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The Poetics of Botanical Art: Gardens of Color

at School of the Art Institute of Chicago - The Loop 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603

This course is offered in collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Utilizing the rich resources of the Chicago Botanic Garden and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, explore traditional botanical illustration techniques and materials with room for play and experimentation. Develop Plein Air observational skills with a focus on botany as...

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$425

3 sessions

Gardening for Hummingbirds

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

One of summer’s delights is enjoying visits from the ruby-throated hummingbird. Learn about these special guests and how to attract them to gardens. Migration, plant selection, eco-friendly gardening practices, nesting, supplemental feeding, and citizen science will be discussed. Take a home a plant hummingbirds love.

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$30

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Grow Great Tomatoes

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

Improve your tomato success with guidance from Arboretum horticulturist Kat Haberman. Learn what tomato plants need to thrive. Get tips on selecting varieties, choosing healthy seedlings, planting, feeding, and harvesting. This class is great for the beginning gardener who wants to grow their tomato skills.

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$34

Design a Woodland Garden

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

Turn that wooded, shady spot into an elegant garden oasis in this two-week class full of design inspiration. In week one, explore the garden features and plants that embody the woodland garden aesthetic. Learn about using layers, textures and colors in a shady, woodland area. In week two, apply your learning to your own yard. Bring pictures, plat...

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$76

2 sessions

Summer Succulent Container Workshop

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

Succulent container gardens are very hot and trendy in the gardening world. Learn cultural guidelines and examples of designs to create a succulent container from start to finish.  These containers will give you enjoyment from spring through fall, and can be moved indoors in winter and held for another year of enjoyment the following season....

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$99

Cultivating Change through Gardening

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

Cultivating Change through Gardening with Jennifer Jewell Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio show and podcast, Cultivating Place, about women who are creating change in the world through careers in horticulture. In addition to sharing about her new book, The Earth In Her Hands:...

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$20

Dwarf Conifers

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

Dwarf conifers are excellent additions to any garden, particularly for adding four-season interest. Broaden your plant knowledge and design palette with this illustrated lecture and Garden tour. Learn to identify and use dwarf conifers for big impact. 

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$65

Soil Basics

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

Soil is an irreplaceable natural resource that affects plant selection and growth. Learn to maintain healthy soil; use compost, fertilizers, soilless and potting mixes, and other amendments. Discover how water cycles through a garden and affects soils and plants. Course fee includes a professionally analyzed test of your garden soil.  A supply...

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$337

7 sessions

Gardens of the 1920s

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

Home gardens in the 1920s celebrated and welcomed nature. Birdhouses, birdbaths, fish ponds, and rock gardens were the rage. Cottage-garden perennials, such as Canterbury bells, irises, foxglove, phlox, pyrethrum, coreopsis, hollyhocks, roses, columbine, and poppies were just some of the flowers that adorned the front and back gardens.

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$40

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Beginning Beekeeping

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

Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees?  Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join our experienced beekeeper and explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics,...

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$109

4 sessions

Pruning Shrubs in Spring

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

Get the most out of your shrubs with proper spring pruning.  Flowering shrubs often require pruning in the spring. In this class you will  find out which shrubs should be pruned before or after flowering, learn the methods for ‘renewal’ and ‘rejuvenation’ pruning and when to use them watch  live demonstrations with an Arboretum...

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$46

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Crop Planning

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

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.

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$75

Bonsai Basics

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

Learn the horticulture, art, and philosophy of bonsai through the history, fundamental aesthetic elements, and basic style types. You will learn about tools, wiring, soils, fertilizers, and year-round care.  A walk to view part of the Garden‘s Bonsai Collection is included. Dress for the weather.

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$40

Edible Gardening Workshop Series

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

Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. This series has something for everyone. Whether you are new to gardening or you are an experienced...

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$46

Soils: Where Are Your Roots?

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

One of the secrets to gardening success is an understanding of soils. Join Glenn Grosch for a detailed discussion of soils, including structure, fertilizers, understanding and managing pH, soil amendments, and water management. This course will also highlight proper horticultural techniques for a healthy soil ecosystem.

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$53
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