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Chicago

JULY

July 8
Edgewater Glen 45th Annual Garden Walk.
Between 15 and 20 gardens in a 2- by 4-block area. Starting point is 1420 W. Glenlake (6100N). Noon to 5 p.m. Adults $5. Children free. Info: 773-368-3949 or edgeglen.com.

July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26
Wicker Park Historic Park and Garden Tour & String Quartet Performance.
Tour the 10,000 square feet of ornamental gardens in Wicker Park, designed, funded and maintained by the Wicker Park Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Learn about the designs of the perennial gardens and then enjoy a concert by the 1099 String Quartet. Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen St. Tour 10 to 10:45 a.m. Concert 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch at the Farmer’s Market held in the park. Tour free but tour tickets required. Book at www.WickerPark.org or Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org.

July 14
20th Annual Bowmanville Garden Walk.
Visit 20 residential gardens, 3 award-winning community gardens and many street corner parkway gardens plus the 12th Annual Garden Photo Contest exhibit. Ask a Master Gardener and Welcome Table with maps and programs at the Bowmanville GreenSpace, 5384 N. Bowmanville Ave. (Ravenswood & Balmoral). Bowmanville Neighborhood is just west of Andersonville. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Bowmanville Community Organization Gardening programs. Info: 773-506-1696 or bcochicago.org.

July 14 and 15
Bucktown Garden Walk and Block Party.
Trolley tour, neighborhood petting zoo, music, food trucks, live entertainment, beer and rose gardens. Gardens open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Block party 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children’s Fest 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up a guidebook in Churchill Park. $10. All proceeds benefit the community. Schedule of events: bucktown.org/gardenwalk. Other questions: 773-499-8888.

July 15
60th anniversary Dearborn Garden Walk.
See 20+ distinctive private gardens. Narrated architectural walking tour of historic Dearborn St. Live music and classical performances in selected gardens. Garden seminars. Hosted by the North Dearborn Association. Noon to 5 p.m. $30. Info and tickets: dearborngardenwalk.com.

July 15
7th annual Edgebrook Garden Walk.
A dozen private and two community gardens. Start at the North Branch Community Garden, 6431 Kinzua Ave. (just east of Devon and Lehigh. Silent auction, Raffle. Kids’ craft project. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 donation. Info: northbrancharts@gmail.com or northbrancharts.org.

July 21 and 22
50th annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk
. More than 100 gardens, two music stages. Guided architecture tours. Food, arts & crafts, Kids’ Corner. 2200 N. Sheffield Ave. (at Webster). Noon to 6 p.m. for the garden walk. Open until 10 p.m. for the music. Suggested donation of $7 to $10 for the garden/architecture tours. Suggested donation of $7 for the music fest alone. Benefits the Sheffield Neighborhood Association. Info: 773-868-3010 or SheffieldGardenWalk.com.

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North

JULY

July 7 “Low Maintenance Perennials for a Beautiful Landscape,” a gardening seminar with gardening expert, TV/radio host and author Melinda Myers. Question time after the seminar. Pasquesi Home & Gardens, 975 N. Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. No registration. Info: 847-615-2700.

July 15
6th Annual Sustainable Yard Tour. See creative and beautifully practical ways that Wilmette residents have put their yards to work to create habitat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Sponsored by Go Green Wilmette. A map of the tour will be posted on the Go Green Wilmette website two days prior to the event at: gogreenwilmette.org/.

July 22
Garden Conservancy Open Days tours
featuring three private gardens in Highland Park, Mettawa, and Lake Forest. Sponsored by The Garden Conservancy. Admission is $7 per garden; children 12 & under free. Rain or shine. Info: 888-842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org.

July 28
The Organic Vegetable Garden in Autumn
. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Discuss and practice how to get the most out of the growing season by adding cool-season vegetables to your fall garden. Learn about variety selection, mulching and extending the season. Taught by Lisa Hilgenberg. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

JULY

July 11
“Garden to Table,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Dietitian Tracy explains how to eat healthful food from the garden, and create new recipes while incorporating tried and tested ones. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397- 0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

July 14
Garden Walk presented by McHenry County College and University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners.
Twelve gardens. Start at McHenry County College Demonstration Garden and continue through the town of McHenry and the Wonder Lake area. Hosts and Master Gardeners available to answer questions. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $17. Info: 815-479-7570 or mchenry.edu/gardenwalk.

