Sat, Apr 13
7:30am - 9:00am
156 classes have spots left
Join bird expert Alan Anderson to explore the best spots in the Garden for locating late-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 Apr 13th, 7:30am - 9am
Learn to install a package of bees and a nuc colony. View a live bee installation demonstration, including a step by step on the installment process and troubleshooting. A bee suit is required to participate.
Saturday Apr 13th, 9am - 12pm
Here’s your chance to learn the basics of lawn care. Using the Garden’s holistic turf management program as a model, Tom Fritz explains how to cultivate a thriving lawn while lessening pesticide use. He’ll cover turf culture, mowing, aerating, watering, fertilizing and weeding, and insect and disease control. Please dress for the weather.
Saturday Apr 13th, 9am - 11am
This class is a deep dive into the latest farm tools for creating efficiency and optimal growing in your garden or on the farm. We will discuss how to gauge the perfect timing for seeding your crops plus soil preparation and assessments.
Saturday Apr 13th, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Many insects besides honeybees can pollinate your orchard. A fruitful orchard depends on good soil, a congenial climate, appropriate pruning, and pollinators.You will learn which pollinators are most effective, and how to provide care and habitat for these hard-working, indispensible creatures.
Saturday Apr 13th, 11am - 1pm
Discover the possibilities of cooking in your kitchen using good old chickpeas—high in fiber and protein, and gluten-free. Learn about the vibrant flavors of India and sample a variety of different dishes that feature chickpeas, including chickpea avocado salad and mouth-watering chickpea masala curry. Basmati rice will complete the meal....
Saturday Apr 13th, 11am - 1pm
You got your bees through the winter, now what do you do? Learn to manage your bees in the erratic spring weather and avoid a swarm. You will have an opportunity to view live hives.
Saturday Apr 13th, 1pm - 4pm
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a spectacular place to take photographs. Make your images even better with Adobe Photoshop Elements—a user-friendly photo editor that has the same concepts as the full version of Photoshop. Apply selection tools, layers, and smart brushes. Requirements for the course are a laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements...
Monday Apr 15th, 1pm - 3:30pm(6 sessions)
Tour the Garden’s spring containers and collect ideas for your own. Then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures and a full-sun to partial-shade location. Pansies, forced bulbs, and other spring treasures may be used. A spray of branches gives them a finishing touch. Please bring gloves.
Tuesday Apr 16th, 10am - 12pm
Discover the joy and beauty of mosaic art in the pique assiette tradition. Pique assiette, or “broken plates,” incorporates a wonderful blending of color, form, and texture. This mosaic folk art can be found in many cultures and is popular today as a way to recycle a favorite piece of china or broken heirloom. Work under the guidance of Bonnie...
Thursday May 30th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm(8 sessions)
Learn to animate and enliven your watercolor painting by incorporating human or animal figures into the landscape. The figures will provide a focal point that adds interest, storytelling, scale, and perspective to your paintings. Learn techniques to simplify the figure and gesture in your artwork. Prerequisite: Previous watercolor coursework...
Tuesday Apr 16th, 5:30pm - 9pm(5 sessions)
Do you have areas in your Garden with lots of beautiful perennials? Learn tips and tricks to spread the wealth to other areas by dividing perennials in the spring. Explore the basics, then head outside for a hands-on demonstration. Please bring gloves. Dress for the weather.
Wednesday Apr 17th, 10am - 11am
Inviting birds into your garden is a great way to observe and learn about bird behavior, courtship, and nesting. Using a prepared kit, have fun building a birdhouse to take home and hang. Learn which birds in our area use birdhouses, different box shapes, sizes, placement, cleaning, and also habitat tips. All materials included.
Wednesday Apr 17th, 1pm - 3pm
Root over rock is a unique and naturally occurring event in nature. Tree roots attach to rock and continue to grow as the tree ages. In this workshop, we attach a tree to a rock so the roots will take hold. Bring your own tree and rock, or we will provide them for you for an additional fee of $69. Leave the workshop having taken the first...
Wednesday Apr 17th, 6pm - 9pm
Explore an ancient practice of soft, internal, and intentional forms as you focus on single movements. If you have taken the advanced beginner, intermediate, or advanced classes at the Garden, this class is appropriate for you. Dress for the weather.
Saturday Apr 20th, 7:45am - 8:45am(8 sessions)