Sat, Mar 23
9:30am - 11:30am
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Learn the do's and don'ts of pruning fruiting trees and shrubs in this hands-on intro to pruning class. Find out why to prune, when to prune, and how to prune a variety of trees and shrubs and what tools to use. Join Dennis Corbin, retired landscape contractor and primary caretaker for our community Growing Food Security Projects, as he guides you...
Saturday Mar 23rd, 9:30am - 11:30am
Experience a full season of a Chicago vegetable garden with the focus on what to do, why, and when. During the session, you will follow a successful home vegetable gardener from plant selection all the way through harvest (and everything in between). Join us for a great opportunity to sharpen existing gardening skills and, perhaps, learn some new ...
Saturday Mar 30th, 9:30am - 12pm
Be an environmental partner and learn how to mimic nature by creating mini-ecosystems at home. Discuss natural plant communities and see how to use the iNaturalist app to help you discern what belongs (and what does not) in the “wild garden.”
Saturday Mar 23rd, 1pm - 3pm
Rain gardens bring delight to homeowners while providing valuable water management. We will discuss a brief history of these gardens and will learn how they can solve water problems and bring unique beauty to the landscape. Learn how and where to place a rain garden at home. Required Material: Please bring a plat of survey for your propert...
Wednesday Mar 20th, 7pm - 9pm
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 a variety of techniques, and developing the ability to determine best practices. Prerequisite: Botany 1. A supply list will be sent with your confirmation. Please...
Saturday Mar 30th, 7:30am - 10:30am(6 sessions)
Come and join us and learn how to create you own Terrarium! You will learn how a terrarium works! How these self-contained ecosystems survive so well on their own and how to look after them. We will help you guys to get your hands in there and build your own! We will supply you with all the plants you need and an arrangement of pebbles and...
Wednesday Mar 27th, 6pm - 8pm
There are many variables to consider in developing a garden, including low maintenance, drought tolerance, four-season interest, and methods to recycle organic debris and increase sustainability. Discover ideas to address these variables including Mandala gardens and stumperies, recycled materials to build garden structures, composting on-site, and...
Thursday Mar 28th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Many insects besides honeybees can pollinate your orchard. A fruitful orchard depends on good soil, a congenial climate, appropriate pruning, and pollinators.You will learn which pollinators are most effective, and how to provide care and habitat for these hard-working, indispensible creatures.
Saturday Apr 13th, 11am - 1pm
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. A spray of branches gives them a finishing touch. Please bring gloves.
Tuesday Apr 16th, 10am - 12pm
Gardening on roofs and balconies is increasingly popular. Some plants struggle and others thrive. Plants can be exposed to a hot, dry, and windy environment. Come and learn which plants do best under these difficult conditions. Dress for the weather, as a Garden walk is included. The School’s CEUs=2 hours OPC elective
Saturday Mar 30th, 11am - 1pm
If you have a spot in your garden, balcony, or deck that receives more than six hours of direct sunlight, you can grow fresh herbs and vegetables. We’ll cover how to grow the best essential ingredients for your kitchen: tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, garlic, and leafy greens. In this class, you’ll learn the basics of soil preparation,...
Tuesday Mar 19th, 1pm - 3pm
With the recent arrival of seed catalogs in your mailbox, it’s time to get excited about spring. Learn about the hot new plants and major garden trends of 2019 along with what to look for at the garden centers this spring. Discuss using annuals in containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets; and which plants do best in shade or full sun....
Tuesday Mar 19th, 6pm - 8pm
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 11th, 6:30pm - 9pm(7 sessions)
Air layering on a bonsai forces a tree or branch to form new roots at a certain point by interrupting the stream of nutrients from the existing root system. Air layering is used for reducing the length of a trunk, growing a better nebari (root flare or surface roots), or selecting a branch to be grown as a separate tree. Please bring a tree...
Wednesday Apr 3rd, 6pm - 9pm
The Garden’s production department grows nearly a half-million plants every year. Join Tim Pollak for a behind-the-scenes tour through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s greenhouses and nursery. Be the first to see which spring annuals will appear in the 2019 annual display beds, hanging baskets, containers, and hanging hayracks. You will also get a...
Saturday Mar 23rd, 9am - 11am