Sat, Sep 14
10:00am - 12:00pm
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Geared toward the dahlia enthusiast, Field & Florist will go over the basics of growing and designing with dahlias. We will also discuss maintenance techniques, cutting, as well as the digging and storage of tubers. Participants will receive their own clump of Field & Florist dahlias and will be taught how to divide and store them at...
Saturday Sep 14th, 10am - 12pm
Shinrin yoku, Japanese forest bathing, refers to the practice of immersing all of your senses in the healing forest to reduce stress hormones and increase immune function. Connect with forest life around you through mindful activities on a gentle walk, typically covering less than a mile, and ending with a simple tea ceremony utilizing native...
Sunday Aug 11th, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Summer offers photographers a unique perspective of Japanese art and landscape architecture. Learn about the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden and its three islands—Keiunto (Island of the Auspicious Cloud), Seifuto (Island of Pure Breezes), and Horaijima (Island of Everlasting Happiness)—as you acquire photographic techniques that capture...
Wednesday Aug 14th, 8am - 11am(4 sessions)
A tremendous variety of native plants can be found growing in the oak woodlands of the Chicago region. Differences in topography, moisture, soil type, and light levels all work to support this diverse assemblage of plants. Once common, a large number are now rare and difficult to find. Learn the ecology of these plants and how they can be used to diversify...
Wednesday Aug 14th, 9am - 12pm
Tai chi is a low-impact, slow-motion practice with health benefits such as increased range of motion, improved balance, and increased energy. Explore gentle postures and exercises designed to improve your well-being. This class may be practiced seated, and may be taken multiple times. Dress for the weather.
Wednesday Sep 25th, 10:45am - 11:45am(7 sessions)
Composition is the photographer’s arrangement of pattern, symmetry, texture, depth of field, and lines. Each week, we will learn ways to include each of these elements. Each class is devoted to one of the elements in depth.
Friday Aug 16th, 9am - 12pm(5 sessions)
Why seek out short-lived flowers for your photographic images when leaves can be so much more interesting? Foliage plants exhibit design, texture, and pattern. Learn to work with light and focus to create dramatic photos. DSLR camera (no phones); tripod and close-focusing lens strongly suggested.
Saturday Aug 17th, 8am - 11am(4 sessions)
Learn how to ferment cucumbers in a saltwater brine, creating an environment in which probiotics can flourish, to turn them into tasty, deli-style pickles. Learn the how and why of lacto-fermentation including salt-to-water ratio, proper fermenting environment, and knowing when your pickles are ready. Prepare your own jar of pickles to bring...
Saturday Aug 17th, 9am - 11am
Learn to make small-batch artisan goat milk soap. Learn the old-fashioned cold-process method, using farm-fresh goat milk and organic, sustainable vegetable oil and essential oils. Take home a bar of this mild, moisturizing, chemical-free soap.
Saturday Aug 17th, 1pm - 3pm
The Chicago Botanic Garden is home to 20 world-class sculptures. Outdoor sculpture is brought to life by changing seasons, light, and weather. Learn how to approach photographing sculpture using perspective, focal length, and aperture settings. Each week, photograph a few of the Garden’s sculptures, and review and critique previous work. DSLRs...
Sunday Aug 18th, 8:30am - 11:30am(4 sessions)
Fall is the best time to prepare for a healthy, lush lawn for the upcoming season. Learn the basics of lawn renovation and how to prepare your lawn for winter. Discuss and observe proper techniques for installing sod, seeding and overseeding, and aerating and fertilizing—all aimed at revitalizing your lawn. Dress for the weather, as part of the class...
Saturday Sep 7th, 10am - 12pm
John Pastoriza-Pinol, an award-winning botanical artist with a doctorate in botany from the University of Vigo, Spain, is coming from Australia to teach a three-day workshop. Learn a technique for achieving the intricacies of fine detail in your paintings. Properly protecting those critical edges in your drawing before laying down your watercolor...
Friday Oct 11th, 9:30am - 4:30pm(3 sessions)
The stunning Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden sets the stage for this exclusive experience. We will engage in “Do-in” movement practice, which is designed to combine soft stretching and breathing techniques. Expect to feel relaxed in body, mind and spirit after this special opportunity. Bring a water bottle and your yoga mat.
Friday Aug 23rd, 9am - 10:30am
Discover the possibilities of cooking in your kitchen using good old chickpeas—high in fiber and protein, and gluten-free. Learn about the vibrant flavors of India and sample a variety of different dishes that feature chickpeas, including chickpea avocado salad and mouth-watering chickpea masala curry. Basmati rice will complete the meal....
Friday Aug 23rd, 6pm - 8pm
Honey adds depth, flavor, and nuance to sweet and savory dishes that can be served all day long, from breakfast to dinner. In this cooking class, you will taste honey samples and use honey to make lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes, chipotle marinated skirt steak, mixed greens with lemon-honey vinaigrette, and berry chia seed pudding.
Saturday Aug 24th, 10am - 12:30pm