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Propagating Local Bees

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

Learn techniques on how to avoid buying bees for your apiary every spring. We will cover how to select good stock to start your hive, easy ways to make a few queens to propagate stock that winters in your area, and how to make splits from your own bees to increase hive counts or replace dead colonies.

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$39

Living Pansy Wreath Workshop

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

Welcome the arrival of spring with a pansy wreath to brighten your front door. In this class you will create a lush, colorful living wreath by planting a moss-lined wire frame with pansies and ivy. Please bring an apron, rubber gloves, and scissors. All other materials are included.

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$86.25

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Plant ID Skills

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

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. A variety of field guide books will be available, but please bring your own. Bring...

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$25

Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving

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

Join horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg to learn the fundamentals of seed saving and how to plan your garden to ensure a bountiful harvest of healthy, true-to-type seeds

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$39

Introduction to Production Methods

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

Learn how to produce all those plants you are learning to name in this hands-on class.  Gain a practical understanding of production methods, basic greenhouse equipment, and propagation techniques.  We will also discuss watering requirements, soil preferences, and crop care.  Class is held in our production greenhouses, so you will...

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$148

2 sessions

Root Over Rock Bonsai

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

Root over rock is a unique and naturally occurring event in nature. Tree roots attach to rock and continue to grow as the tree ages. In this workshop, we attach a tree to a rock so the roots will take hold. Bring your own tree and rock, or we will provide them for you for an additional fee of $69.  Leave the workshop having taken the first...

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$49

Vermicomposting

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

Let the worms do the work. Turn your food residue into a nutrient rich amendment for all your plantings, both indoors and outdoors. In this class, you will learn how to do vermiculture (composting with worms) in your own home. It’s a simple and efficient way to turn your kitchen waste into an outstanding amendment for your soil or anything you may...

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$39

The Native Oaks

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

The mighty oaks (Quercus) have been a signature species in Midwest landscapes for thousands of years. This class covers the different species and varieties within their respective ecosystems along with their landscape usage and culture. Oak morphology and physiology of the various species will be covered along with basic identification of the vari...

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$40

Products from the Beehive

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

Learn how to process your honey, wax, and other products from the hive into usable products for you or others. We will cover honey, pollen, beeswax, and propolis, and what to use them for in different products.

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$39

Permaculture Plants – Herbaceous Layer Plants

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

Finally a class to learn about the permaculture plants used in edible forest gardens and food forests. Begin to integrate these plants into your own garden. In this class, you will explore the herbaceous layers of a permaculture forest garden – fertilizers, medicinals, edibles and pest controllers! Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist...

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$35

Holiday Plants

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

When holiday flowers like poinsettias and amaryllis start showing up in the stores (or come to you as holiday gifts), will you know what to do with them? Learn ways to keep flowering holiday plants looking their best for a long time. We’ll also look at the possibility of re-blooming some of them next year.

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$39

Permaculture Plants – Groundcovers, Fungi

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

Finally a class to learn about the permaculture plants used in edible forest gardens and food forests. Begin to integrate these plants into your own garden. In this class, you'll explore the lower layers of a permaculture forest garden - fungi, groundcovers, and vines! Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers -...

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$30

Backstage: Production Greenhouses

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

The Garden’s production department grows nearly a half-million plants every year. Join Tim Pollak for a behind-the-scenes tour through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s greenhouses and nursery. Be the first to see which spring annuals will appear in the 2019 annual display beds, hanging baskets, containers, and hanging hayracks. You will also get a...

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$39

The Pen and the Trowel

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

For years Marta McDowell has been occupied with writers who garden, and whose horticultural interests have changed her planting beds as well as her bookshelves. Starting with Mark Twain and connecting to authors ranging from Henry David Thoreau to Louisa May Alcott, this lecture explores the writing-gardening connection. A book sale and signing will...

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$39

Design a Spring Container

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

Design an attractive spring container with hardy plants that will bring color to any outdoor space. Learn optimal plant combinations, secrets of color and texture, successful planting techniques, how to prune and edit… and more! Great for beginners and experienced gardeners alike--use this opportunity to make the mess in our classroom and have the...

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$57
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