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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60022 Glencoe, Suburbs
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60022
The Learning Center is located in the Regenstein Learning Campus. (a five-minute walk from the parking lot).
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The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2013, one million people visited the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on...
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Learn plant id skills and basic botanical terminology to key out a plant or tree using field guides and have the language to describe what you’re observing. Plant specimens will be available to practice your new skills under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Required Materials: Please bring a lupe (8x) magnifying glass, or something...
Saturday Feb 1st, 9am - 11am
If you are new to gardening or the Midwest, you’ll benefit from knowing how our climate and changing seasons can affect your garden. Learn solutions to address the ongoing challenges of temperature and moisture extremes, soil problems, and wind to have a successful garden in every season.
Saturday Feb 1st, 10am - 12pm
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 Feb 7th, 6:30pm - 9pm
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 Feb 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn to select the right plant for a particular indoor space and how to determine ideal lighting levels. Explore correct watering principles and know when to repot and prune your houseplants. Featured plants include Phalaenopsis orchids, bonsai, terrariums, and air plants.
Saturday Feb 15th, 9am - 11am
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.
Saturday Feb 22nd, 9am - 2pm
Why, botanically speaking, is a tomato a fruit? What is the difference between a fern and a moss? Come join us in Botany 1 to learn the answers to these questions and more. We will explore the importance of plants to our lives; plant taxonomy and classification; and the life cycles, distinguishing features, and diversity of plants. Please Note: This...
Monday Mar 23rd, 6:30pm - 9pm(10 sessions)
Experience a full season of a Chicago vegetable garden with the focus on what to do, why, and when. During the session, you will follow a successful home vegetable gardener from plant selection all the way through harvest (and everything in between). Join us for a great opportunity to sharpen existing gardening skills and, perhaps, learn some new ...
Saturday Mar 28th, 9:30am - 12pm
This highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener course will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. Learn how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden. Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted...
Saturday Feb 8th, 9am - 12pm(9 sessions)
This workshop covers site analysis, vegetable garden plan components, space saving techniques and spacing, cool- and warm-season crops, crop and variety selection, three-season and succession planning. There will be crop plan examples and a template for you to start your own crop plan. Bring a drawing of your farm site with dimensions.
Saturday Feb 8th, 10:30am - 3pm
Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Ikebana expresses the beauty and elegance of nature through a transformation of fresh or dried plant materials. Each week, students create new and different styles of arrangements. Explore the discipline and values of Ikebana through the knowledge and application of rules and forms, to appreciate...
Tuesday Feb 11th, 12:30pm - 2pm(5 sessions)
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 Feb 11th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Attractive and interesting landscapes are achievable during the long winter season. Colorful fruits and bark stand out in the gray skies, as do the branching habit and shape of plants. Learn about the trees and shrubs that add interesting form, color, and texture to the winter landscape. Dress for the weather.
Thursday Feb 13th, 9am - 11am
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning to create a beautiful glass jar terrarium from start to finish. A glass jar, an assortment of small indoor plants for a variety of light conditions, and other materials themed with Valentine’s Day colors will be provided to create your own miniature oasis to enjoy all year long. Price is for two people,...
Friday Feb 14th, 6pm - 8pm
Do you think you lack a green thumb? Do you have trouble keeping plants alive? Justin Schmitz will introduce you to the captivating world of succulents. He will discuss the needs and care techniques of common succulents and cactus, explain what succulence in plants really means, and give other examples of low-maintenance arid plants.
Saturday Feb 15th, 12pm - 2pm
Pruning and training can be intimidating, but with a little preparation, this rewarding winter activity will make your trees healthy and strong, and thus, more productive. You will learn about apples, pears, and cherries and other stone fruits that thrive in the Midwest. Both organic and conventional care will be addressed so you can grow the kind...
Sunday Feb 16th, 9am - 11am
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 Feb 18th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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 Feb 22nd, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Learn over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom, field and home study, but most importantly by eating or preparing recipes with them every class! You will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate...
Saturday Feb 22nd, 9:30am - 3:30pm(10 sessions)
Along with the many edible mushrooms dotting our Illinois landscape, our woodlands, flood plains, ravine communities, and even our own backyards often contain poisonous mushrooms. Get introduced not only to mushrooms that can make you very sick and those that are deadly, but also to the various toxins these mushrooms contain.
Saturday Feb 22nd, 11am - 1pm
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