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Plants for Containers and Rooftops

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

Gardening on roofs and balconies is increasingly popular. Some plants struggle and others thrive. Plants can be exposed to a hot, dry, and windy environment. Come and learn which plants do best under these difficult conditions. Dress for the weather, as a Garden walk is included. The School’s CEUs=2 hours OPC elective

Saturday Mar 30th, 11am - 1pm

Bonsai Air Layering Workshop

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

Air layering on a bonsai forces a tree or branch to form new roots at a certain point by interrupting the stream of nutrients from the existing root system. Air layering is used for reducing the length of a trunk, growing a better nebari (root flare or surface roots), or selecting a branch to be grown as a separate tree.  Please bring a tree...

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 6pm - 9pm

Principles of Garden Design, Spring Session

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

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to understand spatial properties of landscape materials and their application to design principles. Weekly discussions and projects will emphasize the components of three-dimensional spaces and how they can refine concept design plans and construction-level drawings. A supply list will...

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (10 sessions)
$562

10 sessions

Success with Trees and Shrubs

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

Learn all you need to know about growing trees and shrubs and how to be consistently successful in growing all types of woody plants (both deciduous and evergreen). Specific discussion includes matching plants to the site, planting practices, first-year maintenance, and long-term care. This session is of value to all skill levels.

Saturday Apr 6th, 9:30am - 12pm

Soil Basics

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

Soil is an irreplaceable natural resource that affects plant selection and growth. Learn to maintain healthy soil; use compost, fertilizers, soilless and potting mixes and other amendments. Discover how water cycles through a garden and affects soils and plants. Course fee includes a professionally analyzed test of your garden soil. 

Thursday Apr 11th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (7 sessions)
$337

7 sessions

Spring Lawn Care for Homeowners

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

Here’s your chance to learn the basics of lawn care. Using the Garden’s holistic turf management program as a model, Tom Fritz explains how to cultivate a thriving lawn while lessening pesticide use. He’ll cover turf culture, mowing, aerating, watering, fertilizing and weeding, and insect and disease control. Please dress for the weather.

Saturday Apr 13th, 9am - 11am

Best New Annuals for 2019

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

It’s going to be a banner year for annuals. This course presents many new cultivars, along with several wonderful yet underutilized species for both container and in-ground plantings in sun and shade. Focus on what makes each unique and ideal, including morphological characteristics and garden performance. Other topics include cultural requirements,...

Saturday Apr 13th, 1pm - 4pm

Spring Containers at the Garden

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

Tour the Garden’s spring containers and collect ideas for your own. Then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures and a full-sun to partial-shade location. Pansies, forced bulbs, and other spring treasures may be used. A spray of branches gives them a finishing touch. Please bring gloves. 

Tuesday Apr 16th, 10am - 12pm

Go Figure: Incorporating Life into Art

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

Learn to animate and enliven your watercolor painting by incorporating human or animal figures into the landscape. The figures will provide a focal point that adds interest, storytelling, scale, and perspective to your paintings.  Learn techniques to simplify the figure and gesture in your artwork.  Prerequisite: Previous watercolor coursework...

Tuesday Apr 16th, 5:30pm - 9pm

  (5 sessions)
$349

5 sessions

Root Over Rock Bonsai

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

Root over rock is a unique and naturally occurring event in nature. Tree roots attach to rock and continue to grow as the tree ages. In this workshop, we attach a tree to a rock so the roots will take hold. Bring your own tree and rock, or we will provide them for you for an additional fee of $69.  Leave the workshop having taken the first...

Wednesday Apr 17th, 6pm - 9pm

Water Garden in a Vase Workshop

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

Learn the proper methods to grow a living plant arrangement in a water-filled vase, including which plants do best growing in water and how to care for them to keep them happy and healthy for a long time. Adding unique elements and features such as rocks, pebbles, sand, or moss can help you create your own special design. All the plants, vase, and...

Wednesday Apr 24th, 6pm - 8pm

Brambles and Berries for the Beginner

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

Would you love to be able to harvest fresh berries from your own backyard? If so, this class will convince you how easy it is to successfully grow berry fruits. You will learn how to choose the best varieties, select and prepare a site, and use proper planting and pruning techniques, as well as understand other maintenance requirements. Dress for the...

Saturday Apr 27th, 9:30am - 12pm

Botanicals on Coquille Board

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

Coquille board is a lovely textured surface that encourages fast, fun, and beautiful renderings of botanical subjects. We will start in full value black and white and move on to color. A supply list will be sent with your confirmation.

Saturday May 4th, 9am - 4pm

  (2 sessions)
$186

2 sessions

Botany 2

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

How do seeds germinate and develop into mature plants? How do plants move water up through their roots to their topmost branches? This course will explore such subjects as the plant cell, anatomy and growth of roots, stems, and leaves, photosynthesis, and the symbiotic association of plant roots with beneficial fungi and bacteria.  Prerequisite...

Monday May 6th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (12 sessions)
$349

12 sessions

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...

Tuesday May 7th, 6pm - 9pm

  (6 sessions)
$299

6 sessions

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