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Insect and Garden Critters Topiary

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

Create a portable, whimsical topiary using insect-shaped galvanized wire frames.  You will stuff the frame with long-fibered sphagnum moss and plant with a variety of stunning annuals and perennials. Insect frames include bees, praying mantis, and ladybugs.

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$99

Charming Bungalow Garden Design

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

Bungalows and Arts and Crafts-inspired houses are typically charming smaller homes found in cities and suburbs across the country. These popular style homes are appealing because they were often designed to be in harmony with nature and outdoor living. Discover how plants, hardscape, and other elements can enhance your own bungalow garden.

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$40

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Sustainable Gardening: Pollinator Garden Seminar

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

Sustainable Gardening Series Pollinator Garden Seminar with Melinda Myers Kick off pollinator week with gardening expert Melinda Myers. Learn to support pollinators in your landscape with this detailed, practical, and hands-on seminar, led by one of the region’s leading horticulturists. Why are pollinators important? Whether planting a garden, enjoying...

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$120

Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

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

Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging. The instructors will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create your favorite version. All plant materials will be collected fresh from the Arboretum grounds. Each student will...

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$46

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Introduction to Grading and Drainage

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

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to basic grading and drainage concepts as they relate to design. Acquire a critical understanding of key earth forms and drainage patterns in residential landscapes through active discussions and hands-on projects.  Prerequisites:  Graphics,  Introduction to Professional...

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$599

10 sessions

Bird Walk: Fall Migration

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

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.

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$20

The Organic Vegetable Garden in Summer

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

Through classroom discussion and outdoor activities, learn about heat-loving vegetables and herbs to grow in your summer garden. Related topics include direct sowing, transplanting, sustainable watering techniques, and more.

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$40

Spring Containers at the Garden

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

Tour the Garden’s spring containers and collect ideas for your own. Then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures and a full-sun to partial-shade location. Pansies, forced bulbs, and other spring treasures may be used. 

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$89

English Gardening Styles

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

Historic English gardens used beautiful plants in amazing compositions. Discover exciting gardening styles with a strong focus on examining relevant plants and combinations for your own garden.  Explore specific examples of gardening success at gardens such as Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Gravetye Manor, RHS-Wisley, and the Royal Botanic Garden-Kew....

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$40

Pollinator Container Workshop

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

Learn how to welcome pollinators to your home with a diverse array of flowering annuals that will also give you season-long color. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Please bring gloves.

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$89

Healthcare Garden Design

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

This eight-day program includes case studies, group projects, field trips, lectures, and instruction from experts from healthcare garden-related professions. Working in multidisciplinary teams that reflect the real world of healthcare garden design, your learning will be reinforced through tours of healthcare facilities in the Chicago area. Registration...

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$4,450

8 sessions

Endless Possibilities Home Garden Tour

at The Morton Arboretum

What can a gardener do with a typical suburban plot? A LOT! Come and be inspired by the possibilities showcased at this Homer Glen home.  On a 90’ by 50’ lot, the homeowners have installed a series of garden rooms, including a shaded woodland garden, a sun garden, a pond, a rain garden, and a raised-bed kitchen garden. The magnificent hardscaping...

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$34

Summer Garden Maintenance

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

Proper watering, fertilizing, pruning, edging, deadheading, staking, and mulching practices can make the difference between a healthy, well-kept garden and a landscape that gets ahead of you. You will have a hands-on opportunity to practice what you learn, so bring along a pair of pruners, and dress for the weather.

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$40

Ground Covers and Vines

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

Online and Onsite Hybrid Learn more about the fascinating world of climbers, trailers, and spreaders. You will learn identification techniques, ornamental qualities, and cultural traits of nearly 60 ground covers and vines. Plants studied will include the common English ivy and vinca as well as lesser-known cultivars of clematis and coral-bells....

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$400

13 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.

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$72
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