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Cutting Back Perennials

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

Many perennial plants need pruning before winter hits. Learn which plants to cut back and the best methods and tools. After a brief indoor introduction, head outside for a hands-on demonstration. A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstration and practice.  Dress for the weather and bring gloves.

Wednesday Nov 6th, 10am - 11am

Holiday Lighting Techniques

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

Do you wish that your outdoor holiday lights could be as spectacular as the ones at the Garden? If so, join Heather Sherwood as she demonstrates the techniques used to decorate trees and shrubs with lights for the holiday season. Learn how to estimate equipment and time, install the lights, and maintain a beautiful show.  You’ll learn the tricks...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6pm - 8pm

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Permaculture Plants: Canopy Layer Plants

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

Permaculture Plants – Canopy Layer Plants: Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens + Seed Saving 101 Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs and this class will provide you the information you need to start or add to your permaculture forest garden this year. Tonight, you will learn about the multipurpose functions our canopy layer trees...

Tuesday Oct 22nd, 7pm - 9pm

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.

Wednesday Dec 4th, 1pm - 4pm

Basic Pruning for Homeowners

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

Winter is the best time to prune most trees and shrubs. Proper pruning is the key to maintaining plant health and shape. Learn techniques for dormant winter pruning, pruning principles for trees and shrubs, and the proper use of tools. A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstration and practice. Dress for the weather.

Saturday Dec 7th, 9am - 11:30am

Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Color

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

To add a breath of spring to your home this winter, discover proper techniques for forcing bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and minor bulbs. You will learn to choose varieties that are good performers and to combine them in one pot for a mini-garden effect. You will then pot up some bulbs to take home.  This class is offered in partnership...

Saturday Nov 16th, 9am - 11am

Backstage Pass: Winter Floral Wonders

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

In the colder months, the Garden’s Greenhouses brim with poinsettias and other holiday plants of many hues. Learn about propagation techniques, greenhouse environmental and computer systems, watering and fertilizing equipment, and how the growing space is managed throughout the year.

Saturday Dec 14th, 9am - 11am

Bioregional Herbalism Course

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

Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support. During each Sunday class, discover several...

Sunday Mar 15th, 9am - 4pm

  (9 sessions)
$840

9 sessions

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)
$460

9 sessions

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Peonies Rediscovered

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

Peonies, the elegant grand dames of gardens past, are coming back into favor. There are wide arrays of varieties to choose from, including lovely doubles, chiffon-like singles and stately tree peonies, and even some that will tolerate shade.  Heather Sherwood will discuss and demonstrate division, proper planting depth, and other cultural techniques...

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$53

End-of-Season Pruning Workshop

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

To cut or not to cut your woody plants? What you cut today affects what the plant will look like and how well it will grow for years to come. After a brief classroom discussion, you will have the opportunity to practice pruning small woody plants. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty, as most of the class will be spent outside,...

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$40

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Plant Propagation Made Easy

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

At last, a vegetative plant propagation course for the home gardener! Glenn Grosch will give you both the practical knowledge and the confidence needed to add vegetative propagation to your list of gardening skills. Specific areas to be covered include division, layering, leaf and stem cuttings, bulb division, and hardwood and softwood cuttings. Included...

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$53

Common Plant Diseases in the Landscape

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

The first step in any disease-management program is proper identification of the problem. Learn to identify both infectious and non-infectious diseases that attack many landscape plants. Through a lecture and Garden walk, explore several disease problem and discuss control options. Dress for the weather.

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$65

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. After class, stop by the Fall Bulb Festival to purchase bulbs for your garden with advice from Jill Selinger.

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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
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