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Continuing until May 11
Spring Flower Show.
Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 312-742-7736 or

May 7
“Perennials, Native Plants and Lurie Garden.”
A lecture and book signing by author Noel Kingsbury. Sponsored by The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Register:

May 10 and June 14
Second Saturdays Garden Tour.
See new plants and areas each month in a tour led by the Horticulture Department of Lincoln Park Zoo. Meet at information kiosk at the Patio at Café Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Drive. 10 a.m. Free. Info:

May 10 and 11
Annual Plant Sale – Wicker Park Garden Club.
Will include Richard Tilley’s hand-propagated brugmansias. Workshops on the history of Wicker Park’s gardens, a survey of 20th century designers, shade garden design, container design and pruning. Bring your container or container size and expert gardeners will help you design it. Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info or register for a workshop: 773-278-9075  or

May 16 and 17
Hyde Park Garden Fair.
At the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave.  Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, houseplants, wildflowers, ground covers, vegetables, herbs, container plants, woody plants. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 773-947-8313 or

May 17
“Quick and Dirty – Get Started Gardening Today.”
Learn all the basics. All questions answered, all doubts dismissed in this humorous but informative class. 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Register:

May 22 or 29
Summer Container Workshop.
Farmer’s Market Garden Center, 4110 N. Elston Ave. 6:30 p.m. 773-463-4054 or


June 7 through September 28
Summer Tropical Show.
Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 312-742-7736 or

June 7
Tour Moraine Hills State Park.
See some of northern Illinois’ original glacial topography resulting from the Wisconsin glacier of 16,000 years ago. Hosted by Wild Ones. Carpoolers meet 8:30 a.m. sharp at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. Or meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot next to the nature center, 510 S River Road, McHenry. Info: 312-744-5472.

June 7
Lurie Garden Spring Festival and Plant Sale.
Perennials and grasses for sale, tours, gardening tips, crafts for families. All proceeds support Lurie Garden public programs. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants. The Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info:

June 7
“The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden.”
A lecture and book signing by plantsman and author Roy Diblik. Sponsored by the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Register:

June 19
“A Decade of Seasons.”
A lecture by noted plantsman and designer Piet Oudolf, designer of the Lurie Garden. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Register: