Sat, May 4
8:00am - 1:00pm
187 classes have spots left
New! Cover the basics of mushroom collection and identification for the Chicago region. Learn simple, easy-to-find characteristics of common fungi including distinguishing cap gills and stipe features. Time will be spent outdoors identifying and collecting a few specimens. Dress for the weather. The School’s CEUs=5 hours OPC elective
Saturday May 4th, 8am - 1pm
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)
With 27 gardens, nine islands, six miles of shoreline, and four nature areas spread across 385 acres, the Chicago Botanic Garden is both a dream environment and a challenge for photographers. How can I take a photo worthy of what I am seeing? We will first discuss places and techniques for creating captivating images, review easy-to-apply compositional...
Saturday May 4th, 9am - 11am(2 sessions)
New! Explore full-flavored ingredients from the plant world in this cooking class. Learn to use chives in orange and red onion salad; tarragon and parsley in leek, scallion, and fennel gratin; and oregano and basil in roasted garlic-shallot-ricotta sauce with pasta.
Saturday May 4th, 11am - 12:30pm
Learn everything you need to know about rhubarb in this cooking class. Cover the how-tos of water-bath canning, an easy method of home food preservation. Safety concerns and equipment needs will be addressed. You will make and take home a jar of rhubarb chutney, which is delicious when paired with cheese.
Sunday May 5th, 11am - 1pm
Weeds are a common problem in every landscape lawn and garden. Their control depends on correct identification. In this class, we will learn to identify common weeds and the control options available.
Monday May 6th, 6pm - 9pm
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)
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)
Study more than 60 different deciduous flowering shrubs (and their cultivars and related species) suitable for commercial landscape and home garden use in the Chicago region. During weekly slide lectures and Garden walks, the identification, cultural information, aesthetic qualities, and landscape uses of both common and more unusual shrubs...
Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(13 sessions)
Annuals and biennials have a rich tradition and exciting future. During this course, focus on the most popular cool- and warm-season species along with a selection of the new cultivars and unusual plants, all of which are well-suited to container and in-ground gardening in the Midwest. During the lectures and Garden walks, learn plant identification...
Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(13 sessions)
Cascades of strawberries and nasturtiums growing in moss-lined baskets will beautify your porch or patio. Learn how to create a beautiful (and delicious) hanging basket to take home. Get tips on selecting the right basket, plants, and soil medium, as well as watering and after-care tips plus recipes. Please bring gardening gloves. All materials...
Thursday May 9th, 10am - 11:30am
New! Fresh and filling, salads make for easy spring entertaining. In this cooking class, you will prepare four different hearty, main-course salads: Israeli couscous with tuna spicy shrimp avocado salad sesame chicken noodle salad with plums antipasto pasta salad. Alcohol will be served in this class; participants must be 21 years...
Thursday May 9th, 6pm - 8:30pm
If you want to become a birder, join this class to learn the basics. In the Thursday session, you will learn about binoculars, how to use a field guide, and the field marks used to identify common birds of the Chicago area. During the Saturday bird walk, participants will try out their newly acquired skills. Please dress for the weather, and bring...
Thursday May 9th, 6:30pm - 9pm(2 sessions)
Experience an authentic North Indian vegetarian meal in this cooking class. Learn to prepare slow-cooked lentils using herbs and spices. Traditional Indian recipes include: dal makhani cumin-flavored long grain basmati rice and cool cucumber mint yogurt dip Class will end with a shared meal and students will also take home portions.
Friday May 10th, 5pm - 7:30pm
Saturday May 11th, 9am - 12pm(6 sessions)