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Chicago

MAY

May 7 and 8
Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale. Organically raised herbs, vegetables, ornamental annuals and perennials; hand selected by club members for urban adaptability. Workshops. At the park, 1425 N. Damen St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Plant sale info: Doug.Wood@wickerpark.org. Workshop info: wickerpark.org.

May 9 to June 20
Little Lurie Gardeners. A six-week series that offers children, parents and caregivers an interactive exploration of the natural world through live music and movement in a one-of-a-kind urban oasis in Millennium Park. 10 to 10:45 a.m. No class May 30. Free. You sign up for all six programs in one registration, but only need to register for the first week. By
registering, you commit to attending all six programs. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

May 10 to June 14
Little Lurie Scientists. This six-week series offers children and their adults an introduction to the science behind the beauty of the Lurie Garden through exploration and mini experiments. You are expected to attend all six programs but you only need to register for the first week. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Free. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

May 13-14
Hyde Park Garden Fair. The region’s largest plant sale. Annuals, perennials, shrubs & trees, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, ground covers, wildflowers, geraniums, patio plants and houseplants. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 773-947-8313 or hydeparkgardenfair.org.

May 14
Private Tour. North Park Village Chapter of Wild Ones leads a private tour of Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville, a platinum LEED-rated facility in Naperville along the Du Page River. Facility includes a 900-gallon freshwater tank showcasing the underwater ecosystem in the Du Page River. A rainwater cistern and a living wall demonstrate new conservation strategies. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Meet at the nature center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, at 10 a.m. Call Bob at 312-744-5472 for carpooling information.

May 19
“Green Roofs and Honey.” Michael Thompson of Chicago Honey Co-Op will talk about beekeeping using the Co-Op’s work on rooftop gardens as a model. Learn about the unique community of green roof hives and how they survive. Presented by the Lurie Garden. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

May 19
Ecology of Green Roof Pollinator Communities. Learn about research into how green roofs can be useful tools in providing habitat, creating corridors for species migration and serving as sites for preserving native prairie species. Class offered by the Lurie Garden. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

May 21
Converting Your Lawn to Perennial Garden. Learn proven ways to change a common monoculture into a beautiful and sustainable garden. Presented by Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farms. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

May 21
Hybrid Pastorals Poetry. Explore traditional and contemporary pastoral poetry about natural landscapes. After discussing the form, participants will compose original pastoral poems in response to the landscape of the Lurie Garden and its surroundings. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

JUNE

June 4
Lurie Garden Spring Festival & Plant Sale. Perennials and grasses to provide interest throughout the seasons, as well as food and shelter for local fauna. All proceeds support Lurie Garden public programs. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: luriegarden.org.

June 4
“Unique Décor Ideas for the Garden.” Amanda Thomsen, author of Kiss My Aster, will speak from 11 a.m. to noon during the plant sale. Free. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

June 4
Private Tour. North Park Village Wild Ones lead a tour to the Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Conservation Area in Bolingbrook, a LEED rated facility with 80 acres of oak savanna, woodlands and a maple bluff. Locally harvested honey. Lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Meet at the Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 419 Trout Farm Road, Bolingbrook, at
10 a.m. Call Bob at 312-744-5472 for carpooling information.

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North

MAY

May 1
Bird Walks hosted by Go Green Wilmette. In Gillson Park, Wilmette. First walk at 7 a.m. and the second at 8 a.m. Additional walks will be held on remaining Sundays in May at 8 a.m. only. Beginners welcome. Meet at the corner of Lake and Michigan Avenues at the northwest corner of the park. Free. Info: gogreenwilmette.org.

May 7
Growing Strawberries. Learn techniques to grow your own and the differences between June-bearing, everbearing and day-neutral varieties. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $59. Fee includes 25 plants to start your own patch. Dress for the weather. Garden gloves recommended. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

May 7 and 8
Central States Dahlia Society Dahlia Sale. Plant and root sale. Dahlias in a wide array of sizes, shapes and colors. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/plantshows.

May 7 and 8
Hoosier African Violet Society Display & Sale. See 50 African violets and other gesneriads. Plants available for purchase. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/plantshows.

May 15
Design Your Own Garden. Learn about design principles and how to use color. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

May 21 and 22
Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Bonsai Exhibition.
Spring-blooming trees, bonsai on rocks and suiseki (the Japanese art of stones). Demonstrations. Workshops. Trees, raw nursery stock, pots, tools and supplies for sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Workshops require registration fee. Info: 847-835-5440 or midwestbonsai.org.

