Sat, Jul 20
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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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.
Saturday Jul 20th, 1pm - 3pm
Versatile honey, with its flavors, smells, and sweetness, enhances summer picnic recipes. In this cooking class, taste honey samples and learn to use different varietals to create caponata, curried chicken salad, kale, clementine, and hazelnut salad; Tuscan farro; and honey whole wheat pretzel bites with honey mustard dipping sauce.
Sunday Jul 21st, 1pm - 2:30pm
Exuberant gardens overflowing with old-fashioned flowers come to mind when we think of cottage gardens. Shrub roses, foxgloves, poppies, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, vegetables, and herbs all have a place. Discover bed and border designs and plant combinations that can help you get the look of an English-style cottage garden.
Tuesday Jul 23rd, 10am - 12pm
Discover the joy and beauty of mosaic art in the pique assiette tradition. Pique assiette, or “broken plates,” incorporates a wonderful blending of color, form, and texture. This mosaic folk art can be found in many cultures and is popular today as a way to recycle a favorite piece of china or broken heirloom. Work under the guidance of Bonnie...
Thursday Aug 8th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm(8 sessions)
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.
Thursday Jul 25th, 10am - 12pm
Most of us notice how gorgeous gardens are when the sun is shining, but how often do we see what they look like at night? Take an evening Garden walk to view and discuss night blooming plants and how to add them in your own garden. You might even catch some night pollinators in action.
Friday Jul 26th, 9pm - 10:30pm
New! Successfully illustrating proper positioning of objects in space is an essential component of drawing. Through sketching structural elements in the Garden and in the classroom setting, you will gain an understanding of linear perspective, shadows, and reflections. Explore how you think about the visual representation of a landscape to improve...
Saturday Jul 27th, 9am - 3pm
See, touch, smell, and taste common ways to use herbal preparations including dried, capsules, teas, decoctions, infusions, salves, tinctures, syrups, poultices, essential oils, and flower remedies/essences. Learn how “dis-ease” gradually builds and how to reverse it. Make four items for an herbal first-aid kit to take home and receive reference...
Saturday Jul 27th, 10am - 5pm
The term “flower essence” is frequently interchanged for “flower remedy”: an unscented, herbal infusion made from the flowering part of a plant. See flowers (and archetypes) in a whole new way, exploring botanical family, form and gesture, color, geometry, fragrance, texture, taste, seasonal and daily cycles, relationship to the environment,...
Sunday Jul 28th, 11am - 4pm
Summer is the best time to work on your tropical bonsai trees. This comprehensive workshop will cover all aspects of tropical tree care, styles, grafting, air layering, and soil types. Bring your trees in for critique, styling, and repotting, and set a course for the future of your bonsai tree.
Wednesday Aug 21st, 6pm - 9pm
This workshop will help you get your tree and display ready to show at the Garden’s August bonsai exhibition. With each stage of development in bonsai, different techniques are needed to increase the refinement of your tree. Focus on detail wiring, refinement, and basics of bonsai display. Bring your tree, stand, scroll, and accent plants to build...
Wednesday Jul 31st, 6pm - 9pm
Join photographer and storyteller Eddie Soloway for an entertaining and inspirational presentation designed to open you up to the beauty right in front of our noses...and deep inside our hearts.
Friday Aug 2nd, 7pm - 8:30pm
Watercolor is a luminous medium perfect for capturing foliage and flowers. Learn how to mix colors such as the bright greens and florescent colors found in the garden. You will work in the traditional English style using dry brush. Watercolors and paper will be provided by the instructor. You will work from live specimens. Prerequisite: Watercolor...
Saturday Aug 3rd, 9:30am - 3:30pm(2 sessions)
Eddie Soloway brings his Natural Eye workshop to the Chicago Botanic Garden. In this weekend intensive, Eddie weaves together many of the elements of his Santa Fe-based workshop, including activities designed to change your perspective, sharpen your senses, and fine-tune your techniques. Please note the cancellation policy for this workshop: Withdrawal...
Saturday Aug 3rd, 9:30am - 4:30pm(2 sessions)
Learn how to ferment cabbage in a saltwater brine, creating an environment in which probiotics can flourish, to turn it into tasty, tangy sauerkraut. Learn the how and why of lacto-fermentation including salt-to-water ratio, proper fermenting environment, and knowing when your sauerkraut is ready. Prepare your own jar of kraut to bring home and ferment...
Sunday Aug 4th, 11am - 1pm