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The Growing Place

Cantigny Park

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NOVEMBER

November 4
Craft Workshop. Hosted each year by the Bloomingdale Garden Club to bring holiday cheer to the residents of West Suburban Care Center. Volunteers welcome. Bloomingdale Police Dept., 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, lower level. 6:30 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com.

November 4 to 25
“Plan Your Landscape I: Getting Started.” A three-course series to learn the processes used to design a home landscape. Learn to use your plat of survey to prepare a scaled base map of your garden, learn design terminology and the application of various styles. Taught by Laverne Bohlin, landscape designer. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets four Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $150. Info and registration: 630-719-2468.

November 8 and 9
Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibit of Nature Art. More than 150 pieces of original artwork in many different media. The Guild includes professional artists and those who have taken Arboretum classes in botanical art. Some pieces for sale. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 630-719-2468.

November 12
“The Echo of Their Wings: the Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon.” A lecture by author Joel Greenberg. Hear the story of a unique bird that was once the most abundant in North America and is now extinct. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $24. Coffee and cookies. Book signing. Info and registration: 630-719-2468.

November 15
Winter Container Class. Learn to create beautiful fresh greens arrangements and centerpieces that will last throughout the season. Vern Goers Greenhouse, 5620 South Oak St., Hinsdale. 1 p.m. Free but call to save a seat and be notified if there are any changes caused by weather. Info and reservation: 630-323-1085.

November 15
Holiday Centerpieces and Swags. Discover the methods used to create swags, learn insider tricks, design a Thanksgiving-themed centerpiece that can be updated to last through the winter holidays, and make your own centerpiece to take home. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. $43. Info and registration: 630-719-2468.

November 18
Fall Bird Walk. No prior experience necessary. Held entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather. Binoculars and a field guide useful. A few binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. Children 12 and up are welcome with an adult. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 10:30 a.m. $10. Info and registration: 630-719-2468.

November 18-19
“Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate.” The theme for the 2nd annual Morton Woodland Conference. Geared to municipal foresters, arborists, landscape architects, and others who own, care for or plan for trees. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two-day registration $220. One-day registration $124. Two-day registration for university and high school students $95 or $50 for one-day registration. Info: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

November 21 to January 4
“Illumination: Tree Lights.” A unique wintertime walk. See an LED lights display where you can talk and sing to the trees. Lights will also “dance” to synchronized music. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Begins at dark. $20 adults, $13 children. Info: mortonarb.org.

November 22
“Wonderful Winter Containers.” A hands-on workshop to learn the principles of container design. Bring your favorite 10- to 12-inch pot. Plants, soil and instructions provided. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $43. Info and registration: 630-719-2468.


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DECEMBER

December 6
“The Meaning of Wilderness.” Explore the meaning of the word “wilderness” in literature and in our use today. Enjoy readings and discussion on the topic and bring your own favorites to share with the class. Taught by Cindy Crosby, steward, writer and former National Parks Ranger. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $24. Info and registration: 630-719-2468.

 

The Growing Place
The Growing Place, 25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville (630-355-4000) and 2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora (630-820-8088), thegrowingplace.com.

November

November 8
“Make & Take: Pretty Painted Place Mats.” Decorate your own set of four personalized cloth place mats using washable fabric paint and leaves. Aurora. Noon to 3 p.m. $20. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

November 11
“Make & Take: Harvest Centerpiece.” A designer will help you create a festive centerpiece. Aurora. 10 a.m. Cost of materials. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

November 15 and 16
“From Garden to Table: Pumpkins, Recipes & Tips.” Discover the pleasure of cooking with food you’ve grown yourself. Favorite pumpkin and squash recipes. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

November 21, 22, 23
Holiday Open House. Decorating demos, specials, refreshments and more. Both locations all day.

November 22 or 29
“Make & Take: Wreath, Container or Door Swag.” An expert designer will help you make a holiday decoration. Both locations. 10 a.m. to noon. Wreath or container: $49. Swag: $39. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

December

December 13
“Make & Take Gifts of the Season: Garden Candles.” Using pressed flowers and foliage from the gardens, make a floral pillar candle for your home or a gift. Aurora. Noon to 3 p.m. One candle $15 or two candles $25. Please call 630-355-4000 to register.

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Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. Info: 630-668-5161 or www.cantigny.org. Parking $5. Events free unless otherwise noted. For events requiring registration call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.

November

November 4
Garden Tour: Tree Trail. Guided walk to learn about the park’s trees and enjoy fall foliage. Led by forester Chris Roberts. Depart from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with paid parking ($5).

November 8
Bird Walk. Join the DuPage Birding Club for a stroll around the grounds. Search for late fall migrants as well as resident birds. All skill levels welcome. Binoculars available for borrowing (first come, first served). Meet at the Visitors Center kiosk at 8:30 a.m. Walk and parking free.

November 24
Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop.  Create a fresh arrangement with expert instruction from Joyce Grattoni, AIFD. Use fresh and dried flowers in a fall palette of oranges, rusts, reds and greens. Please bring a wire cutter, hand pruner and small cardboard tray (to help transport your floral creation home). All other materials provided. Meet at the Cantigny Greenhouse at 6:30 p.m. Enter at the Shaffner Road gate for easy access to the greenhouse parking lot. $45 fee includes parking. Register in advance at 630-260-8162 or download a registration form on the Cantigny website.

December

December 2
Shades of Crimson Poinsettia Display. Tour the Cantigny Greenhouse to enjoy a sea of poinsettia plants at their holiday best. See 15 or more varieties and 3,000-plus poinsettias, all grown on site. Cantigny horticulturists will lead tours and answer questions. Plants available for purchase. Groups are welcome but advance notice is requested for 10 or more (call 630-260-8162). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Free admission and parking. Park in the main lot at the Visitors Center, then walk to the greenhouse or ride the free shuttle.

December 16
Holiday Floral Arrangement Workshop. Holiday greens (balsam, pine and holly) will be combined with a variety of festive flowers. Janet Gallagher, floral design instructor at Kishwaukee College, will instruct. Please bring a pruner if you have one and a box to transport your finished arrangement home. All other materials provided. Meet at the Cantigny Greenhouse at 6:30 p.m. Enter at Shaffner Road for easy access to the greenhouse parking lot. $45 fee includes parking. Register in advance at 630-260-8162 or download a registration form on the Cantigny website.

 

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