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Chicago

JANUARY

Ending January 8
Holiday Flower Show: Sky Forest at Garfield Park Conservatory. Show evokes a walk through wintery woods and highlights the towering beauty of the Fraser fir tree. At 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: garfieldconservatory.org/event or 773-638-1766.

January 28
Beginning Beekeeping Class. Spend the day and learn the basics of beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior, bee management and bee products. This comprehensive class is a pre-requisite for becoming a GPCA volunteer beekeeper. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.$70. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org. Note: Classes fill up early.

FEBRUARY

February 12
Beginning Beekeeping Class. Learn the basics of beekeeping: beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology. This comprehensive class is a pre-requisite for becoming a GPCA volunteer beekeeper. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $70. Info and registration: garfieldconservatory.org or 773-638-1766. Note: Classes fill up early.

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North

JANUARY

January 9
“Flowers of Alaska,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Learn about the flowers of our northernmost state and the landscapes in which they thrive. Birds and animals included. Presented by Joan Sayre, professional nature photographer. Crosslife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin Ave., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

January 21
Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics. This class is best suited for those with little or no vegetable growing experience. Class will cover site selection, soil preparation, seed sowing, transplanting and harvesting. Each student will receive a packet of seeds to grow at home. Taught by Lisa Hilgenberg. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

January 21 and 22
6th Annual Seed Swap Weekend. Come and take some seeds home even if you don’t have any to swap. Free programming on Saturday includes Seed Bank Tour with Dave Sollenberger at 11 a.m. and a film screening, “Seed Battles,” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday also includes fee-based classes and workshops. On Sunday William Woys Weaver, internationally known food historian and author, will give a lecture at 1:30 p.m. Copies of his books available for purchase and signing. Lecture free; registration required. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Info: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

January 28
Introduction to Plant Families. Knowing something about plant families can help with plant identification and diagnosis of disease problems, since the same disease may strike several members of the same family. Learn some basic terminology needed for plant identification. Taught by Sharon Yiesla. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

January 28
History of Tea. Many historical elements of the tea trade have formed the foundation for the world we live in today. Hear about the history of tea around the world and taste tea directly from the garden. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

FEBRUARY

February 11 through March 26
“Orchids in Vogue,” the 2017 orchid show. More than 10,000 orchids artistically arranged. Orchid Marketplace and the Illinois Orchid Society Show and Sale on weekends. Morning Music with Orchids on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult tickets $12. Parking $25 per car. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

February 13
“The Soil Food Web: What You Need to Know,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Learn how soil microorganisms form complex foodwebs and how they function to support our plants. Also learn how we can use cultural practices and compost teas to manipulate soil biology. Presented by Dr. Rex Bastian, regional technical advisor with The Care of Trees. Crosslife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin Ave., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

February 18
Orchids for Beginners. Learn basic orchid physiology and general cultural information such as light, temperature, humidity, repotting, and media requirements. Popular orchid species and cultivars will be reviewed, and local sources for orchids and supplies will be provided. A tour of the Orchid Show is included. Taught by Anne Nies. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

February 23
Japanese Garden Design. This introductory class looks at the way Japanese garden design originates in patterns found in nature. Taught by Tim Gruner, the curator of the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $29. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

February 25
Fruit Trees for the Beginner. Class will cover selecting varieties, site selection, preparation and proper planting. Also: pruning techniques, ongoing maintenance and pest management. Dress for the weather, as part of the class will be outside. Taught by Glenn Grosch. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

JANUARY

January 3
“Landscaping with Native Plants,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Learn about resources to help transform your yard. Presented by Carol Rice, a member of the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: jenlukasik@earthlink.net.

January 5
“Making a Clear Plastic Bottle Greenhouse to Take Home,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Gary Morava Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 847-577-2246.

January 12
“Please! Eat the Daisies,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Cooks are starting to realize that many flowers, in addition to being beautiful, are also delicious and may even be good for you. Presented by member Bob Nicholson. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 11 a.m.social hour and refreshments. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-768-5944 or desplainesgardenclub.com.

