Sat, Nov 2
8:30am - 3:30pm
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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
To cut or not to cut your woody plants? What you cut today affects what the plant will look like and how well it will grow for years to come. After a brief classroom discussion, you will have the opportunity to practice pruning small woody plants. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty, as most of the class will be spent outside,...
Saturday Oct 19th, 1pm - 3pm
Staghorn fern mounts are easy to care for and make beautiful and creative additions to your home, especially for the holidays! Mount your own staghorn fern, mimicking reindeer antlers, onto a rustic wooden board with moss and soil. Leave class with a completed mount and knowledge of basic care to keep them happy for years to come. Please bring...
Tuesday Nov 19th, 6pm - 8pm
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 Oct 22nd, 6pm - 9pm(6 sessions)
Learn to create an enjoyable backyard space that is functional and fun. Explore the design and development of dining and entertaining areas (such as decks and patios), children’s play spaces, and outdoor storage and utility areas. Learn how to screen and focus views to create a sense of enclosure for private areas with comfort and security.
Tuesday Oct 22nd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Our binomial system for plant names is a terrific system. Who decides on the name? Why do some names change? What's up with trademarks and patents? Take this class and get your plant name questions answered.
Saturday Nov 2nd, 9am - 11am
Make a family of snowmen bundled up for a cold winters’ day. This 4- x 6-inch figurine is complete with four little snowmen wearing adorable winter accessories. Learn needle felting techniques and how to sculpt wool into fun and imaginative shapes.
Wednesday Dec 4th, 1pm - 4pm
Winter is the best time to prune most trees and shrubs. Proper pruning is the key to maintaining plant health and shape. Learn techniques for dormant winter pruning, pruning principles for trees and shrubs, and the proper use of tools. A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstration and practice. Dress for the weather.
Saturday Dec 7th, 9am - 11:30am
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Explore the mystery of owls at night. Learn owl behavior and identification, as well as the places these fascinating birds are likely to be seen. After an indoor discussion, you will enjoy a guided walk in the woods to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight and binoculars.
Friday Nov 1st, 6:30pm - 9pm
To add a breath of spring to your home this winter, discover proper techniques for forcing bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and minor bulbs. You will learn to choose varieties that are good performers and to combine them in one pot for a mini-garden effect. You will then pot up some bulbs to take home. This class is offered in partnership...
Saturday Nov 16th, 9am - 11am
How do you take your plans from the drawing board to creating the garden without being overwhelmed by the amount of work and money? Learn how to develop a shopping list and timeline to phase the work over several seasons. You’ll receive some useful tips on budgeting, purchasing plants, and working with landscape professionals.
Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
In the colder months, the Garden’s Greenhouses brim with poinsettias and other holiday plants of many hues. Learn about propagation techniques, greenhouse environmental and computer systems, watering and fertilizing equipment, and how the growing space is managed throughout the year.
Saturday Dec 14th, 9am - 11am
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The shiitake is an edible mushroom native to East Asia that is used in many dishes across the world. Explore the history and various methods of shiitake mushroom cultivation. Each student will create and leave with their own inoculated oak log that will produce shiitake mushrooms for years to come.
Saturday Dec 7th, 12pm - 2pm
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s outdoor environment is a unique alternative to a health club. Walking for fitness outside provides an experience that simply cannot be duplicated indoors. Stimulate your mind and body with fresh air and scenic vistas that change weekly. Build endurance, gain core strength, and improve your balance and stability as you...
Saturday Sep 7th, 8am - 9am(5 sessions)
Enjoy this most popular of tours, an amazing urban safari! Join in the fun as you see great architecture, beaches, lagoons, gardens and animals. A fantastic mix of nature and attractions! Top sights include the lakefront, Navy Pier, North Ave. Beach, the Zoo, and the Conservatory. Please Note: $20 Materials Fee will be collected at the time of the...
Saturday Aug 24th, 10am - 12:30pm