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Gardening in Raised Beds

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

Reap a bountiful harvest from your own raised beds. Discover the ease and advantage of growing vegetables in this ultimate garden amenity. Learn about building materials and basic construction, plus crop planning ideas, space-saving techniques, and accessibility opportunities.

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$40

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

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Gardening Techniques: Session D

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

Learn tips and techniques used by professional gardeners through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Acquire solid gardening skills, learn a variety of techniques, and determine best management practices in the field of horticulture. Gain applicable skills in plant selection, perennial and annual care and maintenance, pruning techniques,...

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$312

6 sessions

Summer Containers at the Garden

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

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.

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$89

Fergus Garrett: The Great Dixter Way

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

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Fergus Garrett, renowned plantsman and head gardener at Great Dixter, as he discusses how to combine plants, considering sense of place, color, shape, texture, and repetition.  He will show how to contrast plants, how to add punctuation in a border, and how to create intimacy, movement, and balance. Examples...

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$50

Hands-on Gardening: Summer Pruning

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

Today’s pruning of your trees and shrubs will define how they grow for years to come. Learn which cuts to avoid, which cuts are essential, and which cuts area matter of your personal style. Class size is limited.

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$40

Planting for Pollinators

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

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.

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$64

Vertical Gardening: Vines and Climbers

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

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.

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$40

Permaculture Plants – Shrub Layer Plants

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

Permaculture Plants – Shrub Layer Plants You will learn about how to use native plants to attract the pollinators and wildlife that can help our forest gardens grow. We will continue to explore harvesting and preserving our bounty to sustain us throughout the year. Freezing is another way of preserving your harvest and you will learn how to...

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$30

How to Raise Butterflies at Home

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

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.

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$65

Apprentice Beekeeper

at Northeastern Illinois University CAPE - North Park 5500 N St Louis Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

Level Two: Apprentice Beekeeper The Apprentice Beekeeper class will focus on hive health and management. This includes information on how to check the health of your hive, how to monitor for pests and diseases, honeybee biology, swarm management, queen replacement, and other IPM recommendations. The Midwest Master Beekeeper certification program...

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$75

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Hanging Basket Workshop

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

Do you admire those fabulous hanging baskets you see at the Chicago Botanic Garden? Learn some tricks of the trade during a discussion of different styles, materials, and plant ideas. Maintenance tips will also be discussed. Each student will plant their own wire and moss hanging basket to enjoy at home. Please bring gloves.

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$89

Monarchs in Distress

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

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.

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$49

The Organic Vegetable Garden in Summer

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

Through classroom discussion and outdoor activities, learn about heat-loving vegetables and herbs to grow in your summer garden. Related topics include direct sowing, transplanting, sustainable watering techniques, and more.

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$40

Introduction to Grading and Drainage

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

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...

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$599

10 sessions

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