do too.  Here we’ll provide information on how to get more involved in gardening, largely through links to some of the vast amount of information on the web on these topics.


Jackie’s Herb Garden Plant List (Excel) – includes plant size, sun needs, etc. (google docs version of file)

Ornamental Herbs – Illinois – James Schmidt List (PDF) – with additional comments by Bill and Jackie
Herbs – links to articles (PDF)
– planning your herb garden
– design plans for simple, formal herb garden (plants, spacing, design consideration)
– pizza garden (pizza shaped, with slice cut out, pizza colors — great for kids!)
– gardening in the shade – herbs and vegetables
– gardening in the shade


Garden Signage.  Information about creating signs for a demonstration garden.


Grow lights – DYI.  Example of two-level grow stand, using shop lights and 2×4’s.  Room for 8 standard size propagation trays.

LIVING WALL  – vertical planting

DIY vertical wall using pallets – youtube example 1     youtube example 2