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Healthcare Garden Design

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

This eight-day program includes case studies, group projects, field trips, lectures, and instruction from experts from healthcare garden-related professions. Working in multidisciplinary teams that reflect the real world of healthcare garden design, your learning will be reinforced through tours of healthcare facilities in the Chicago area. Registration...

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$4,450

8 sessions

Plants of the Wetlands

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

Join Peter Nagle to discover wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and other native plants that inhabit our region’s wetlands. Learn how to identify a wide variety of wetland plants, while exploring their ecological function and aesthetic beauty.  You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of native wetland plants—as well as the invasive...

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$65

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Summer Garden Maintenance

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

Proper watering, fertilizing, pruning, edging, deadheading, staking, and mulching practices can make the difference between a healthy, well-kept garden and a landscape that gets ahead of you. You will have a hands-on opportunity to practice what you learn, so bring along a pair of pruners, and dress for the weather.

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$40

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Plant Health 2

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

Explore the impact of insects, diseases, weeds, and wildlife through a series of in-depth Garden walks. Learn about common landscape pests, pest identification, and monitoring and management techniques.  We will cover site assessment, soil testing, fertilization, and understanding pesticides. You will have the opportunity to design a basic plant...

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$499

12 sessions

Grow Great Tomatoes

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

Improve your tomato success with guidance from Arboretum horticulturist Kat Haberman. Learn what tomato plants need to thrive. Get tips on selecting varieties, choosing healthy seedlings, planting, feeding, and harvesting. This class is great for the beginning gardener who wants to grow their tomato skills.

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$34

Gardens that Heal

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

In a healthcare environment, gardens provide a sense of order, safety, and privacy for those coping with illness.  During this seminar, industry leaders will present the latest research demonstrating the benefits of healthcare gardens, while providing an introduction to the tools needed to effectively design, manage, and evaluate such gardens. ...

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$149

The Organic Vegetable Garden in Autumn

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

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of home-grown vegetables. Discuss and practice how to get the most out of the growing season by adding cool-season vegetables to your fall garden. Learn about variety selection, mulching, and extending the season. 

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$40

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Beginning Beekeeping

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

Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees?  Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join our experienced beekeeper and explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics,...

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$109

4 sessions

Crop Planning

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

This workshop covers site analysis, vegetable garden plan components, space saving techniques and spacing, cool- and warm-season crops, crop and variety selection, three-season and succession planning. There will be crop plan examples and a template for you to start your own crop plan. Bring a drawing of your farm site with dimensions.

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$75

Dwarf Conifers

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

Dwarf conifers are excellent additions to any garden, particularly for adding four-season interest. Broaden your plant knowledge and design palette with this illustrated lecture and Garden tour. Learn to identify and use dwarf conifers for big impact. 

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$65

Design a Woodland Garden

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

Turn that wooded, shady spot into an elegant garden oasis in this two-week class full of design inspiration. In week one, explore the garden features and plants that embody the woodland garden aesthetic. Learn about using layers, textures and colors in a shady, woodland area. In week two, apply your learning to your own yard. Bring pictures, plat...

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$76

2 sessions

Endless Possibilities Home Garden Tour

at The Morton Arboretum

What can a gardener do with a typical suburban plot? A LOT! Come and be inspired by the possibilities showcased at this Homer Glen home.  On a 90’ by 50’ lot, the homeowners have installed a series of garden rooms, including a shaded woodland garden, a sun garden, a pond, a rain garden, and a raised-bed kitchen garden. The magnificent hardscaping...

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$34

Holiday Dish Gardens

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

Dish gardens, miniature landscapes grown in shallow containers, can be used as living centerpieces throughout the year. Learn about containers, materials, proper plant selection, seasonal color schemes, and how to incorporate different themes. Then create your own beautiful, functional dish garden.  Please bring an apron, gloves, trowel, and...

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$89

Soil Basics

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

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. Course fee includes a professionally analyzed test of your garden soil.  A supply...

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$337

7 sessions

Cultivating Change through Gardening

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

Cultivating Change through Gardening with Jennifer Jewell Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio show and podcast, Cultivating Place, about women who are creating change in the world through careers in horticulture. In addition to sharing about her new book, The Earth In Her Hands:...

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$20
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