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Not quite ready to let go of your Christmas tree after the holidays? In this demonstration workshop, learn how to upcycle your tree by breaking it down and creating beautiful containers or window boxes. You will also find out ways to use the branches to spruce up your flower beds in the winter months.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60022 Glencoe, Suburbs
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60022
The Learning Center is located in the Regenstein Learning Campus. (a five-minute walk from the parking lot).
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The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2013, one million people visited the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on...
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Explore dry and wet seed processing for your backyard or community garden. The workshop includes strategies to collect seeds, hands-on processing, and tips for storage to extend the life of your seeds. Materials for this class are inexpensive and easy to find so you can replicate these techniques at home.
Saturday Jan 25th, 11am - 1pm
Saturday Jan 25th, 1pm - 3pm
Explore topics including the cultural, historical, and environmental significance of saving seeds. You will learn the different pollination processes and special practices for heirloom or single varietal plantings. Conversations will focus on the ecological relationships in seed saving, fundamental seed literacy, good food and good land practices,...
Sunday Jan 26th, 9am - 12pm
This highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener course will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. Learn how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden. Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted...
Saturday Feb 8th, 9am - 12pm(9 sessions)
This workshop covers site analysis, vegetable garden plan components, space saving techniques and spacing, cool- and warm-season crops, crop and variety selection, three-season and succession planning. There will be crop plan examples and a template for you to start your own crop plan. Bring a drawing of your farm site with dimensions.
Saturday Feb 8th, 10:30am - 3pm
Attractive and interesting landscapes are achievable during the long winter season. Colorful fruits and bark stand out in the gray skies, as do the branching habit and shape of plants. Learn about the trees and shrubs that add interesting form, color, and texture to the winter landscape. Dress for the weather.
Thursday Feb 13th, 9am - 11am
Along with the many edible mushrooms dotting our Illinois landscape, our woodlands, flood plains, ravine communities, and even our own backyards often contain poisonous mushrooms. Get introduced not only to mushrooms that can make you very sick and those that are deadly, but also to the various toxins these mushrooms contain.
Saturday Feb 22nd, 11am - 1pm
Learn techniques on how to avoid buying bees for your apiary every spring. We will cover how to select good stock to start your hive, easy ways to make a few queens to propagate stock that winters in your area, and how to make splits from your own bees to increase hive counts or replace dead colonies.
Saturday Feb 29th, 9am - 11am
Growing and eating sprouts can present benefits to enhance your immune function and increase your body’s ability to heal. Learn how easy it can be to grow life-giving foods that heal, how to incorporate sprouts into your diet, and taste samples of the indoor harvest.
Wednesday Mar 4th, 6pm - 8pm
Join us for a discussion of orchid cultural requirements, focusing on the orchid root system and the importance of proper potting. Discover what makes a good potting mix, how to pot for different growing conditions and how to troubleshoot poor growth, a lack of flowers, and dying leaves. It’s all in the roots! A tour of the Orchid Show is includ...
Saturday Mar 7th, 1pm - 3pm
Learning the correct technique for pruning is key to maintaining healthy plants. Tim Johnson will introduce you to the principles of pruning, including proper tool use, techniques for pruning trees and shrubs, and the best time to prune both evergreen and deciduous plants. He will also display a variety of good tools for pruning.
Sunday Mar 8th, 1pm - 3pm
This is a technical training course for aspiring growers who are interested in learning best-practice season-extension techniques. It will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to get a jump on the spring growing season. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are expected to work indoors...
Saturday Mar 14th, 9am - 1:30pm
Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support. During each Sunday class, discover several...
Sunday Mar 15th, 9am - 4pm(9 sessions)
The Garden’s production department grows nearly a half-million plants every year. Join Tim Pollak for a behind-the-scenes tour through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s greenhouses and nursery. Be the first to see which spring annuals will appear in the 2019 annual display beds, hanging baskets, containers, and hanging hayracks. You will also get a...
Saturday Mar 21st, 9am - 11am
Explore native tropical fauna, indigenous peoples, and how culture is tied to horticulture. Take a glimpse into the ancient Hawaiian way of life by touching on topics such as island biology, native agriculture systems, Hawaiian legends, and the importance of plants to the native Hawaiian’s culture.
Saturday Mar 21st, 11am - 1pm
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