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Welcome to your Midwest Garden

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

If you are new to gardening or the Midwest, you’ll benefit from knowing how our climate and changing seasons can affect your garden. Learn solutions to address the ongoing challenges of temperature and moisture extremes, soil problems, and wind to have a successful garden in every season.

Saturday Feb 1st, 10am - 12pm

Succulents 101

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

Do you think you lack a green thumb? Do you have trouble keeping plants alive? Justin Schmitz will introduce you to the captivating world of succulents.  He will discuss the needs and care techniques of common succulents and cactus, explain what succulence in plants really means, and give other examples of low-maintenance arid plants.

Saturday Feb 15th, 12pm - 2pm

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Houseplants 101

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

Learn to select the right plant for a particular indoor space and how to determine ideal lighting levels. Explore correct watering principles and know when to repot and prune your houseplants. Featured plants include Phalaenopsis orchids, bonsai, terrariums, and air plants.

Saturday Feb 15th, 9am - 11am

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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 28th, 9:30am - 12pm

Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, Illinois 60565

This highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener course will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. Learn how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden.  Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted...

Saturday Feb 8th, 9am - 12pm

  (9 sessions)
$500

9 sessions

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 22nd, 9am - 2pm

Plant ID Skills

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, Illinois 60565

Learn plant id skills and basic botanical terminology to key out a plant or tree using field guides and have the language to describe what you’re observing. Plant specimens will be available to practice your new skills under the guidance of an experienced instructor.  Required Materials: Please bring a lupe (8x) magnifying glass, or something...

Saturday Feb 1st, 9am - 11am

Aquaponics

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

Participants will learn the fundamental principles of aquaponics production, as well as tips and tricks for building an at-home or small-scale aquaponics system. This course will include hands-on work with the nursery system and the 52,000-gallon aquaponics production system.

Saturday Mar 21st, 10:30am - 3pm

Winter Plant ID

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. Explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter with a local expert. Notes: Includes winter hiking on dirt trails. Please dress for the weather. Limit 20 Recommended Text:  A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter – Herbaceous...

Saturday Mar 7th, 8am - 12pm

Organic Gardening: A Fresh Approach

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

Are you interested in organic gardening? This fresh approach to organic gardening will focus on fundamental horticultural practices as they apply to a successful organic garden experience. The presentation will cover the “what and why” of organics followed by a detailed discussion of specific horticultural practices both in the area of plant nutrition...

Saturday Mar 7th, 9:30am - 12pm

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 14th, 9:30am - 12pm

Botany 1

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

Why, botanically speaking, is a tomato a fruit? What is the difference between a fern and a moss? Come join us in Botany 1 to learn the answers to these questions and more. We will explore the importance of plants to our lives; plant taxonomy and classification; and the life cycles, distinguishing features, and diversity of plants. Please Note: This...

Monday Mar 23rd, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (10 sessions)
$349

10 sessions

Crop Planning

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

This workshop covers site analysis, vegetable garden plan components, space saving techniques and spacing, cool- and warm-season crops, crop and variety selection, three-season and succession planning. There will be crop plan examples and a template for you to start your own crop plan. Bring a drawing of your farm site with dimensions.

Saturday Feb 8th, 10:30am - 3pm

Forest Planting Workshop

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

Whether they are planted on a slab or in a container, forests are a great way to have instant impact with your bonsai. In this hands-on workshop we cover all aspects of design, planting, and after-care of your new forest. You can either bring your own trees and pots, or we will provide them for you for an additional fee of $69 A map will be sent with...

Wednesday Mar 18th, 6pm - 9pm

Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, Illinois 60565

Learn over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom, field and home study, but most importantly by eating or preparing recipes with them every class! You will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate...

Saturday Feb 22nd, 9:30am - 3:30pm

  (10 sessions)
$920

10 sessions

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