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The Chicago Botanic Garden is a world-renowned living museum and conservation science center that offers multiple unique nature courses spread throughout 26 gardens and four natural areas on 385 acres.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Painting the Natural World

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the world of watercolor as you learn to depict the beauty of nature in this online course offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Explore the art of painting the natural world from the comfort of your own home, and unlock the secrets to achieving sparkling and sensitive effects with watercolor. Previous experience in watercolor or a similar medium is recommended.

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 1–3:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$349

6 sessions

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Color Mixing

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Discover the secrets to creating stunning and vibrant colors in your artwork with the Color Mixing course at Chicago Botanic Garden. Master the art of blending hues found in flowers, leaves, and shadows, and apply your newfound knowledge to create beautiful paintings. This course is designed to enhance your color mixing skills and elevate your artistic creations.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 9am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$449

6 sessions

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Drawing with Colored Pencils

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Experience the beauty of botanical art from the comfort of your own home with Chicago Botanic Garden's online class. Learn the techniques of creating glowing colored pencil drawings on toned paper, adding highlights to achieve luminous, vivid color. Beginners and experienced students alike are welcome to join this virtual artistic journey.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 9:30am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$349

6 sessions

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Botanical Drawing 2: Online

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Enhance your botanical drawing skills with advanced techniques in graphite, light and dark media, and carbon dust. Join this online course offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden and continue your artistic journey. Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing 1.

Sunday, Mar 17th, 1–4pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$449

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Yoga with the Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Unwind and find inner peace with live, interactive yoga sessions that combine breathing, stretching, and meditation. Join a welcoming community in this online class, from the comfort of your own home. Register now and connect with your yogi side.

Monday, Apr 8th, 9:30–10:30am Central Time

 (9 sessions)

$174

9 sessions

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Yoga Unlimited Semester Pass: Online

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Discover the freedom of practicing yoga from anywhere with the Chicago Botanic Garden's virtual yoga classes. Gain unlimited access to a variety of online sessions and experience the benefits of yoga at your own pace.

Monday, Apr 8th, 9:30–10:30am Central Time

 (10 sessions)

$412

10 sessions

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Textures and Patterns in Nature

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of nature's textures and patterns. Discover how to artistically capture organic forms and design elements through the use of light, composition, and background. Enhance your photography skills with this intermediate-level class at the esteemed Chicago Botanic Garden.

Thursday, Apr 11th, 9:30am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$437

6 sessions

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Spring Clean-up: A Bug-eyed View

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the secrets to a successful spring garden clean-up while creating a welcoming habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife, with expert advice from the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 10:30am–12:30pm Central Time

Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the essential techniques and tools needed for growing your vegetables with this hands-on course. From site selection to harvesting, you'll gain the knowledge needed to successfully grow a bountiful garden. Enroll now and receive a packet of seeds to start your vegetable garden at home.

Thursday, Feb 29th, 6–8pm Central Time

Annie Guilfoyle: Garden Design Elements

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the key elements for creating a truly great garden with renowned UK garden designer Annie Guilfoyle. Gain insights into principles like simplicity, unity, and balance, and explore inspiring examples of Guilfoyle's work and others. Learn how to make gardens beautiful and sustainable for future generations in this engaging online class.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 10–11:30am Central Time

Tai Chi Fundamental Sun-Style (Online)

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the flowing movements and gentle postures of Sun-Style Tai Chi in this online course. Perfect for beginners or those looking to refresh their practice, join us for a modern form of tai chi taught by experienced instructors. Register now and find your inner balance from the comfort of your home.

Wednesday, Mar 20th, 8–9am Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$124

6 sessions

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Tai Chi Fundamental Yang 24 (Online)

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Experience the grace and tranquility of Tai Chi from the comfort of your own home. Join our online class to learn the fundamental Yang style movements and delve into the meditative practice of qi gong. Perfect for beginners or those looking to rejuvenate their practice.

Wednesday, Mar 20th, 9:30–10:30am Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$124

6 sessions

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Hardscape Basics

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Enhance your garden designs with the incorporation of hardscape elements. Learn how to integrate paving, landscape lighting, and garden walls into your landscape design plans to achieve both functional and aesthetic benefits. Join us for a hands-on course that will elevate your gardening skills.

Thursday, Jun 20th, 6:30–9pm Central Time

 (12 sessions)

$749

12 sessions

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From the Drawing Board to the Border

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the expert strategies and insider tips you need to seamlessly bring your garden designs to life in this comprehensive course. Learn how to effectively plan your budget, create a shopping list, and establish a timeline for phased work. Enhance your skills in purchasing plants and collaborating with landscape professionals to ensure stunning results every step of the way.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

Designing the Sunny Border

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Learn the art of designing beautiful borders that bloom with color and interest all year round, with the online garden design class offered by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Discover the secrets of combining perennials, annuals, and shrubs to create stunning landscapes that will impress even the most seasoned gardeners. Register now to bring new life to your garden!

Wednesday, Mar 6th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

Edible Spring Weeds and Flowers: Online

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover the hidden culinary treasures of edible spring flowers and weeds in the Chicago Botanic Garden's online foraging class. Uncover interesting facts and learn how to identify these plants from the comfort of your own home. Register now for this virtual experience that will leave you hungry for more!

Monday, Mar 11th, 6:30–8pm Central Time

Best New Annuals of 2024

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Discover a stunning selection of eye-catching and beautiful new annuals, and learn how to incorporate them into your garden space. Join us at the Chicago Botanic Garden for an in-depth exploration of the best new plantings for 2024. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your garden with vibrant flowers, colorful foliage, and more.

Saturday, Mar 16th, 9–11am Central Time

Designing the Shade Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Learn how to overcome the challenges of gardening in the shade with the online course from Chicago Botanic Garden. Discover innovative solutions for low light levels, tree roots, and dry soil, and create beautiful plant combinations that add color, texture, and form to your shaded garden. Register now to unlock the secrets of designing a thriving shade garden.

Wednesday, Mar 13th, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

Herbs for Spring Wellness

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Prepare for a fresh start this spring by learning about herbal remedies, bitters, and lymphatics to clear out winter's "cobwebs" and support your digestive system. Discover how to build your body's resistance to spring allergies and find relief from symptoms with soothing herbal remedies. Join us online for recipes, demonstrations, and practical tips for spring wellness.

Thursday, Mar 14th, 1–3pm Central Time

The Art of iPhoneography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Enhance your everyday photographs into artistic masterpieces with the world leader in everyday photography. Uncover the secrets of composition, color, and black-and-white tonality using selected applications in this advanced iPhoneography class. Join us to discover the art behind your iPhone's lens.

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 6:30–8:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

$124

3 sessions

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