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Introduction to Bird-Watching

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

f you want to become a birder, join this class to learn the basics. On Wednesday, you will learn about binoculars, how to use a field guide, and the field marks used to identify common birds of the Chicago area. During the Thursday bird walk, try out your newly acquired skills. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather.

Wednesday May 18th, 9am - 11:30am Central Time

  (2 sessions)
$79

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?  Explore subjects such 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.  A supply list will...

Monday May 16th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time

  (12 sessions)
$462

12 sessions

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Pollinator Container Workshop

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

Learn how to welcome pollinators to your home with a diverse array of flowering annuals that will also give you season-long color. Then prepare a warm-season mixed container suitable for a sun or partial shade location. Please bring gloves.

Tuesday Jun 7th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Introduction to Grading and Drainage

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

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses to basic grading and drainage concepts as they relate to design. Acquire a critical understanding of key earth forms and drainage patterns in residential landscapes through active discussions and hands-on projects.  Prerequisites:  Graphics Introduction to Professional...

Wednesday Jun 8th, 6:30pm - 9pm Central Time

  (10 sessions)
$749

10 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 14th, 10am - 12pm Central Time

Make a Bonsai Tree

at Color Cocktail Factory - Pilsen 917 W 18th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608

A thorough one-day experience for those who wish to learn all the fundamentals of bonsai. The class includes the basic principles of successfully growing, maintaining and styling your bonsai, both for outdoors and indoors. Demonstration and hands-on experience with individual instruction to help students create their bonsai. Fee includes instruction,...

Saturday May 21st, 5pm - 7pm Central Time

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Shade Gardening Basics

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

Do you have shade in your garden? With knowledge, the challenges of shade gardening can be overcome. Learn what to look for when selecting plants beyond hosta and how to evaluate the shade in your garden to manage it successfully. Turn your shade into a garden asset.

Sunday Jul 10th, 12pm - 2pm Central Time

Hands-on Gardening: Summer Pruning

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

Today’s pruning of your trees and shrubs will define how they grow for years to come. Learn which cuts to avoid, which cuts are essential, and which cuts are a matter of your personal style.  Please dress for the weather and bring pruners.

Saturday Jun 11th, 12pm - 2pm Central Time

Best Roses for Your Garden

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

Roses dazzle, delight, and romance us in many ways. Explore the world of roses as we dive into the commonly available varieties and touch on heirlooms, species, and exciting new selections.  Learn which rose to match with your space and expectations. A walk in the Krasberg Rose Garden will be included.

Saturday Jun 25th, 9am - 12pm Central Time

Hands-on Gardening: Mulching and Edging

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

Improper mulching can do far more harm to plants than not mulching at all. Learn how much mulch is enough, where to spread it, and the best material to use, as well as how to edge your garden for a professional look.  Please dress for the weather.

Saturday Jun 11th, 9am - 11am Central Time

Summer Succulent Container Workshop

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

Succulent container gardens are very hot and trendy in the gardening world. Learn cultural guidelines and examples of designs to create a succulent container from start to finish.  These containers will give you enjoyment from spring through fall, and can be moved indoors in winter and held for another year of enjoyment the following season....

Thursday Jun 16th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

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Gardening Techniques: Session D

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

Learn tips and techniques used by professional gardeners through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Acquire solid gardening skills, learn a variety of techniques, and determine best management practices in the field of horticulture. Gain applicable skills in plant selection, perennial and annual care and maintenance, pruning techniques,...

Saturday Jul 9th, 10:30am - 1:30pm Central Time

  (6 sessions)
$374

6 sessions

Spotlight Garden Tours

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

There are 28 gardens and four natural areas within the 385 acres of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Join our horticulturists for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Garden areas they oversee. Explore plant varieties and combinations, design elements, garden features, and fun stories as you soak up a wealth of knowledge from years of experience working in...

Tuesday May 24th, 9am - 10am Central Time

Propagating Succulents

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

Do you wish you could have more succulents in your home without breaking the bank? Learn a variety of propagation techniques including lobe and stem cuttings and division.  Explore and work with easily propagated succulents and take one home to add to your collection.

Saturday Jun 18th, 9am - 11am Central Time

Landscaping with Native Plants

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

You do not need to leave the city to find nature; it can be as close as your backyard. Gain the skills necessary to create landscape designs in harmony with nature by working with natural systems and native plants to provide lush, beautiful sanctuaries for people, songbirds, and butterflies. Learn how to evaluate site conditions in order to create...

Thursday Aug 4th, 6pm - 8pm Central Time

  (3 sessions)
$149

3 sessions

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