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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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Transform a small space into a beautiful and functional garden. This class will show you the best practices for keeping edible and ornamental plants happy and healthy in your container garden. It includes hands-on work and an informative lecture with plenty of time for questions.
Saturday May 16th, 10:30am - 3pm
Go beyond the ordinary and add variety to your garden with unusual and interesting herbs. Besides favorites, such as basil, mint, rosemary, oregano, and thyme, there’s so much more to explore! In this program, expert herb-grower and author Theresa Mieseler will: Share the many reasons to grow herbs and explain where fragrances in plants come...
Thursday Apr 16th, 10am - 12pm
Learn eco-friendly ways to care for your lawn and garden at The Morton Arboretum. Lawns comprise nearly one-quarter of urban and suburban landscapes. Caring for them responsibly by limiting the amount of water, fertilizers and pesticides we apply can have a huge impact on our health and environment. In this program, you will learn about: ...
Thursday Apr 16th, 7pm - 8:30pm
Spring brings bright and beautiful subjects for botanical drawing. Through careful study of various flowers, you will work your way from loose sketching to detailed colored pencil drawings. We will be covering essential pencil techniques such as layering and burnishing, as well as the basics of color mixing and composition. Required Materials Colored...
Friday Apr 17th, 9:30am - 12:30pm(5 sessions)
Get the most out of your shrubs with proper spring pruning. Flowering shrubs often require pruning in the spring. In this class you will find out which shrubs should be pruned before or after flowering, learn the methods for ‘renewal’ and ‘rejuvenation’ pruning and when to use them watch live demonstrations with an Arboretum...
Saturday Apr 18th, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Sustainable Gardens Series: Designing with Reclaimed Materials Look at “junk” with new eyes while adding sustainability, personality and focal points to your garden using repurposed materials. Instead of heading to the landfill, old bricks, salvaged wood and other unwanted materials can find new life as design elements in your garden. Use them...
Thursday Apr 23rd, 7pm - 9pm
This class is a deep dive into the latest farm tools for creating efficiency and optimal growing in your garden or on the farm. We will discuss how to gauge the perfect timing for seeding your crops plus soil preparation and assessments.
Saturday May 2nd, 9am - 1:30pm
Keep your yard looking great all year! This workshop is designed especially for new homeowners short on time. Get easy-to-follow instructions to care for the trees, shrubs, and other plants growing in your yard. Learn how and when to water, prune, fertilize, and mulch. Find out what equipment is important to own and what to skip in the home center....
Saturday May 2nd, 9am - 12pm
Hydrangeas showcase an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist. Through photos of a variety species in full bloom, discover all aspects of successfully growing hydrangeas, hardiness issues and pruning techniques by species, as well as how to manage bloom color.
Saturday May 2nd, 9:30am - 12pm
Turn that wooded, shady spot into an elegant garden oasis in this two-week class full of design inspiration. In week one, explore the garden features and plants that embody the woodland garden aesthetic. Learn about using layers, textures and colors in a shady, woodland area. In week two, apply your learning to your own yard. Bring pictures, plat...
Wednesday May 6th, 9:30am - 12:30pm(2 sessions)
Annuals provide constant color in your flower beds, containers, window boxes, and perennial borders. Learn the most dependable varieties as well as the new and unusual. Topics include soil preparation, plant selection, care and maintenance, and some propagation techniques.
Wednesday May 6th, 6pm - 8pm
Cascades of strawberries and nasturtiums growing in moss-lined baskets will beautify your porch or patio. Learn how to create a beautiful (and delicious) hanging basket to take home. Get tips on selecting the right basket, plants, and soil medium, as well as watering and after-care tips plus recipes. Please bring gardening gloves.
Thursday May 7th, 10am - 11:30am
If you want to become a birder, join this class to learn the basics. In the Thursday session, you will learn about binoculars, how to use a field guide, and the field marks used to identify common birds of the Chicago area. During the Saturday bird walk, participants will try out their newly acquired skills. Please dress for the weather, and bring...
Thursday May 7th, 6:30pm - 9pm(2 sessions)
Historic English gardens used beautiful plants in amazing compositions. Discover exciting gardening styles with a strong focus on examining relevant plants and combinations for your own garden. Explore specific examples of gardening success at gardens such as Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Gravetye Manor, RHS-Wisley, and the Royal Botanic Garden-Kew....
Thursday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Find out how to care for the trees in your home landscape. Just like shrubs and perennials, trees need attention and care throughout the year. This no-nonsense class covers the essential knowledge every homeowner should have about their trees: Get best practices for watering, feeding, mulching, and pruning. Learn how to avoid problems with pests,...
Thursday May 7th, 7pm - 9pm
Imagine wonderful scents in your garden from April through October. With careful selection and placement of a wide range of fragrant plants—trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs that emit a fragrance or have fragrant foliage—you can achieve the sweet smell of success in your garden.
Friday May 8th, 9:30am - 11:30am
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
Saturday May 9th, 8am - 1pm
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)
Learn how to welcome pollinators to your home with a diverse array of flowering annuals that will also give you season-long color. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Please bring gloves.
Tuesday May 12th, 10am - 12pm
Small flowering trees are a critical component of nearly every garden and landscape. This course covers approximately 40 genera and many more species and cultivars that thrive in our region. Identification, cultural information, aesthetic qualities, and landscape uses will be emphasized. Learn to select appropriate trees to add interest and...
Tuesday May 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(13 sessions)
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