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JULY

Saturday Mornings
Coffee and Q & A.
Drop in anytime between 8 and 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings for an informal question and answer session. Each session will focus on a specific topic. Wasco Nursery & Garden Center, 41W781 Illinois Route 64, St. Charles. Info: 630-584-4424 or www.wasconursery.com.

July 2 to 6
50th Annual Petunia Festival.
Located in Dixon north of Interstate Hwy. 88. Exit at U.S. Hwy 53 and drive north into town. Info: 815-288-2308 or www.petuniafestival.org.

July 9 to July 30
Conservation Biology.
Explore the importance of biodiversity and its implications for natural areas restoration and conservation of endangered species. Taught by John Elliott, interpretive specialist. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets three Wednesdays 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. plus Saturday July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Class meets indoors and outdoors. $162. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

July 10
Best Late Summer Perennials.
Discover the perennials that are top performers at the Arboretum. Taught by Marcy Stewart-Pyziak of The Gardener’s Tutor. Class held indoors and outdoors. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6 to 9 p.m. $43. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

July 10
Inside the Collections: Maze Garden and Arbor Court.
Explore the design ideas, plant selection and sense of garden space that were used to create this section of the Arboretum. Taught by Todd Jacobson, head of horticulture, and Dave Miga, horticulturist. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $16. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

July 19 and 20   
“You Be the Judge.”
A flower show presented by The Chicagoland Daylily Society. Will give a free daylily seedling to each child attending, while supplies last. At The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 630-968-0074 or www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.


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AUGUST

August 2
Summer Ikebana.
Draw inspiration from the shady summer canopy in this class about Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging. Taught by E-Ling Lou, Arboretum botanical arranger. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Supply list sent to registrants. You will need to purchase a kenzan and container, or you may purchase these from the instructor for $16. 1 to 3:30 p.m.  $43. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 2
Bonsai Workshops for Chojubai-Quince or Shimpaku Twisted Trunk.
All levels welcome. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Each workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon. $140 for each. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 2
Bonsai Workshop on Deciduous Plants.
Renowned bonsai artist Walter Pall will discuss the use of hornbeam, stewartia and beech; then guest artist Jim Doyle will discuss carving techniques to use with these materials. Students choose from one of the three materials. Some prior knowledge of bonsai required. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. $250. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 2
Bonsai Workshop on Jaboticaba.
A fast-growing tropical plant with bronze foliage and tan and brown exfoliating bark that’s suitable for growing indoors by a window sill or under lights. All levels welcome. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. $60. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 3
Master Bonsai Workshop on Japanese Black Pine.
Work with Walter Pall and Jim Doyle, two of the world’s foremost bonsai artists, on this exceptional specimen material.  The base, or nebari, of this tree will create a specimen tree for any collection. For intermediate to advanced levels. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. $435. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 3
Bonsai Workshop on Chinese Lacebark Elm.
An easily grown tree that results in high quality bonsai in a short amount of time. Students will learn the root over rock style. All levels welcome. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $200. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 3
Bonsai Workshop on Fukien Tea.
A fast-growing tropical plant with white flowers in summer and reddish-orange berries in fall. Suitable for indoor growing. All levels welcome. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $60. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 9
Prairie Ethnobotany.
Learn how humans have used prairie plants for multiple needs. Includes light hiking. Taught by Cindy Crosby. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $43. Meet at the Prairie Visitor Station. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 9
Daylily Plant Sale.
Presented by the Chicagoland Daylily Society. New and older varieties, including heirlooms. The Community House, 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Info: 708-848-9843 or www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.

August 21 and 22
Grass Identification and Ecology.
Learn to identify grasses, the fourth largest plant family. This workshop is an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating classroom work and field study. Bring a water bottle, a hand lens and wear sturdy shoes. Prior experience with plant identification required. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $176. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

August 23 and 30
Designing a Contemplative Garden.
Learn to create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. Learn from historic spaces to find a style that works for you and translate those elements into a working design. Taught by Vallari Talapatra, landscape architect. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $78. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or www.mortonarb.org.

The Growing Place
The Growing Place, 25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville (630-355-4000) and 2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora (630-820-8088) www.thegrowingplace.com. All classes held at the Aurora location.

JULY

July 5
Landscaping 101: Adding Structure for Interest.
An experienced designer will walk you through choosing and placing accent pieces such as trellises, arbors, obelisks, statuary, sculpture and more. Aurora. 10 a.m.