May 26
“Prepping Your Roses for a Show,” a workshop sponsored by the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society. Work with real roses and learn from Andy Plasz and other winners and judges from the Society. Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: chicagolandroses.org.

May 28 and 29
Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show & Sale. More than than 75 irises in bloom. Plants for sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835 5440 or chicagobotanic.org/plantshows.

May 28 through September 5
Butterflies & Blooms. Outdoor butterfly garden with hundreds of live tropical species. Pupa emergence room. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $6. Children $4. A 10-visit pass is $45. Enclosure is on the lawn just southeast of the Annex Road. Purchase tickets at the Visitor Center or exhibition entrance. Daily, weather permitting. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/butterflies.

JUNE

June 4
Poultry Palooza. Two classes on raising chickens. Raising Backyard Chickens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Chicken Coop Basics from 2 to 4 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. $37 each class. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org./education.

June 4 and 5
Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale. More than 100 cut-leaf specimens of hosta, including unusual and hard-to-find varieties. Garden-ready plants for sale. Daily workshops. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/plantshows.

June 9
Introduction to Moth Identification and Ecology. There are more than ten times as many moth species as butterflies, and moths are important pollinators. Learn about identification and ecology. Moths are mostly nocturnal, so be prepared for a late night. Dress for the weather. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 10 p.m. $59. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

June 10
Soils for the Gardener. Learn about carbon to nitrogen ratios and microorganisms in the soil. Also: bacterial and fungal properties needed for optimal plant growth. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $74. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

June 11
Summer Chicken Care. Learn how to help your chickens deal with the heat and humidity of summer. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info
and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

June 11 and 12
Ikebana International Show. Learn about the mechanics and techniques of ikebana. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/plantshows.

June 19
Pepper Sunday. Chef demonstrations, tours and activities celebrate all things pepper – hot and sweet! Learn to care for, stake and grow. Family activities. Vendors. Take home a free ‘Costa Rican Sweet’ pepper plant while supplies last. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

MAY

May 1
Schaumburg Community Garden Club Native Plant Sale. At Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: schaumburggardenclub.org or 847-985-2100.

May 3
“Tips For The Lazy Gardener,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Learn indoor and outdoor year-round gardening tips. Presented by landscape designer Cindy Tyley. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 5
Monthly Meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club with its annual spring luncheon. Gary Morova Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Non-members welcome. Info: 847-577-2246.

May 7
Klehm Arboretum Spring Plant Sale. Hundreds of colorful plants, including unique varieties from local nurseries. Klehm Arboreum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

May 7
Bull Valley Garden Club Plant Sale. Herbs, native wildflowers, unusual perennials, ferns, and grasses. Old Courthouse Lawn, Woodstock Square. 8 a.m. until sellout. Proceeds support local civic projects. Info: maryed86@sbcglobal.net.

May 7
Tri-Village Garden Club Plant Sale. Specializing in perennials that attract pollinators and plants from members’ gardens. Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave., in downtown Bartlett, across from the old train depot. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Free parking nearby. Tri-Village Club includes Bartlett, Streamwood and Hanover Park. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

May 7
Gardeners of Central Lake County Plant Sale. Crawford Warming House, 817 W. Lake St., Libertyville. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

May 7 and 8
Citizens for Conservation Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale. As part of CFC’s “Milkweed for Monarchs” campaign, at least five varieties of milkweed plants will be available for $2.50 each. Good Shepherd Hospital barn area, east of the hospital, across from the CFC headquarters at 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington. Pickup date for preorders is May 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: 847-382-7283.

May 11
“Topiary,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Speaker Karen Thompson will show how to create a portable stuffed topiary. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org or 847-397-0286.

May 12
“Planning Your Vegetable Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by Kim Ellison, educator at University of Illinois Extension, North Cook. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Lunch at 11 a.m; meeting at noon; program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-296-3457.

May 14
Plant & Craft Sale, hosted by the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. At 3200 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: rollingmeadowsgardenclub.com.

May 14
Des Plaines Garden Club’s Plant and Bake Sale. Locally grown perennials, vegetables, annuals and great baked goods. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: desplainesgardenclub@yahoo.com.

