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Autumn Photography at Volo Bog

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

Volo Bog is a 47-acre floating mat of sphagnum moss, cattails, and sedges surrounding an open pool of water. November is a perfect time to explore the area and capture images of the tamaracks in full color. Class begins in the Visitor Center then proceeds to a photography session during a guided tour of the bog. Time after lunch is spent reviewing...

$189

2 sessions

Thursday Nov 1st, 10am

Photographing Trees

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

Both deciduous and evergreen trees are essential to the environment. This class will provide instruction on how best to photograph each type. When photographing evergreens, the emphasis will be on texture and pattern of bark, cones, and needles. For deciduous trees, capturing branches and the changing color of leaves as individual subjects in close-ups...

$279

5 sessions

Friday Nov 2nd, 9am

Digital Perspectives on Fall Color

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

Digital imaging has revolutionized photography and liberated photographers. Join master garden and flower photographer Allen Rokach in this intensive two-day workshop as he guides you through the fascinating world of digital photography.Through a combination of illustrated lectures, field photography, review sessions, and demonstrations of after-capture...

$399

2 sessions

Saturday Nov 3rd, 7am

Where Do Plant Names Come From

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

Our binomial system for plant names is a terrific system. Who decides on the name? Why do some names change? What's up with trademarks and patents? Take this class and get your plant name questions answered. Note: Please refer to this Map for more details on the class venue.

Saturday Nov 3rd, 9am

Photographing Bridges of the Garden

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

Bridges in a myriad of styles, materials, and lengths connect the Garden’s islands. They make interesting photo subjects themselves and also serve as wonderful vantage points from which to capture the land and water around them. Learn the best focal lengths and framing techniques to use when taking pictures of bridges and from them.

$239

4 sessions

Saturday Nov 3rd, 9am

Photography Techniques: Proper Lenses

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

During this seminar, students will learn the differences among focal lengths of lenses and how to select the appropriate lens for each particular subject. Other topics include matching the lens to the light level, depth of field, and how to obtain maximum image sharpness, as well as using the hyperfocal length setting with manual focus. The School’s...

Sunday Nov 4th, 9am

Business Tips for Garden Photographers

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

Is it possible to turn your love of flower and garden photography into a viable career path? Yes, provided you have a clear understanding about how to turn your passion into a business. This one-day intensive workshop will outline the techniques and strategies that will help aspiring professional photographers start and build their business. Allen...

Monday Nov 5th, 9am

Botany 2

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

How do seeds germinate and develop into mature plants? How do plants move water up through their roots to their topmost branches? This course will explore such subjects as the plant cell, anatomy and growth of roots, stems, and leaves, photosynthesis, and the symbiotic association of plant roots with beneficial fungi and bacteria.  Prerequisite...

$349

12 sessions

Monday Nov 5th, 6:30pm

Holiday Lighting Techniques

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

Do you wish that your outdoor holiday lights could be as spectacular as the ones at the Garden? If so, join Heather Sherwood as she demonstrates the techniques used to decorate trees and shrubs with lights for the holiday season. Learn how to estimate equipment and time, install the lights, and maintain a beautiful show.  You’ll learn the tricks...

Tuesday Nov 6th, 6pm

Holiday Calligraphy Workshop

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

Adorn the holidays with the beautiful, personal touch of calligraphy. Create beautiful holiday cards, gift tags, place cards, and thank-you notes. Learn to embellish your notes with such simple holiday motifs as holly and wreaths. Additional supplies required. Request for a supply list upon enrollment. Note: Please refer to this Map for more...

$179

4 sessions

Thursday Nov 8th, 12:30pm

Gardens of the Roaring Twenties

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

Home gardens in the 1920s celebrated and welcomed nature. Birdhouses, birdbaths, fish ponds, and rock gardens were the rage. Cottage-garden perennials, such as Canterbury bells, irises, foxglove, phlox, pyrethrum, coreopsis, hollyhocks, roses, columbine, and poppies were just some of the flowers that adorned the front and back gardens. Discover the...

Saturday Nov 10th, 9am

Botanical Drawing 2

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

Continue to build your drawing skills with advanced graphite techniques, light and dark media on toned paper, and carbon dust.  Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing 1  ART requirement

$298

5 sessions

Saturday Nov 10th, 9am

Birds in the Garden

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

Creating and enjoying a bird oasis connects us to nature and helps sustain bird populations. This presentation will showcase a small Chicago bird garden to illustrate how it is possible to attract more than 100 bird species.  Tips include landscape enhancements, practices, and plant selection, with an emphasis on natives/nativars. We will also...

Saturday Nov 10th, 9am

Holiday Willow Workshop: Tree

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

Create either a charming rustic reindeer or a holiday tree of willow. The holiday tree is 5 to 6 feet tall, and can be decorated with twinkly lights and more for the holidays, and then used as a vine support for the summer. The reindeer has an overall height of 4 to 5 feet from its hooves to the tips of its antlers. Please bring a hammer, hand pruners,...

Saturday Nov 10th, 9am

Natural Perfume Workshop: Beginner Level

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

Learn the art of natural perfume at this beginner’s workshop by creating a formula with oils from around the world. Students will be introduced to 15 natural essences and leave with their very own original in a .25-ounce spray bottle.

Saturday Nov 10th, 10am