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Rejuvenated Jewelry

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

Inspired by the little treasures you save and love, we will cleverly combine old and new elements to create spectacular jewelry. Bring your special and sentimental keepsakes, single earrings, buttons, charms, chains, family photos, and found objects and let Bonnie Arkin inspire your creativity.  You will learn to solder, wire wrap, and string....

Tuesday Feb 26th, 7pm - 9pm

  (8 sessions)
$239

8 sessions

Mosaic Workshop

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

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 Feb 28th, 7pm - 9pm

  (7 sessions)
$199

7 sessions

Hands-on Cooking: Indian High Tea

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

Learn to make mouthwatering Indian street food and chai tea in this cooking class, featuring vegetarian snack recipes that are perfect for parties.  Make a delicious platter of vegetable pakoras: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and spinach dipped in gram (chickpea) flour to make crunchy fritters. Complete the party spread with masala chai, a must-have...

Friday Mar 1st, 11am - 1:30pm

Winter Photography at Trailside Center

at Chicago Botanic Garden - River Forest 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest, Illinois 60305

While morning light offers dramatic photo opportunities, winter light combined with snow and shadow presents particular photographic challenges. Learn how to compose and meter for these unique light levels to capture inspiring images on both land and water. A map will be sent with your registration.

Sunday Feb 17th, 9am - 12pm

Fruit Tree Pruning Techniques

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

Orchardist Dan Bussey will show you various methods to prune and train your fruit trees to grow healthy and strong. Pruning and training can be intimidating, but with a little preparation, this rewarding winter activity will make your trees more productive. Class introduces the culture of apples, pears, cherries, and other stone fruits that you can...

Sunday Feb 17th, 9am - 11am

Demonstration Cooking: Seeds

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

Explore the crunchy textures and flavors seeds add to recipes in this cooking class. Enjoy a light lunch of wilted frisée salad with pear and dukkah, roasted cauliflower with tahini pomegranate dressing, and turkey-stuffed tortillas with Oaxacan mole verde. Take home a portion of dukkah, a spicy seed mixture.

Tuesday Feb 19th, 11am - 12:30pm

Front Yard Design

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

This course will teach you the basics of front yard landscape design. A lecture and slides will demonstrate how proper planting design can change the way you use and view your property. Your front yard design should respond to your home’s architecture as well as be aesthetically pleasing. Topics will include proper plant types and spacing, focusing...

Tuesday Feb 19th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Winter Bird Walk

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

Join bird expert Alan Anderson to explore the Garden in its winter glory. Discover our winter bird residents and the early migrants of spring. Each walk is approximately one to two hours long. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have one.

Saturday Feb 23rd, 7:30am - 9am

WCH: Youth Farm Facilitator Training

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

Are you interested in learning more about how to work with youth in an urban agriculture or school garden setting? Would you like to know more about structuring a youth development program centered on sustainable agriculture and food systems during the summer or school year? Please join the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm staff for a day of focused learning,...

Saturday Feb 23rd, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Small Space Food Gardens

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

Bill Shores will offer an overview of techniques to produce food organically in small urban/suburban spaces. Through photos and garden planting graphics, you will gain an understanding of the process of designing a successful food garden.  Topics include efficient use of in-ground space, intensive and succession planting techniques, raised bed...

Saturday Feb 23rd, 12pm - 2pm

Photographing Orchids

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

In conjunction with the Orchid Show, photographer Jack Carlson offers a close-up flower photography class. Learn techniques for macro photography, including tips on focus, lighting, background, and composition. Class includes hands-on shooting sessions at the show before hours, after which we will critique each other’s images. A...

Sunday Feb 24th, 8am - 11am

  (3 sessions)
$179

3 sessions

Easy Care Houseplants

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

Growing and maintaining landscape plants in the Midwest is different than it was even just a few decades ago. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones have shifted northward. How should gardeners, designers, landscape professionals, and city foresters respond?  This class will draw on the latest research and insights from experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden,...

Sunday Feb 24th, 9am - 10:30am

Colored Pencil: Exotic Plants

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

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Greenhouses contain many exotic plants, displayed in facsimiles of their native habitats, which students will use as subjects. Draw from life in the Greenhouses, making studies of the intricate plant structures and colors, then return to the studio to translate studies into compositions. Work in graphite leading to finished...

Thursday Mar 21st, 9am - 12pm

  (5 sessions)
$298

5 sessions

Backyard Design

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

Learn how to create an enjoyable backyard space that is both functional and exciting. This course will focus on the design and development of functional and attractive spaces, including dining and entertaining areas (such as decks and patios), children’s play spaces, and outdoor storage and utility areas.  Learn how to screen and focus views...

Tuesday Feb 26th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Advanced Rejuvenated Jewelry

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

This class is for those students who have participated in Rejuvenated Jewelry and are ready to learn more techniques and explore many creative ideas. We create spectacular jewelry from vintage broken jewelry, watches, tin, and china.  Bring your grandma’s jewelry box and collected treasures.  Prerequisite: Rejuvenated Jewelry or consent...

Wednesday Feb 27th, 7pm - 9pm

  (8 sessions)
$239

8 sessions

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