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March

Continuing until May 11
Spring Flower Show
Escape winter with this annual display of fragrant flowering bulbs, azaleas and other spring flowers. Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. Info: 312-742-7736.

March 3   
Vermicomposting
Use worms to turn your organic waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Taught by master gardener and permaculture expert Anna Maria Leon. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, 2200 W. Grand Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 312-829-2527 or info@christywebber.com.

March 10
2nd Annual Gardening Exchange Event
Basic organic gardening classes; gently used gardening and cooking tools at bargain prices. For ages 18 and up. Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. Free from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshop series from 1 to 4 p.m. is $20. All proceeds support Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse’s programs for kids. Info: 773-685-3351.

March 10
Spring and Summer Bulbs
Learn about begonias, calla lilies, cannas, dahlias, elephant ears, gladiolus, and other unusual bulbs. Taught by Sjors DeWitt.  Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, 2200 W. Grand Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 312-829-2527 or info@christywebber.com.

March 11
Maple Tree Tapping
Tap a maple tree and learn the whole maple syrup story from sappy beginnings to a sweet, tasty ending. Adults and families with children age 6 and up. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Registration required. Info and registration: 312-744-5472.

March 13
Bee Keeping
Explore the fundamentals of honeybees. For beginners and seasoned beekeepers. Taught by Marina Post. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, 2200 W. Grand Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 312-829-2527 or info@christywebber.com.

March 13
“Sage Vertical Gardening”
The program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones. Scott Mehaffey, executive vice president of Sage Vertical Garden Systems, will introduce an exciting new methodology for vertical gardening where space is limited. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Ave. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 312-744-5472.

March 15 to 23
Chicago Flower & Garden Show,
presented by Mariano’s. Environmentally friendly gardens will interpret this year’s theme “Do Green. Do Good.” Display gardens, tablescapes, seminars, cooking demos, vendors. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Discounted online tickets $15 and $17. Discounted parking. Info: www.chicagoflower.org.

March 22
The 61st St. Farmers’ Market
is open indoors at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Cheeses, breads, eggs, meat, honey, jams and produce. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: www.experimentalstation.org.

March 22 and 23
Maple Syrup Fest
See the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting sap to boiling it down into syrup. Storytelling, make a maple craft, taste fresh maple syrup. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 312-744-5472.

March 27
Composting Learn
how to minimize landfill and add nutrient-rich humus to your garden. Taught by AnnaMaria Leon. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, 2200 W. Grand Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 312-829-2527 or info@christywebber.com.

April

April 3
Fairy Gardening
Creating micro-environments or “faerie gardens” can bring magic into your life. Learn the possibilities and create your own. Bring supplies or purchase at the garden center. Taught by Sophie Kreutz. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, 2200 W. Grand Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 312-829-2527 or info@christywebber.com.

April 5
Plant Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings
Learn to grow and maintain annuals, perennials and shrubs from seeds and cuttings. Led by Richard Tilley, who grows thousands of plants from seed each year. Presented by Wicker Park Garden Club. Held in a Wicker Park home. Address given to registered students. 10 a.m. to noon. $15. Registration required. Limit  40. RSVP to 773-278-9075 or wpgarden@aol.com. Pay at door.

April 10
Container Gardening
Maintenance-free growing systems such as the EarthBox® control soil conditions, eliminate guesswork and more than double the yield of a conventional garden with virtually no effort. Grow vegetables and herbs in any small space – a balcony, patio or rooftops. Taught by Kevin Holt. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, 2200 W. Grand Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 312-829-2527 or info@christywebber.com.

April 10
“Why Prairies Developed in North America”
The program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones. Presented by Dr. Jeff Hoyer, AP environmental science and biology teacher at Deerfield High School. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. 7 p.m. Info: 312-744-5472.

April 17
Food Foresting
Learn about a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems. Taught by AnnaMaria Leon, master gardener and permaculture expert. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, 2200 W. Grand Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 312-829-2527 or info@christywebber.com.

April 24
“Wine & Wildlife: Prairie Pioneers” A wine reception and opportunity to hear about how Lincoln Park Zoo is breeding, raising and releasing wildlife species native to Illinois prairies. Speakers include Lincoln Park Zoo Reintroduction Biologist Allison Sacerdote-Velat,  Zoological Manager Dan Boehm and Lake County Forest Preserve District biologist Tim Preuss. Lincoln Park Zoo. 6 to 8 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 312-742-2056 or  www.lpzoo.org/education/programs. 

April 26
Morning Safari: Designing Nature
Tour Lincoln Park Zoo’s Nature Boardwalk and see the native plant ecosystem that debuted in 2010. Led by a zoo horticulturist and scientist from the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute. Meet at the red kiosk near the patio at Cafe Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Drive. 9 to 10 a.m. $13. For ages 16 and older. Info and registration: 312-742-2056 or www.lpzoo.org/education/programs.

April 26
Tool-Sharpening Workshop
Bring your pruners, loppers, trowels, shovels, hoes, axes and shears and go home with sharpened ones. No lawn mower blades. Presented by the Wicker Park Garden Club. Held in a Wicker Park home. Address given to registered students. 10 a.m. to noon. $15. Limit 20. RSVP to 773-278-9075 or wpgarden@aol.com. Pay at door.

April 26
The 61st St. Farmers’ Market
is open indoors at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Cheeses, breads, eggs, meat, honey, jams and produce. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: www.experimentalstation.org.