May 14
Garden Club of Lake Zurich Spring Plant Sale. Locally grown perennials, herbs, houseplants and small shrubs. Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk St., Lake Zurich. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Rain or shine. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 14
Plant and Craft Sale of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, grasses, native plants for sun and shade. William D. Ahrens Building, 3200 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org or 847-397-0286.

May 18
“World of the Honey Bee.” Monthly Meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Presented by beekeeper Gregg Walter. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood. 7 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

May 19
“Prairie Plants Close Up: The Hidden World of Flowers and Fruit.” Monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Presented by Ken Robertson, a retired botanist from Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois. Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-332-3343.

May 21
Prospect Heights Garden Club Plant Sale. Gary Morova Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Non-members welcome. Info: 847-577-2246.

May 21
Park Ridge Garden Club Plant Sale. Annuals, hanging baskets, perennials, herbs, vegetables and member-grown plants. Hodges Park, 101 Cortland Ave., corner of Prospect & Vine by City Hall. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 847-825-0993.

JUNE

June 4
Schaumburg Community Garden Club’s Bargain Bulb and Plant Sale. Tulip bulbs from Park District gardens, plants from members’ gardens and native plants. Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 847-706-6767 or schaumburggardenclub.org.

June 4
Hosta Sale and Bolivian Arts & Crafts Fundraiser. Hundreds of hosta varieties. $5 and up. Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery, 11618 McConnell Road, Woodstock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Heifer International. Cash or check only. Info: 815-338-7442.

June 4 and 5
Klehm Arboretum’s Garden Fair Weekend. Art and antique sellers, vendors, plants, handmade items. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

June 7
“Great European Flower Shows,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Learn about the splendors of the world- renowned Chelsea, Floriade and Bundesgarten flower shows. Presented by Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

June 15
“Fairy Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Presented by Master Gardener Sandy Peakis. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood. 7 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

June 16
“The Balance of Design and Nature,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Presented by Michael Herrenbruck, co-owner of Eco Harmony Landscape & Design. Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-332-3343.

June 24
“The City in a Garden: A Photographic History of Chicago’s Parks,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Elgin Garden Club. Based on the book written and presented by Julia Bachrach about the history of the Chicago Park District. Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. 9:30 a.m. Free. Open to the public. Info: 847-931-0351. Reservations required at 847-742-4695.

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West

MAY

May 2
“Summer Fun: Secrets from the Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of La Grange Park. Master Gardener Nancy Carroll shares tips for effective gardening. La Grange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine St., La Grange Park. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 708-579-1935 or r.cabe@sbcglobal.net

May 2
“Hostas on the Small Side,” the program for the monthly meeting of the LaGrange Garden Club. Presented by hosta expert Tom Micheletti. First Presbyterian Church, 150 S. Ashland St., La Grange. 12:30 to 2: 30 p.m. Free. Use basement entrance off parking lot. Info: 708-579-1935 or r.cabe@sbcglobal.net.

May 4
Curb Appeal for the Home Gardener. Whether formal or informal, your front landscape creates a first impression and ultimately affects its value. Get simple and often inexpensive design ideas from Vallari Talapatra. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $34. Includes arboretum admission. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarborg.

May 7
Beginning Composting. Learn to turn yard waste and kitchen scraps into rich, free compost. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1-3 p.m. $34. Includes arboretum admission. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

May 13 and 14
Bloomingdale Garden Club Plant Sale. All categories of plants. Gift certificates. Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive, north end of Springfield Park, Bloomingdale. May 13 from noon to 6 p.m. and May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com.

May 14
Aurora Gardeners’ Sale with 40 vendors and crafters selling flowers, plants, crafts, and other garden-related items. Aurora train station parking lot, 233 N. Broadway St., Aurora. 8 a.m. to noon. Rain or shine. Info: apmdg3@yahoo.com.

May 14
Gardenology. Outdoor Garden Fair. All things all about gardening. Speakers. Demonstrations. 100 S. 3rd St., Geneva. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Info: 630-742-1217 or gardenologygenevail.com.

May 14
Garden Club of LaGrange Park Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, house plants. Memorial Park, Oak and Woodlawn Streets, La Grange Park. 9 a.m. to noon. Info: 708-570-1935 or r.cabe@sbclobal.net.

May 14
Crestview Garden Club’s Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, container gardens, artisan-crafted birdhouses and feeders. Experienced gardeners on hand to help. The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, (three blocks east of Illinois Route 83). 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 630-408-7900.

