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The Organic Vegetable Garden in Spring

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

Learn about early-season vegetables that thrive in the cool spring temperatures. Discuss and practice early-season bed preparation, seed sowing, and harvesting techniques.

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$40

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August 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. 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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Starting Seeds Indoors

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

Seed starting is a highly rewarding and fun activity as you plant your seeds then watch them come to life. Learn how to set up a simple indoor system for producing high-quality seedlings year-round. This class will cover all the basics including the easiest plants to begin with, seed selection, seedling containers, growing media, light stands, watering...

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$49

The Sustainable Garden

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

Learn how to create a garden that has the capacity to endure and the ability to replenish itself. We will discuss water usage, irrigation techniques, storm water management, and water storage. Plant choices, composting, mulching, and hardscape choices will also be covered.

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$37

Get Started with Annuals

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

Annuals can be used in many ways to provide constant color in your flower beds, containers, window boxes, and perennial borders. Learn the most dependable varieties as well as the new and unusual. Topics include soil preparation, plant selection, care and maintenance, and some propagation techniques.

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$40

Budburst Nativars Workshop

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

When choosing plants for your pollinator garden from the many cultivars of native species, have you wondered whether these “Nativars” provide those same pollinator benefits as true natives? Chicago Botanic Garden scientists have the same question.   In this 2-hour session, you’ll learn how you can get involved in the Budburst Nativars...

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$10

Fall Garden Tasks (demo)

at Peterson Garden Project - Uptown 4525 N Kenmore, Chicago, Illinois 60640

We’ll discuss how to prevent frost heaving, nutrient and drainage requirements, the biology of growing great garlic, and choosing the best garlic variety for your favorite recipes. We will have a garlic tasting so you can be sure to know you’ll enjoy what you’re planting. Attendees will each take away a bulb of organic garlic to plant in their...

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$25

Garden in Miniature Container Workshop

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

Shrink your perspective and see just how rewarding creating miniature gardens in containers can be. Inspired by the work in the Gardening in Miniature books by Janit Calvo, this special workshop includes all of the instruction and materials needed to create a living, miniature garden in an outdoor container. With proper care and placement, your...

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$89

Grewbie 101 Demo

at Peterson Garden Project - Ravenswood 5056 N California Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

This class is intended to get our Grewbies (beginning gardeners) settled into their new garden plots with some basic information.  This demo class will take place outside in the garden, and will cover: Prepping and tending your raised garden bed How to care for your soil How to direct-sow seeds How to transplant tomato seedlings How to...

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Free

Color in the Garden

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

This program will explore traditional and provocative uses of color in the garden and cover how the gardener can approach decisions to use different color combinations. Many examples of interesting color combinations from gardens across the globe will be featured.

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$39

Culinary Herb Container Garden

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

Looking to freshen up your favorite dishes for summer? Create a container garden for fresh herbs any time you need them. Learn the basics of herb care and usage while potting up a selection of culinary herbs and other edibles to add a taste of summer to your dinner table.

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$85

Sissinghurst: Portrait of a Garden

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

Hear about the 22 years horticulturist Alexis Datta spent as head gardener of Sissinghurst Castle Garden—the famous English site designed by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson in the 1930s. Learn about how Sackville-West’s overflowing flower beds and Nicolson’s formal garden structure of Classical and Moorish influence have been...

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$25

A Tale of Two Japanese Gardens

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

Northern Illinois has the distinction of having two highly acclaimed Japanese gardens overseen by equally acclaimed horticulturists. Join us as they discuss the harmony and symmetry of what makes each garden unique and what elements make them similar. 

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$39

Designing the Shade Garden

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

A garden shaded by trees or buildings is often a challenge for the gardener who is faced with low light levels, tree roots, and soil that is often dry. This class provides solutions and ideas for artful plantings that can help you create effective combinations that consider color, texture, and form.

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$40

Managing Overwintered Bees

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

You got your bees through the winter, now what do you do? Learn to manage your bees in the erratic spring weather and avoid a swarm. You will have an opportunity to view live hives.

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$55.50
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