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Gentle Yoga and Meditation

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

All levels of fitness and experience are welcome in this class, which will include meditative movement and contemplative stillness. We will focus on the breath and relieving stress. 

Wednesday Apr 10th, 9:30am - 10:30am

  (10 sessions)
$194

10 sessions

Soil Basics

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

Soil is an irreplaceable natural resource that affects plant selection and growth. Learn to maintain healthy soil; use compost, fertilizers, soilless and potting mixes and other amendments. Discover how water cycles through a garden and affects soils and plants. Course fee includes a professionally analyzed test of your garden soil. 

Thursday Apr 11th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (7 sessions)
$337

7 sessions

Spring Lawn Care for Homeowners

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

Here’s your chance to learn the basics of lawn care. Using the Garden’s holistic turf management program as a model, Tom Fritz explains how to cultivate a thriving lawn while lessening pesticide use. He’ll cover turf culture, mowing, aerating, watering, fertilizing and weeding, and insect and disease control. Please dress for the weather.

Saturday Apr 13th, 9am - 11am

Best New Annuals for 2019

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

It’s going to be a banner year for annuals. This course presents many new cultivars, along with several wonderful yet underutilized species for both container and in-ground plantings in sun and shade. Focus on what makes each unique and ideal, including morphological characteristics and garden performance. Other topics include cultural requirements,...

Saturday Apr 13th, 1pm - 4pm

Spring Containers at the Garden

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

Tour the Garden’s spring containers and collect ideas for your own. Then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures and a full-sun to partial-shade location. Pansies, forced bulbs, and other spring treasures may be used. A spray of branches gives them a finishing touch. Please bring gloves. 

Tuesday Apr 16th, 10am - 12pm

Go Figure: Incorporating Life into Art

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

Learn to animate and enliven your watercolor painting by incorporating human or animal figures into the landscape. The figures will provide a focal point that adds interest, storytelling, scale, and perspective to your paintings.  Learn techniques to simplify the figure and gesture in your artwork.  Prerequisite: Previous watercolor coursework...

Tuesday Apr 16th, 5:30pm - 9pm

  (5 sessions)
$349

5 sessions

Root Over Rock Bonsai

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

Root over rock is a unique and naturally occurring event in nature. Tree roots attach to rock and continue to grow as the tree ages. In this workshop, we attach a tree to a rock so the roots will take hold. Bring your own tree and rock, or we will provide them for you for an additional fee of $69.  Leave the workshop having taken the first...

Wednesday Apr 17th, 6pm - 9pm

Water Garden in a Vase Workshop

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

Learn the proper methods to grow a living plant arrangement in a water-filled vase, including which plants do best growing in water and how to care for them to keep them happy and healthy for a long time. Adding unique elements and features such as rocks, pebbles, sand, or moss can help you create your own special design. All the plants, vase, and...

Wednesday Apr 24th, 6pm - 8pm

Brambles and Berries for the Beginner

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

Would you love to be able to harvest fresh berries from your own backyard? If so, this class will convince you how easy it is to successfully grow berry fruits. You will learn how to choose the best varieties, select and prepare a site, and use proper planting and pruning techniques, as well as understand other maintenance requirements. Dress for the...

Saturday Apr 27th, 9:30am - 12pm

Botanicals on Coquille Board

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

Coquille board is a lovely textured surface that encourages fast, fun, and beautiful renderings of botanical subjects. We will start in full value black and white and move on to color. A supply list will be sent with your confirmation.

Saturday May 4th, 9am - 4pm

  (2 sessions)
$186

2 sessions

Botany 2

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Rd, 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...

Monday May 6th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (12 sessions)
$349

12 sessions

Bonsai Beginner

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

During this six-week basics and fundamentals course, discover principles and techniques to appreciate and participate in the art of bonsai.  Each student will get a tree to work on in class each week. By the end of the class you and your tree will have taken the first steps into bonsai.  Each session includes a detailed lecture and assistance...

Tuesday May 7th, 6pm - 9pm

  (6 sessions)
$299

6 sessions

Annuals and Biennials with Sat Walks

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

Annuals and biennials have a rich tradition and exciting future. During this course, focus on the most popular cool- and warm-season species along with a selection of the new cultivars and unusual plants, all of which are well-suited to container and in-ground gardening in the Midwest.  During the lectures and Garden walks, learn plant identification...

Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (13 sessions)
$399

13 sessions

Annuals and Biennials with Thurs Walks

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

Study more than 60 different deciduous flowering shrubs (and their cultivars and related species) suitable for commercial landscape and home garden use in the Chicago region.  During weekly slide lectures and Garden walks, the identification, cultural information, aesthetic qualities, and landscape uses of both common and more unusual shrubs...

Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (13 sessions)
$399

13 sessions

Summer Containers at the Garden

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

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

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