May 19
“Creating Intimate Spaces in the Garden.” See multiple ideas for small space gardening in the city and the suburbs. Presented by Carolyn Ulrich, Editor, Chicagoland Gardening, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or morton.org.

May 20
Late Spring Shrubs. Learn about flowering shrubs that offer multi-season interest. Taught by Marcy Stewart-Pyziak. Class held indoors and outdoors. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $44. Includes arboretum admission. Info and registration 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

May 22
Hypertufa Pot Workshop. All materials and instructions provided to make a hypertufa pot perfect for succulents. The Planter’s Palette, 28W571 Roosevelt Road, Winfield. 2 to 3 p.m. $25.
Register at 630-293-1040 ext. 2. Info: planterspalette.com.

May 28
Spring Bird Walk in Fullersburg Woods, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook. Hosted by the Garden Club of La Grange Park. 9 a.m. Info: 708-570- 1935 or r.cabe@sbclobal.net.

May 21
Coffee and Conversation. Every third Saturday of the month, have morning coffee with Joel Barczak of Blumen Gardens for an interactive gardening discussion. Visit the gardens, weather permitting, and get answers to your gardening questions. Each class a different topic. All skill levels welcome. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 9 to 10 a.m. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com/events.

May 22
Sunday Artist Market. Every 3rd Sunday of the Month, from April through October, local artists display and sell their artwork in the gardens. Food trucks cook up fresh fare. Blumen Gardens,
403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com/events.

JUNE

June 1 to September 28
Tours of Garfield Farm Museum every Wednesday and Sunday. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills (five miles west of Geneva off Illinois Highway 38). 1 to 4 p.m. Info: 630-584-8485 or garfieldfarm.org.

June 3, 4 5
p Geneva Garden Club presents Fancy Plants & not so Plain Jane Plants and Antique Sale, 402 S. 6th Street, Geneva. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Info:
debbie@mysecretgardenonswl.com.

June 11 and 12
Fairy Garden Weekend. Fairy parade, tea party, classes and workshops to celebrate miniature gardening. The Planter’s Palette, 28W571 Roosevelt Rd., Winfield. Info: 630-293-1040 or
planterspalette.com.

June 18
Coffee and Conversation. Every third Saturday of the month, enjoy morning coffee with Joel Barczak of Blumen Gardens for an interactive gardening discussion. Visit the gardens, weather permitting. Each class a different topic. All skill levels welcome. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 9 to 10 a.m. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com/events.

June 19
Sunday Artist Market. Every 3rd Sunday of the Month, from April through October, local artists display and sell their artwork in the gardens. Food trucks cook up fresh fare. Blumen Gardens,
403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: blumengardens.com/events or 815-895-3737.

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South

MAY

May 15 to 21
Tropical Week. Learn how to accent your home with tropical plants in containers. Tips for fertilizing and overwintering. The Fields on Caton Farm, 1850 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill. Free. Info: 815 744-7841.

May 15 to June 4
Spring Annual Creation Contest. Customers send in pictures of the container they created with annuals from The Fields. Forms given out at time of purchase. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The Fields on Caton Farm, 1850 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill. Info: 815 744-7841.

May 22 to 28
1st Annual Party. Bring in your own pots or purchase on location and staff will help you plant them. Daily from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. The Fields on Caton Farm, 1850 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill. Info: 815 744-7841.

JUNE

June 5 to 11
Succulent Week. Learn about the latest trends in outdoor container gardening with succulents, the no-care outdoor plant. Bring your own pots or purchase on location; staff will help plant them. Daily from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. The Fields on Caton Farm, 1850 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill. Info: 815 744-7841.

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Indiana

MAY

May 5 to 8
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. Various sites. Info: indunesbirdingfestival.com/events.html.

May 7
Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners Plant Sale. Homegrown by Master Gardeners of Lake County. Also: vegetables and herbs grown from seed, hanging baskets, and vendors. Lake County Indiana Fairgrounds, 889 South Court St., Crown Point. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: lakecountymastergardeners.com or 219-755-3240.

May 7
Gibson Woods Wild Ones Plant Sale. More than 100 species of native plants grown locally and without pesticides. Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See gw-wildones.org for a complete plant list. Info: 229-844-3188 or 219-865-2679.

