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Elements of the Garden: Patios

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

The patio is a place to enjoy meals, to entertain, to relax, and to spend time with family and friends. It is, in effect, your outdoor living room. Style, size, shape, and material are design elements that need to be considered when designing a patio.  In addition to these elements, we will explore various paving materials such as brick, bluestone,...

Tuesday Mar 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Deciduous Flowering Shrubs w Sat Walks

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

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 will be...

Tuesday Mar 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (13 sessions)
$399

13 sessions

Deciduous Flowering Shrubs w Thurs Walks

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

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 area. During weekly slide lectures and garden walks, the identification, cultural information, aesthetic qualities, and landscape uses of both common and more unusual shrubs will be emphasized....

Tuesday Mar 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (13 sessions)
$399

13 sessions

Advanced Pruning Techniques

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

This class is ideal for those interested in pruning topiaries, espalier, and some of the more challenging plants such as arborvitae, yew, juniper, and other conifers. A Garden walk will be included to view how best to prune some of the more interesting plants in the Garden.

Thursday Mar 14th, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Natural Wellness through Laughter

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

Is laughter really the best medicine? Find out during this fun, interactive workshop that combines simulated laughter exercises with breathing techniques to produce a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional benefits. Medical research provides sufficient data to show that even if a person pretends to laugh or act happy, his/her body produces...

Friday Mar 15th, 10:30am - 11:30am

Cold Season Growing: March, April, May

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Lower West Side 2800 S Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60608

This is a technical training course for aspiring growers who are interested in learning best-practice season-extension techniques. It will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to get a jump on the spring growing season. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are expected to work indoors and outd...

Saturday Mar 16th, 9am - 3pm

Soils: Where Are Your Roots?

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

One of the secrets to gardening success is an understanding of soils. Join Glenn Grosch for a detailed discussion of soils, including structure, fertilizers, understanding and managing pH, soil amendments, and water management. This course will also highlight proper horticultural techniques for a healthy soil ecosystem.

Saturday Mar 16th, 9:30am - 12pm

Value-added: Krauts, Pickles, Kimchi

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

Fermented foods are both healthy and a great way to reduce food waste. Join this hands-on class to learn about different types of fermentation. You will quickly put your new knowledge to action by preparing different fermentations to taste and take home with you.

Saturday Mar 16th, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Botanical Drawing 2

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

Continue to build your drawing skills with advanced graphite techniques, light and dark media on toned paper, and carbon dust.  Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing 1  ART requirement

Sunday Mar 17th, 1pm - 4pm

  (6 sessions)
$298

6 sessions

Botany 1

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

Why, botanically speaking, is a tomato a fruit? What is the difference between a fern and a moss? Come join us in Botany 1 to learn the answers to these questions and more. We will explore the importance of plants to our lives; plant taxonomy and classification; and the life cycles, distinguishing features, and diversity of plants. Please Note: This...

Monday Mar 18th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (10 sessions)
$349

10 sessions

American Home Garden Design: 1830-Present

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

Draw inspiration for your own garden from the history of home garden design. We'll look at how home garden design has changed since the Midwest was first settled. Learn more about design evolution, the rise of the suburban lawn movement, foundation plantings, cottage gardens, moon gardens and heirloom plants, to name a few. We'll take the best of these...

Tuesday Mar 19th, 10am - 12pm

Growing a Cook's Garden

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

If you have a spot in your garden, balcony, or deck that receives more than six hours of direct sunlight, you can grow fresh herbs and vegetables. We’ll cover how to grow the best essential ingredients for your kitchen: tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, garlic, and leafy greens.  In this class, you’ll learn the basics of soil preparation,...

Tuesday Mar 19th, 1pm - 3pm

Exciting Annuals: Preparing for Spring

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

With the recent arrival of seed catalogs in your mailbox, it’s time to get excited about spring. Learn about the hot new plants and major garden trends of 2019 along with what to look for at the garden centers this spring.  Discuss using annuals in containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets; and which plants do best in shade or full sun....

Tuesday Mar 19th, 6pm - 8pm

Edible Landscapes Featuring Containers

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

Transform a small space into a beautiful and functional garden. This class will show you the best practices for keeping edible and ornamental plants happy and healthy in your container garden. It includes hands-on work and an informative lecture with plenty of time for questions.

Saturday May 4th, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Hands-on Cooking: Chocolate and Vanilla

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

Spend an evening making delicious desserts in this cooking class. Learn to use fresh vanilla beans and separate eggs. Recipes include mango upside down cake with vanilla bean rum butter sauce and chocolate pavé with crème anglaise. Take home a sample of double chocolate coconut macaroons and yellow cupcakes with buttercream frosting.  Alcohol...

Wednesday Mar 20th, 6pm - 8:30pm

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