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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

Small Business for Local Food

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

This course is intended for aspiring urban-agriculture entrepreneurs who are launching or planning to launch a local foods business. The course has been designed for practicing sustainable urban agriculturalists who want to produce vegetable crops and agricultural products for sale in commercial markets. Course content has been developed in partnership...

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$600

19 sessions

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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...

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$40

Delightful Daisies

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

The first flower people learn to draw is often a circular disc with rays of petals surrounding it. That is because the most recognizable blooms are that of the daisy family (Asteraceae). These beloved composites include perennials like asters, black-eyed Susan’s, coneflowers, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. Prized by pollinators and great for gardeners,...

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$40

Introduction to Design Principles

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

This workshop introduces and reviews the landscape design process of site analysis, conceptual design, and evaluations, based on such landscape-design principles as balance, symmetry, proportion, scale, and unity. Looking at plant combinations and landscape features, you will learn about color, texture, line, form, and methods of creating garden s...

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$40

Conifers and Evergreens

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

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...

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$399

13 sessions

Fall Garden Care

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

Proper garden care in the fall helps ensure healthy plants the next spring. Learn techniques for taking care of your lawn, trees, shrubs, and perennials, including fall fertilizing, mulching, cutting back plants, and protecting plants from winter winds and animal damage. Pointers will be given for fall planting of woody plants and spring-flowering...

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$40

Composition

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

Students at all levels will learn the components of fine botanical composition in this studio class. Students will explore composition, design, and execution.

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$298

6 sessions

Preparing Your Lawn for Fall

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

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...

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$40

Cold Season Growing: September, October and November

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Lower West Side 2800 S Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This is a technical training course for aspiring growers who are interested in learning best-practice season-extension techniques. It will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to get a jump on the spring growing season. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are expected to work indoors and outd...

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$75

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Garden Design Studio

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

Master garden design theory and methods. Use your skills in design process, design language, graphics, research, and analysis as well as legal and regulatory responsibilities for estimating cost for site design. Develop critical and analytical skills through the interaction between your peers and instructor-mentors.  Prerequisites:  Graphics...

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$689

10 sessions

Bonsai Pest Management

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

New! Bonsai trees are susceptible to various pests and diseases. You will become familiar with common maladies affecting bonsai, learn prevention methods, and explore how treat your trees if necessary.  A map and driving directions will be sent with your confirmation. 

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$52.50

Backyard Butterfly Gardening

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

One of the great joys of gardening is taking time to observe all the winged wonders that visit your plants. Learn tips on how to attract butterflies into your garden and how to keep them happy and coming back for more. This class will include a tour of the Butterflies & Blooms exhibit.

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$49

Garden Walk with Roy Diblik

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

Join Roy Diblik for an exclusive walk and talk as he discusses the concepts of plant communities, the best performing perennials for our region, and the importance of proper planning to ensure a successful garden experience. Please dress for the weather. Class size will be limited. Note: Class will meet at the Visitor Center.

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$29

Permaculture Plants – Shrub Layer Plants

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

Permaculture Plants – Shrub Layer Plants You will learn about how to use native plants to attract the pollinators and wildlife that can help our forest gardens grow. We will continue to explore harvesting and preserving our bounty to sustain us throughout the year. Freezing is another way of preserving your harvest and you will learn how to...

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$30
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