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March 3
“Bonsai 101 Refresher”
The topic for the monthly meeting of the Midwest Bonsai Society General Meeting. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 9 p.m. Meeting free. Parking fee may apply. Info: www.midwestbonsai.org.

March 7 or 8
“Winter Tree and Shrub Trimming”
Learn about the advantage of winter pruning. Demos, discussion and hands-on practice. Led by Lesley and Gil Smith. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Info: 847-256-0561 x230 or x225.

March 8
“Orchids: Beyond the Basics”
A class for anyone with some orchid  experience. Learn the finer points of orchid cultivation. Feel free to bring your plants. Taught by Jerry Garner, Ph.D. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 4 p.m. $54. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 8
Success with Trees and Shrubs
From first-year maintenance to long-term care, hear about growing both deciduous and evergreen woody plants. Taught by Glenn Grosch. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 10
“Best New Plants for 2014”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Kim Hartman of Countryside Nursery. Cross Life Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin Ave., Libertyville. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 847-918-7157.

March 11
“Backyard Gardening for Attracting Birds and Butterflies”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Glenview Gardeners. Presented by Marian Thill, master gardener. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview. 7 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Open to the public. Info: ggardeners@gmail.com or www.glenviewgardeners.org.

March 13
The Story of Vanilla
Local vanilla producers from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas in Waukegan will discuss the origin of vanilla, growing, harvesting, curing and more. Tasting included. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 2 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 14 or 15
Understanding Honeybees and Honey Production
Two professionals explain what honeybees need to survive and how they make honey. Speakers are Jeff Leider, organic beekeeper, JL Honey Bee Farms, and Adam Sturtewagen, Chalet Landscape Architect. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Info: 847-256-0561 x230 or x225.

March 21 or 22
Felco Pruner Sharpening and Cleaning
Workshop Led by Sam Darin. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Pre-registration and materials fee required  $34.99 plus tax.  Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x230 or x225.

March 22
“Chic New Perennials”
Hear about striking newcomers and underused knockouts. Taught by garden designer Keri Mendez. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to noon. $74. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 22
Backstage Pass: Flowering Spring Celebrities
A behind-the-scenes tour of the greenhouses and nursery to see annuals getting ready for springtime displays. Led by Tim Pollak. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 23
“Raising Backyard Chickens”
Local laws, how to raise chicks, care for adult birds and keep your neighbors happy. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $54. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 23
“Chicken Coop Basics”
The birds aren’t fussy, but there are things you need to know: components of a coop, construction materials, styles and what to avoid. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 28 or 29
“What Is Purple Asparagus?”
Melissa Graham, founder and executive director of the organization that teaches children to enjoy healthful food, will discuss its work and impact. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Info: 847-256-0561 x230 or x225.

March 29
“Designing the Sunny Border”
The well-designed border can provide three seasons of color plus winter interest. Taught by Nina Koziol. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 29
“Designing the Shady Border”
Solutions and ideas for artful plantings with color, texture and form. Taught by Nina Koziol. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 29 to May 3
“Gardening Techniques”
Six Saturday classes to introduce professional techniques and skills. Includes lectures and hands-on activities. Taught by garden designer John Eskandari. Prerequisite Botany 1. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. $312. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

March 31
Midwest Bonsai Society General Meeting
Speaker is bonsai expert Ted Matson. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Gleccoe. 7 to 9 p.m. Meeting free. Parking fee may apply. Info: www.midwestbonsai.org.

April

April 4 or 5
“The Power of the Organic Landscape Garden”
Arborsmith’s Gilbert and Lesley Smith and The Organic Gardener’s Jeanne and Verd Nolan share the basics on how to keep you and your gardens beautiful and healthy. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x230 or x225.

April 5
“Small Space Food Gardens”
Learn about intensive and succession planting techniques, raised beds, season extension, indoor gardens and healthy soils. Taught by Bill Shores. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or www.chicagobotanic.org/school.

April 11 or 12
“Instant Gratification Spring Container”
Plant lilies with spring annuals and forced bulbs for two seasons of enjoyment. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette 10 a.m. Please pre-register and pay a materials fee of $54.99 plus tax. Call 847-256-0561 x230 or x225.

April 11 to 13
Antiques & Garden Fair
More than 100 vendors. Appearances by interior designer Miles Redd and Danielle Rollins, gracious living expert and author. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $18. Info: 847-835-5440 or www.chicagobotanic.org.

April 12
“Create Your Own Wildlife Sanctuary While Deterring Unwanted Guests”
A presentation by Melinda Myers. Tips for beneficial wildlife and insects, safe garden techniques and how to manage unwelcome visitors. Pasquesi
Home & Garden, 975 N. Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Question time. Info: 847-615-2700.

April 14
“How to Prepare Plants for a Plant Sale”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Tony Kirch. Cross Life Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin Ave., Libertyville. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 847-918-7157.

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