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Houseplants 101

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

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

Youth Farm Facilitator Training

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

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 Nov 2nd, 8:30am - 3:30pm

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Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop

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

Bonsai trees require constant maintenance and attention to thrive. You will learn skills to critique and care for your tree that will set a foundation for a long-lived, healthy tree.  A map and driving directions will be sent with your confirmation. Required Material: Bring your own tree that needs work and evaluation to this workshop.

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$52.50

Small Business for Local Food

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

This course is intended for aspiring urban-agriculture entrepreneurs who are launching or planning to launch a local foods business. The course has been designed for practicing sustainable urban agriculturalists who want to produce vegetable crops and agricultural products for sale in commercial markets. Course content has been developed in partnership...

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$600

19 sessions

Hanging Basket Workshop

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

Do you admire those fabulous hanging baskets you see at the Chicago Botanic Garden? Learn some tricks of the trade during a discussion of different styles, materials, and plant ideas. Maintenance tips will also be discussed. Each student will plant their own wire and moss hanging basket to enjoy at home. Please bring gloves.

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$89

Plants for Containers and Rooftops

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

Gardening on roofs and balconies is increasingly popular. Some plants struggle and others thrive. Plants can be exposed to a hot, dry, and windy environment. Come and learn which plants do best under these difficult conditions. Dress for the weather, as a Garden walk is included. The School’s CEUs=2 hours OPC elective

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$64

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Tropical Containers

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

Learn what tropical plants make great container plants for Chicago area gardens.  Then create a container that will thrive in a shade to part-shade location and flourish all summer long. A variety of plants will be included, including some that can be overwintered as houseplants.  Please bring gloves.

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$89

WCH: Season Extension I

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Lower West Side 2800 S Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This is a technical training course intended for aspiring urban agriculture entrepreneurs and individuals who are interested in learning best practice season extension techniques.  It will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to effectively utilize season extension in their existing urban agricultural projects. It will involve...

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$75

Subtropical Gardening for Chicago

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

Palms, bananas, and bamboos, along with other companion plantings, can be used to add a colorful element to a Chicago garden.  There are specific plants that can winter over along with others that can be held indoors until conditions are ready for planting. Learn what these plants are and design factors to consider when planning a subtropical...

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$39

Urban Forests

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

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape A celebration of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation’s cities, from Jefferson’s day to the present. Jonnes...

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$25

WCH: Rooftop Farming

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

This course is for those interested in green roofs and/or edible plantings for a rooftop garden. We will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to effectively utilize rooftop gardening in their existing urban agricultural projects and for potential expansion opportunities. The class may include a field trip to local rooftop farms....

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$75

Urban Composting

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, 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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$39

Starting Your Food Business

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

This course is intended for aspiring food entrepreneurs and/or urban farmers who are hoping to create or expand their farm or local food business by providing seasonal, local food products all year long. We will cultivate an understanding of the basic techniques, food safety regulations, and business guidelines for producing value-added, local foods....

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$75

August Expert Gardener Nights

at Peterson Garden Project - Hermosa 1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60639

Join us for Expert Gardener Nights in the gardens! This week we’ll have Master Gardeners, experienced gardeners, or a certified horticulturist on hand to help you troubleshoot your garden plot. Wondering if you have powdery mildew or natural variegation on your squash leaves? Is that yellow cucumber past it’s prime? What’s the best...

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$285

10 sessions

Bonsai Specialty Series

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

In this series we will cover topics and skills that will lead you from the beauty of displaying trees in winter through re-potting and refining trees for display in the spring. These hands-on workshops will be interactive, fun, and educational. Register for both sessions at once and save ten percent.  Pine Workshop:  This class focuses...

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$220.50

5 sessions

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