January 19
“Animal-Resistant Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Rabbits, deer and squirrels seem to enjoy our gardens more than we do and constantly adapt to our defensive strategies. Presented by Mel Zaloudek, who has a degree in taxonomic botany from Eastern Illinois University. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Program follows a brief business meeting and refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: 847-885-1154.

FEBRUARY

February 2
“Constructing Portable Stuffed Topiaries,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Presented by Karen Thomson, owner of Thomson Topiaries. Gary Morava Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 847-577-2246.

February 7
“Habitation Restoration: A Different Kind of Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Learn about several ecologically important oak remnants in the Lake Zurich area. Presented by Judi Thode, president of the Ancient Oaks Foundation. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: jenlukasik@earthlink.net.

February 9
“I’m Late! I’m Late! For a Very Important Date!” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. This will be a “Fun With Flowers” craft project by member Donna Ericson to make a small clock. Then you will be reminded of the club’s meeting times! Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 11 a.m. social hour and refreshments. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Cost of materials $6. Info and registration: desplainesgardenclub.com or 847-768-5944.

February 16
“Landscaping with Native Plants,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Learn about the benefits of using native plants and see a wide range of beautiful plants suitable for home gardens. Presented by David Brooks, a professional naturalist from the Spring Valley Nature Center. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Program follows a brief business meeting and refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: 847-885-1154.

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West

JANUARY

January 3
“Debbie Does Pennsylvania,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. A slide show of public gardens such as Longwood, Chanticleer, Winterthur. Presented by Debbie Notaro. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Meeting at noon. Guests welcome. Info: genevagardenclub.com or 630-742-1217.

January 13 to February 19
Enchanted Railroad. An intricate model railroad winds through a four-season display. More than 10 model trains run on a two-level, larger-than-life platform. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

January 18
A Short History of Trees. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 21
Seed Saving Workshop. Learn how and why to save your own seeds. Watch demonstrations and get hands-on practice culling seeds from various edibles. Learn how to store them and test their viability before planting. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $25. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 21 or February 18
Winter Bird Walk. Explore the winter landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify the birds that overwinter in Illinois and discuss their behaviors and natural history. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 10:30 a.m. $10. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 22 and 19
Latin Names of Plants and Animals.Learn to understand the Latin names for plants and animals by relating them to English words. Look at the common Latin and Greek words used for scientific names and the English words that share the same root. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 22 through February 19
Deciduous Trees in Winter. Learn to identify trees without their leaves using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns. Different trees covered in each class. Take classes singly or sign up for the series. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 4 p.m. $44 per class or $188 for all five. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 27
“Artist and Gardeners: Artistic Effects in Glorious Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club. What can gardeners learn from artists and paintings of gardens? Presented by Laura Mueller of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lombard Commons Building, 433 St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 p.m. Guests welcome. Free. Call 630-832-6425 or 630-620-8938 for info and a reservation.

January 27 or February 25
Winter Pruning. Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later. Known as “dormant” pruning, thoughtful removal of branches in winter is easy and encourages proper spring growth. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 28 and 29
Husky Heroes. See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations. Visit with the dogs and sled team, inspect the equipment and have your photo taken with the rig during this yearly event. Please leave your pets at home. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11 a.m. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

FEBRUARY

February 1 and 8
Designing a Contemplative Garden. Learn to identify visual cues that create places that nurture the spirit. Draw inspiration from different meditative elements and examples of historic and monastic gardens; then translate them into a working design. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 4 p.m. $76. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 7
“A Demo on Beautiful Winter Arrangements,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Walter Febyshen. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. Meeting: noon. Guests welcome. Info: genevagardenclub.com or 630-742-1217.

