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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.

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), thegrowingplace.com.

November

November 8
“Make & Take: Pretty Painted Place Mats.” Decorate your own set of four personalized cloth place mats using washable fabric paint and leaves. Aurora. Noon to 3 p.m. $20. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

November 11
“Make & Take: Harvest Centerpiece.” A designer will help you create a festive centerpiece. Aurora. 10 a.m. Cost of materials. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

November 15 and 16
“From Garden to Table: Pumpkins, Recipes & Tips.” Discover the pleasure of cooking with food you’ve grown yourself. Favorite pumpkin and squash recipes. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

November 21, 22, 23
Holiday Open House. Decorating demos, specials, refreshments and more. Both locations all day.

November 22 or 29
“Make & Take: Wreath, Container or Door Swag.” An expert designer will help you make a holiday decoration. Both locations. 10 a.m. to noon. Wreath or container: $49. Swag: $39. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

December

December 13
“Make & Take Gifts of the Season: Garden Candles.” Using pressed flowers and foliage from the gardens, make a floral pillar candle for your home or a gift. Aurora. Noon to 3 p.m. One candle $15 or two candles $25. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

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Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. Info: 630-668-5161 or www.cantigny.org. Parking $5. Events free unless otherwise noted. For events requiring registration call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.

November

November 4
Garden Tour: Tree Trail. Guided walk to learn about the park’s trees and enjoy fall foliage. Led by forester Chris Roberts. Depart from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with paid parking ($5).

November 8
Bird Walk. Join the DuPage Birding Club for a stroll around the grounds. Search for late fall migrants as well as resident birds. All skill levels welcome. Binoculars available for borrowing (first come, first served). Meet at the Visitors Center kiosk at 8:30 a.m. Walk and parking free.

November 24
Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop.  Create a fresh arrangement with expert instruction from Joyce Grattoni, AIFD. Use fresh and dried flowers in a fall palette of oranges, rusts, reds and greens. Please bring a wire cutter, hand pruner and small cardboard tray (to help transport your floral creation home). All other materials provided. Meet at the Cantigny Greenhouse at 6:30 p.m. Enter at the Shaffner Road gate for easy access to the greenhouse parking lot. $45 fee includes parking. Register in advance at 630-260-8162 or download a registration form on the Cantigny website.

December

December 2
Shades of Crimson Poinsettia Display. Tour the Cantigny Greenhouse to enjoy a sea of poinsettia plants at their holiday best. See 15 or more varieties and 3,000-plus poinsettias, all grown on site. Cantigny horticulturists will lead tours and answer questions. Plants available for purchase. Groups are welcome but advance notice is requested for 10 or more (call 630-260-8162). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Free admission and parking. Park in the main lot at the Visitors Center, then walk to the greenhouse or ride the free shuttle.

December 16
Holiday Floral Arrangement Workshop. Holiday greens (balsam, pine and holly) will be combined with a variety of festive flowers. Janet Gallagher, floral design instructor at Kishwaukee College, will instruct. Please bring a pruner if you have one and a box to transport your finished arrangement home. All other materials provided. Meet at the Cantigny Greenhouse at 6:30 p.m. Enter at Shaffner Road for easy access to the greenhouse parking lot. $45 fee includes parking. Register in advance at 630-260-8162 or download a registration form on the Cantigny website.

 

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