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Meet the Cultivars: Deciduous Trees

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

Delve into the many cultivars of deciduous trees. Explore their desirable characteristics and how they differ from the species. Learn to select the perfect tree for your next design project or home garden. 

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$64

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

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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

Beginning Home Composting

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

Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms. Compost is that dark crumbly material—the result of decomposed organic materials—that improves the structure and texture of the soil enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture, and air around plant roots. You can buy it in bags, but it’s easy and cheaper to make your...

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$34

Composting

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

Compost is a valuable soil amendment, and making it provides a great way to recycle abundant yard and food wastes. Even with limited or no yard space, you can produce surprisingly large quantities of your own high-quality compost. Join Bill Shores as he explains the composting process, how to choose and handle materials, ways to fit composting into...

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$37

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

Bonsai Show Preparation Workshop

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

This workshop will help you get your tree and display ready to show at the Garden’s August bonsai exhibition. With each stage of development in bonsai, different techniques are needed to increase the refinement of your tree. Focus on detail wiring, refinement, and basics of bonsai display. Bring your tree, stand, scroll, and accent plants to build...

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$52.50

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Overview of Plant Propagation

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

Come and learn about how plants are reproduced. We will cover seed and cutting propagation and how and why plants are grafted and the easy method of layering plants.

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$74

Plants From Cuttings

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

Propagating plants by using cuttings is an economical and exciting way to supply plants for the garden. Learn how to propagate annuals, perennials, and even woody plants from cuttings. Cathy Thomas will discuss timing, supplies, and the environment needed, and demonstrate techniques to help you achieve success. Note: Please refer to this Map...

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$39

Dwarf Plants for Small Spaces

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

With smaller spaces for landscape plants, there is a need for smaller plants. This class will cover both conifers and deciduous plants that are suitable for small landscapes and rooftop gardens.

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$64

Growing Heirloom Apples

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

Learn the value of heirloom apples from one of the preeminent apple experts in the country. Dan Bussey, a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, will describe the variety of apples you can grow in backyards and urban environments. Heirloom apples offer a wider variety of tastes than most commonly found grocery varieties and are easy to grow. For the adventurous,...

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$39

Soil

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

Soil is a building block of sustainable gardening. Topics include composting, recycling garden waste, earthworms, beneficial microbes, bioremediation, organic/local compost and soil amendments and container gardening. Note: This class is part of the Introduction to Sustainability series The School’s CEUs=0.3 OPC elective

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$74

Shelter

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

Having a safe place to sleep and hide is important for any animal, but if we provide the correct habitat spaces, then they will be more apt to use the homes we introduce instead of our attics, garages, or sheds. Birdhouses, old stumps, toad homes, bat houses, and thickets allow many types of animals to safely reside in your garden. Learn how to create...

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$74

English Trough Container Workshop

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

English troughs, or hypertufa, are durable, simulated stone containers with a distressed finish, popular in English gardens. See these containers in use throughout the Garden, and pot up your own to take home and enjoy.   Please dress for the weather and bring gloves.   

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$98.75

Permaculture Plants: Canopy Layer Plants

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

Permaculture Plants – Canopy Layer Plants: Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens + Seed Saving 101 Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs and this class will provide you the information you need to start or add to your permaculture forest garden this year. Tonight, you will learn about the multipurpose functions our canopy layer trees...

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$80

3 sessions

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