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Enjoy a tour featuring the summer containers at the Garden. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Your container may include annuals, perennials, herbs, and decorative foliage. Please bring gloves.
Trees are expensive and valuable structural elements in a landscape. Commonly held misconceptions about trees often lead to oversight of their basic needs. Benefit from the combined experience and knowledge of two lifelong arborists to learn how to work with and enhance tree health.
Vines add add beauty through their flowers, fruits, and foliage. They can also add height to small gardens, soften harsh lines, and hide unattractive structures. Learn which vines help diversify and add interest to your home landscape.
Improper mulching can do far more harm to plants than not mulching at all. Learn how much mulch is enough, where to spread it, and the best material to use, as well as how to edge your garden for a professional look.
The plight of pollinators and nectar-feeding insects is well known. Honeybees, native bees, monarch butterflies, moths, and many lesser-known insects rely mainly on native plants for survival and reproduction. Explore recommended pollinator-attracting plants for Midwest gardens including native and nonnative cultivars, and nectar-rich varieties.
The term “flower essence” is frequently interchanged for “flower remedy”: an unscented, herbal infusion made from the flowering part of a plant. See flowers (and archetypes) in a whole new way, exploring botanical family, form and gesture, color, geometry, fragrance, texture, taste, seasonal and daily cycles, relationship to the environment,...
This course is intended for aspiring urban-agriculture entrepreneurs who are launching or planning to launch a local foods business. The course has been designed for practicing sustainable urban agriculturalists who want to produce vegetable crops and agricultural products for sale in commercial markets. Course content has been developed in partnership...
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The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of home-grown vegetables. Discuss and practice how to get the most out of the growing season by adding cool season vegetables to your fall garden. Learn about variety selection, mulching, and extending the season.
Showcased in this course are the wild mushrooms of Northern Illinois, specifically those of Lake, Cook, DuPage, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties as they appear throughout the seasons. Learn defining characteristics, edibility, and idiosyncrasies of native fungi.
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...
New! 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, ladybugs, and more.
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Exuberant gardens overflowing with old-fashioned flowers come to mind when we think of cottage gardens. Shrub roses, foxgloves, poppies, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, vegetables, and herbs all have a place. Discover bed and border designs and plant combinations that can help you get the look of an English-style cottage garden.
Learn how to split your beehive to make nucleus colonies or more honey-production hives. There will be a live demonstration of splitting a hive. All participants are required to bring their own bee suit. There will not be extra suits available at the class.
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.