July 18
“Prairie’s Frequent Fliers: Dragonflies and Damselflies,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club. Presented by Cindy Crosby. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 7 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

July 21
Wyld Creek Water Gardens Pond Tour.
Experience beautiful and inspiring water gardens within the Barrington & Wyld Creek Areas. Several ponds & waterfalls will be featured with a Wyld Creek employee at each stop to answer questions. This pond tour will also be part of a National Tour. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: maggie@wyldcreek.com

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AUGUST

August 15“Bringing Nature to your Yard,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club. Presented by Jack Pizzo of the Pizzo Group. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park, Streamwood. 7 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

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West

JULY

July 6, 14, and 21
Intro to Ecological Restoration - Online and In-person.
Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Online component begins Friday, July 6. In-person component takes place July 14 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 8
“An Afternoon in the Garden,”
the annual Elmhurst Garden Walk and Faire. Five Elmhurst home gardens and a public community garden on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begin at Wilder Park where 40+ vendors will be selling garden ornaments and plants from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance at several Elmhurst locations and $20 on the day. Info: elmhurstgardenclub.org/garden-walk-faire/.

July 11
Hydrangeas 101.
Explore heirloom favorites and the hottest new cultivars among the five shrub species and two vines commonly planted in the Chicago area. Visit the gardens to experience each of the types up close. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 12 through July 16
Plants of the Prairie.
Learn identification skills in the field with guidance from a local plant expert. Class can be taken as a component of the Woodland Stewardship Program in natural areas management. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6 to 8 p.m. $65.
Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 12 through August 2
Basic Nature Photography.
Move beyond shooting in automatic by learning how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want. Learn basic composition and editing techniques. Course includes classroom instruction, in-field shooting, and a critique session. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $162. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 14
Sustainable Gardens: Designing for Birds and Bees.
Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants and sustainable gardening techniques. Learn the basic principles of sustainability and how to assess a garden for sustainability. Also soil-building, watering and maintenance. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 14
12th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk.
Six gardens, presented by the First Methodist Church. Proceeds will help provide transitional housing for two previously homeless families in partnership with Bridge Communities. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25 on the day of the walk at the gardens. Info: see the website: dgfumc.org/gardenwalk.

July 14
Pottawatomie Garden Club 2018 Garden Walk.
Six local gardens in St. Charles. Garden boutique. Refreshments. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 in advance at several local garden centers and the website. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

July 15
Villa Park Garden Walk
. Private gardens in the Villa Park area. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. Tickets at Pioneer Garden & Feed, 118 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, or the website. Info: 630-248-7278 or homegardening.org.

July 15
Daylily Show hosted by the Chicagoland Daylily Society.
Some of the most beautiful daylilies in the world. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. In the Sycamore Room. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with entry to arboretum. Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org/index.html.

July 20
Irresistible Summertime Brunch Cooking Class
. Pinecone Cottage, 1029 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove. 5:30 p.m. $50 per person. Info and registration: 630-963-9130.

July 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Pond Tours sponsored by the Midwest Pond & Koi Society
. Visit four different regions. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tour maps available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website (mpks.org). $15 per family allows you to tour all four days. The regions are July 21—Central; July 22—Southwest and West; July 28—South; July 29—North and Northwest. Tour maps also available directly from MPKS. Please call 312-409-2081 to place your order with a credit card.

July 21
Water & Garden Showcase in the Naperville area
, presented by Aquascape Construction. See more than two dozen walkable residential properties in the western suburbs. At a designated “Pond Central” home each month a variety of local home, garden, food and nature experts share their DIY tips. Rain or shine. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For info – including destinations, mobile maps, descriptions and information – visit aquascapeconstruction.com.

July 21
Brunch at Ball Horticultural Gardens at 622 Town Rd. in West Chicago. A Summer fundraiser, hosted by DuPage Friends of Extension a 501 (c) (3) charity organization. Proceeds benefit the University of Illinois Extension Community Programs. Brunch 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm. Gardens open 11:00 am -3:00 p.m. Live music, Silent Auction, and Guided Tours. Tickets $49.00/pp; after July 13th $54.00/pp. Info 630-534-6443 or www.dupagefriendsofextension.webs.com .

July 22
Irresistible Summertime Brunch Cooking Class.
Pinecone Cottage, 1029 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove. Noon. $39.50. Info and registration: 630-963-9130.

AUGUST

August 1 and 4Wetland Ecology. Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems. Class can be taken as a component of the Woodland Stewardship Program in natural areas management. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. On August 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and August 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 4
Farmers Market Cooking Class.
Shop the Downers Grove Farmers Market with Chef Pamela and return to Pinecone Cottage to cook your finds and have lunch. Pinecone Cottage, 1029 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove. Five hours, starting at 9 a.m. $95. Info and registration: 630-963-9130.

