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September 6
“Preparing Your Lawn for Fall.”
Seeding, sodding, aerating, fertilizing and more. Dress for the weather as part of the class will be outdoors. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $37. Register: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/school.

September 6
“The Vegetable Garden in Autumn.”
Learn about extending the season, cool-season vegetables, bed preparation, mulching and more. A range of projects will be demonstrated so bring your gloves. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $37. Register: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/school.

September 8
Mini Flower Show.
The monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Judged plant show of submissions by club members. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info:  847-918-7157 or gclcil.com.

September 9
“Growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the Upper Midwest.” 
The program for the monthly meeting of the Glenview Gardeners. Presented by Ted Nyquist, past president of the Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, whose garden was featured in the May-June issue of Chicagoland Gardening. Ted will discuss selection, cultural requirements, caring and maintenance. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview. 7 p.m. Open to the public. Info: glenviewgardeners.org.

September 13
“Tea 101:Getting to Know Tea.”
Learn how tea is grown, harvested and processed and sample six types of tea. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3:30 p.m.$45. Register: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/school.

September 18
“Kids, Flooded Basements, Native Plants.”
Discover their surprising connection at the program for the monthly meeting of the Little Garden Club of Wilmette. Presentation by Charlotte Adelman, author The Midwestern Native Garden – Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers & Plants, and Monica Buckley, native plant landscaper with Red Stem Native Landscapes, Inc. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. 7 p.m. Free. Parking in library lot. Info: 847- 256-5025 or littlegardenclub.wilmette@gmail.com.

September 20
“Coffee 101: Coffee Basics & Sustainable Production.”
Learn about cultivation, supply chains, markets, Fair Trade, organic and sustainable coffees. Taste samples from different regions. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $45. Register: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/school.

September 20
Native Seed Collecting Workshop.
Learn the essentials of ethically and successfully collecting native seed. Learn techniques, appropriate times for collecting, storage and methods for overcoming dormancy. Dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch. Chicago Botanic Garden,1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $74. Register: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/school.

September 20 and 21
Illinois Gourd Society Show and Sale.
See gourds of all shapes and sizes. Themed and educational displays. Society members and growers on hand to answer questions. Vendors will sell crafted gourds of all kinds in addition to dry gourds, seeds, tools, and supplies. Several workshops will be offered through the Chicago Botanic Garden. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. Parking $20. 

September 25
Tour of the Centennial Prairie Garden,
a wetland/uplant prairie that occupies a Wilmette Park District detention basin. Sponsored by the Little Garden Club of Wilmette and led by Charlotte Adelman, who led the effort to create the prairie. At Centennial Park, Wilmette and Crawford Avenues in Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free parking at the south end of the park. Info: littlegardenclub.wilmette@gmail.com.


OCTOBER

October 11 and 12
Annual Fall Bulb Festival.
Horticulturists and staff offer tips and demonstrations on bulb selection and planting. More than 200 varieties of bulbs plus mums, asters, peonies and amaryllis for sale. Also: handmade pottery, baked goods, honey, kettle corn, roasted nuts, mushrooms, fresh produce and more. A straw bale maze and drop-in activities for families. Live music. Gourd display. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

October 11 and 12
Illinois Orchid Society Fall Orchid Show & Sale.
Judged show of 128 classes of artistically arranged tabletop displays of orchids, ranging from the rarest species to cultivated hybrids. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Show free. Parking $20. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

October 13
“Vibrant Viburnums.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Learn about the different species and varieties of viburnums and how to care for them. Potential problems also discussed. Presented by Sharon Yiesla, owner of Sharon Yiesla Horticultural Services. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St. Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-918-7157 or gclcil.com.

October 14   
“Shade Can Be Stunning.” 
The program for the monthly meeting of the Glenview Gardeners. Presented by Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening. Slide show features shade plants photographed in her garden and gardens throughout the region. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview. 7 p.m. Open to the public. Info: ggardeners@gmail.com or glenviewgardeners.org.

October 18 and 19
Fruit Show & Flower Sales.
A show and sales from three plant societies. See freshly harvested fruit grown by area members of Midwest Fruit Explorers. Apple cider press demonstrations and tastings. The Midwest Daffodil Society will offer hundreds of daffodils for sale, with daffodil enthusiasts on hand to offer expert advice. The Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society will be selling lily bulbs. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $20. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

October 25 and 26
“HallowFest: A Garden of Good…and Evil.”
Family-friendly entertainment, fortune telling, and a ride on the “Howlin’ Express.” Special ghost trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 . $19 in advance; $25 on the day. Parking $20. Info: 847-835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org/hallowfest.

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