February 10 through March 3
Landscape Design Basics. Begin the process of designing a home landscape with this class focused on getting started on a plan for your yard or for that troublesome bed. Learn design terminology and the application of various garden styles. Prepare a scaled base map of your garden and create an inventory of your property. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $150. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 11
Winter Landscape Trees. Learn to identify common trees that are highlights of the winter landscape. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 11 and 12
Chocolate Weekend. Celebrate chocolate and its connection to the natural world at this annual expo. Visit, taste, and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

February 15
The Importance of Tree Sex. Learn everything you wanted to know about tree sex and why it is important. Trees are deceptively simple organisms that do not move or have a nervous system. They have no specialized sensory organs. And yet, they are some of the most successful and important organisms in the world. Many of them manipulate insects, birds, and even mammals to do their bidding. They can live for centuries and produce a phenomenal number of offspring. Most individuals are trisexual and most species are known to hybridize with trees of other species. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $34. Info: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 18
Backyard Chickens 101 and 102. Learn about chicken-keeping in the morning and chicken coop basics in the afternoon. Join a local expert to learn about best practices for raising chicks, caring for adult birds and keeping your neighbors happy. In the afternoon learn to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens. See examples of coop styles, learn the nuts and bolts of building your own, important construction tips and things to avoid when choosing construction materials. Students in this class should have a basic knowledge of chicken keeping. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Backyard Chickens 101 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Backyard Chickens 102 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Each class $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 24
“Incredible Bats,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club. An interactive presentation with live fruit bats by Dan and Sharon Peterson. Lombard Commons Building, 433 St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 p.m. Guests welcome. Free. Info and reservation: 630-832-6425 or 630-620-8938.

February 25
Gardener’s Pathway, the annual symposium presented by DeKalb County, University of Illinois Extension. Keynote speakers Mark Dwyer, director of Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisc. and B.J. Miller of Brightfarms. Eighteen classes. Kishwaukee College Conference Center, 21193 Malta Road, Malta. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $60. Includes lunch. Info and registration: jayeeta@illinois.edu or 815-758-8194.

February 25
Birdhouse Workshop. Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 2 to 3:30 p.m. $13. Each birdhouse $7. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Winter Classes and Workshops at Aurora. Morning sessions start at 11 a.m. Afternoon sessions start at 1 p.m. Lunch is available at 12:30 p.m. Pre-order a boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Call 630-355-4000 to register. Info: thegrowingplace.com

FEBRUARY

February 11

Terra-Garden Inspiration Day – Get Your Green Fix!

February 18
Micro-Mini Garden Inspiration Day – Think Small!

February 25
Edible Garden Inspiration Day – Grow, Harvest, Eat!

LOOKING AHEAD

March 4
“Spring Gardening Inspiration,” a symposium presented by the Darien Garden Club. Eight classes. Keynote address: “Environmental Citizenship: Growing the Environmental Movement in Every Garden.” Presented by staff of the Conservation Foundation in Naperville. Eisenhower Jr. High School, 1410 75th Street, Darien. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45. Lunch included. Registration required by February 25. Info and registration: dariengardenclub@gmail.com or 630-253-2125.

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South

JANUARY

January 28
Winter Tree ID Hike. Learn to identify trees in the winter based on shape, bark and twigs. Be prepared to hike outside. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland. 1:30 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 708-868-0606 or sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov.

January 26
Safer Passages for Migratory Birds. It is estimated that more than one billion migratory birds die in North America each year from collisions with buildings. Volunteers recover thousands of dead and injured birds in the Chicago region from 170 species each spring and fall. Annette Prince, director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors (CBCM) will discuss efforts and methods to protect migratory species from the hazards of lights and glass at our homes and in our communities. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington. 7 p.m. Reservations: 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

FEBRUARY

February 9
Freshwater Ecosystems: Streaming with Life. Learn about the importance of our aquatic ecosystems, how humans have altered these systems, get examples of local efforts to clean and restore rivers and streams. Discuss how residents can become involved. Presented by Scott Meister, ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington. 7 p.m. Reservations: 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

February 12
Geology of Sand Ridge. Enjoy an indoor presentation on the geology of the local area. Adults and children ages 12 and up. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland. 1:30 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 708-868-0606 or sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov.

February 17
Winter Sunset Stroll. Enjoy a leisurely walk to see what surprises Mother Nature may have in store. Dress for the weather and be prepared for a one-hour hike. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland. 5 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 708-868-0606 or sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov.

