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Winter Photography at Trailside Center

at Chicago Botanic Garden - River Forest 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest, Illinois 60305

While morning light offers dramatic photo opportunities, winter light combined with snow and shadow presents particular photographic challenges. Learn how to compose and meter for these unique light levels to capture inspiring images on both land and water. A map will be sent with your registration.

Sunday Feb 17th, 9am - 12pm

Fruit Tree Pruning Techniques

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

Orchardist Dan Bussey will show you various methods to prune and train your fruit trees to grow healthy and strong. Pruning and training can be intimidating, but with a little preparation, this rewarding winter activity will make your trees more productive. Class introduces the culture of apples, pears, cherries, and other stone fruits that you can...

Sunday Feb 17th, 9am - 11am

Tai Chi: Basics

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

This class introduces movements based on tai chi principles to increase your range of motion, improve balance, and increase energy.  Both the Yang- and Sun-style postures will be practiced along with some basic qigong exercises. This class may be practiced seated.

Wednesday Apr 10th, 10:45am - 11:45am

  (10 sessions)
$194

10 sessions

Demonstration Cooking: Seeds

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

Explore the crunchy textures and flavors seeds add to recipes in this cooking class. Enjoy a light lunch of wilted frisée salad with pear and dukkah, roasted cauliflower with tahini pomegranate dressing, and turkey-stuffed tortillas with Oaxacan mole verde. Take home a portion of dukkah, a spicy seed mixture.

Tuesday Feb 19th, 11am - 12:30pm

Front Yard Design

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

This course will teach you the basics of front yard landscape design. A lecture and slides will demonstrate how proper planting design can change the way you use and view your property. Your front yard design should respond to your home’s architecture as well as be aesthetically pleasing. Topics will include proper plant types and spacing, focusing...

Tuesday Feb 19th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop

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

Have a tree that you just don’t know what to do with? This is the workshop for you. Most of the class time will be spent critiquing and working on trees.

Wednesday Feb 20th, 6pm - 9pm

Winter Bird Walk

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

Join bird expert Alan Anderson to explore the Garden in its winter glory. Discover our 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 Feb 23rd, 7:30am - 9am

Growing Salads Indoors

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

Learn to grow organic salad greens at home, whether you have garden space or not! Professional gardener Bill Shores, who has grown specialty greens for more than a decade and currently manages chef Rick Bayless’s market garden, will treat participants to a visual feast of microgreens. Then he will demonstrate how to plant the seeds in growing trays,...

Saturday Feb 23rd, 9am - 11am

Small Space Food Gardens

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

Bill Shores will offer an overview of techniques to produce food organically in small urban/suburban spaces. Through photos and garden planting graphics, you will gain an understanding of the process of designing a successful food garden.  Topics include efficient use of in-ground space, intensive and succession planting techniques, raised bed...

Saturday Feb 23rd, 12pm - 2pm

Photographing Orchids

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

In conjunction with the Orchid Show, photographer Jack Carlson offers a close-up flower photography class. Learn techniques for macro photography, including tips on focus, lighting, background, and composition. Class includes hands-on shooting sessions at the show before hours, after which we will critique each other’s images. A...

Sunday Feb 24th, 8am - 11am

  (3 sessions)
$179

3 sessions

Easy Care Houseplants

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

Growing and maintaining landscape plants in the Midwest is different than it was even just a few decades ago. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones have shifted northward. How should gardeners, designers, landscape professionals, and city foresters respond?  This class will draw on the latest research and insights from experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden,...

Sunday Feb 24th, 9am - 10:30am

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

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 Feb 26th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Advanced Rejuvenated Jewelry

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

This class is for those students who have participated in Rejuvenated Jewelry and are ready to learn more techniques and explore many creative ideas. We create spectacular jewelry from vintage broken jewelry, watches, tin, and china.  Bring your grandma’s jewelry box and collected treasures.  Prerequisite: Rejuvenated Jewelry or consent...

Wednesday Feb 27th, 7pm - 9pm

  (8 sessions)
$239

8 sessions

Breathwork for Deep Relaxation

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

The quality of our breath affects the way we feel as well as the relationship between the body and the mind. Using the tools of movement, awareness, visualization, and concentration, we work through the body’s conscious and subconscious layers of resistance to release its deeply held tensions. When tension is released and we are fully present, the...

Friday Mar 1st, 9am - 11:30am

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