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SEPTEMBER

September 4 to October 11
Woodland Conservation Management.
Study the basics of restoration ecology and learn the knowledge of woodland ecology, plant identification, and management planning that you need to manage natural areas. Held indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear and bring a water bottle, clipboard, and pencil. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Class meets September 4 and on Tuesdays, September 9 to October 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Class also meets Saturdays from September 6 to October 11 from 8 to 11 a.m. $176. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 6 to October 11
Tree ID and Ecology.
Learn to identify 70 to 80 trees and discuss their biology and ecology. Meet indoors and outdoors. Dress for the weather, wear shoes for light hiking, and bring a water bottle. Meet September 6, September 13 and September 27 to October 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. $209. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 8 
“Hydroponics and Vertical Gardening.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Community Gardeners. Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville. 7 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Info: napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

September 13
Create a Decorative Concrete Leaf Casting.
Make a concrete version of your favorite leaf, large or small. Then pick it up or paint it on September 20. At 10 a.m. $10. Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St. in Bloomingdale (Register 630-529-9394) or 2400 Randall Road in Carpentersville (Register 847-428-6767).

September 13
“The Art of Bonsai Part 3: Care & Shaping.”
Bonsai expert Don Kosta will demonstrate the basics of care and various shaping techniques. Vern Goers Greenhouse, 5620 S. Oak St., Hinsdale. 2 p.m. Free but call to reserve your spot. 630-323-1085.

September 16
“Viva les Vines.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Maximize your garden space by growing up. Learn about vines, support structures and some of the best perennial and annual vines for our area. Presented by master gardener Nancy Bell. Bloomingdale Police Department, lower level, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Info: 630-295-8315.

September 20
Aquascape Self-Guided Pond Tours.
St. Charles and Wayne areas. Nighttime tours. For details and maps, visit: aquascapedesigns.com/index.php/pond-tours/pond-tours.

September 20 and 21
Honey Bee Days.
Meet honey and bee experts, attend free, informal talks on bees, beekeeping, honey, pollinator-friendly plants and more. Honey-related products to sample and purchase Also: activities for families and children. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: mortonarb.org.

September 16 to October 11
Openlands Treekeepers Class.
Learn to identify, plant, care for and prune trees in hands-on classes with regional professionals. Then put those skills into action through volunteer work in your community. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets Tuesdays, September 16 to October 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. AND 6 Saturdays, September 20 to October 11 from 9:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. $150. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 26
The Oak Park Conservatory Uncorked.
Showcase tours, music, art, a food token, two drink tickets and more. Presented by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. 6 to 8 p.m. $15/person. Must be 21 or over to participate Info: 708-725-2400 or uncorked@fopcon.org.


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OCTOBER

October 4
Make a Scarecrow.
You bring the clothes and Platt Hill will supply the straw and twine. Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St in Bloomingdale (630-529-9394) or 2400 Randall Road in Carpentersville (847-428-6767).10 a.m. Child’s scarecrow $2.50; adult scarecrow $5.

October 4
From Mums to Cornstalks,
Pumpkins to Gourds. Activities for kids, contests for everyone and special one-day only sales. Vern Goers Greenhouse, 5620 S. Oak St., Hinsdale. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: verngoersgreenhouse.com.

October 6
“Not Your Grandmother’s Garden: Land Use in DuPage County.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Community Gardeners. Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

October 18
Native Seed Collection.
Learn how and when to collect seeds from your favorite native plants. Explore different methods of collecting and saving seeds. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $43. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

October 21
“Growing Your First Orchid.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden club. Learn about best lighting conditions, watering and repotting. Also: orchid fallacies. Presented by Don White, the owner of Growing Orchids, an orchid greenhouse business, a member of the Batavia Orchid Society and the Illinois Orchid Society. There will be orchids for purchase. Bloomingdale Police Department, lower level, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Info: 630-295-8315.

October 27 to November 24
Begin to Draw Nature .
Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners. Everything from how to hold your pencil to what kind of paper to use. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $188. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or 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), thegrowingplace.com.

SEPTEMBER

September 6
“Landscapng 101: Winter Thrillers.”
Discover which plants, especially trees and shrubs, offer the biggest benefits to brighten our winter days. Aurora. 10 a.m.

September 13 and 14
“From Garden to Table: Plant an Herb Basket, Recipes and Tips.”
Focus this weekend on fall salads, beets and herbs for soups and stews. Plant a basket of herbs for fall and winter harvest. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Cost of materials.

September 20 and 21
Fall Fest in Aurora
. Family fun with hayrides, children’s crafts, games, pony rides and more. Traditional folk music from the Dona Benkert trio. Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and donuts. Master Gardeners on hand all day to answer questions. Also, Make a Fall Wreath, Container or Door Swag. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wreath or container: $49. Swag: $39. Call 630-355-4000 to register.

September 27 and 28
Fall Planting Celebration Weekend.
Classes throughout the day. Bulb Planting at 12 p.m. Fall into Winter Containers at 1 p.m. Plant Trees and Shrubs Right at 2 p.m. Landscaping Tips for Fall at 3 p.m. Classes at both locations. Master Gardeners available at Aurora from noon to 4 p.m. both days.

OCTOBER

October 4
Make & Take: Fall Miniature Gardens.
Create festive miniature containers with the help of a designer. Choose from a variety of miniature plants and tiny garden accents. Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m. Cost of materials.

October 11 and 12
“From Garden to Table: Cooking with Garlic, Recipes and Growing Tips.”
Learn how to plant garlic now for next summer’s harvest. Saturday in Aurora. Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

October 18
Pumpkin Decorating Party.
Kids and adults can personalize a pumpkin. Decorate a pumpkin, make a pumpkin totem or build a pumpkin centerpiece with succulents. Both locations all day. Cost of materials.

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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.

SEPTEMBER

September 2
Garden Tour: Prairie.
Todd Henderson and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture will guide an up-close look at Cantigny’s 2-acre prairie featuring native grasses and forbs, such as asters, Echinacea and rudbeckia. The prairie is a haven for wildlife, including birds and butterflies. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

September 3 & 17
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.

September 11 & 18
Monarch Butterfly Tagging.
Assist the Monarch Watch organization in tracking these fascinating and beautiful insects on their migration journeys! All ages welcome. Meet at the Idea Garden at 1 p.m.

September 13
Bird Walk.
Join the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available for borrowing. The walk and parking are free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

September 21
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid beautiful surroundings! Group size is limited to 10—please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

OCTOBER

October 7
Hayride Tour.
Take in the fall colors from a tractor-pulled haywagon. Rides will start and end at the Visitor Center beginning at 10 a.m. Groups of 10 or more are asked to register in advance.

October 8
Blossom Bits: A Floral Design Workshop.
Join Beth Libby, Cantigny Floral Designer, for a demonstration and tips on hanging tillandsia gardens. You’re welcome to bring a sack lunch and questions. Advance registration requested. Meet at the Education Center at noon.

October 11
Bird Walk.
Join the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available for borrowing. The walk and parking are free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

October 19
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid beautiful surroundings! Group size is limited to 10—please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

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