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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60022 Glencoe, Suburbs
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60022
The Learning Center is located in the Regenstein Learning Campus. (a five-minute walk from the parking lot).
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The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2013, one million people visited the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on...
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New! Create a portable, whimsical topiary using insect-shaped galvanized wire frames. You will stuff the frame with long-fibered sphagnum moss and plant with a variety of stunning annuals and perennials. Insect frames include bees, praying mantis, ladybugs, and more.
Wednesday Jun 5th, 6pm - 9pm
Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to basic grading and drainage concepts as they relate to design. Acquire a critical understanding of key earth forms and drainage patterns in residential landscapes through active discussions and hands-on projects. Prerequisites: Graphics, Introduction to Professional...
Wednesday Jun 5th, 6:30pm - 9pm(10 sessions)
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 Jun 8th, 10:30am - 4:30pm
The plight of pollinators and nectar-feeding insects is well known. Honeybees, native bees, monarch butterflies, moths, and many lesser-known insects rely mainly on native plants for survival and reproduction. Explore recommended pollinator-attracting plants for Midwest gardens including native and nonnative cultivars, and nectar-rich varieties.
Saturday Jun 8th, 1pm - 3pm
Enjoy a tour featuring the summer containers at the Garden. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Your container may include annuals, perennials, herbs, and decorative foliage. Please bring gloves.
Tuesday Jun 11th, 10am - 12pm
New! Learn how to create a tropical look and feel in your garden without breaking the budget. Plant selections, sun and shade requirements, and hot new plants are discussed. A Garden walk is included, so please dress for the weather.
Tuesday Jun 11th, 6pm - 8pm
Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms. Compost is that dark crumbly material—the result of decomposed organic materials—that improves the structure and texture of the soil enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture, and air around plant roots. You can buy it in bags, but it’s easy and cheaper to make your...
Thursday Jun 13th, 7pm - 9pm
A Janet Meakin Poor Research Symposium New! Celebrate pollinator week by learning more about pollinators, why they are important, the threats they face, and what you can do to help them. Presenters will focus on native pollinators, bees and climate change, supporting pollinators in gardens and other natural areas, supporting bees in urban areas,...
Saturday Jun 22nd, 9am - 5:30pm
Vines add dimension, soften walls, dampen noise, and provide screening. Vertical plants work for any size space from woodlands to urban balconies. Review the merits of several varieties of vines, lianas, and ramblers in the landscape. Support structures, methods of attachment, and cultivation will also be discussed.
Saturday Jun 22nd, 9am - 11am
Join Roy Diblik for an exclusive walk and talk as he discusses the concepts of plant communities, the best performing perennials for our region, and the importance of proper planning to ensure a successful garden experience. Please dress for the weather. Class size will be limited. Note: Class will meet at the Visitor Center.
Wednesday Jun 26th, 1pm - 2:30pm
New! Bonsai trees are susceptible to various pests and diseases. You will become familiar with common maladies affecting bonsai, learn prevention methods, and explore how treat your trees if necessary. A map and driving directions will be sent with your confirmation.
Wednesday Jun 26th, 6pm - 9pm
Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging. The instructors will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create your favorite version. All plant materials will be collected fresh from the Arboretum grounds. Each student will...
Saturday Jun 29th, 1pm - 3:30pm
Monarch butterfly populations are in decline. Find out about the current state of monarchs, other native butterflies, and butterflies worldwide. You will discover what you can do to help preserve and create habitats to support these beloved orange-and-black wonders.
Wednesday Jul 10th, 6pm - 9pm
Master garden design theory and methods. Use your skills in design process, design language, graphics, research, and analysis as well as legal and regulatory responsibilities for estimating cost for site design. Develop critical and analytical skills through the interaction between your peers and instructor-mentors. Prerequisites: Graphics...
Wednesday Jul 10th, 6:30pm - 9pm(10 sessions)
The first flower people learn to draw is often a circular disc with rays of petals surrounding it. That is because the most recognizable blooms are that of the daisy family (Asteraceae). These beloved composites include perennials like asters, black-eyed Susan’s, coneflowers, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. Prized by pollinators and great for gardeners,...
Saturday Jul 13th, 9am - 11am
Observing the transformation of a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful adult butterfly is miraculous. Learn methods of sheltering larvae and pupae in a safe, protective environment to ensure they escape predation and disease, maturing into adulthood. You will build a pupae/larvae rearing box to raise butterflies at home.
Wednesday Jul 17th, 6pm - 9pm
Join Jeff Epping in an exploration of some of the finest public gardens in the United States, from the High Line and Battery Park in New York City to the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Gorgeous gardens in the Netherlands, France, and England are also on the docket. Epping will illustrate how innovative designers and gardeners have showcased great...
Thursday Jul 18th, 9:30am - 11am
Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons—they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. Jeff Epping has been researching and implementing a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are more environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. Epping will show you how they have replaced lawns...
Thursday Jul 18th, 1pm - 2:30pm
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