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Winter Woody Plant Identification

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

We generally use leaves and foliage to identify plants. But what about deciduous trees and shrubs that only have leaves for six months out of the year? During the dormant season, we can still correctly identify plants by using the buds, bark, and habit. Take this class to learn how to identify common trees and shrubs in the dormant season. A...

Saturday Mar 11th, 1pm - 4pm 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.  A walk in the woods will follow the talk.

Saturday Apr 22nd, 1pm - 3pm Central Time

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Living Pansy Wreath Workshop

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

Welcome the arrival of spring with a pansy wreath to brighten your front door. Create a lush, colorful living wreath by planting a moss-lined wire frame with pansies and ivy. Wreath care options will also be discussed.  Please bring an apron, gloves, and scissors.  All other materials are provided.

Tuesday Apr 25th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

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Plant Propagation Basics

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

The knowledge of plant propagation—the multiplication of or making more plants—is both a fascinating art and an exciting science. Come and learn how plants are reproduced, from seed germination and grafting to cutting propagation and tissue culture.

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$75

Snowman Family

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

Make a family of snowmen bundled up for a cold winters’ day. This 4- x 6-inch figurine is complete with four little snowmen wearing adorable winter accessories. Learn needle felting techniques and how to sculpt wool into fun and imaginative shapes.

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$86

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Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving

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

Seed savers learn that a thoughtfully planned garden leads to a successful seed garden. Selecting varieties of favorite vegetables to grow for seed, planning efficient use of garden space and timing of each planting will be discussed.

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$40

Composting 101

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Online 00000

Want to compost, but not sure where to start? Learn tips and techniques on how to compost right in your own backyard. You’ll gain sound composting practices to ensure successful home composting. All registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts.

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$40

Tropical Bonsai Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Online 00000

This comprehensive workshop will cover all aspects of seasonal tropical tree care, including pruning, wiring, repotting and more.  Styles, grafting, air layering, and soil types will also be discussed.

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$40

Seed Saving

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

Learn the how and why of saving seeds for thrifty gardening and farming, biodiversity preservation, and food sovereignty. In this course, you will receive open-pollinated seeds to take home with you as well as information to help you feel confident saving seeds for future farm and garden seasons.

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$75

Shade Gardening Basics

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

Do you have shade in your garden? With knowledge, the challenges of shade gardening can be overcome. Learn what to look for when selecting plants beyond hosta and how to evaluate the shade in your garden to manage it successfully. Turn your shade into a garden asset.

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$40

The Best of Woody Plants

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

Trees and shrubs are the backbone of any landscape. Learning to make good choices when selecting these plants is critical. You will discover several trees and shrubs that are excellent plant options for landscapes in the Midwest.  A Garden walk is included so please dress for the weather. 

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$75

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.

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$75

Growing Using and Storing Herbs

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

This class looks at what you'll need to successfully grow a variety of herbs in a sunny place in the ground, on a patio, or on a deck. You'll learn what is needed to grow healthy plants, how and when to harvest them, how to store them, and how to use them.

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$40

Preparing Your Lawn for Fall

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

Fall is the best time to prepare for a healthy, lush lawn for the upcoming season. Learn the basics of lawn renovation and how to prepare your lawn for winter. Discuss and observe proper techniques for installing sod, seeding and overseeding, and aerating and fertilizing—all aimed at revitalizing your lawn. Please dress for the weather.

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$40

Bulbs for Beginners

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

Flowering bulbs provide vivid color after the doldrums of winter. Learn to select and grow bulbs to enhance your garden. Discuss season-extending bulb design and how to interplant with perennials and shrubs for a spectacular display. Note: This class will be taught online via Zoom.  All registrations must be submitted online two days before...

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$40
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