July 12 and 13
From Garden to Table: Favorite recipes and Tips.
Focus this weekend on herbal teas, refreshing beverages and fun snacks. Growing tips and favorite recipes from the veteran staff. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Sessions on the hour from noon to 3 p.m.

July 19
“Downton Abbey” Flower Faire.
With the help of the Naperville Garden Club, step back in time to “Downton Abbey” and the 1920s. Recipes from Mrs. Patmore’s Kitchen; tour the Kitchen and Cutting Garden. Take a flower arranging workshop, enter a garden bouquet in a judged competition, learn the language of the flowers and plant a thoughtful message garden or terrarium. Croquet and country faire games will offer entertainment for the gentlemen attending. Garden party attire welcomed. Aurora. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule on the website.

July 26
Make and Take: Plant Succulents in Anything.
Choose from a variety of traditional and unusual containers or bring your own (BYOC). Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m.  Cost of materials.

AUGUST

August 2
Make and Take: Miniature Gardens.
Choose from a selection of containers, tiny plants and diminutive garden accents. Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m. Cost of materials.

August 9 and 10
From Garden to Table: Favorite Recipes and Tips.
Focus on the first tomatoes, cool crops for fall such as kale and broccoli, plus companion herbs. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions on the hour from noon to 3 p.m.

August 16
Make and Take: Terrariums.
Accent your creation with a selection of miniature garden pieces, stones, bark, seeds and more. Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m. Cost of materials.  

August 30
Make and Take. Paint a Garden Peace Pole.
Create your own long-lasting and unique piece of garden art. Paint a 4-foot PVC garden pole with outdoor paints to place anywhere in your garden beds. Aurora. Noon to 3 p.m. $65.

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Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. To register, call 630-260-8162 or email register@cantigny.org. www.cantigny.org.

JULY

July 1
Idea Garden Tour.
Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture leads an up-close look at the Idea Garden, Cantigny’s “garden for gardeners.” Depart from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

July 2 and 16
Garden Tips & Tastes.
Bring a sack lunch and join Liz Omura in the Idea Garden at noon for some practical advice, a new recipe and plenty of plant chatter. Advance registration appreciated but not required.

July 12
Purple Martins 101.
Learn about one of America’s favorite birds from Cantigny volunteer Ray Feld. Includes an up-close look inside one of the martin “hotels.” Bring your camera. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 7:30 a.m. (27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton). Free, including parking.

July 17
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your knowledge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll the gardens. Group size limited; please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m.

July 21
Golf Course Cart Tour.
See the spectacular floral plantings on Cantigny’s 27-hole golf course and learn about their creation. Travel in golf carts to see flowerbeds, restored natural areas, majestic trees and more. Todd Henderson and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture will guide. Group size 50. Advance registration required. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 6:15 p.m. (27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton). $5 fee includes parking.

July 24
Garden Tour with McCormick Museum Reception.
Craig Kruckenberg and Jackie Kosbab from Cantigny Horticulture will focus on some less-visited garden areas such as the Exedra and special plantings around Colonel McCormick’s mansion. Conclude with a wine sampling on the mansion’s porch. Advance registration required. Meet at Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. $25 fee includes parking.

AUGUST

August 5
Rose Garden Tour.
Craig Myroup from Cantigny Horticulture will show one of the estate’s most popular attractions. The 12,000-square-foot garden is home to more than 1,000 rose bushes and 55 varieties. Tour departs from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

August 6 and 20
Garden Tips & Tastes.
Bring a sack lunch and join Liz Omura in the Idea Garden at noon for some practical advice, a new recipe and plenty of plant chatter. Advance registration appreciated but not required.

August 13
Wine through the Gardens.
Take a leisurely stroll through the garden.  Cantigny horticulturalists will make short presentations at each spot and answer questions. A different wine will be served at each stop with light appetizers at the end of the tour. Advance registration required. Depart from the Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. $25 fee includes parking.

August 14
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll through the gardens. Group size is limited; please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 5:30 p.m.

August 14
Evening Bike Tour.
Bob Carr and Chris Roberts from Cantigny Horticulture will escort you on a leisurely ride with stops at different areas of the gardens. Advance registration required as event is limited to 15 people. Children 11 and up welcome. Depart from Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. 

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