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Introduction to Beekeeping

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

In this class, you will learn all the basics needed to start keeping bees. This includes what to expect, how to put together equipment, how to get bees in your hive, finding the queen, feeding, what to look for after the bees are installed, and seasonal chores. There will also be plenty of time for questions at the end.

Saturday Feb 9th, 9am - 2pm

Botany in Your Kitchen

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

Join us to learn a bit of plant taxonomy and why those beans, squash, and peppers are actually fruit. Or why your tapioca desert is a root. Learn about the different parts of a plant that are edible such as fruit, roots, stems, shoots, seeds, and more, and how these end up on your plate as a nutritious meal.

Saturday Feb 9th, 9am - 11am

Colored Pencil on Mylar

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

For those familiar with the use of colored pencil on paper, here is the opportunity to work with the new popular substrate, Mylar film. Colored pencils on film can depict the rich, glowing color of florals, with the potential for adding the illusion of depth and atmospheric fade.  Techniques covered include working on both sides of the film,...

Saturday Feb 9th, 9am - 4pm

  (2 sessions)
$239

2 sessions

Intermediate Digital Photography

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

Having learned the basics of digital photography in the introductory course, students are ready to move on to more artistic endeavors.  Seeing, thinking, and acting are the next steps in learning to identify, then capture, an impressive image. Students will use lead lines, selective manual focus, and appropriate aperture settings to enhance their...

Saturday Feb 9th, 9am - 12pm

  (6 sessions)
$359

6 sessions

Hands-on Cooking: Fermenting Vegetables

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

Learn how to ferment vegetables in a saltwater brine, creating an environment in which probiotics can flourish, to achieve tasty, tangy vegetable pickles that are good for you too.  Instructor Emily Paster will explain the how and why of lacto-fermentation including the necessary salt-to-water ratio, the proper fermenting environment and knowing...

Saturday Feb 9th, 2pm - 4pm

Propagating Local Bees

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

Learn techniques on how to avoid buying bees for your apiary every spring. We will cover how to select good stock to start your hive, easy ways to make a few queens to propagate stock that winters in your area, and how to make splits from your own bees to increase hive counts or replace dead colonies.

Saturday Feb 9th, 3pm - 5pm

Photography Tips & Techniques: How to Use a Macro Lens

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

Learn how to capture large images of small subjects and keep them in sharp focus with or without a dedicated macro lens. Additional topics include how to add light to a scene and compose in small settings.

Sunday Feb 10th, 12pm - 3pm

Advanced Abstracts in Winter

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

Designed for the advanced photographer desiring to create a winter portfolio, this class will walk students through the evolution of abstract photography. Trace and study the art of abstract nature photography by completing projects based on art movements such as impressionism, expressionism, cubism, surrealism, dadaism, and minimalism. Study the works...

Monday Feb 11th, 9:30am - 1pm

  (5 sessions)
$359

5 sessions

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 Feb 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Ins and Outs of Flash Photography

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

Using flash can lighten and brighten the subject, but using it incorrectly can distort the image or cause the dreaded red-eye. Learn where, when, and how to use flash indoors and outdoors. Bring your DSLR camera and an external flash, if you have one.

Wednesday Feb 13th, 9am - 12pm

  (4 sessions)
$239

4 sessions

Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

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

Many deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs can be propagated by hardwood cuttings. This type of cutting is taken in the winter when the mother plant is dormant. It is an economical and easy way to propagate woody plants. Join us to learn the process in this hands-on class. A map will be sent with your confirmation.

Wednesday Feb 13th, 10am - 12pm

Hands-on Cooking: Valentine's Date Night

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

Enjoy a romantic evening learning how to cook French cuisine together. Discover techniques for both roasting and pan searing, practice knife cuts, and make a pan sauce reduction. Featured recipes include salmon rillettes, mélange of roasted vegetables, hasselback potatoes, beef au poivre with cognac cream sauce, and chocolate-dipped shortbread hearts....

Thursday Feb 14th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Inspirations from Great Gardens

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

Join Jeff Epping in an exploration of some of the finest public gardens in the United States, from the High Line and Battery Park in New York City to the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Gorgeous gardens in the Netherlands, France, and England are also on the docket. Epping will illustrate how innovative designers and gardeners have showcased great...

Thursday Feb 14th, 7pm - 8:30pm

Backstage Pass: The Orchid Show

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

For one cold winter month only, the Regenstein Center and the Garden’s Greenhouses are filled with more than 10,000 orchids for our annual Orchid Show. Join Wade Wheatley to learn about the various varieties of orchids, watering and growing techniques, and a behind-the-scenes perspective on how the Orchid Show was created.  A short tour of the...

Friday Feb 15th, 8:30am - 10am

Greener Alternatives to Turf

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

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons—they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. Jeff Epping has been researching and implementing a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are more environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes.  Epping will show you how they have replaced lawns...

Friday Feb 15th, 10am - 11:30am

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