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Preparing Bonsai for Storage

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

Prepare your bonsai trees for the fall and winter seasons. Proper feeding, pruning, and winter storage options for both temperate and tropical bonsai will be covered. Students are encouraged to bring bonsai trees for late summer to early fall work. A map and driving directions will be sent with your confirmation.

Wednesday Sep 25th, 6pm - 9pm

$52.50

Bird Walk: Fall Migration

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

Take a walk in the Garden and learn to identify birds in their sometimes-confusing fall plumage. Earlier bird walks will highlight warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, while later ones will feature ducks, sparrows, and hawks. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

Wednesday Sep 25th, 7:30am - 9am

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Winter Containers at the Garden

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

Explore the winter containers at the Garden and learn ways to extend your own containers into the winter season. Then prepare a container with fresh-cut evergreen boughs and berried or brightly colored branches. Please bring gloves and pruners.

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 10am - 12pm

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arranging

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Ikebana expresses the beauty and elegance of nature through a transformation of fresh or dried plant materials. Each week, students create new and different styles of arrangements. Explore the discipline and values of Ikebana through the knowledge and application of rules and forms, to appreciate...

Tuesday Sep 10th, 12:30pm - 2pm

  (6 sessions)
$430

6 sessions

Introduction to Beekeeping

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

Learn all the basics needed to start keeping bees. This includes what to expect, how to put together equipment, how to get bees in your hive, finding the queen, feeding, what to look for after the bees are installed, and seasonal chores.

Sunday Dec 8th, 9am - 2pm

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Planting Design

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

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses toward a working understanding of planting design. Weekly discussions and individual projects will focus on basic elements of planting design, including an understanding of color and texture, plant combinations, planting bed layout, installation techniques, and maintenance practices. ...

Wednesday Sep 11th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (11 sessions)
$618.75

11 sessions

Growing Herbs Indoors and Out

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

Rosemary, bay leaves, thyme, basil, and oregano are staple herbs for cooks, and there are many more that are just as easy to grow. In summer, herbs attract pollinators and add fragrance to the garden, and in winter, they can brighten a kitchen counter or windowsill. Discover the joy of growing, harvesting, and using your own fresh herbs.  This...

Saturday Oct 26th, 10am - 12pm

Bulbs for Beginners

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

Flowering bulbs provide vivid color after the doldrums of winter. Learn to select and grow bulbs to enhance your garden. Discuss season-extending bulb design and how to interplant with perennials and shrubs for a spectacular display. After class, stop by the Fall Bulb Festival to purchase bulbs for your garden with advice from Jill Selinger.

Saturday Oct 5th, 9am - 11am

Late Season Perennials with Annuals

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

Extend and enhance late-season color and texture in your gardens by pairing gorgeous and resilient herbaceous perennials with colorful annuals. You will explore hardy, late-blooming perennials, ornamental grasses, and sedges for different site conditions, accented with companion annuals that often bloom into November, while providing food and habitat...

Saturday Oct 12th, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Bonsai Beginner

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

During this six-week basics and fundamentals course, discover principles and techniques to appreciate and participate in the art of bonsai.  Each student will get a tree to work on in class each week. By the end of the class you and your tree will have taken the first steps into bonsai.  Each session includes a detailed lecture and assistance...

Tuesday Oct 1st, 6pm - 9pm

  (5 sessions)
$329

5 sessions

Woody Plants for Butterflies

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

Did you know an oak tree is the larval host for more than 500 species of butterflies and moths? Discover the trees, evergreens, shrubs, and vines that are home to a wide array of Lepidoptera. Find out how to attract butterflies to your home landscape. Explore the host plants and life cycles of common favorites and rare beauties.

Saturday Oct 5th, 9am - 12pm

DIY Fall Garden Flag

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

Make your own burlap garden flag that celebrates fall! Under the guidance of your instructor, learn techniques to paint and stencil a design on an rustic-chic burlap flag. Finish your flag with three-dimensional collage elements to add texture and interest. The flag is approximately 12” by 18” and comes with a metal frame to stake in your garden...

Sunday Oct 6th, 10am - 3pm

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Cold Season Growing: September, October and November

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Lower West Side 2800 S Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60608

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 and outd...

Saturday Sep 21st, 9am - 3pm

Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop

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

Bonsai trees require constant maintenance and attention to thrive. You will learn skills to critique and care for your tree that will set a foundation for a long-lived, healthy tree.  A map and driving directions will be sent with your confirmation. Required Material: Bring your own tree that needs work and evaluation to this workshop.

Wednesday Oct 16th, 6pm - 9pm

$52.50

Deciduous Bonsai Tree Workshop

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

Fall is a great time to work on deciduous bonsai trees. In this class, we will discuss deciduous bonsai care and how it changes from season to season, including feeding, pruning, and repotting. Fall is the time to wire deciduous trees, so be sure to bring your tree to discuss their design.

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 6pm - 9pm

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