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Enjoy a tour featuring the summer containers at the Garden. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Your container may include annuals, perennials, herbs, and decorative foliage. Please bring gloves.
This workshop will help you get your tree and display ready to show at the Garden’s August bonsai exhibition. With each stage of development in bonsai, different techniques are needed to increase the refinement of your tree. Focus on detail wiring, refinement, and basics of bonsai display. Bring your tree, stand, scroll, and accent plants to build...
The plight of pollinators and nectar-feeding insects is well known. Honeybees, native bees, monarch butterflies, moths, and many lesser-known insects rely mainly on native plants for survival and reproduction. Explore recommended pollinator-attracting plants for Midwest gardens including native and nonnative cultivars, and nectar-rich varieties.
Improper mulching can do far more harm to plants than not mulching at all. Learn how much mulch is enough, where to spread it, and the best material to use, as well as how to edge your garden for a professional look.
Trees are expensive and valuable structural elements in a landscape. Commonly held misconceptions about trees often lead to oversight of their basic needs. Benefit from the combined experience and knowledge of two lifelong arborists to learn how to work with and enhance tree health.
Vines add add beauty through their flowers, fruits, and foliage. They can also add height to small gardens, soften harsh lines, and hide unattractive structures. Learn which vines help diversify and add interest to your home landscape.
Showcased in this course are the wild mushrooms of Northern Illinois, specifically those of Lake, Cook, DuPage, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties as they appear throughout the seasons. Learn defining characteristics, edibility, and idiosyncrasies of native fungi.
The term “flower essence” is frequently interchanged for “flower remedy”: an unscented, herbal infusion made from the flowering part of a plant. See flowers (and archetypes) in a whole new way, exploring botanical family, form and gesture, color, geometry, fragrance, texture, taste, seasonal and daily cycles, relationship to the environment,...
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Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to basic grading and drainage concepts as they relate to design. Acquire a critical understanding of key earth forms and drainage patterns in residential landscapes through active discussions and hands-on projects. Prerequisites: Graphics, Introduction to Professional...
New! Create a portable, whimsical topiary using insect-shaped galvanized wire frames. You will stuff the frame with long-fibered sphagnum moss and plant with a variety of stunning annuals and perennials. Insect frames include bees, praying mantis, ladybugs, and more.
The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of home-grown vegetables. Discuss and practice how to get the most out of the growing season by adding cool season vegetables to your fall garden. Learn about variety selection, mulching, and extending the season.
Through classroom discussion and outdoor activities, learn about heat-loving vegetables and herbs to grow in your summer garden. Related topics include direct sowing, transplanting, sustainable watering techniques, and more.
Level Two: Apprentice Beekeeper The Apprentice Beekeeper class will focus on hive health and management. This includes information on how to check the health of your hive, how to monitor for pests and diseases, honeybee biology, swarm management, queen replacement, and other IPM recommendations. The Midwest Master Beekeeper certification program...
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Learn how to design and plant a rain garden for your home. Discover how to combine water-loving perennials and shrubs to create eco-gorgeous rain gardens that help manage water on your property and seamlessly blend into traditional landscapes. Walk away lists of plants and plant combinations and strategies for stormwater management in the home landscape....