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A Host of Golden Daffodils and More

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

Daffodils are among the cheeriest signs of spring. Whether you call them daffodils, narcissus, jonquils, or paperwhites, they are all members of the genus Narcissus. Learn how you can incorporate these into your landscape for a fall planting that will bring life to your spring garden next season. 

Saturday Sep 29th, 12:30pm

Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago
19611 W Grass Lake Rd Lake Villa, Chicago, Illinois 60046

Shinrin-yoku, which means forest bathing in Japanese, refers to the practice of immersing or bathing all of your senses in the healing forest. Shinrin-yoku has been shown to reduce stress hormones and to increase immune functioning.  This is an opportunity to slow down in mind and body. Connect with the forest life around you through...

Watercolor: Painting the Natural World

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

This course addresses ways to express the beauty of nature in watercolor. Each week, we will focus on a specific technique, such as ways to mix greens or show natural textures, with a goal of a more satisfying painting experience.  In the last two weeks, we will focus on such landscape techniques as how to use composition, color, and focus to...

$279

5 sessions

Thursday Oct 4th, 12:30pm

Gardening Techniques: Session A

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

Students will be introduced to professional gardening through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. They will focus on acquiring solid gardening skills, learning a variety of techniques, and developing the ability to determine best practices.  Topics range from general grounds maintenance, winterization, and plantings, to other horticultural...

$312

6 sessions

Saturday Oct 6th, 7:30am

WCH: Value Added Foods

at Chicago Botanic Garden - North Lawndale
3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623

These courses are intended for aspiring food entrepreneurs and/or urban farmers who are hoping to create or expand their farm/local food business by providing seasonal, local food products all year long.  We aim to cultivate an understanding of the basic techniques, food safety regulations and business basics of producing a value added, local...

Bulbs for Beginners

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

Flowering bulbs are the delight of the spring garden, providing vivid, colorful relief after the doldrums of winter. Learn how to select bulbs to enhance your garden and how to grow them successfully. Expert Jill Selinger will also discuss how to design with bulbs to extend the flowering season and how to interplant with perennials and shrubs for a...

Saturday Oct 6th, 9am

Honeybee Diseases: ID and Treatment

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

Honeybee diseases can wreak havoc in the apiary if not properly diagnosed and treated. The class will cover integrated pest management and other ways to diagnose and control various ailments and pests.

Saturday Oct 6th, 9am

Heirloom Apple Tasting

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

Experience some of the great wealth of flavors not found in commercial apples today. This class will feature a collection of heirloom apples, once the common apples of the day and now only found in scattered collections in this country. Understand the nuances and complexities of apples our ancestors once knew. Sharpen your taste for apples that you...

Saturday Oct 6th, 11am

Nature Photography Portfolio B

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

Examine the compositional techniques of today’s contemporary nature and landscape photographers to help you find your photographic voice. Apply these composition ideas to your work through weekly class projects. Display your photographic vision through a portfolio we will create during the workshop. This course is designed for intermediate...

$379

6 sessions

Saturday Oct 6th, 12pm

Products from the Beehive

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

Learn how to process your honey, wax, and other products from the hive into usable products for you or others. We will cover honey, pollen, beeswax, and propolis, and what to use them for in different products.

Saturday Oct 6th, 1pm

Introduction to Making Goat Milk Soap

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

In this class, Gretta Winkelbauer will teach you how 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. You will take home a bar of this mild, moisturizing, chemical-free soap.

Demonstration Cooking: Apple Cider

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

Making apple cider at home is extremely easy and is only limited by your imagination. One of the first and most popular beverages of the American colonies, it fell from favor for decades and is only now seeing a resurgence in popularity.  Dan Bussey will help you make cider using locally sourced apples and simple equipment. Learn the history...

Saturday Oct 6th, 1pm

Demonstration Cooking: Mushrooms

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

Discover the versatility of mushrooms in this demonstration cooking class featuring preparation tips and basic cooking methods.  Enjoy mushroom yogurt lettuce cups, portobello cheese “steaks,” mixed mushroom lasagna, and French onion and mushroom broth soup. 

Sunday Oct 7th, 11:30am

Portrait Photography Lighting

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

New! Explore and develop fine art portraiture and lighting techniques to improve your skills. We will focus on how to use lighting to create dynamic portraits on location or in studio and study the works of successful historic and contemporary artists to inspire us. Lighting and portrait photographs will be created in different styles to give you the...

$449

8 sessions

Tuesday Oct 9th, 1:30pm

Backyard Design

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

Learn how to create an enjoyable backyard space that is both functional and exciting. This course will focus on the design and development of functional and attractive spaces, including dining and entertaining areas (such as decks and patios), children’s play spaces, and outdoor storage and utility areas.  Learn how to screen and focus views...

Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:30pm