February 23
Insects, What good are they? This is a hands-on experience to learn about the physiology and behavior of insects and their importance to humans and the environment. Participants will learn about the results of some local conservation projects and bio-blitzes (an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time). Presented by Jim Louderman, collections assistant in insect collections at The Field Museum. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington. 7 p.m. Reservations: 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

February 25
The Calumet Region: Birthplace of Ecology. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland. Adults and children ages 12 and up. 1:30 p.m. Free. Info and registration: sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov or 708-868-0606.

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Indiana

JANUARY

January 7
Monthly Meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. The focus will be greenhouse orientation geared towards those who want to help take care of plants for the native plant sale in May. Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org.

January 28
The 14th Annual Gardening Show sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners. Keynote address, “How to Become a Better Gardener Faster,” by horticulturalist Scott Beuerlein of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Regional and local gardening experts, a seed and bulb exchange, garden photography contest, children’s corner, food service, and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardens and gardening. Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST (Chicago time). Admission: $10; children under 12 free; free parking and door prizes. Info: pcgarden.info.

FEBRUARY

February 4
Monthly Meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Gibson Wood Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org.

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

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Wisconsin

JANUARY

January 26
“The Bugs You Love to Hate,” a lecture presented by Dr. Phillip J. Pellitteri, distinguished faculty emeritus of the University of Wisconsin Entomology Department. Learn about new insect invaders from the southern U.S. and Asia, and also common garden pests in our area. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5. Info: 608-314-8412.

FEBRUARY

February 12 to 14
Garden Expo. Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television. At the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. (Located on the southern edge of Madison, just off Hwy. 12 & 18 (Beltline). Friday 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One day ticket $8. Includes seminars and demos. Workshops priced separately. Info: 608-262-5256 or wigardenexpo.com.

February 23
“Selecting a Tree for your Home Landscape,” a lecture presented by Christy Marsden, horticulture educator for University of Wisconsin Extension. Learn about a wide variety of home landscape trees, from the smallest ornamentals to the largest shade trees. You will also receive a list of replacements for ash trees lost to the emerald ash borer. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5. Info: 608-314-8412.

Looking Ahead

March 4
Annual Spring Symposium of the Herb Society, Wisconsin Unit. Begin with an herbal continental breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m., followed by Carrie Hennessey’s presentation on lemon herbs. A gourmet herbal luncheon will be served at noon. An herbal boutique open througout the morning. Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee. Admission $65. Pre-registration required. Registration deadline February 25. No tickets sold on the day of the event. Info: 414-617-1461 or 262-376-0482.

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

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Michigan

JANUARY

January 15
Winter Botany. Learn how plants adapt and prepare for winter. Learn to recognize some of the common plants in our area in their winter garb. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Register by Jan. 13. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

January 29
Cork Birdhouse. Create a one-of-a-kind birdhouse using recycled wine corks. All materials provided. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $25. Register by Jan. 28. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

FEBRUARY

February 5
Botanical Exploration of Michigan. Learn about principal explorers who contributed to our knowledge of the botanical diversity of Michigan and the upper Great Lakes region. Also: the species they discovered that are known only around the Great Lakes. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Register by Feb. 3. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

February 18
Great Backyard Bird Count. Organized by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event to engage people from around the world in citizen-science. Stop by the Nature Center to learn about feeding and identifying our common winter birds as sightings are tallied for the day. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with paid admission. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

February 18
Botanical Wood Coasters. Using wood slices and image transfers, create a set of four botanical coasters. All materials provided. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 3 to 4:30 p..m. $15. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

February 19
Perennials: New Releases and Old Favorites. Presented by Patty Steinhauser of Stonehouse Nursery in Berrien Springs where they specialize in producing new introductions of perennial liners to be grown on in the nursery industry. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles 2 to 3 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

February 25
Starting Annuals from Seed. Learn techniques of raising annual flowers and vegetables from seeds. Following a brief slide show and demonstration, try your hand at sewing a small flat of seeds provided or bring a package of your own seeds from home. Seeding biennials and perennials will also be discussed. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3 p.m. $15. Register by Feb. 23. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

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

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