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Bonsai Beginner

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

During this six-week basics and fundamentals course, discover principles and techniques to appreciate and participate in the art of bonsai.  Each student will get a tree to work on in class each week. By the end of the class you and your tree will have taken the first steps into bonsai.  Each session includes a detailed lecture and assistance...

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$329

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Tree ID at Reed-Turner Woodland

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

Learn how to identify our native deciduous trees while enjoying a beautiful fall hike through Reed-Turner Woodland. The diverse habitat of this Illinois State Nature Preserve contains an oak/hickory woodland, flood-plain forest, wooded ravine, and restored wetland. You will learn how to identify trees not only by their leaves, but also by...

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$27

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Wintering Bees in Northern Illinois

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

Beehives can be a challenge to overwinter, especially with all of the issues facing beekeepers today. Learn tips on how to tip the odds in your favor.

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$53

Preparing Bonsai for Storage

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

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.

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$52.50

Honeybee Diseases: ID and Treatment

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

Honeybee diseases can wreak havoc in the apiary if not properly diagnosed and treated. The class will cover integrated pest management and other ways to diagnose and control various ailments and pests.

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$53

Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics

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

Join horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg to learn the basic techniques and tools required to grow your own vegetables. Site selection, bed and soil preparation, seed sowing, transplanting, and harvesting techniques are just part of what will be covered. This introductory vegetable-growing class is best suited for those with little or no vegetable-growing...

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$39

Beginning Home Composting

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

Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms. Compost is that dark crumbly material—the result of decomposed organic materials—that improves the structure and texture of the soil enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture, and air around plant roots. You can buy it in bags, but it’s easy and cheaper to make your...

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$34

Bird Walk: Fall Migration

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

Take a walk in the Garden and learn to identify birds in their sometimes-confusing fall plumage. Earlier bird walks will highlight warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, while later ones will feature ducks, sparrows, and hawks. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

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$19

Gardening for Pollinators

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

Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer. Bees, butterflies, and other insects play a crucial role in both nature and in agriculture through the process of pollination. They pollinate everything from the flowers outside our window to the food we put on the table. According to the USDA, one third of all agricultural output in...

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$46

Edible Landscapes Featuring Containers

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

Transform a small space into a beautiful and functional garden. This class will show you the best practices for keeping edible and ornamental plants happy and healthy in your container garden. It includes hands-on work and an informative lecture with plenty of time for questions.

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$75

Botany 1

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

Why, botanically speaking, is a tomato a fruit? What is the difference between a fern and a moss? Come join us in Botany 1 to learn the answers to these questions and more. We will explore the importance of plants to our lives; plant taxonomy and classification; and the life cycles, distinguishing features, and diversity of plants. Please Note: This...

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$349

10 sessions

Plant and Sip Night

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

Grab a drink and get your hands dirty in this DIY houseplant workshop. Learn why houseplants are such great additions to your home. Find out which types of plant might be right for you and how to care for it so it keeps you company for years to come. Then assemble your own dish garden with a variety of small houseplants that you can take home. Decorate...

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$57

Reading Your Beehive

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

Examining your beehive can be confusing without the proper training. Learn how to inspect a colony, how to find the queen, and how to evaluate the health of a beehive. All participants are required to bring their own bee-suit. No extra suits will be available at the class.

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$49

Foundation Planting Design

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

Whether old or new, many homes have foundation plantings that need revamping. Learn the principles of good foundation design and view examples of plants that work well, reduce maintenance, and provide multi-seasonal interest. Good design will improve the curb appeal of your home, thus increasing its value.its value.

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$40

Greener Alternatives to Turf

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

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons—they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. Jeff Epping has been researching and implementing a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are more environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes.  Epping will show you how they have replaced lawns...

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$39
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