Sat, May 4
8:00am - 9:00am
Meets 5 Times
94 classes have spots left
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s outdoor environment is a unique alternative to a health club. Walking for fitness outside provides an experience that simply cannot be duplicated indoors. Stimulate your mind and body with fresh air and scenic vistas that change weekly. Build endurance, gain core strength, and improve your balance and stability as you...
Saturday May 4th, 8am - 9am(5 sessions)
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 4th, 8am - 1pm
Coquille board is a lovely textured surface that encourages fast, fun, and beautiful renderings of botanical subjects. We will start in full value black and white and move on to color. A supply list will be sent with your confirmation.
Saturday May 4th, 9am - 4pm(2 sessions)
With 27 gardens, nine islands, six miles of shoreline, and four nature areas spread across 385 acres, the Chicago Botanic Garden is both a dream environment and a challenge for photographers. How can I take a photo worthy of what I am seeing? We will first discuss places and techniques for creating captivating images, review easy-to-apply compositional...
Saturday May 4th, 9am - 11am(2 sessions)
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 4th, 9:30am - 12pm
New! Explore full-flavored ingredients from the plant world in this cooking class. Learn to use chives in orange and red onion salad; tarragon and parsley in leek, scallion, and fennel gratin; and oregano and basil in roasted garlic-shallot-ricotta sauce with pasta.
Saturday May 4th, 11am - 12:30pm
Learn everything you need to know about rhubarb in this cooking class. Cover the how-tos of water-bath canning, an easy method of home food preservation. Safety concerns and equipment needs will be addressed. You will make and take home a jar of rhubarb chutney, which is delicious when paired with cheese.
Sunday May 5th, 11am - 1pm
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 May 30th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm(8 sessions)
Weeds are a common problem in every landscape lawn and garden. Their control depends on correct identification. In this class, we will learn to identify common weeds and the control options available.
Monday May 6th, 6pm - 9pm
Study more than 60 different deciduous flowering shrubs (and their cultivars and related species) suitable for commercial landscape and home garden use in the Chicago region. During weekly slide lectures and Garden walks, the identification, cultural information, aesthetic qualities, and landscape uses of both common and more unusual shrubs...
Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(13 sessions)
Annuals and biennials have a rich tradition and exciting future. During this course, focus on the most popular cool- and warm-season species along with a selection of the new cultivars and unusual plants, all of which are well-suited to container and in-ground gardening in the Midwest. During the lectures and Garden walks, learn plant identification...
Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(13 sessions)
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. All materials...
Thursday May 9th, 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 9th, 6:30pm - 9pm(2 sessions)
Annuals can be used in many ways to 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.
Saturday May 11th, 9am - 11am
Gain inspiration for a spring brunch menu highlighting flavors and textures of herbs. In this cooking class, you will explore working with phyllo dough to prepare veggie quiche cups; spinach salad with frisee and strawberries; crispy polenta triangles; and chicken sausage patties. Pot up a miniature herb garden of fresh basil, parsley,...
Saturday May 11th, 10am - 12pm