May 14 or 28
Fairy Gardening Class. Create a tiny landscape using miniature plants, natural materials and tiny objects. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. Noon to 2 p.m. Info: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

May 21
Miller Garden Club Plant and Rummage Sale. Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plants, box lunches and baked goods for sale. Info: jmstratt@sbcglobal.net.

May 26
Deadline for applying for Master Gardeners classes offered by Purdue University. For residents of Lake County and surrounding areas. Classes begin June 8. Training held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. $150, with $50 refunded after completing 35 hours of training. For info and an application, contact Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Extension-Lake County, 880 E. 99th Court, Suite A, Crown Point, nikky@purdue.edu, 219-755-3240, extension.purdue.edu/Lake.

May 29
Spring Oil Painting in the Stroll Garden. Learn about oil painting while being inspired by this Japanese-style garden. Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 1 to 4 p.m. Info: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

JUNE

June 4
“How to Attract Birds to Your Yard,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Presented by Carol Harsh of Wild Birds Unlimited. Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: gw-wildones.org/meetings.

June 9
Night Hike Series. See nature at night and learn about how elusive nocturnal wildlife can be. Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 8 to 9 p.m. Repeated July 28, Sept. 7 and Sept 28. Info: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

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

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Wisconsin

MAY

May 3
Gardening for Hummingbirds. Learn about the ruby-throated hummingbird, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding, water needs, feeders and plants. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

May 7 and 8
Rotary Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale. Perennials, shrubs, tomatoes, bagged compost, heirlooms. At the Horticulture Center, 825 Sharon Road, Janesville. Follow signs off Palmer Drive. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

May 17
Tree and Shrub Planting Workshop. Learn proper planting techniques and post-planting care procedures. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $22. Most of the class held outside. Rain date May 24. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

May 24
“Tools & Other Tricks of the Trade,” the topic for the Evening Seminar. Hear about the “tried and true” tools that are the favorites of Rotary’s volunteers and other gardening techniques. Presented by Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture. Rotary Botanical Gardens 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: 608-754-1779 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

May 28
Door County Master Gardener Association Plant Sale. Pollinator-friendly perennials, vegetables, prairie wildflowers, wildlife-friendly shrubs. Univ. of Wisconsin Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Highway 42, Sturgeon Bay. (½ mile north of Hwy 42-57 split north of Sturgeon Bay.) 9 a.m. to noon. Info: 920-495-5971 or dcmga.org.

JUNE

June 18
Summer Solstice Celebration. Music in the gardens, artists and Farm Market. Monches Farm, 5890 Monches Road, Colgate. Info: 262-966-2787 or monchesfarm.com/events.

June 29
“Sizzling Summer Blooms,” the summer perennials walk at Boerner Botanical Gardens. Led by Monches Farm horticulturist Zannah Crowe. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners (suburb of Milwaukee). 6:30 p.m. Info: 262-966-2787.

June 29
“Handsome Harvests: Gardening with Edible Landscape Plants,” the topic for the Evening Seminar. Presented by Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden. See examples of how common fruits & vegetables can be incorporated into the landscape. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: 608-754-1779 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

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

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Michigan

MAY

May 14
Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale. Local vendors specializing in unique plant material, hand-crafted art and garden elements. Experts on hand to assist. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 21
Curious Coyotes: Habitats. A class for children ages 6 to 10 to explore Fernwood’s diverse natural habitats to discover the unique plants and animals that live there. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 4 p.m. $10. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 22
Woodland Gardens: Bringing the Forest Home. Learn how to foster woodland plants in your shade garden and display them well. Also: how to carry the garden through the remaining months of the growing season. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 3 p.m. $15. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 29
Tallgrass Prairie Walk. Walk the prairie and look for lupine, wild white indigo, alum root and shooting star. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $12. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

JUNE

June 14 to 17
Nature’s Sensors, a class for 4 year olds. Children explore the natural world with their five senses. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Four mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $66. Info and registration: 269-695-6491.

June 18
Fernwood Garden Party, an annual fundraiser. Lovely tented dinner in the garden, silent and oral auctions. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 6:30 p.m.
Info: fernwoodbotanical.org.

June 21 to 24 or June 28 to July 1
Animal Explorers, a class for 5 and 6 year-olds. Children are introduced to the birds, mammals, insects and other creatures that call Fernwood home. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Choose one session: June 21-24 or June 28-July 1. $81. Info and registration: 269-695-6491.

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

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