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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

Saturday Dec 30th, 11am

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

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Beginning Beekeeping

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

Spend the morning with us learning the basics of beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior, bee management and bee products. This comprehensive class is a pre-requisite for becoming a GPCA volunteer beekeeper.

Seed Stewardship

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

Seed is a precious common heritage, and an essential component to the future sustainability of our food. Join us as we talk about the creative ways of re-integrating seed stewardship back into our local community food systems, and how we can deepen our understanding of the nourishing cycles of life.

Sunday Jan 28th, 10am

Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics

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

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 27th, 9am

Gardening Techniques: Session B

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

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 horticultural...

$312

6 sessions

Saturday Jan 27th, 7:30am

Starting Seeds Indoors

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

Seed starting is a highly rewarding and fun activity as you plant your seeds then watch them come to life. Learn how to set up a simple indoor system for producing high-quality seedlings year-round. This class will cover all the basics including the easiest plants to begin with, seed selection, seedling containers, growing media, light stands, watering...

Saturday Jan 27th, 11am

A Tale of Two Japanese Gardens

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

Northern Illinois has the distinction of having two highly acclaimed Japanese gardens overseen by equally acclaimed horticulturists. Join us as they discuss the harmony and symmetry of what makes each garden unique and what elements make them similar. 

Thursday Mar 1st, 6:30pm

Chronicle of a Vegetable Garden

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

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 3rd, 9:30am

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Color in the Garden

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

This program will explore traditional and provocative uses of color in the garden and cover how the gardener can approach decisions to use different color combinations. Many examples of interesting color combinations from gardens across the globe will be featured.

Monday Mar 5th, 6:30pm

Budget Friendly Gardening Ideas

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

Join Tim Pollak for some interesting and timely tips for ways to save money in your garden. Save money by starting plants from seeds, dividing perennials, overwintering non-hardy plants, changing out your plants, choosing the right plants for certain situations, composting, and using rain barrels. Pollak will run down his Top Ten list of money-saving...

Tuesday Feb 27th, 6:30pm

Composition

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

Students at all levels will learn the components of fine botanical composition in this studio class. Students will explore composition, design, and execution.

$298

7 sessions

Saturday May 12th, 9am

Introduction to Beekeeping

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

In this class, you will 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. There will also be plenty of time for questions at the end.

Soils: Where Are Your Roots?

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

One of the secrets to gardening success is an understanding of soils. Join Glenn Grosch for a detailed discussion of soils, including structure, fertilizers, understanding and managing pH, soil amendments, and water management. This course will also highlight proper horticultural techniques for a healthy soil ecosystem.

Saturday Mar 17th, 9:30am

Nativars in the Landscape

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

Native plants have become staples of hardy, low-maintenance, and drought-tolerant flora. We all want a little zing—through foliage color, stem color, or overall size, and true native plants do not always provide that, but nativars do. We will define what a nativar is and how to utilize them in your garden to create a more resource-low garden. Then...

Saturday Mar 10th, 9am

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