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Thanksgiving Tablescape

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

Celebrate the bounty of the season and create a rich, textural setting for your guests using floral as well as edible elements such as figs and grapes.  In this workshop you will take home a lush, seasonally inspired floral centerpiece as well as many ideas for creating a memorable holiday table for your own holiday entertaining.  Are Materials...

Tuesday Nov 20th, 10am - 12:30pm

Yoga for the Holidays

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

Celebrate the season with relaxing, self-care yoga at the Garden. This special session helps to keep you balanced and centered through the holidays. Bring a yoga mat and we’ll help you find your Zen.  All levels are welcome.

Monday Nov 26th, 9am - 10am

  (4 sessions)
$99

4 sessions

Color Pencil Workshop

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

Students with different levels of experience will learn colored pencil application techniques, with emphasis on transitioning from graphite to color. Various finishing techniques unique to colored pencils will be introduced. Emphasizing form, drawing skills will be strengthened, facilitating your personal expression through botanical art. You will...

Monday Nov 26th, 6pm - 9pm

  (3 sessions)
$186

3 sessions

Twiggy Reindeer

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

Ring in the holidays with this woodland reindeer. From his twiggy legs to his bittersweet berry antlers, red nose and perky tail, he’s so cute and so simple to create. Learn how to take wool and shape and sculpt it into felt as we walk you through the steps. Perfect for the novice crafter, needle felting is an easy to learn technique that is both...

Tuesday Nov 27th, 10am - 12pm

Deciduous Bonsai Tree Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, 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 Nov 27th, 6pm - 9pm

Capturing the Holiday Lights: Beginning

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

In this new exciting workshop you will learn how to use your camera to capture these magical displays.  December nights are perfect for making the Garden's outdoor holiday lights come alive.  We will begin with a review of camera settings and image-framing concepts, then proceed outside to photograph all the festive color in the Heritage...

Tuesday Nov 27th, 6pm - 9pm

Holiday Dish Gardens

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

Simplify your holidays with one centerpiece to adorn all of your holiday feasts. Dish gardens are miniature landscapes grown in shallow containers that may be used as living centerpieces throughout the year.  Learn about different containers, materials needed to assemble them, and proper plant selection. Then create your own beautiful, functional...

Thursday Nov 29th, 6pm - 8pm

Capturing the Holiday Lights: Advanced

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

December nights are perfect for making the Garden’s outdoor holiday lights come alive. We will begin with a review of camera settings and image-framing concepts, then proceed outside to photograph all the festive color in the Heritage Garden, the Esplanade, and the great tree. Back in the studio, we will review and discuss those newly captured...

Thursday Nov 29th, 6pm - 9pm

Basic Pruning for Homeowners

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

The best time to prune most trees and shrubs is quickly approaching. Proper pruning is the key to maintaining plant health and the desired form. Learn the basic techniques for dormant winter pruning. Basic pruning principles for trees and shrubs will be reviewed, as will the application of various pruning tools. A portion of the class will consist...

Saturday Dec 1st, 9am - 11:30am

New Camera Workshop

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

Did you receive a camera as a gift recently? Is your camera still sitting in the box? This workshop will help you set up your camera and cover its basic operations. With hands-on instruction, you’ll learn the basics of camera operation. To get the most out of the class, you should own a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, mirrorless camera,...

Saturday Dec 1st, 1pm - 4pm

  (2 sessions)
$119

2 sessions

Holiday Plants

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

When holiday flowers like poinsettias and amaryllis start showing up in the stores (or come to you as holiday gifts), will you know what to do with them? Learn ways to keep flowering holiday plants looking their best for a long time. We’ll also look at the possibility of re-blooming some of them next year.

Sunday Dec 2nd, 1pm - 3pm

Hands-on Cooking: Make-Ahead Side Dishes

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

Explore techniques to create make-ahead side dishes for holiday parties in this hands-on cooking class. Learn to blanch and shock vegetables and prepare a roux-based cream sauce.  Featured recipes include contemporary green bean gratin, baked stuffed onions with sausage and swiss chard, and sautéed cauliflower with mustard vinaigrette. ...

Sunday Dec 2nd, 2pm - 4pm

Winter Containers at the Garden

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

Explore the winter containers at the Garden and learn ways to extend your own containers into the winter season. Then prepare a container with fresh-cut evergreen boughs and berried or brightly colored branches. Please bring gloves and pruners.

Tuesday Dec 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Merry, Berry Wreath

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

In this workshop, you will create your own festive holiday wreath. Fresh evergreens will be used as the base and a variety of seasonal berried branches will be added for color and texture. This wreath will be great for your own home or for holiday gift giving.  Please bring gloves, pruners, and a box for your finished wreath. The fee includes...

Wednesday Dec 5th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Hands-on Cooking: Gingerbread House

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

Assemble and decorate a gingerbread house in this cooking class. Learn how to make royal icing and use a pastry bag. As students decorate, a light dinner will be prepared featuring liptauer cheese spread with pumpernickel, beet, horseradish, and apple salad with poppy seed dressing, and mushroom stroganoff with cabbage and buttered noodles. Decorations...

Wednesday Dec 5th, 6pm - 8:30pm

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