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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

Junipers, Arborvitaes, and Yews

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

These stalwarts of the landscape are hardy, easy to care for, and with proper siting and selection, can remain attractive for many years.  Learn about the many options available from this great group of plants. Dress for the weather. 

Tuesday Mar 3rd, 6pm - 8pm

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Botany 2

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Rd, 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...

Monday May 11th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (12 sessions)
$349

12 sessions

Gardening Techniques: Session C

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 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 21st, 10:30am - 1:30pm

  (6 sessions)
$312

6 sessions

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Soil Basics

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

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.  A supply...

Thursday Apr 16th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (7 sessions)
$337

7 sessions

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Winter Tree and Shrub Identification

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

Identify some of the common trees and shrubs in the Chicago area after the leaves have fallen. You will learn the different features of twigs, buds, leaf scars, bark, and growth habit.  After the indoor presentation, we will take a walk in the McDonald Woods to solve the mystery of identifying trees and shrubs in the winter. Dress for the weather....

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$59

Where Do Plant Names Come From

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

Our binomial system for plant names is a terrific system. Who decides on the name? Why do some names change? What's up with trademarks and patents? Take this class and get your plant name questions answered.

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$40

Conifers and Evergreens

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

Discover more than 60 outstanding conifers and broad-leaved evergreens for the Midwest. Students will learn identifying characteristics, cultural requirements, and landscape uses of conifers and broad-leaved evergreens ranging from shrubby dwarfs to towering trees.   Prerequisite: Botany 1 Note: This will also register student for a Conifers...

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$399

13 sessions

Botany for Botanical Artists

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

Bring realism to your botanical artwork with a focus on identifying the morphological features of plants. Emphasizing specific plant parts in illustrations is critical to the identification of plant species in both scientific floras and identification manuals. Through a combination of lectures and lab/studio time, you will identify key characteristics...

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$279

6 sessions

Recognizing Sedges in the Field

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

Category: Nature Studies Many of the grass-like plants you encounter in native habitats in the Chicago region and elsewhere are not actually grasses. Although similar looking, they are members of an entirely different family of plants. In this course you will study Carex, the largest and most diverse genus of the sedge family. Learn about the taxonomy,...

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$79

Meet the Cultivars: Deciduous Trees

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

Delve into the many cultivars of deciduous trees. Explore their desirable characteristics and how they differ from the species. Learn to select the perfect tree for your next design project or home garden. 

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$64

How to Prepare Herbarium Sheets

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

New! An herbarium is a collection of plant species preserved for scientific study. Understand general herbarium history, how herbarium sheets are used, their future importance, and different collecting approaches for a variety of plants. Collect, press, dry, and mount specimens during class.  Flower presses will be provided. A map will be...

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$131.25

2 sessions

Intro to Mushroom Collection and ID

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

New! Cover the basics of mushroom collection and identification for the Chicago region. Learn simple, easy-to-find characteristics of common fungi including distinguishing cap gills and stipe features.  Time will be spent outdoors identifying and collecting a few specimens. Dress for the weather. The School’s CEUs=5 hours OPC elective

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$115

How to Overwinter Tender Plants

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

With winter approaching, it is time to think about overwintering those wonderful tender perennials, Mediterranean, and tropical plants that you have grown to love over the summer.   In this class, you will learn which plants will overwinter successfully and which ones are best to compost and buy new in spring. You will learn the best techniques...

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$39

Plants of the Wetlands

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

Join Peter Nagle to discover wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other native plants that inhabit our region’s wetlands. Learn how to identify a wide variety of wetland plants, while exploring their ecological function and aesthetic beauty.  You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of native wetland plants—as well as the invasive...

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$64
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