Thu, Nov 29
6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Simplify your holidays with one centerpiece to adorn all of your holiday feasts. Dish gardens are miniature landscapes grown in shallow containers that may be used as living centerpieces throughout the year. Learn about different containers, materials needed to assemble them, and proper plant selection. Then create your own beautiful, functional...
Thursday Nov 29th, 6pm - 8pm
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 Dec 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Fall is a great time to work on deciduous bonsai trees. In this class, we will discuss deciduous bonsai care and how it changes from season to season, including feeding, pruning, and repotting. Fall is the time to wire deciduous trees, so be sure to bring your tree to discuss their design.
Tuesday Nov 27th, 6pm - 9pm
This class is going to focus on pine care, soil type, feeding, needle pruning, de-candling, wiring of trees and more! Bring in your pines to work on after an in-depth presentation on care.
Wednesday Dec 12th, 6pm - 9pm
When holiday flowers like poinsettias and amaryllis start showing up in the stores (or come to you as holiday gifts), will you know what to do with them? Learn ways to keep flowering holiday plants looking their best for a long time. We’ll also look at the possibility of re-blooming some of them next year.
Sunday Dec 2nd, 1pm - 3pm
Join Jeff Epping in an exploration of some of the finest public gardens in the United States, from the High Line and Battery Park in New York City to the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Gorgeous gardens in the Netherlands, France, and England are also on the docket. Epping will illustrate how innovative designers and gardeners have showcased great...
Thursday Feb 14th, 7pm - 8:30pm
In the fall, the Garden’s Greenhouses are brimming with poinsettias and other holiday plants of many hues. Join Tim Pollak to learn about propagation techniques, greenhouse environmental and computer systems, watering and fertilizing equipment, and how the growing space is managed throughout the year.
Saturday Dec 8th, 9am - 11am
In espalier, a woody plant is trained as a vertical trunk with horizontal branches in a single plane. This technique exemplifies the art and science of horticulture, for it is both beautiful and productive. Topics include espalier history, contemporary applications for fruit trees, and tools and supplies. You will gain experience in identifying...
Saturday Jan 12th, 9am - 12pm
If you are new to gardening or new to the Midwest, join us for a discussion on how our climate and the change of seasons can affect your garden. We'll examine how each season presents gardeners with ongoing challenges (temperature and moisture extremes, soil problems, and wind). Then we'll consider some ways to meet those challenges and have a successful...
Saturday Feb 2nd, 10am - 12pm
Join horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg to learn the basic techniques and tools required to grow your own vegetables. Site selection, bed and soil preparation, seed sowing, transplanting, and harvesting techniques are just part of what will be covered. This introductory vegetable-growing class is best suited for those with little or no vegetable-growing...
Saturday Jan 26th, 9am - 11am
Students will be introduced to professional gardening through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. They will focus on acquiring solid gardening skills, learning about a variety of techniques, and developing the ability to determine best practices. Topics range from general grounds maintenance, winterization, plantings, and other...
Saturday Jan 26th, 7:30am - 10:30am(6 sessions)
In this workshop, you will create your own festive holiday wreath. Fresh evergreens will be used as the base and a variety of seasonal berried branches will be added for color and texture. This wreath will be great for your own home or for holiday gift giving. Please bring gloves, pruners, and a box for your finished wreath. The fee includes...
Wednesday Dec 5th, 6pm - 8:30pm
Saturday Feb 16th, 9:30am - 3:30pm(10 sessions)
Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons—they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. Jeff Epping has been researching and implementing a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are more environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. Epping will show you how they have replaced lawns...
Friday Feb 15th, 10am - 11:30am
Join Jim Jabcon to identify some of the common trees and shrubs in the Chicago area long after the leaves have fallen off. You will learn the different features of twigs, buds, leaf scars, bark, growth habit, and much more. After the indoor presentation, we will take a walk in the McDonalds Woods to solve the mystery of identifying trees and shrubs...
Saturday Dec 8th, 10am - 1pm