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Tool Prep and Tool Sharpening Workshop

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

Before temperatures drop below freezing, learn how to properly sharpen and oil your garden tools, winterize lawn mowers, small power equipment, and irrigation systems, and get snow equipment ready for the winter season. You will have a hands-on opportunity to practice what you learn, so bring along a pair of pruners or other small tools for sharpening....

Saturday Oct 13th, 9am

Photographing the Garden

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

With 27 gardens, nine islands, six miles of shoreline, and four nature areas spread across 385 acres, the Chicago Botanic Garden is both a dream environment and a challenge for photographers. How can I take a photo worthy of what I am seeing? We will first discuss places and techniques for creating captivating images, review easy-to-apply compositional...

$79

2 sessions

Saturday Oct 13th, 9am

Hands on Cooking: Cranberries

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

Get an early start on your holiday menu planning. In this hands-on class, Emily Paster will teach you how to make and preserve a zesty orange-ginger cranberry sauce that is perfect for your holiday feast or edible gifting using seasonal Wisconsin cranberries.  The class will also cover water-bath canning, a safe and easy method of home food preservation,...

Saturday Oct 13th, 9am

Growing Heirloom Apples

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

Learn the value of heirloom apples from one of the preeminent apple experts in the country. Dan Bussey, a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, will describe the variety of apples you can grow in backyards and urban environments. Heirloom apples offer a wider variety of tastes than most commonly found grocery varieties and are easy to grow. For the adventurous,...

Saturday Oct 13th, 10am

Tree ID at Reed-Turner Woodland

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago
Long Grove Exact Meeting Point TBD, Chicago, Illinois 60047

Learn how to identify our native deciduous trees while enjoying a beautiful fall hike through Reed-Turner Woodland. The diverse habitat of this Illinois State Nature Preserve contains an oak/hickory woodland, flood-plain forest, wooded ravine, and restored wetland. You will learn how to identify trees not only by their leaves, but also by...

Saturday Oct 13th, 1pm

Demonstration Cooking: Apple Pie Baking

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

Baking the perfect apple pie can feel intimidating to many, but in this class, we will present various techniques for baking traditional apple pies using conventional and heirloom varieties. We will show you how to choose and use the right apples to make the perfect pie and explore the often-baffling variety of crust mixes from historic times to modern...

Saturday Oct 13th, 1pm

Wintering Bees in Northern Illinois

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

Beehives can be a challenge to overwinter, especially with all of the issues facing beekeepers today. Learn tips on how to tip the odds in your favor.

Sunday Oct 14th, 9am

Houseplants 101

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

Learn all there is to know about houseplants. In this class, we will discuss how to select the right plant for a particular space, determine the right lighting levels, learn the principles of watering, and when to repot and prune your houseplants. We’ll also talk about Phalaenopsis orchids, bonsai, and recent trends in houseplants, such as terrariums...

Sunday Oct 14th, 9am

Flavors of the Hive

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

Learn to identify some of the pollen and different nectar plants your bees are using to make honey in northern Illinois. How weather and other factors affect the taste of the honey will also be covered. There will be a small honey tasting at the end of class.

Sunday Oct 14th, 1pm

Architecture Photography: Creativity

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

Learn how to create compelling architectural images with an in-depth overview on composition. This workshop will include presentations, hands-on instruction photographing the architecture around the Garden, post-processing instruction, and time to work on your own images in class, as well as critiques of images created during the first two days. On...

$468

3 sessions

Monday Oct 15th, 9:30am

Foundation Planting Design

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

Do you live in an older home with an outdated foundation planting of overgrown evergreens? Or in a newer home that needs help creating an identity and style? Whether old or new, many homes have foundation plantings that need revamping. Learn the principles of good foundation design and view examples of plants that may work well, reduce maintenance,...

Tuesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm

Owl Prowl at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Chicago
Long Grove Exact Meeting Point TBD, Chicago, Illinois 60047

Join Steve Bailey for a captivating night exploring the mystery of owls at the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve. He will discuss owl behavior and identification, as well as the places these fascinating birds are most likely to be seen. He may even demonstrate his world-famous Barred Owl call. After the discussion, Steve will lead a walk in the...

Friday Nov 2nd, 6:30pm

Observing and Photographing Nature

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

Photography is as much about seeing and understanding the subject as it is about the technical side of taking the picture. With an emphasis on composition, this course will explore the difference between how we see and what the camera “sees” through the lens, helping you discover the truly wonderful images can be found in any garden, along any...

$289

5 sessions

Wednesday Oct 17th, 9:30am

Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe
1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, 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 Oct 17th, 6pm

Pumpkins in Fall

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

Using wool and needle felting techniques, create a 6-inch-tall pumpkin complete with lifelike ridges, tendrils, and a stem. The real surprise is the spices we tuck inside—apple mulling spices make it sweet-smelling all season long. Perfect for the novice crafter, needle felting is an easy-to-learn technique that is both creative and relaxing. Come...

Thursday Oct 18th, 10am