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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 12th, 9am - 2pm Central Time

Dwarf Conifers

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

Dwarf conifers are excellent additions to any garden, particularly for adding four-season interest. Broaden your plant knowledge and design palette with this illustrated lecture and Garden tour. Learn to identify and use dwarf conifers for big impact.

Saturday Mar 12th, 11am - 1pm Central Time

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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 19th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Trees and Shrubs with Winter Interest

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

The long winter season presents interesting opportunities for attractive landscapes. Colorful fruits and bark stand out in the gray skies. Winter is a good time to look at the branching habit and shape of plants. Learn about the trees and shrubs that add interesting form, color, and texture to the winter landscape. Weather permitting, a short walk...

Saturday Feb 12th, 11am - 1pm Central Time

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Backstage Pass: Floral Celebrities

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

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 2022 annual display beds, hanging baskets, containers, and hanging hayracks. You will also get...

Saturday Apr 2nd, 9am - 11am Central Time

Principles of Garden Design

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

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to understand spatial properties of landscape materials and their application to design principles. Discover the components of three-dimensional spaces and how they can refine your concept design plans and construction-level drawings.  A supply list will be sent with your confirmation....

Wednesday Apr 13th, 6:30pm - 9pm Central Time

  (10 sessions)
$619

10 sessions

Versatile Crabapples

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

Beautiful, tough, and durable crabapples are versatile small flowering trees that function as popular landscape stalwarts. Discover some of the best crabapple trees for the Midwest region. Dress for the weather as a Garden walk is included to see some of the recommended selections. 

Saturday Apr 23rd, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Central Time

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Exciting Annuals: Preparing for Spring

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

With the arrival of seed catalogs in your mailbox, it’s time to get excited about spring. Learn hot new plants, what to look for at garden centers, and new garden trends. Find out how to use annuals in containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets, what plants do best in shade or full sun, and how to incorporate vegetables to enhance your garden....

Thursday Mar 24th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

Creative Screening: Beyond Arborvitae

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

Many of us want to screen a part of our garden from the neighbors or unsightly views. While arborvitae is a favorite traditional hedging evergreen, there are many other options to enliven your space. Explore evergreen and deciduous plants that offer a buffer, whether in sunny or shady spot. A walk is included to see examples in the Garden; dress...

Saturday Mar 26th, 9am - 11am Central Time

Introduction to Bird-Watching

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

f you want to become a birder, join this class to learn the basics. On Wednesday, you will learn about binoculars, how to use a field guide, and the field marks used to identify common birds of the Chicago area. During the Thursday bird walk, try out your newly acquired skills. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather.

Wednesday May 18th, 9am - 11:30am Central Time

  (2 sessions)
$79

2 sessions

The Best Magnolias for the Midwest

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

No tree says spring like a blooming magnolia. You will learn about the varieties of the best magnolias to successfully grow in Midwest yards and gardens. Dress for the weather as a Garden walk is included to see some of the recommended selections.

Saturday Apr 30th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

Ephemeral Spring Wildflowers

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

Native woodland wildflowers are the first harbingers of spring. Learn specific identification characteristics, their fascinating natural history, and how they have evolved to rapidly grow, flower, and fruit. This class will be taught online via Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students...

Saturday Apr 2nd, 1pm - 3pm Central Time

Complete Training in Floral Design (In-person Workshop)

at Mila School of Floral Design - West Town 2247 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

After completing certified 48-hour Complete Training in Floral Design session of classes students have a fundamental knowledge in floral design and capable to work as professionals. During 48 hours of workshops, you will learn secrets of the unique universal techniques allowing to create all kinds of floral design – from a corsage to large-scaled...

Saturday Feb 5th, 9am - 5pm Central Time

  (6 sessions)
$1,590

6 sessions

Orchids and Bromeliads Art Workshop

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

Follow in the steps of intrepid explorer of the Amazon River basin and superb botanical artist, Margaret Mee, by working with her favorite plants—bromeliads and orchids. While they share the same ecosystem, bromeliads are much rarer as specimens for botanical artists. Use artist instruction to accurately and strikingly depict live orchid and bromeliad...

Friday Mar 11th, 9am - 3:30pm Central Time

  (3 sessions)
$449

3 sessions

Spotlight Garden Tours

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

There are 27 gardens and four natural areas within the 385 acres of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Join our horticulturists for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Garden areas they oversee. Explore plant varieties and combinations, design elements, garden features, and fun stories as you soak up a wealth of knowledge from years of experience working in...

Tuesday Apr 26th, 9am - 10am Central Time

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