May 3 until Sept. 15
Free Tours of Lurie Garden. Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. Free. Info: www.luriegarden.org.
Herb Window Boxes 101. Learn the basics of growing herbs and caring for them. Plant a window box to take home. Lincoln Park Zoo, 9 to 11 a.m. $13 plus $25 materials fee. Ages 16 and older. Register: www.lpzoo.org/
Lecture and Book Signing. 57th Street Books and the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee welcome Charlotte Adelman and Bernie Schwartz, authors of The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, for a discussion of their book. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. 6 p.m. Free. Info: 773-684-1300 or www.semcoop.com.
Lurie Garden Spring Festival and Plant Sale. Tours, hands-on gardening tips, plant-based crafts for kids, face painting, activities by local organizations, benefits for garden members and more. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plant sale proceeds benefit Lurie programming. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants. Info: www.luriegarden.org.
Second Saturdays Garden Tours. Lincoln Park Zoo’s Horticulture Department staff shows how they keep the zoo gardens
beautiful. New plants and areas highlighted each month. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2391 N. Stockton Drive. 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the information kiosk at the Café Brauer
Patio. RSVP sign-up available soon. Info:
“Ask Me” Days at the Lurie Garden. Offered Thursdays from May through September. Volunteers at the south end of the boardwalk will answer questions about the Lurie Garden. At Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Info: www.luriegarden.org.
May 17 and 18
54th Annual Hyde Park Garden Fair, the region’s largest plant sale. Annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, geraniums, houseplants, vegetables, herbs, groundcovers, wildflowers, hanging baskets. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 773-947-8313 or www.hydeparkgardenfair.org.
Tour Glacial Park in Spring. Join the Wild Ones for a tour of Glacial Park, a 3,125 acre piece of glacial history in McHenry County. See a unique, rugged, undulating landscape of kettle holes, kames, a meandering creek, a bog and some restored marshes. Meet at the Lost Valley Visitors Center, U.S. Route 31 and Harts Road at 10 a.m. Carpoolers meet at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Info: 312-744-5477.
May 18 and 19
7th Annual Green Festival. Learn about alternative energy, green buildings and more. Workshops, speakers and films. Marketplace of natural and sustainable products and food. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekday pass $15 to $25. Free admission for anyone who rides a bike and parks with the bike valet. Purchase tickets online or at the door. www.greenfestivals.org.
Chiwaukee Prairie Tour. Join the Wild Ones for a tour of Chiwaukee Prairie in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc. With over 400 species of native plants, it is the most species-rich prairie in Wisconsin. Meet at the Prairie’s trail head at 121st St. and 2nd Ave. 10 a.m. Carpoolers meet at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, at 8:45 a.m. sharp. Info: 312-744-5477.
Second Saturdays Garden Tours. Lincoln Park Zoo’s Horticulture Department staff shows how they keep the zoo gardens beautiful. New plants and areas highlighted each month. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2391 N. Stockton Drive. 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the information kiosk at the Café Brauer Patio. RSVP sign-up available soon. Info: www.lpzoo.org/education/programs.
Raptors in the Garden. Family event at the Lurie Garden. Observe majestic birds of prey up close and learn about their habitat, adaptations and the challenges they face in an urban environment. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St., 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Meet at the south end of the Lurie Garden boardwalk. Info: www.luriegarden.org.
Edgebrook Garden Walk. A dozen gardens, including residential, a Master Gardener
demonstration garden and two community gardens. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 donation. Senior discount. Tickets at North Branch
Arts Community Garden, just north of
6413 N. Kinzua St. Rain date: June 30.