August 5
Three Workshops on Training Plants for Bonsai.
The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
• Procumbens Juniper Workshop. Beginner to intermediate class. Tree on its way to becoming a bonsai is included. 9 a.m. to noon. $105.
• Field Grown Fir Tree Workshop. Workshop features Douglas and Corkbark fir trees. Includes instruction on initial bonsai styling and guidance on wiring and branch selection 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $160.
• Silver Bonsai Pendant Workshop. Participants will create and carve a pendant that showcases bonsai or suiseki. One-on-one detailed instruction on how to create a design. Open to all skill levels and artistic abilities. 1 to 4 p.m. $160.

August 6
“Dragonflies & Damselflies,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Darien Garden Club. Presented by Cindy Crosby. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien. 7 p.m. Free. Info: dariengardenclub.com.

August 7
“Who’s Who of Owls,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Winfield Area Gardeners. Presented by naturalist Mar Spreyer, who will bring four owls. Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 0S501 Summit Drive, Winfield. Visitors welcome. Info: 630-346-1524.

August 9
Rare Habitats Tour: Fens of Illinois.
Join a botanist for a guided tour of the fens, one of the rarer plant community types in Illinois. Visit several high-quality examples of fens located in dedicated Illinois nature preserves in the Chicago region. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $64. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 11
Chicagoland Daylily Society Daylily Sale.
Many beautiful and unique registered daylily cultivars. In the daylily garden at 41 South Stough St., Hinsdale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date August 12.) Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org/index.html.

August 11
Midwest Pond & Koi Society visits Kloubec Koi Farm in Amana, Iowa.
Check in at noon (no lunch), farm tour, koi purchasing and mud-pond grow out opportunity. Located at 1375 Baxter Ave. NW, Amana, Iowa. 319-846-2077. Info: mpks.org.

August 12
Northern Illinois Hosta Society Auction and Plant Sale.
Most plants to be auctioned; many available for sale separately at the Bargain Table. Mark Zilis; one of the foremost experts in the hosta field and a prolific author, will serve as the auctioneer. Refreshments. Hinsdale Community House, 415 West 8th Street, Hinsdale. 1:30 p.m. Info: 224-622-1171.

August 17
Preserving the Harvest Summer Kitchen Cooking Class.
Pinecone Cottage, 1029 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove. 5:30 p.m. $50. Info and registration: 630-963-9130.

August 18
Water & Garden Showcase in the Aurora area
, presented by Aquascape Construction. See more than two dozen walkable residential properties in the western suburbs. At a designated “Pond Central” home each month a variety of local home, garden, food and nature experts share their DIY tips. Rain or shine. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info – including destinations, mobile maps, descriptions and information – visit aquascapeconstruction.com.

August 18
Monthly meeting of the Midwest Pond and Koi Society.
Visit Ball Gardens in West Chicago. 10 a.m. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org/.

August 18
Sustainable Gardens: Designing with Reclaimed Materials.
In this class, participants will learn how to make informed decisions when selecting garden materials, how to reuse materials, and how to identify the best local salvage and recycling centers for large-scale garden and home recycling. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 21
“An Armchair Safari to South Africa: Beauty and the Beasts.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Presented by Joyce Basel. St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. 7 p.m. Free.Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or bloomingdalegardenclub.org/events/.

August 25
Baking with Lavender.
Use this versatile herb in five different ways and take home the recipes. Pinecone Cottage, 1029 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove. 7:30 a.m. $50. Info and registration: 630-963-9130.

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South

JULY

July 21“Deer Resistant Plants for Your Yard.” Let’s start by saying they are not hostas. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-596-2000 x 2316.

July 20
Monthy meeting of the Midwest Pond and Koi Society
. Meet at White Fence Farm, Romeoville for dinner. “Buying Fish from Breeders in Hiroshima and Niigata, Japan” is the program. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org/.

AUGUST

August 18
“Dry Shade.”
The most difficult place to plant is under a tree with shallow roots. Coping tips, indestructible plants and ideas for making the most of your deep dark shady spots. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-596-2000 x 2316.

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Indiana

JULY

July until October 1Amish Country Quilt Gardens Tour. Drive the Heritage Trail in Amish country and see the gardens designed as quilts. See 18 outdoor gardens in seven local communities and enjoy a variety of other activities. Info at amishcountry.org/things-to-do/quilt-gardens/.

