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Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics

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

Learn the basic techniques and tools required to grow your own vegetables. Site selection, bed and soil preparation, seed sowing, transplanting, and harvesting techniques will be covered.  You will receive a packet of seeds to grow at home.

Saturday Jan 21st, 9am - 11am Central Time

Introduction to Beekeeping

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

Learn all the basics needed to start keeping bees. This includes what to expect, how to put together equipment, how to get bees in your hive, finding the queen, feeding, what to look for after the bees are installed, and seasonal chores.

Saturday Feb 18th, 9am - 2pm Central Time

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Staghorn Fern Workshop

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

Staghorn fern mounts are easy to care for and make beautiful and creative additions to your home, especially for the holidays! Mount your own staghorn fern, mimicking reindeer antlers, onto a rustic wooden board with moss and soil. Leave class with a completed mount and knowledge of basic care to keep them happy for years to come.  Please bring...

Tuesday Dec 13th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

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Winter Tree and Shrub Identification

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

Identify some of the common trees and shrubs in the Chicago area after the leaves have fallen. You will learn the different features of twigs, buds, leaf scars, bark, and growth habit.  After the indoor presentation, we will take a walk in the McDonald Woods to solve the mystery of identifying trees and shrubs in the winter. Dress for the weather....

Saturday Dec 10th, 10am - 1pm Central Time

Beginner Bird Walk

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

Join us on an evening bird walk through the display gardens as we search for songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors.  No prior bird-watching experience is required, and binoculars are recommended but not necessary! 

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 3:30pm - 5pm Central Time

Fairy Garden Terrarium Workshop

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

Make your own fairy garden terrarium! Indulge your imagination while having fun decorating this miniature garden in a glass jar using small plants, small-scale garden features, and fairy decorations.  The containers, soil, plants, and all the decorations needed to create your fairy garden will be provided.

Tuesday Jan 17th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

Spring Containers at the Garden

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

Tour the Garden’s spring containers and collect ideas for your own. Then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures and a full-sun to partial-shade location. Pansies, forced bulbs, and other spring treasures may be used. Dress for the weather, and bring gloves if desired.

Tuesday Apr 18th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Seasonal Container Series

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

Each season, you will explore the Garden grounds and discover an array of striking plants, interesting color and texture combinations, and unique container arrangements. You will create a seasonal container at each session for your sunny or partial-shade patio or porch.

Tuesday Apr 18th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

  (4 sessions)
$356

4 sessions

Snowman Family

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

Make a family of snowmen bundled up for a cold winters’ day. This 4- x 6-inch figurine is complete with four little snowmen wearing adorable winter accessories. Learn needle felting techniques and how to sculpt wool into fun and imaginative shapes.

Tuesday Jan 24th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

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Spring Vegetable Growing

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

Start by learning about site selection and appropriate growing conditions, soil testing, cool-season crop selection and indoor seed starting.  Vegetable spacing, average planting times and solid gardening techniques will be highlighted, as will succession planting and weed control.

Saturday Apr 22nd, 9am - 11am Central Time

Create an Air Plant Terrarium

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

Discover how to design your own air plant terrarium! Learn tips and techniques for simple, easy-care terraria so you can feel confident from start to finish as you create your very own with air plants, stone, and moss. This beautiful, unique work of art will decorate and brighten up any space.  All materials included.

Saturday Jan 28th, 1pm - 3pm Central Time

Natural History of the Tulip

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

Explore the fascinating history of one of our favorite garden bulbs. From the poems of Omar Kayam to the tulipomania in the Netherlands, we’ve been fascinated with this evocative flower for centuries.  Dive into the history, and then explore the gardens to examine the myriad varieties of tulips planted throughout.

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

Soil Basics

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

Soil is an irreplaceable natural resource that affects plant selection and growth. Learn to maintain healthy soil; use compost, fertilizers, soilless and potting mixes, and other amendments.  Discover how water cycles through a garden and affects soils and plants. Course fee includes a professionally analyzed test of your garden soil. ...

Thursday Apr 20th, 6:30pm - 9pm Central Time

  (7 sessions)
$374

7 sessions

Graphics

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

Learn the basic principles of landscape design illustration. This class introduces graphic design communication, focusing mainly on plans and elevation drawings.  Discover how to express ideas using effective and enriched presentation techniques in a relaxed studio setting. Industry symbols, standards, and techniques will be explored, along...

Thursday Jan 12th, 6pm - 8:30pm Central Time

  (12 sessions)
$619

12 sessions

Pollinator Container Workshop

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

Learn how to welcome pollinators to your home with a diverse array of flowering annuals that will also give you season-long color. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Please bring gloves.

Thursday May 18th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

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