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Late-season Plants with a Purpose

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Explore some of the most beneficial and beautiful fall plants for your garden. Trees, shrubs, and late-season perennials that continue to provide color, structure, and textural interest are essential to beautiful gardens.  When beauty is combined with providing food for wildlife, stems and trunks for butterflies to lay their eggs, and shelter...

Saturday Sep 25th, 12pm - 3pm Central Time

Make a Bonsai Tree

at Color Cocktail Factory - Pilsen 917 W 18th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608

A thorough one-day experience for those who wish to learn all the fundamentals of bonsai. The class includes the basic principles of successfully growing, maintaining and styling your bonsai, both for outdoors and indoors. Demonstration and hands-on experience with individual instruction to help students create their bonsai. Fee includes instruction,...

Sunday Sep 26th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Central Time

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Gardens for Midcentury Modern Homes

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

A well-designed midcentury house is a thing of beauty. Open floor plans, large window walls, exposed beams, and projecting eaves are just some of the defining architectural features. Well-defined outdoor space, floor-level patios, abstract geometric lawns, and restrained plantings are characteristic of midcentury landscapes. The overall intent is...

Saturday Oct 9th, 1pm - 3pm Central Time

Pruning for Professionals

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This course is designed as a comprehensive review of basic pruning practices for landscape professionals. The afternoon session consists of demonstrations in the field that illustrate the techniques discussed during the morning session. There will also be a review of pruning tools and equipment care.  Please dress for the weather. Lunch is on...

Thursday Nov 4th, 9:30am - 3pm Central Time

Spotlight Garden Tours

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

There are 27 gardens and four natural areas within the 385 acres of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Join our horticulturists for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Garden areas they oversee. Explore plant varieties and combinations, design elements, garden features, and fun stories as you soak up a wealth of knowledge from years of experience working in...

Tuesday Oct 5th, 9am - 10am Central Time

Trees & Shrubs with Beautiful Fall Color

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Want to create a landscape of autumn showstoppers? When selecting trees and shrubs for the landscape, you should consider several characteristics, including good fall color.  You will learn to incorporate seasonal interest through trees and shrubs that exude the warm, vivid colors of a fall landscape.

Saturday Oct 23rd, 1pm - 3pm Central Time

Leave the Seeds

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Not only do the seedpods of perennials feed birds and wildlife throughout winter, they add a rich textural element to the dormant garden. Explore seeds, pods, and stems that bring interesting shapes and structure to the garden.

Saturday Oct 16th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

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Winter Containers at the Garden

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Explore the winter containers at the Garden and learn ways to extend your own containers into the winter season. Then prepare a container with fresh-cut evergreen boughs and berried or brightly colored branches. Please bring gloves and pruners.

Tuesday Nov 30th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Botany 2

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

How do seeds germinate and develop into mature plants? How do plants move water up through their roots to their topmost branches?  Explore subjects such as the plant cell; anatomy and growth of roots, stems, and leaves; photosynthesis; and the symbiotic association of plant roots with beneficial fungi and bacteria.  A supply list will...

Wednesday Nov 3rd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time

  (12 sessions)
$462

12 sessions

Invasive Plants in the Chicago Region

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Invasive species are among the most significant threats to biodiversity and cost the nation more than 100 billion dollars annually. Invasive plants negatively impact our economy, environment, and human health.  Learn how invasive plants have the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside their native range. A naturally aggressive plant...

Monday Nov 15th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time

End-of-Season Pruning Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

To cut or not to cut your woody plants? What you cut today affects what the plant will look like and how well it will grow for years to come. After a brief indoor introduction, you will have the opportunity to prune small woody plants.  A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstration and practice. Dress for the weather.

Saturday Oct 16th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Front Yard Design

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn the basics of front yard landscape design by demonstrating how proper planting design can change the way you use and view your property. Your design should respond to your home’s architecture and be aesthetically pleasing. Topics include proper plant types and spacing, focusing and screening views, and creating curb appeal. This class will...

Tuesday Oct 26th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time

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Foundation Planting Design

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Whether old or new, many homes have foundation plantings that need revamping. Learn the principles of good foundation design and view examples of plants that work well, reduce maintenance, and provide multi-seasonal interest. Good design will improve the curb appeal of your home, thus increasing its value. This class will be taught online via Zoom....

Tuesday Oct 19th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time

Complete Training in Floral Design (In-person Workshop)

at Mila School of Floral Design - West Town 2247 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

After completing certified 48-hour Complete Training in Floral Design session of classes students have a fundamental knowledge in floral design and capable to work as professionals. During 48 hours of workshops, you will learn secrets of the unique universal techniques allowing to create all kinds of floral design – from a corsage to large-scaled...

Monday Sep 27th, 9am - 5pm Central Time

  (2 sessions)
$1,470

2 sessions

Natural History of Maples

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Discover the world of maples. From the sweetness of sugar to the sturdiness of furniture to the myriad species of moths that dwell in their branches, explore where these trees are typically found and how they have been used over the centuries.  Hear folklore and stories and learn about faunal partnerships. We’ll also look at species and cultivars...

Saturday Nov 6th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

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