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NOVEMBER

November 5
“Holiday Lighting Techniques.” Learn how to estimate equipment and time, install the lights and maintain a beautiful show. Learn tricks of the trade and then apply them to your own home. Dress for the weather, as part of the class will be outdoors. Taught by senior horticulturist Heather Sherwood. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 6 to 20
“Rooftop Garden Design.” Class includes environmental needs, weight load, decking materials, screening, arbors, planters, lighting and irrigation. Meets 3 Thursdays. Dress for the weather. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $124. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 8
“Preparing Roses for Winter.” Senior horticulturist Tom Soulsby will teach about the degrees of cold tolerance and the proper way to protect various types of roses. A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstrations and hands-on practice, so dress for the weather and bring thorn-resistant gloves. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 8
“Meet the Cultivars: Ground Covers and Vines.” Learn about the many cultivars and how they differ from the species. Also, selections that do well in northern Illinois. Taught by horticulturist Sharon Yiesla. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $62. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 8
“Espalier Basics.” In espalier, a woody plant is trained as a vertical trunk with horizontal branches in a single plane. Gain experience in identifying fruit spurs and leaf and shoot buds. Also, get practice tying supports and learning where to prune. Existing pruning knowledge is necessary. Dress for the weather, as part of the session will be conducted outdoors. Taught by senior horticulturist Heather Sherwood. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m to noon. $74. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 11 
“Tablescapes from 2 to 20 for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Glenview Gardeners. Presented by Walter Feldshyn, International Design School instructor and member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. Focus will be on how to build dynamic tabletop displays for any size gathering using articles found in your home. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview. 7 p.m. Free refreshments and membership information available at the meeting. Info: glenviewgardeners.org.

November 15
“Hands-On Gardening: End-of-Season Pruning.” To cut or not to cut your woody plants? What you cut today affects what the plant will look like and how well it will grow for years to come. After a brief classroom discussion, you will have the opportunity to practice pruning small woody plants. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty, as most of the class will be spent outside, rain or shine. Taught by horticulturist Sean Regan. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 15
“Overview of Plant Propagation.” Learn how plants are reproduced. Class includes seed and cutting propagation, why plants are grafted and layering. Taught by horticulture educator Mark Zampardo. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to noon. $74. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 18
“Backyard Design.” Learn how to create a backyard space that is functional and exciting. Course will include dining and entertaining areas, decks, patios, children’s play spaces and outdoor storage and utility areas. Also, how to screen and focus views and create a sense of enclosure. Taught by Jeffrey True, vice president of operations, Hursthouse, Inc. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 9 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 25
“From the Drawing Board to the Border.” Learn how to develop a shopping list and timeline to phase in the work over several seasons. Also, useful tips on budgeting, purchasing plants, and working with landscape professionals. Taught by Valerie Gerdes Lemme, landscape architect, ASLA. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 9 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

November 28 to January 4
Wonderland Express. A lights extravaganza with holiday trees and a spectacular miniature railroad garden. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adults $12. Children 3 to 12 and seniors over 62, $10. Tuesdays half-price. Children 2 and under free. Parking fees apply. Info:
chicagobotanic.org/wonderland.

November 29
The Frozen Robins, a Victorian singing group with our own Mike Nowak, will be performing holiday carols at Wonderland Express. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m to noon. Info: mike@mikenowak.net.


DECEMBER

December 6
“Basic Pruning for Homeowners.” Learn the basic techniques for dormant winter pruning of trees and shrubs. Also: various pruning tools. A portion of the class will consist of outdoor demonstrations, so please dress for the weather. Taught by Tom Tiddens, plant health care supervisor and certified arborist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261.

December 6
Personalized Natural Perfume Workshop. A beginner level workshop. Sample fragrant oils from around the world. Choose a unique combination of oils for the instructor to blend into your own signature scent. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. $74. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.orgs/school/registration.

 

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