July 21 and 22
“Petal Pushers,”
the 28th Garden Walk hosted by the Miller Garden Club. Six gardens vendors, plants for sale, bike tours and box lunches available for purchase. Begin at the Aquatorium in Marquette Park in Gary, Ind. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. millergardenclub.org/events/event/18th-annual-secret-gardens-walk-2/.

AUGUST

August 18Wabash Garden Fest. Vendors selling herbs, crafts, upcycle décor, unique garden items. Free interactive programs for adults. A wee garden for the kids. The Chair Affair Auction at 2:30 p.m. Kunkle Cruise in Wabash County Museum. At Paradise Spring Historical Park, Wabash. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 260-571-9774.

For additional events, please see the Indiana Gardening magazine calendar of events.

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Wisconsin

JULY

July 8
10th annual Riverwest Secret Garden Walk.
Noon to 4 p.m. $5. Rain or shine. Buy tickets on the day at the Riverwest Gardeners Market located on the corner of Bremen and Locust. Info: 414-562-9025 or riverwestsecretgardentour.com.

July 8
Summer Magic Garden Tour in the Racine area.
Seven private gardens showing a range of styles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day. Proceeds support scholarships and local projects. Info: tolys2@wi.rr.com or racinegardenclub.org.

July 13 and 14
Olbrich Home Garden Tour
. Tour seven gardens in the Madison neighborhoods of Nakoma and Arbor Hills. July 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $14. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

July 14
Secret Garden Walk of Kenosha
, sponsored by the Four Seasons Garden Club of Kenosha. Tickets and map info: 4seasonsgardenclub.org or e-mail info@4seasonsgardenclub.org.

July 14
Port Washington Garden Walk.
Sponsored by the Port Washington Garden Club. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details available on the website after July 1. Info: 262-284-1948 or portgardenclub.org.

July 14
Summer Garden Walk in Hartford.
Six gardens. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets with maps $7 in advance; $8 on the day. Proceeds benefit projects/organizations supported by the Hartford Lioness Club. Info: 262-673-6836 or hartfordlioness.com.

July 14 and 15
Roots and Branches Garden Walk in West Bend
. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets $8 in advance and $9 on the day of the tour. Info: 262-335-5083 or rootsbranches.org.

July 14 and 15
Cedarburg Garden Walk
, hosted by the Cedarburgwomansclub. Info: 414-732-1312 or cedarburgwomansclub.org.

July 15
East Side Milwaukee Garden Tour.
See 24 gardens in the area bordered by North Ave., Lake Michigan, Edgewood Ave. and the Milwaukee River. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Maps available at the North Point Lighthouse, 2650 N. Wahl Ave., or the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place. Master gardeners at the lighthouse to answer questions. Info: 414-467-2543.

July 19 to August 12
Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies.
Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

July 21
Tour le Jardin.
See seven gardens in Wauwatosa and Elm Grove. Garden and home-related products at booths at the Sunset Playhouse. Plein air artists at several homes and a discussion and display of barn quilts at one location. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $10 at some businesses and the Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove Road, which is the starting point of the tour. Info on locations: 414-257-2583 or tourlejardin@gmail.com.

July 21
Garden Tour in Ocomomowoc
. Rain date July 22. Info: 262-443-0251 or oconomowocwomansclub.com.

July 21
24th annual Home Garden Tour.
Eight local gardens including Rotary Botanical Gardens. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music. Purchase tickets at the Rotary Garden. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

July 21
Greenfield Garden Tour
to the garden of Will Radler, breeder of the KnockOut line of roses and former director of the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Two acres of roses, perennials, an extensive stream and a garden shed with a three-story lookout tower and observation deck. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $8 at the garden. Info: GBCINFO.org.

For additional events, please see the Wisconsin Gardening magazine calendar of events.

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Michigan

JULY

July 8From Mints to Milkweeds, a class about midsummer wildflowers with a special emphasis on these two plant families. A walk through the gardens follows the presentation. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

July 15
Tallgrass Prairie Walks
to see peak flowering. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

AUGUST

August 11
Tallgrass Prairie Walks
to see peak flowering. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

August 12
The Mediterranean Landscape.
In this class examine the characteristics of Mediterranean climate and vegetation and develop a plant palette for our region which exhibits varying numbers of these traits. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269- 695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

August 25 and 26
Dahlia Show.
See many varieties and view creative floral arrangements. Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park & Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Fee: included with paid admission of $14.50. Info: meijergardens.org.

For additional events, please see the Michigan Gardening magazine calendar of events.

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