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Willow Furniture Workshop: Chair

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

Natural willow furniture is the ideal rustic accent when you need a seat for that perfect spot in your garden or porch. Learn the basic techniques of making bent willow furniture. You will select one project to complete during the workshop. Projects are large, so bring a vehicle that can accommodate them.  Requirements: Bring a hammer, hand pruners,...

Saturday Nov 10th, 12pm

Prairie Flowers for the Home Garden

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

If you have a sunny spot in your garden, you can create a butterfly and pollinator habitat with many native prairie plants. This class will look at a dozen easy-to-grow natives and native cultivars that provide bloom from early summer through fall.

Saturday Nov 10th, 12pm

Natural Perfume Workshop: Advanced Level

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

Dive deeper into the world of scents in this workshop, where you will learn perfume structures, plant origins, and their historical context. You will blend two variations of a perfume during our time together, improving your skills and olfactory recognition as we analyze each blend. Fee includes two .25-ounce vials of custom natural perfume to take...

Saturday Nov 10th, 1pm

Dwarf Plants for Small Spaces

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

With smaller spaces for landscape plants, there is a need for smaller plants. This class will cover both conifers and deciduous plants that are suitable for small landscapes and rooftop gardens.

Tuesday Nov 13th, 6pm

Advanced iPhone Photography Workshop

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

Take iPhone Photography to the next level with updated and new Apps, plus a look at updated iPhone features.   Prerequisite: iPhone Photography.

Wednesday Nov 14th, 1pm

Pruning for Professionals

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

This course is designed as a comprehensive review of basic pruning practices for landscape professionals. The afternoon session consists of demonstrations in the field that illustrate the techniques discussed during the morning session. There will also be a review of pruning tools and equipment care.  Note: Please dress for the weather, as the...

Thursday Nov 15th, 9:30am

Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Color

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

To add a breath of spring to your home this winter, join William Moss as he demonstrates the proper techniques for forcing bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and minor bulbs.  Learn how to choose varieties that are good performers as well as how to combine them in one pot for a mini-garden effect. You will then pot up some bulbs to take...

Saturday Nov 17th, 9am

The Pen and the Trowel

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

For years Marta McDowell has been occupied with writers who garden, and whose horticultural interests have changed her planting beds as well as her bookshelves. Starting with Mark Twain and connecting to authors ranging from Henry David Thoreau to Louisa May Alcott, this lecture explores the writing-gardening connection. A book sale and signing will...

Sunday Nov 18th, 1pm

Thanksgiving Tablescape

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

Celebrate the bounty of the season and create a rich, textural setting for your guests using floral as well as edible elements such as figs and grapes.  In this workshop you will take home a lush, seasonally inspired floral centerpiece as well as many ideas for creating a memorable holiday table for your own holiday entertaining.  Are Materials...

Tuesday Nov 20th, 10am

Yoga for the Holidays

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

Celebrate the season with relaxing, self-care yoga at the Garden. This special session helps to keep you balanced and centered through the holidays. Bring a yoga mat and we’ll help you find your Zen.  All levels are welcome.

$99

4 sessions

Color Pencil Workshop

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

Students with different levels of experience will learn colored pencil application techniques, with emphasis on transitioning from graphite to color. Various finishing techniques unique to colored pencils will be introduced. Emphasizing form, drawing skills will be strengthened, facilitating your personal expression through botanical art. You will...

$186

3 sessions

Monday Nov 26th, 6pm

Twiggy Reindeer

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

Ring in the holidays with this woodland reindeer. From his twiggy legs to his bittersweet berry antlers, red nose and perky tail, he’s so cute and so simple to create. Learn how to take wool and shape and sculpt it into felt as we walk you through the steps. Perfect for the novice crafter, needle felting is an easy to learn technique that is both...

Tuesday Nov 27th, 10am

Snowman Family

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

Make a family of snowmen bundled up for a cold winters’ day. This 4 x 6-inch figurine is complete with four little snowmen wearing adorable winter accessories. Learn needle felting techniques and how to sculpt wool into fun and imaginative shapes. Natasha Lehrer Lewis brings supplies and a wealth of knowledge to her inspiring classes.

Tuesday Nov 27th, 1pm

Deciduous Bonsai Tree Workshop

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

Fall is a great time to work on deciduous bonsai trees. In this class, we will discuss deciduous bonsai care and how it changes from season to season, including feeding, pruning, and repotting. Fall is the time to wire deciduous trees, so be sure to bring your tree to discuss their design.

Tuesday Nov 27th, 6pm

Holiday Dish Gardens

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

Simplify your holidays with one centerpiece to adorn all of your holiday feasts. Dish gardens are miniature landscapes grown in shallow containers that may be used as living centerpieces throughout the year.  Learn about different containers, materials needed to assemble them, and proper plant selection. Then create your own beautiful, functional...

Thursday Nov 29th, 6pm