Tue, Sep 3
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Fergus Garrett, renowned plantsman and head gardener at Great Dixter, as he discusses how to combine plants, considering sense of place, color, shape, texture, and repetition. He will show how to contrast plants, how to add punctuation in a border, and how to create intimacy, movement, and balance. Examples...
Tuesday Sep 3rd, 1pm - 3pm
Do you think you lack a green thumb? Do you have trouble keeping plants alive? Justin Schmitz will introduce you to the captivating world of succulents. He will discuss the needs and care techniques of common succulents and cactus, explain what succulence in plants really means, and give other examples of low-maintenance arid plants.
Monday Oct 21st, 6pm - 8pm
Fall is a great time to start planning next year’s vegetable and herb gardens. Learn about soil preparation and tests, vegetable garden layouts, heirloom and modern cultivars, and when and how to plant for a continued, flavorful harvest.
Saturday Oct 26th, 1pm - 3pm
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,...
Tuesday Sep 17th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(4 sessions)
Peonies, the elegant grand dames of gardens past, are coming back into favor. There are wide arrays of varieties to choose from, including lovely doubles, chiffon-like singles and stately tree peonies, and even some that will tolerate shade. Heather Sherwood will discuss and demonstrate division, proper planting depth, and other cultural techniques...
Tuesday Oct 15th, 6pm - 8pm
Fall is the best time to prepare for a healthy, lush lawn for the upcoming season. Learn the basics of lawn renovation and how to prepare your lawn for winter. Discuss and observe proper techniques for installing sod, seeding and overseeding, and aerating and fertilizing—all aimed at revitalizing your lawn. Dress for the weather, as part of the class...
Saturday Sep 7th, 10am - 12pm
Ornamental grasses can provide beauty nearly all year long. The variety of sizes, shapes and color can fit almost any garden. Learn how to grow some of these beautiful plants in your own garden.
Thursday Sep 12th, 6pm - 8pm
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Discover more than 60 outstanding conifers and broad-leaved evergreens for the Midwest. Students will learn identifying characteristics, cultural requirements, and landscape uses of conifers and broad-leaved evergreens ranging from shrubby dwarfs to towering trees. Prerequisite: Botany 1 Note: This will also register student for a Conifers...
Tuesday Sep 10th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(13 sessions)
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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...
Monday Dec 2nd, 6pm - 8pm
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.
Sunday Oct 13th, 9am - 11am
If you have a sunny spot in your garden, you can create a butterfly and pollinator habitat with many native prairie plants. This class will look at a dozen easy-to-grow natives and native cultivars that provide bloom from early summer through fall.
Saturday Nov 9th, 10am - 12pm
Creating and enjoying a bird oasis connects us to nature and helps sustain bird populations. A small Chicago bird garden is showcased to illustrate how to attract more than 100 bird species. Tips include landscape enhancements, practices, and plant selection, with an emphasis on natives/nativars. Learn about migration, species diversity, habitat,...
Saturday Nov 2nd, 10am - 12pm
Bring realism to your botanical artwork with a focus on identifying the morphological features of plants. Emphasizing specific plant parts in illustrations is critical to the identification of plant species in both scientific floras and identification manuals. Through a combination of lectures and lab/studio time, you will identify key characteristics...
Thursday Sep 5th, 6pm - 8:30pm(6 sessions)
Wednesday Nov 13th, 6pm - 9pm
Prepare your bonsai trees for the fall and winter seasons. Proper feeding, pruning, and winter storage options for both temperate and tropical bonsai will be covered. Students are encouraged to bring bonsai trees for late summer to early fall work. A map and driving directions will be sent with your confirmation.
Wednesday Sep 25th, 6pm - 9pm