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Cottage Garden Designs for the Midwest

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

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.

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Repurposed Container Workshop

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

The most unlikely items make the best home sweet home for flowers and plants. Learn how to upcycle by making unique and fabulous planters from items like galvanized metal containers, work boots, tackle boxes, baskets, crates, and tea cups. You will create and take home your own repurposed container, choosing from a variety of fun items and plants....

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How to Prepare Herbarium Sheets

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

New! An herbarium is a collection of plant species preserved for scientific study. Understand general herbarium history, how herbarium sheets are used, their future importance, and different collecting approaches for a variety of plants. Collect, press, dry, and mount specimens during class.  Flower presses will be provided. A map will be...

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2 sessions

Annuals and Biennials

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

Study more than 60 different deciduous flowering shrubs (and their cultivars and related species) suitable for commercial landscape and home garden use in the Chicago region.  During weekly slide lectures and Garden walks, the identification, cultural information, aesthetic qualities, and landscape uses of both common and more unusual shrubs...

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13 sessions

Gardens of the Roaring Twenties

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

Home gardens in the 1920s celebrated and welcomed nature. Birdhouses, birdbaths, fish ponds, and rock gardens were the rage. Cottage-garden perennials, such as Canterbury bells, irises, foxglove, phlox, pyrethrum, coreopsis, hollyhocks, roses, columbine, and poppies were just some of the flowers that adorned the front and back gardens. Discover the...

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Creating Colorful Combinations

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

Summer is just around the corner, and summer is the time for color. This class presents the many ways plants can be combined and mixed to enhance the color in your garden beds and container gardens. Learn how plants provide color not only from their flowers, but from foliage as well. Discover how to use the trendy black, gold, silver, variegated,...

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Gardening for Pollinators

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

Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer. Bees, butterflies, and other insects play a crucial role in both nature and in agriculture through the process of pollination. They pollinate everything from the flowers outside our window to the food we put on the table. According to the USDA, one third of all agricultural output in...

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Delightful Daisies

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

The first flower people learn to draw is often a circular disc with rays of petals surrounding it. That is because the most recognizable blooms are that of the daisy family (Asteraceae). These beloved composites include perennials like asters, black-eyed Susan’s, coneflowers, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. Prized by pollinators and great for gardeners,...

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Designing with Color, Texture and Form

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

Discover how to use three basic elements—color, texture, and form—to create a garden setting that is visually engaging. Discover colorful foliage and flowers from a wide palette of annuals, perennials, and shrubs that can light up a shade garden or enhance a sunny border.  Please bring a sack lunch.

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The Impacts of Changes in Phenology

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

Phenology is the study of the timing of natural events such as plant flowering and fruiting and animal migrations. This timing is critical for relationships between species; plants need to bloom when their pollinators are present, birds and insects need to hatch or migrate when food is available, and so on.  As the climate changes some phenological...

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Herb Gardens

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Join Lake Forest Flowers' Eileen Weber, AAF for a hands-on floral workshop. Learn growing techniques of popular and unique cooking herbs and create a living garden of assorted herb plants for your patio to take home. Soil, container, and all plant material included. We will be working with soil; bring gloves if you prefer.

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Introduction to Moth Identification and Ecology

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

There are more than ten times as many species of moths as butterflies, and moths are important pollinators. Through lecture and fieldwork, you will discover some of the moths that affect your vegetable gardens, lawns, and flower beds. You will learn moth identification and ecology. Since moths are mostly nocturnal, be prepared for a late night. Please...

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Plant Morphology: From Roots to Fruits

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

Discover the terminology that botanists use to identify flowering plants (angiosperms). To understand the technical descriptions often used in plant identification guides and keys, a general knowledge of the descriptive terms used is helpful. We will discuss the botanical vocabulary used to describe flowering plants from roots to fruits and everything...

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4 sessions

Starting from Seed

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road Annex 1, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Starting plants from seed is both interesting and relatively easy! This course covers all elements of starting both annuals (flowers and vegetables) and perennials from seed. The discussion includes plant selection, containers, planting mixes, watering, heating, lighting, and disease control. This is a must for beginners and a good review for the experienced...

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Introduction to Winter Tree Identification

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, Illinois 60565

Learn how to identify trees by observing their shape, bark, buds, leaves, flowers, and fruits and the basic characteristics of the winter plant families.   You will learn plant terminology, discover what parts of the plant help to identify it, and how to use a field guide.  Time will be spent in class keying out a few trees using specimens,...

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