Tue, Jun 4
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Meets 7 Times
95 classes have spots left
The Garden will serve as a natural laboratory as we explore a variety of photographic design techniques to take you from an ordinary snapshot to art. We will study the work of successful contemporary fine art photographers. Emphasis will be put on finding your own artistic style while advancing your photographic skill set to create your own...
Tuesday Jun 4th, 1pm - 4pm(7 sessions)
New! Create a portable, whimsical topiary using insect-shaped galvanized wire frames. You will stuff the frame with long-fibered sphagnum moss and plant with a variety of stunning annuals and perennials. Insect frames include bees, praying mantis, ladybugs, and more.
Wednesday Jun 5th, 6pm - 9pm
Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to basic grading and drainage concepts as they relate to design. Acquire a critical understanding of key earth forms and drainage patterns in residential landscapes through active discussions and hands-on projects. Prerequisites: Graphics, Introduction to Professional...
Wednesday Jun 5th, 6:30pm - 9pm(10 sessions)
In this cooking class, discover the applications of beer’s yeasty, bittersweet, slightly acidic character. Learn to use it as marinade and braising liquid, how it adds depth and flavor to a variety of different types of recipes, and how its carbonation adds lift to batters. Featured recipes include Beer and sriracha almonds Beer-battered onion...
Thursday Jun 6th, 6pm - 8:30pm
New! If you love the flavor of sourdough bread but think you could never make it at home, this class will change your mind. Learn how to maintain a sourdough starter and the process of using it to create home-baked bread. Get ideas and recipes for other ways to use the starter, such as biscuits, pancakes, and pizza dough. Take home a portion of...
Saturday Jun 8th, 9am - 11am
New! Would you like to grow your own bouquet? Discover new ideas on what to plant and how to care for cut flowers. Learn simple techniques for creating beautiful arrangements and create a small cut-flower arrangement to take home.
Saturday Jun 8th, 10am - 12pm
Participants will learn the fundamental principles of aquaponics production as well as tips and tricks for building an at-home or small-scale aquaponics system. This course will include hands-on work with the nursery system and the 52,000-gallon aquaponics production system.
Saturday Jun 8th, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Learn to eat more seasonally and locally throughout the year by canning, fermenting, dehydrating, and freezing. You will practice step-by-step methods for water-bath canning and fermentation. Safety concerns and equipment needs will be addressed.
Saturday Jun 8th, 12pm - 2pm
The plight of pollinators and nectar-feeding insects is well known. Honeybees, native bees, monarch butterflies, moths, and many lesser-known insects rely mainly on native plants for survival and reproduction. Explore recommended pollinator-attracting plants for Midwest gardens including native and nonnative cultivars, and nectar-rich varieties.
Saturday Jun 8th, 1pm - 3pm
Category: Nature Studies Many of the grass-like plants you encounter in native habitats in the Chicago region and elsewhere are not actually grasses. Although similar looking, they are members of an entirely different family of plants. In this course you will study Carex, the largest and most diverse genus of the sedge family. Learn about the taxonomy,...
Tuesday Jun 11th, 9am - 1pm
Enjoy a tour featuring the summer containers at the Garden. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Your container may include annuals, perennials, herbs, and decorative foliage. Please bring gloves.
Tuesday Jun 11th, 10am - 12pm
New! Learn how to create a tropical look and feel in your garden without breaking the budget. Plant selections, sun and shade requirements, and hot new plants are discussed. A Garden walk is included, so please dress for the weather.
Tuesday Jun 11th, 6pm - 8pm
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)
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)
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