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Tool Prep and Tool Sharpening Workshop

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

Before temperatures drop below freezing, learn how to properly sharpen and oil your garden tools, winterize lawn mowers, small power equipment, and irrigation systems, and get snow equipment ready for the winter season. You will have a hands-on opportunity to practice what you learn, so bring along a pair of pruners or other small tools for sharpening....

Saturday Oct 12th, 9am - 10am

Heirloom Apple Tasting

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

Experience some of the great wealth of flavors not found in commercial apples today. This class will feature a collection of heirloom apples, once the common apples of the day and now only found in scattered collections in this country. Understand the nuances and complexities of apples our ancestors once knew. Sharpen your taste for apples that you...

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

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Introduction to Design Principles

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

This workshop introduces and reviews the landscape design process of site analysis, conceptual design, and evaluations, based on such landscape-design principles as balance, symmetry, proportion, scale, and unity. Looking at plant combinations and landscape features, you will learn about color, texture, line, form, and methods of creating garden s...

Tuesday Sep 24th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Botany 2

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

How do seeds germinate and develop into mature plants? How do plants move water up through their roots to their topmost branches? This course will explore such subjects as the plant cell, anatomy and growth of roots, stems, and leaves, photosynthesis, and the symbiotic association of plant roots with beneficial fungi and bacteria.  Prerequisite...

Monday Nov 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (12 sessions)
$349

12 sessions

Plant Propagation Made Easy

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

At last, a vegetative plant propagation course for the home gardener! Glenn Grosch will give you both the practical knowledge and the confidence needed to add vegetative propagation to your list of gardening skills. Specific areas to be covered include division, layering, leaf and stem cuttings, bulb division, and hardwood and softwood cuttings. Included...

Saturday Oct 19th, 9:30am - 12pm

Honeybee Diseases: ID and Treatment

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

Honeybee diseases can wreak havoc in the apiary if not properly diagnosed and treated. The class will cover integrated pest management and other ways to diagnose and control various ailments and pests.

Sunday Oct 6th, 9am - 12pm

Wintering Bees in Northern Illinois

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

Beehives can be a challenge to overwinter, especially with all of the issues facing beekeepers today. Learn tips on how to tip the odds in your favor.

Sunday Oct 6th, 1pm - 4pm

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Foundation Planting Design

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

Whether old or new, many homes have foundation plantings that need revamping. Learn the principles of good foundation design and view examples of plants that work well, reduce maintenance, and provide multi-seasonal interest. Good design will improve the curb appeal of your home, thus increasing its value.its value.

Tuesday Oct 1st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Weeping Trees: Small and Large

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

Most people know the weeping willow tree, but it’s not the only weeping form of a tree. Many species of shade trees, conifers, and several shrubs have weeping forms. Through a lecture and Garden walk, explore various sizes of weeping trees and weeping shrubs. Dress for the weather. 

Tuesday Nov 5th, 6pm - 8pm

Fruit Tree Pruning: Managing Fruit Crops

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Bronzeville 555 E 51st St, Chicago, Illinois 60615

This hands-on class is for beginning to intermediate growers. The session will include an introduction to the different fruit tree pruning forms, when to prune, strategic pruning, and general fruit tree maintenance. We will also cover how to care for fruiting crops that thrive in Plant Hardiness Zones 5–7.

Saturday Oct 19th, 9am - 3pm

Cutting Back Perennials

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

Many perennial plants need pruning before winter hits. Learn which plants to cut back and the best methods and tools. After a brief indoor introduction, head outside for a hands-on demonstration. A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstration and practice.  Dress for the weather and bring gloves.

Wednesday Nov 6th, 10am - 11am

Front Yard Design

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

Learn the basics of front yard landscape design by demonstrating how proper planting design can change the way you use and view your property. Your design should respond to your home’s architecture and be aesthetically pleasing. Topics include proper plant types and spacing, focusing and screening views, and creating curb appeal.

Tuesday Oct 15th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Holiday Lighting Techniques

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

Do you wish that your outdoor holiday lights could be as spectacular as the ones at the Garden? If so, join Heather Sherwood as she demonstrates the techniques used to decorate trees and shrubs with lights for the holiday season. Learn how to estimate equipment and time, install the lights, and maintain a beautiful show.  You’ll learn the tricks...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6pm - 8pm

Tree ID at Reed-Turner Woodland

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago Long Grove Exact Meeting Point TBD, Chicago, Illinois 60047

Learn how to identify our native deciduous trees while enjoying a beautiful fall hike through Reed-Turner Woodland. The diverse habitat of this Illinois State Nature Preserve contains an oak/hickory woodland, flood-plain forest, wooded ravine, and restored wetland. You will learn how to identify trees not only by their leaves, but also by...

Saturday Oct 12th, 1pm - 3:30pm

Youth Farm Facilitator Training

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

Are you interested in learning more about how to work with youth in an urban agriculture or school garden setting? Would you like to know more about structuring a youth development program centered on sustainable agriculture and food systems during the summer or school year? Please join the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm staff for a day of focused learning,...

Saturday Nov 2nd, 8:30am - 3:30pm

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