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Deluge and Drought: Rain Water Gardens

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

Rain gardens bring delight to homeowners while providing valuable water management. We will discuss a brief history of these gardens and will learn how they can solve water problems and bring unique beauty to the landscape.  Learn how and where to place a rain garden at home. Required Material: Please bring a plat of survey for your propert...

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$40

Rooftop Garden Design

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

This course will look at the special needs and concerns related to a rooftop garden. We will discuss all of the elements necessary to design a rooftop garden and apply the knowledge to a rooftop garden design project.  Topics will include: Environmental issues Weight load Decking/paving materials Screening issues Arbors Planters Plantings...

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$259

6 sessions

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Herb Gardens

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Join Lake Forest Flowers' Eileen Weber, AAF for a hands-on floral workshop. Learn growing techniques of popular and unique cooking herbs and create a living garden of assorted herb plants for your patio to take home. Soil, container, and all plant material included. We will be working with soil; bring gloves if you prefer.

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$95

Pruning for Professionals

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

This course is designed as a comprehensive review of basic pruning practices for landscape professionals. The afternoon session consists of demonstrations in the field that illustrate the techniques discussed during the morning session. There will also be a review of pruning tools and equipment care.  Note: Please dress for the weather, as the...

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$89

Get Started with Roses

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

This is a great course for the first-time rose grower, or a refresher for the enthusiast. General planting, pruning, protection, and care will be discussed, along with examples of low-maintenance rose varieties suitable for the Chicago area. Dress for the weather, as part of the class will be a Garden walk and talk.

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$40

Annuals and Biennials

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

Study more than 60 different deciduous flowering shrubs (and their cultivars and related species) suitable for commercial landscape and home garden use in the Chicago region.  During weekly slide lectures and Garden walks, the identification, cultural information, aesthetic qualities, and landscape uses of both common and more unusual shrubs...

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$399

13 sessions

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

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"Know Maintenance" Gardens

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

Roy Diblik connects well-performing perennials for our region to maintenance and planting style. His design concept includes stylized perennial garden grids placing plants that live well together.  Diblik calls this style “Know Maintenance” gardening, a fresh and innovative approach to easy-care gardens. He has put this style into place in...

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$99

Gardening for Aging Adults

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

Studies show that being outside, in nature, or even viewing a well-maintained landscape can have positive mental and physical effects. Too often as we age, limitations in strength, mobility, and stamina can reduce our enjoyment of our yards and gardens.  Join us for some ideas to extend your garden enjoyment for years to come and adapt your landscape...

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$29

Recognizing Sedges in the Field

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

Category: Nature Studies Many of the grass-like plants you encounter in native habitats in the Chicago region and elsewhere are not actually grasses. Although similar looking, they are members of an entirely different family of plants. In this course you will study Carex, the largest and most diverse genus of the sedge family. Learn about the taxonomy,...

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$79

Gardening with Mosses

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

Discover the amazing diversity of mosses during this illustrated talk, featuring moss gardens in Japan and several Japanese gardens in the United States. We will discuss moss gardens, containers with moss, and mossy rocks, as well as the design, maintenance, and culture of gardening with mosses.

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$29

Principles of Garden Design

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

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to understand spatial properties of landscape materials and their application to design principles. Weekly discussions and projects will emphasize the components of three-dimensional spaces and how they can refine concept design plans and construction-level drawings. A supply list will...

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$562

10 sessions

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

Family Friendly Edible Gardening

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

Start an edible garden and make it fun for the whole family. Gardening with your kids or grandkids will help forge deeper connections to each other, to your family’s health, to our food sources, and to the planet.  Get tips on how to engage your family in gardening through ownership, responsibility, and of course, having fun. Learn how and...

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$39

September Expert Gardener Nights

at Peterson Garden Project - Albany Park 4642 N Francisco Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

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. When is a plant “spent” and ready to pull? What can be planted now for a final fall harvest? How much should the garden be watered at...

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