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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

Introduction to Beekeeping

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

Learn all the basics needed to start keeping bees. This includes what to expect, how to put together equipment, how to get bees in your hive, finding the queen, feeding, what to look for after the bees are installed, and seasonal chores.

Sunday Dec 8th, 9am - 2pm

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Cutting Back Perennials

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

Many perennial plants need pruning before winter hits. Learn which plants to cut back and the best methods and tools. After a brief indoor introduction, head outside for a hands-on demonstration. A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstration and practice.  Dress for the weather and bring gloves.

Wednesday Nov 6th, 10am - 11am

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arranging

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

Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Ikebana expresses the beauty and elegance of nature through a transformation of fresh or dried plant materials. Each week, students create new and different styles of arrangements. Explore the discipline and values of Ikebana through the knowledge and application of rules and forms, to appreciate...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 12:30pm - 2pm

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From the Drawing Board to the Border

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

How do you take your plans from the drawing board to creating the garden without being overwhelmed by the amount of work and money? Learn how to develop a shopping list and timeline to phase the work over several seasons. You’ll receive some useful tips on budgeting, purchasing plants, and working with landscape professionals.

Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where Do Plant Names Come From

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

Our binomial system for plant names is a terrific system. Who decides on the name? Why do some names change? What's up with trademarks and patents? Take this class and get your plant name questions answered.

Saturday Nov 2nd, 9am - 11am

Deciduous Bonsai Tree Workshop

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

Fall is a great time to work on deciduous bonsai trees. In this class, we will discuss deciduous bonsai care and how it changes from season to season, including feeding, pruning, and repotting. Fall is the time to wire deciduous trees, so be sure to bring your tree to discuss their design.

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 6pm - 9pm

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Permaculture Plants: Canopy Layer Plants

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, Illinois 60565

Permaculture Plants – Canopy Layer Plants: Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens + Seed Saving 101 Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs and this class will provide you the information you need to start or add to your permaculture forest garden this year. Tonight, you will learn about the multipurpose functions our canopy layer trees...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 7pm - 9pm

Holiday Lighting Techniques

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

Do you wish that your outdoor holiday lights could be as spectacular as the ones at the Garden? If so, join Heather Sherwood as she demonstrates the techniques used to decorate trees and shrubs with lights for the holiday season. Learn how to estimate equipment and time, install the lights, and maintain a beautiful show.  You’ll learn the tricks...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6pm - 8pm

Pine Bonsai Workshop

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

This class is going to focus on pine care, soil type, feeding, needle pruning, de-candling, wiring of trees and more! Bring in your pines to work on after an in-depth presentation on care.

Tuesday Jan 7th, 6pm - 9pm

Owl Prowl at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago Long Grove Exact Meeting Point TBD, Chicago, Illinois 60047

Explore the mystery of owls at night. Learn owl behavior and identification, as well as the places these fascinating birds are likely to be seen. After an indoor discussion, you will enjoy a guided walk in the woods to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight and binoculars.

Friday Nov 1st, 6:30pm - 9pm

Reindeer Staghorn Fern Workshop

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

Staghorn fern mounts are easy to care for and make beautiful and creative additions to your home, especially for the holidays! Mount your own staghorn fern, mimicking reindeer antlers, onto a rustic wooden board with moss and soil. Leave class with a completed mount and knowledge of basic care to keep them happy for years to come.  Please bring...

Tuesday Nov 19th, 6pm - 8pm

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

Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Color

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

To add a breath of spring to your home this winter, discover proper techniques for forcing bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and minor bulbs. You will learn to choose varieties that are good performers and to combine them in one pot for a mini-garden effect. You will then pot up some bulbs to take home.  This class is offered in partnership...

Saturday Nov 16th, 9am - 11am

Succulents 101

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

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.

Saturday Feb 15th, 12pm - 2pm

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