Sat, Mar 23
7:30am - 10:30am
Meets 6 Times
171 classes have spots left
Students will be introduced to professional gardening through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Focus is on acquiring solid gardening skills, learning about a variety of techniques, and developing the ability to determine best practices. Topics range from plant selection to the identification and control of weeds and other horticultural...
Saturday Mar 23rd, 7:30am - 10:30am(6 sessions)
Join bird expert Alan Anderson to explore the best spots in the Garden for locating late-winter bird residents and the early migrants of spring. Each walk is approximately one to two hours long. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have one.
Saturday Mar 23rd, 7:30am - 9am
The Garden’s production department grows nearly a half-million plants every year. Join Tim Pollak for a behind-the-scenes tour through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s greenhouses and nursery. Be the first to see which spring annuals will appear in the 2019 annual display beds, hanging baskets, containers, and hanging hayracks. You will also get a...
Saturday Mar 23rd, 9am - 11am
Tree fruits present a great opportunity to both enhance your landscape and add to your eating pleasure! The discussion will cover selecting varieties, site selection and preparation, and proper planting. Pruning techniques, ongoing maintenance, and pest management will also be discussed. Dress for the weather, as part of the class will be outside.
Saturday Mar 23rd, 9:30am - 12pm
Discover the multiple uses of food processors in this cooking class. Learn to use the grating, slicing, and mixing functions to create mayonnaise, pesto, biscuits, and a pea and pesto pasta salad. Take home a complete layered vegetable salad. Students are encouraged to bring their own food processor; please open and wash food processors before cla...
Saturday Mar 23rd, 10am - 12pm
Make a beautiful wet felted flower pin, perfect to cheer up any spring day. Use layers of hand-dyed wool, silk, bamboo, and sparkles, along with beads, to add the finishing touches. Learn a new technique and enjoy an exquisite flower to adorn your bag, coat, or hat.
Monday Mar 25th, 10am - 12pm
Make a tranquil river scene come to life with creative dyeing techniques. Wrap simple objects like sticks and stones into silk, paint with vivid colors, and watch your scarf come to life. You will leave with an exquisite 14 x 72 inch habotai silk scarf to wear or give as a gift.
Monday Mar 25th, 1pm - 4pm
This intermediate class will be spent applying photographic techniques to create a portfolio of abstract fine art photographs. Using design concepts, students will craft creative images with a mood and message. A review of technical SLR tools, in addition to developing your creative eye, will help you capture abstracts of your very own. Class will...
Wednesday Mar 27th, 9:30am - 12pm(6 sessions)
Experience a full season of a Chicago vegetable garden with the focus on what to do, why, and when. During the session, you will follow a successful home vegetable gardener from plant selection all the way through harvest (and everything in between). Join us for a great opportunity to sharpen existing gardening skills and, perhaps, learn some new ...
Saturday Mar 30th, 9:30am - 12pm
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
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
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)
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 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)
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