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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 the United States depends on pollinators! But their numbers are in decline. You can help by growing the types of plants that attract and sustain these important insects, and you’ll have a beautiful, colorful garden to boot.
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When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922, he envisioned a “great outdoor museum” of trees. Today, our living collections inspire visitors to appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. The Arboretum champions the world's trees through plant collections, science and conservation,...
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This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics...
Thursday Aug 20th, 9:30am - 11:30am Eastern Time(6 sessions)
Discover the basics of sensible organic gardening. Find out how to build good soil, what you need to know about amendments and fertilizers, and tricks and tips for beautiful gardens, even in containers and tiny spaces. Learn about water-saving irrigation, how to start seeds and nurse them into healthy seedlings, and how to pick the best transplants...
Sunday Oct 4th, 3pm - 5pm Pacific Time(4 sessions)
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Whether you have a terrace, rooftop, or tiny backyard, learn how to grow the most veggies in the space you have. Discover the best practices for successful small-space gardening from soil preparation to container selection and bed design, crop choices, and tips...
Monday Aug 17th, 6pm - 9pm Eastern Time(3 sessions)
This class will cover pruning Japanese upright maples (fan pruning), Japanese laceleaf maples (shell pruning), pruning pines (cloud pruning) and shearing masses of lower story plants. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better...
Tuesday Sep 8th, 9:30am - 11:30am Pacific Time
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Discover how to beat the heat this summer with botanicals. Whether it's learning which herbs to include in a homemade sun protection cream, or which teas to drink when you need to stay cool and rehydrate, this class will walk you through all the basics of summer...
Saturday Aug 22nd, 10am - 12pm Eastern Time
This two hour slideshow covers the three main forms of mal-pruning: tree topping, inappropriate shearing of trees and shrubs, and over-thinning. Then we compare and contrast mal-pruning with bona-fide examples of pruning art: pollarding, cloud pruning, topiary, pleaching, and coppicing. The class ends on a humorous note as slides are shown of "The...
Tuesday Aug 25th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm Pacific Time
This slideshow describes the three most common forms of mal-pruning (tree topping, over-thinning of trees and shrubs, and inappropriate shearing) and how to fix trees and shrubs which have been mal-pruned. This is an advanced course and those attending should already be familiar with principles of selective pruning. Included is discussion of water-sprouts,...
Tuesday Sep 1st, 12:30pm - 2:30pm Pacific Time
This class covers pruning and management of some of our most common ornamental vines: wisteria, common varieties of clematis, Boston ivy/Virginia creeper, honeysuckle, and trumpet vine. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with...
Tuesday Sep 8th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm Pacific Time
This course is for individuals seriously considering or already in the process of aquaponic food production on a commercial scale. This course is a comprehensive look at the design and build-out of a system, water quality, controlled-environment growing, daily operations, and growing techniques. Instruction will include hands-on work and lectures....
Friday Aug 21st, 9am - 4pm Central Time(4 sessions)
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.
Saturday Sep 12th, 7:30am - 9am Central Time
Soil is an irreplaceable natural resource that affects plant selection and growth. Learn to maintain healthy soil; use compost, fertilizers, soilless and potting mixes, and other amendments. Discover how water cycles through a garden and affects soils and plants. A supply list will be sent.
Saturday Sep 12th, 9am - 4pm Central Time(3 sessions)
Take a Garden walk to view the Garden’s fall containers. Then create a cool-season mixed container with a variety of plants suitable for a full-sun or partial-shade location. Your container may include annuals, perennials, herbs, decorative foliage, cool-season vegetables, ornamental grasses, a decorative vine, and gourds.
Tuesday Sep 15th, 10am - 12pm Central Time
Master garden design theory and methods. Use your skills in design process, design language, graphics, research, and analysis as well as legal and regulatory responsibilities for estimating cost for site design. Develop critical and analytical skills through the interaction between your peers and instructor-mentors. A supply list will...
Wednesday Sep 16th, 6:30pm - 9pm Central Time(10 sessions)
Building a great washpack on your farm site can help you increase efficiency and reduce waste while you process the bounty of a harvest. Learn about the materials, design, and construction process for Windy City Harvest farm sites all over the city. Season after season, we improve and refine our build strategy over multiple seasons so every...
Saturday Sep 26th, 10:30am - 3pm Central Time
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