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Garden events are listed by location and month, with exception to the featured centers below.
Featured Centers: The following centers have multiple events. To make it easier to locate their events they are listed separately.

Visit our 2014 Garden Walks section for more events.

The Growing Place

Cantigny Park

The Growing Place

The Growing Place, 25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville (630-355-4000) and 2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora (630-820-8088) All classes held at the Aurora location.


May 3 and 4
Quick Tips: Planting for Success.
Interactive displays throughout the day. Tip sharing with horticultuists at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Both locations.

May 10 and 11
From Garden to Table: Favorite Recipes & Tips.
Focus on peppers, potatoes and herbs that make them great. Staff shares growing tips and recipes. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in Aurora. Sunday in Naperville.

May 11
Paint an Herb Pot for Mom.
Decorate a pot and fill it with herbs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10. Both locations.

May 17 and 18
Quick Tips: Combining Annuals and Perennials.
Interactive displays. Tip sharing with horticulturists at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Both locations.

May 24
Landscaping 101: Rain Gardens.
Learn to build a rain garden in sun or shade, and hear about the benefits of keeping water on your property. 10 a.m. Aurora.

May 31 and June 1
Quick Tips: Top Plants for Birds.
Visit three interactive stations for 10-minutes presentations on plants for hummingbirds and other birds. Noon to 4 p.m. Both locations.  Also, Bird Walks: Saturday in Aurora at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday in Naperville at 5 p.m.


June 7 and 8
Magical Mini-Garden Festival.
Two days of fairy fun, fairy tales and teas. Meet a “real live” fairy and make a miniature garden. Dress in your fairy best! Make fairy wings and march in a Fairy Parade. Saturday in Naperville. Sunday in Aurora.

June 14 and 15
From Garden to Table: Favorite Recipes & Tips.
Focus on different types of salsas and pestos. Staff shares growing tips and recipes. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in Aurora. Sunday in Naperville.

June 21
Annual Gardener’s Art Festival. More than 40 garden artists. Live music, talks and refreshments. The Nature Artists Guild of The Morton Arboretum will be painting and drawing in the gardens. Naperville.

June 28 and 29
Quick Tips: Plant a Butterfly Habitat.
Interactive displays and butterfly crafts table all day. Horticulturists provide 10 minutes of tips at noon, 1 p.m. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Both locations.

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Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. To register, call 630-260-8162 or email


May 4
Greenhouse Open House.
Demonstrations, tours, exhibits, kids’ activities and plants for sale. For all ages. Staff will answer your gardening questions. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking. Free tram service from the main parking lot.  

May 9
National Public Gardens Day. Tours focusing on Cantigny’s colorful spring plantings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. “Experts on Location” will answer questions and provide gardening tips and advice. Visit to download a voucher for free admission; good all day until 3 p.m.

May 9
“Creating Native Eco-Gardens,”
a lecture to celebrate National Public Gardens Day. Presented by Dennis Paige, a passionate environmental educator who transformed a suburban community’s turf monoculture into a colorful range of woodland and prairie natives. Recipient of the Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the United States EPA and Chicago Wilderness in 2011. 1 p.m. Free.

May 18 and 22
Summer Container Workshop.
Presented by Jackie Kosbab from Cantigny Horticulture on May 18 at 9:30 a.m. Presented by Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a container of your choosing (14 to 24 inches wide). Cantigny will supply the soil and a flat of plants. Meet at Cantigny Greenhouse (enter the park from Shaffner Road).  Advance registration required; maximum class size 15. Please notify registrar if you will be creating a shade or sun container. 9:30 a.m. $45. Parking free.


June 7
Neighbor to Neighbor: Grow It Forward!
Hear a lecture on vegetable gardening by Liz Omura, then take home two tomato plants and two pepper plants. Guests who send in a photo of themselves giving their plants or vegetables to a needy neighbor will receive a prize. Advance registration requested. 11 a.m. Free with paid parking ($5).

June 19
Summer Evening Garden Walk. Enjoy a guided stroll with Craig Kruckenberg and Jackie Kosbab from Cantigny Horticulture. 6:30 p.m. Free with paid parking ($2). Advance registration requested.

June 22
Nature Printing on Clay Pots.
Use leaves to make a unique design to enhance your planters. Bring a couple of your own clay pots; all other supplies provided. Taught by  JoAnne Laudolff. Noon. $45. Advance registration required. Parking free.

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