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Butterflies of Illinois

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

Join expert entomologists for a unique look at the diversity of butterflies found across Illinois. Explore the status of Illinois butterflies and discover the best places in Illinois to see these remarkable creatures. Their new book, Butterflies of Illinois: A Field Guide, will be available for sale and signing. Please plan to visit the Butterflies...

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$15

How to Raise Butterflies at Home

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

Observing the transformation of a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful adult butterfly is miraculous. Learn methods of sheltering larvae and pupae in a safe, protective environment to ensure they escape predation and disease, maturing into adulthood. You will build a pupae/larvae rearing box to raise butterflies at home.

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$65

Pen and Ink 1

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

This studio class will examine pen-and-ink drawing with the study of natural botanical forms, shapes, and dissections. We will study the use of a variety of pen-and-ink techniques (stipple, cross-hatching,contour-line, and combinations); the execution of black-and-white elements to create value, tone, and texture (such as leaf venation, stem texture,...

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$298

6 sessions

Wild World of Weeds

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

Explore some of the most common summer weeds in the Midwest. You will learn the basics of weed identification, life cycles, and habitat, in order to best manage them in the landscape.

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$39

Hands-on Cooking: Classic Cakes

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

Celebrate Bastille Day and “let them eat cake” in this hands-on baking class. You’ll master baking techniques such as using an egg foam, methods for creaming butter, and buttercream frosting basics as you prepare a variety of cakes: orange chiffon, yellow layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, and sour cream coffee cake.

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$75

Beginning Digital Photography

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

This course will help beginners and enthusiasts grasp the techniques and principles of photography. Participants will explore the basics of photography, including image composition rules, how the camera works, proper exposure, and the functions of lens aperture and shutter speed. Some minimal photo processing will also be covered.  Note: Course...

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$290

4 sessions

Demo Cooking: Sauces for Grilling

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

Delicious fruit and vegetable sauces adapt well to grilled foods. In this cooking class, you’ll get an introduction to sauce-making basics, using an immersion blender, making vinaigrette, and braising and roasting methods.  Seasonal produce shines in blackberry ancho sauce, roasted yellow pepper and onion coulis, mushroom Bolognese, and chimichurri....

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$56

Splitting a Beehive Workshop

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

Learn how to split your beehive to make nucleus colonies or more honey-production hives. There will be a live demonstration of splitting a hive. All participants are required to bring their own bee suit.  There will not be extra suits available at the class.

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$49

Meditation Exploration

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

This meditation class is designed for working professionals; addressing common lifestyle concerns like stress, anxiety, or ruminating thoughts. Each session includes discussion and a guided 15-minute group sit. Topics vary weekly: body scan method, meditations on thought, emotion, and self-compassion. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand...

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$120

6 sessions

Vines for Northern Illinois

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

Vines add add beauty through their flowers, fruits, and foliage. They can also add height to small gardens, soften harsh lines, and hide unattractive structures. Learn which vines help diversify and add interest to your home landscape. 

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$64

Delightful Daisies

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

The first flower people learn to draw is often a circular disc with rays of petals surrounding it. That is because the most recognizable blooms are that of the daisy family (Asteraceae). These beloved composites include perennials like asters, black-eyed Susan’s, coneflowers, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. Prized by pollinators and great for gardeners,...

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$40

Outdoor Sketching

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

Learning how to make quick studies in the field is an important skill. You will gain the experience to create these sketches, complete with notes on field conditions, colors, plant measurements, and textures, for a complete work-up in the studio. Please dress for the weather. Folding chairs are provided. In case of inclement weather the class will...

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$298

6 sessions

Demonstration Cooking: Summer Berries

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

Summer is the season for local blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and more. Learn to turn these seasonal favorites into jam, flavored vinegar, and other preserves that you can enjoy all year long.  This class will also cover the basics of water-bath canning.

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$68.75

Watercolor 1

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

Watercolor is an ideal medium to achieve a naturalistic style in botanic art. You will learn basic color mixing and paint-handling exercises, progressing to rendering textures and form in color, and using paint-layering techniques.  Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing 1 and Color Mixing

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$298

6 sessions

Seed Sowing for Fall Edibles

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

Learn how to schedule your seed-sowing in midsummer for a harvest of cool-season edibles in fall.  This class will cover leafy greens Lettuce Chard Asian greens Garlic and more.

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$40
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