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Composting Demo

at Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance - East Garfield Park
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60624

Composting in the city can be fun and rewarding, especially when it means your trash won’t be as stinky and your plants will be happy! Our volunteer composters hold weekly demonstrations showcasing different ways you can compost your food and garden scraps. During the colder months, our volunteers move inside to show case worm bins for your...

Free

Peonies Rediscovered

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

Peonies, the elegant grand dames of gardens past, are coming back into favor. There are wide arrays of varieties to choose from, including lovely doubles, chiffon-like singles and stately tree peonies, and even some that will tolerate shade. Heather Sherwood will discuss and demonstrate division, proper planting depth, and other cultural techniques...

Wednesday Oct 18th, 6pm

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Create and Maintain Gravel Gardens

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

Jeff Epping and his staff have created a number of gravel gardens that can easily be incorporated into home landscapes. These gravel gardens, based on concepts developed by German horticulturist Cassian Schmidt are as lush, green, and colorful as any perennial border around. Epping will show you how they have replaced lawns and traditional annual and...

Friday Oct 20th, 9:30am

Planning Your Vegetable Garden

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

Fall is a great time to start planning next year’s vegetable and herb gardens. Learn about soil preparation, soil tests, vegetable garden layouts, heirloom and modern cultivars, and when and how to plant for a continued, flavorful harvest.

Saturday Oct 21st, 1pm

Adding Interest to the Dormant Garden

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

Gardens are most often designed to be at their best during the growing season, but with a little foresight and the right plants, the dormant garden can be just as interesting as its warm season counterpart. Jeff Epping will share his experiences on the best performing trees, shrubs, conifers, vines, and ornamental grasses that are guaranteed to breathe...

Thursday Oct 19th, 7pm

U of I Plant Clinic

at Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance - East Garfield Park
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60624

Every Saturday, the University of Illinois Plant Clinic is located in the GPC lobby to answer your questions about plants. Whether it’s a question about taking care of plants, getting rid of pests or identifying something growing in your yard, the U of I Master Gardeners will be happy to answer your questions. This free drop-in is also a great way...

Free

Growing Herbs Indoors and Out

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

Herbs are key players in many recipes. Rosemary, bay leaves, thyme, basil, and oregano are staples for cooks, but there are many more that are easy to grow. In summer, herbs attract pollinators and add fragrance to the garden and in winter, they can brighten a kitchen counter or windowsill. Discover the joy of growing, harvesting, and using your own...

Saturday Oct 21st, 10am

Deciduous Bonsai Tree Workshop

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

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.

Wednesday Oct 25th, 6pm

Morning Glories Every Monday Morning

at Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance - East Garfield Park
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60624

Enjoy learning together with your little one during this weekly drop-in session. Activities are fun, interactive, and encourage children’s curiosity about the natural world. Children and their care-givers rotate to different stations around the Children’s Garden. Stations include planting projects, soil digging stations, tours, story-time, and...

Free

Juniper Bonsai Workshop

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

This class is going to focus on juniper care, soil type, feeding, pruning, wiring of trees and more!  Bring in your junipers to work on after an in-depth presentation on care. Note: Please refer to this Map for more details on the class venue.

Tuesday Nov 7th, 6pm

Plants From Cuttings

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

Propagating plants by using cuttings is an economical and exciting way to supply plants for the garden. Learn how to propagate annuals, perennials, and even woody plants from cuttings. Cathy Thomas will discuss timing, supplies, and the environment needed, and demonstrate techniques to help you achieve success. Note: Please refer to this Map...

Wednesday Nov 8th, 10am

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Holiday Dish Gardens

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

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 30th, 6pm

Winter Herb Care for Your Garden

at Peterson Garden Project - Edgewater
2nd Floor inside Broadway Armory Park 5917 N Broadway St, Chicago, Illinois 60660

In this class, we’ll show you how to grow herbs indoors, successfully transplant outdoor herbs to pots indoors, and overwinter tender perennial herbs indoors and out.  We will cover:  Rosemary Chives Tarragon Sorrel Summer Savory Thyme Mint Dill Sage Oregano Lavender Cilantro Basil Parsley Each participants will go home...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 1pm

Tree ID Walks

at Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance - East Garfield Park
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60624

Spring, summer and fall - learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands’ Regional Forester, Daniella Pereira. Daniella will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park. Interested children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Please dress appropriately for the weather – walks...

Free

Friday Oct 20th, 10am

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? This course will explore such subjects 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.  Prerequisite...

$349

12 sessions

Wednesday Nov 1st, 6:30pm

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