Wed, Jun 12
7:00am - 10:00am
199 classes have spots left
Capture the colorful world of the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition. This intermediate- to advanced-level class meets before the exhibition opens to the general public. Close-focusing/macro lens and tripod are strongly suggested. Prerequisite: Participants should have a working knowledge of camera controls and lens settings.
Wednesday Jun 12th, 7am - 10am
Take advantage of the photographic opportunities presented by the beautiful city of Chicago and its environs. This class integrates the photography of landscape and hardscape and allows the use of camera settings beyond the everyday. The School’s CEUs=12 hours
Friday Jun 14th, 9am - 12pm(5 sessions)
Kick up your heels with SALSArobics®. Get fit moving through the Garden and learning footwork to traditional sounds from Latin America. Practice indoors and outdoors with varying activities designed to strengthen and condition your whole body at your own pace. Suitable for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Dress for the weather....
Friday Jun 14th, 9:30am - 10:30am(5 sessions)
Learn tips and techniques used by professional gardeners through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Acquire solid gardening skills, learn a variety of techniques, and determine best management practices in the field of horticulture. Gain applicable skills in plant selection, perennial and annual care and maintenance, pruning techniques,...
Saturday Jun 15th, 8am - 11am(6 sessions)
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s outdoor environment is a unique alternative to a health club. Walking for fitness outside provides an experience that simply cannot be duplicated indoors. Stimulate your mind and body with fresh air and scenic vistas that change weekly. Build endurance, gain core strength, and improve your balance and stability as you...
Saturday Jun 15th, 8am - 9am(5 sessions)
Reap a bountiful harvest from your own raised beds. Discover the ease and advantage of growing vegetables in this ultimate garden amenity. Learn about building materials and basic construction, plus crop planning ideas, space-saving techniques, and accessibility opportunities.
Saturday Jun 15th, 9am - 11am
In partnership with Friends of the Chicago River, the Garden invites you to participate in a rare opportunity to canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Herons, ducks, small fish, and maybe even a few turtles and frogs will greet you as we explore their watery habitat. No experience with canoeing is necessary; instruction, canoes, life...
Saturday Jun 15th, 9am - 10:30am
Asparagus is one of spring’s most anticipated and versatile vegetables. Learn to select the best asparagus, how to store them, and different preparation methods. Recipes include a spring risotto with asparagus, peas, and mint, and an Italian-inspired asparagus preserved in oil. You will make and take home a jar of pickled asparagus.
Saturday Jun 15th, 9am - 11am
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...
Saturday Jun 15th, 9:30am - 12:30pm
You want to compost, but you’re not sure where to start. Let this program show you how to compost in your own backyard. We’ll look at sound composting techniques and clear up the misconceptions that may be keeping you from composting.
Saturday Jun 15th, 10am - 12pm
Delve into the many cultivars of deciduous trees. Explore their desirable characteristics and how they differ from the species. Learn to select the perfect tree for your next design project or home garden.
Saturday Jun 15th, 12pm - 2pm
Do you have shade in your garden? With the correct knowledge, the challenges of shade gardening can be overcome. Learn what to look for when selecting plants beyond hosta and how to evaluate the shade in your garden to manage it successfully. Turn your shade into a garden asset!
Saturday Jun 15th, 1pm - 3pm
Energy medicine is an exciting “new” development in self-care, although its roots are ancient. It builds on Western science while drawing heavily from Eastern disciplines such as acupuncture, yoga, and qi gong. Energy medicine empowers you to work with your body’s electromagnetic and subtle energies to improve how you feel and how healthy you...
Tuesday Jun 18th, 10:30am - 11:30am(6 sessions)
Looking to freshen up your favorite dishes for summer? Create a container garden for fresh herbs any time you need them. Learn the basics of herb care and usage while potting up a selection of culinary herbs and other edibles to add a taste of summer to your dinner table.
Tuesday Jun 18th, 1pm - 2:30pm
Outdoor lighting used to be solely functional to illuminate walkways and offer security overnight, but now outdoor lighting is used to enhance garden areas and create a whole new garden landscape in the evenings. Uplighting sculptural trees, enhancing water features with subtle lighting, and highlighting architectural garden features like stone...
Thursday Jun 20th, 6pm - 8pm