Sat, Sep 12
9:00am - 11:00am Central Time
53 classes have spots left
One of the most elegant and useful plants in the outdoor landscape is the fern. Most gardeners don’t realize that there is a fairly large number of hardy species and an enormous variety of garden cultivars in a myriad of sizes, forms, and textures that can be used in the Chicago area. In addition, there are a number of mutations that provide...
Saturday Sep 12th, 9am - 11am Central Time
Fall is the best time to prepare for a healthy, lush lawn for the upcoming season. Learn the basics of lawn renovation and how to prepare your lawn for winter. Discuss and observe proper techniques for installing sod, seeding and overseeding, and aerating and fertilizing—all aimed at revitalizing your lawn. Dress for the weather, as part of the class...
Saturday Sep 5th, 10am - 12pm Central Time
Participants will learn the fundamental principles of aquaponics production, as well as tips and tricks for building an at-home or small-scale aquaponics system. This course will include hands-on work with the nursery system and the 52,000-gallon aquaponics production system.
Saturday Dec 12th, 10:30am - 3pm Central Time
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This fall, take a walk in the Garden and learn to identify birds in their sometimes-confusing fall plumage. Earlier bird migration 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.
Saturday Sep 12th, 7:30am - 9am Central Time
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Get growing all year round! This is a technical training course intended for aspiring growers interested in learning best-practice season-extension techniques. It will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to keep growing as the months get colder. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are...
Saturday Sep 12th, 9am - 1:30pm Central Time
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 Sep 23rd, 6pm - 9pm Central Time
Shinrin-yoku, Japanese forest bathing, refers to the practice of immersing all of your senses in the healing forest to reduce stress hormones and increase immune function. Connect with forest life around you through mindful activities on a gentle walk, typically covering less than a mile, and ending with a simple tea ceremony utilizing...
Sunday Sep 13th, 6:15pm - 8:15pm Central Time
The Garden Wall and Berm zips by in a flash for drivers on the Edens Expressway, yet there is so much more to appreciate. Tour this highly visible, yet virtually inaccessible, jewel in the crown of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Join us and discover the secret gardens along the mile-long Garden Wall.
Saturday Sep 26th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm Central Time
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 1st, 10am - 12pm Central Time
Bring realism to your botanical artwork with a focus on identifying the morphological features of plants. Emphasizing specific plant parts in illustrations is critical to the identification of plant species in both scientific floras and identification manuals. Through a combination of lectures and lab/studio time, you will identify key characteristics...
Thursday Sep 3rd, 6pm - 8:30pm Central Time(6 sessions)
Enjoy samplings of different varieties of sake and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bonsai Studio on the south end of the Garden. Explore our two outdoor growing spaces and where we overwinter our trees in our three climate-controlled areas. Get a sneak peek at nearly 300 trees and our new facility. Alcohol will be served in this class;...
Thursday Sep 3rd, 6pm - 8pm Central Time
Whether formal or informal, garden walkways create style and overall mood, and are usually a visitor’s first impression of your garden. Learn the basics of the design and construction of garden walks and paths. Many paving options will be explored, such as concrete pavers, bricks, gravel, and natural stone. Weigh the pros and cons of each...
Tuesday Sep 15th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time
Learn to identify more than 50 large deciduous trees, gain a greater understanding of the multitude of functions they serve in gardens and the landscape, and discover the wonders they offer year-round. Develop your ability to identify trees using their buds, bark, and habit, in addition to leaf shape and other characteristics. OPC, PGL 1, PGL...
Tuesday Sep 29th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time(13 sessions)
Learn to identify more than 50 large deciduous trees, gain a greater understanding of the many functions they serve in gardens and the landscape, and discover the wonders they offer year-round. Develop your ability to identify trees using their buds, bark, and habit, in addition to leaf shape and other characteristics.
Tuesday Sep 29th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time(13 sessions)
Explore advanced pen-and-ink techniques and composition in botanical documentation and illustration. You will draw advanced plant forms and their parts, developing sound linear and tonal concepts, communicating accurate botanical information, and learning the aesthetics of botanical art. Learn techniques to use a crow quill (dip pen). Prerequisites:...
Tuesday Sep 22nd, 6pm - 9pm Central Time(6 sessions)
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