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Fungal Diversity in Illinois

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

Showcased in this course are the wild mushrooms of Northern Illinois, specifically those of Lake, Cook, DuPage, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties as they appear throughout the seasons. Learn defining characteristics, edibility, and idiosyncrasies of native fungi.

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$64

Do-It-Yourself Rain Gardens

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Learn how to design and plant a rain garden for your home. Discover how to combine water-loving perennials and shrubs to create eco-gorgeous rain gardens that help manage water on your property and seamlessly blend into traditional landscapes. Walk away lists of plants and plant combinations and strategies for stormwater management in the home landscape....

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$46

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Pruning 101

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

Learn the do's and don'ts of pruning fruiting trees and shrubs in this hands-on intro to pruning class. Find out why to prune, when to prune, and how to prune a variety of trees and shrubs and what tools to use. Join Dennis Corbin, retired landscape contractor and primary caretaker for our community Growing Food Security Projects, as he guides you...

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$25

Gardening Techniques

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

Students will be introduced to professional gardening through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Focus is on acquiring solid gardening skills, learning about a variety of techniques, and developing the ability to determine best practices.  Topics range from plant selection to the identification and control of weeds and other horticultural...

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$312

6 sessions

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Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

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

The shiitake is an edible mushroom native to East Asia that is used in many dishes across the world. Explore the history and various methods of shiitake mushroom cultivation. Each student will create and leave with their own inoculated oak log that will produce shiitake mushrooms for years to come.

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$53

Hands-on Gardening: Mulching and Edging

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

Improper mulching can do far more harm to plants than not mulching at all. Learn how much mulch is enough, where to spread it, and the best material to use, as well as how to edge your garden for a professional look.

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$40

Spring Containers at the Garden

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

Tour the Garden’s spring containers and collect ideas for your own. Then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures and a full-sun to partial-shade location. Pansies, forced bulbs, and other spring treasures may be used. A spray of branches gives them a finishing touch. Please bring gloves. 

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$89

Life of a Beekeeper

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

Being a beekeeper is more than enjoying the sweetness of honey. Learn what beekeepers do, the challenges they face, seasonal duties in tending to the hive, bee care techniques, equipment they use and maintain, and trends in bee management. Participants will leave with a greater appreciation for beekeepers and the work to maintain hives.

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$49

Planting Design

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

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses toward a working understanding of planting design. Weekly discussions and individual projects will focus on basic elements of planting design, including an understanding of color and texture, plant combinations, planting bed layout, installation techniques, and maintenance practices. ...

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$618.75

11 sessions

Summer Garden Maintenance

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

Proper watering, fertilizing, pruning, edging, deadheading, staking, and mulching practices can make the difference between a healthy, well-kept garden and a landscape that gets ahead of you. You will have a hands-on opportunity to practice what you learn, so bring along a pair of pruners, and dress for the weather.

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$40

Yoga in the Garden

at Peterson Garden Project - Chicago 1565 Howard St, Chicago, Illinois 60626

What’s more peaceful than sun salutations in the garden? Come join us for a free yoga class at Vedgewater, taught by an experienced professional instructor from Centered Studios. The class will be geared toward gardeners and the ailments that can come with gardening (knees, wrists, low back, etc). This class is open to students of all levels, no...

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Free

Pollinator Container Workshop

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

New! 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.

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$98.75

Tending to Trees in the Garden

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

Trees are expensive and valuable structural elements in a landscape. Commonly held misconceptions about trees often lead to oversight of their basic needs. Benefit from the combined experience and knowledge of two lifelong arborists to learn how to work with and enhance tree health.

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$40

Pollinators in the Fruit Orchard

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

Many insects besides honeybees can pollinate your orchard. A fruitful orchard depends on good soil, a congenial climate, appropriate pruning, and pollinators.You will learn which pollinators are most effective, and how to provide care and habitat for these hard-working, indispensible creatures.

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$40

Creating a Tropical Feel in Your Garden

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

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.

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$40
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