May 11-12 Plant Sale of the Wicker Park Garden Club. Plants for urban gardens. Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 17-18 60th Annual Hyde Park Garden Fair. Ten different departments; plants selected by members from multiple sources. Courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, corner of 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: hydeparkgardenfair.org.
June 1 Lurie Garden Plant Sale. Plants to provide all-season interest plus food and shelter for local fauna. All proceeds support Lurie Garden public programs. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants. Lurie Garden, southeast corner of Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Info: luriegarden.org.
May 11 Prairie Crossing Farm Organic Plant Sale and Open House. This event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and open to the public. Come see over 40 varieties of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers available for sale. In addition, there will be kids activities, food vendors, and more. Located at 32400 Harris Rd. in Grayslake. Come early for the best selection! For more info, visit the Liberty Prairie Foundation website.
May 11 Annual Plant Sale of the Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Club. Native plants, mature perennials, herbs, vegetables, ground covers and more dug from members’ local gardens. Crawford Warming House, 817 W. Lake St., Libertyville. 8:30 to 11a.m. Rain or shine. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.
May 11 - October 13 Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America Celebrating 20 years. The 7,500-square-foot model railroad garden features 18 trains running on 1,600 feet of track. All intricately handcrafted with natural materials. More than 5,000 tiny plants. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Info: chicagobotanic.org/railroad.
May 11 - August 11 A Pollinator’s Perspective, an exhibition of the most commonly known pollinators, bees and butterflies. Chicago Botanic Gardening, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Garden free. Advance parking $20 on weekdays; $25 on weekends Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.
May 13 “Natural Landscaping,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Learn more about local native plants and practical steps to incorporate them in low maintenance landscaping. Presented by Sandra Washburn of Wild Ones. CrossLife Evangelical Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.
May 17-18 “From Our Garden to Yours,” the Northbrook Garden Club 2019 Plant Sale. All plants from members’ gardens. Various seedlings will be free with purchase. Village Green Community Center, 1810 Walters Ave., Northbrook. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Info: 847-272-9548 or northbrookgardenclub.org.
May 18 The Annual Plant Sale of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. Perennials, herbs, vegetables, and native plants that attract and support pollinators. “Garden Treasures” is a sale of garden tools, yard art, vintage finds, containers and more. Cash and check only. On the Extension grounds, 100 South U.S. Highway 45, Grayslake. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain or shine. Info: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lm/lakemg/4140.html.
May 25 - September 2 Butterflies & Blooms, a butterfly exhibition where you can immerse yourself in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. In the 2,800-square-foot mesh enclosure of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Learning Campus, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. Tickets and info: chicagobotanic.org/butterflies.
June 1 Annual Backyard Botanicals Sale of The Highland Garden Club of Evanston. Native plants that work in residential gardens for bees will be featured. Independence Park, 2000 Central St., Evanston. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 10 “The Beauty of Japan and Japanese Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County garden club. Presented by Lorraine Kirkpatrick, who will speak from her experience of having lived in Japan. Learn about the types of Japanese gardens and the elements of their design. CrossLife Evangelical Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.
June 23 “Garden Idyll – An Afternoon at Camp Rosemary,” this year’s first event in the Garden Masters Series hosted by the Garden Conservancy. At Camp Rosemary in Lake Forest. Directions will be sent to registered guests only. 3 to 5 p.m. $110. Registration is required and space is limited. Info and registration: 888-842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org.
July 13-14 2019 Bucktown Garden Walk & Block Party. (Churchill Park at 1825 N. Damen Avenue) The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the main event hub located at Churchill Park at 1825 N. Damen Avenue. The block party will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., children’s fest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and gardens from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Official garden walk guidebooks can be purchased for $10 at Churchill Park, Club Lucky, Ipsento and Lottie’s. Many local business offer valuable promotions or special incentives included in the guide book. There is a $5 suggested donation for entrance to the block party. For more information, visit www.bucktown.org/gardenwalk
May 5 Annual Native Plant Sale of The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. More than 150 species for prairie, savanna, woodland and rain garden. Also: organic heirloom garden vegetables and herbs plus trees and shrubs. McHenry County College, 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake. Noon to 3 p.m. Info: theWPPC.org.
May 7 “Container Gardening – Creating the WOW Factor,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Nina Koziol. St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHnery Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.
May 8 “Creativity in the Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Carol Cichorski will show how to integrate the unexpected, try new ideas and change the familiar landscape of the garden. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.
May 9 “Make a Vintage Bundle of Joy,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. This will be a workshop to make a tussy mussy/nosegay fresh flower arrangement. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Business meeting at noon; program at 1 p.m. $5. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com or visit on Facebook.
May 9 “Creating Your Spring Planter,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Park Ridge Garden Club. At this hands on workshop participants will create their own container garden. Bring a 12-inch container with soil mix. The Club will provide five 4-inch plants. At the Centennial Activity Center, 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge. 7 to 9 p.m. $15 fee for members; $25 for non-members. Reserve space at 847-825-2510. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.
May 11 “Bull Valley Garden Club Plant Sale”, 8:00am until sell-out at Ace Hardware parking lot, 150 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock. Unusual plants, professionally grown perennials and natives, and herb/lettuce baskets. Proceeds fund civic projects and scholarships for horticulture students. Info 815-354-3842.
May 11 Annual Plant Sale of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Large assortment of hanging baskets, perennials and annuals that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Bartlett Log Cabin, 102 N. Eastern Ave., Bartlett. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 11 Plum Grove Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, potted plants and garden items. Palatine Community Aquatic Center, 340 E. Palatine Road Palatine. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: email@example.com.
May 11 Rolling Meadows Garden Club Hometown Plant & Craft Sale. Annuals, perennials, natives, grasses and hanging baskets. Over 30 vendors. 3200 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A second sale will take place May 25 at Rolling Meadows City Market. Info: rollingmeadowsgardenclub.com.
May 11 Plant & Craft Sale of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Hanging baskets, plants for sun and shade, milkweed, grasses and natives. Vendors. Kids’ Corner. At the Williams D. Ahrens Building, 3200 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.
May 15 “Monarchs and Gardening for Butterflies,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Presented by naturalist Kim White. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park, St., Streamwood. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.
May 18 Annual Plant Sale of the Park Ridge Garden Club. Assorted varieties and member grown plants. Hodges Park, 101 Courtland Ave. (by City Hall.) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.
May 18 Antioch Garden Club Annual Perennial Plant Sale. Member-grown milkweed seedlings, woodland plants, natives. Local honey and homemade baked items. Williams Park Pavilion, 741 Main St., Antioch. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 827-395-8902 or antiochgardenclub.org.
May 18 Plant and Bake Sale Event of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 East Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 8:30 to noon. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com.
May 18 Lake Zurich Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Ela Public Library, 275 Mohawk St., Lake Zurich. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.
May 19 30th Annual Native Plant Sale of the Schaumburg Community Garden Club. 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: schaumburggardenclub.org.
May 19 Gardeners’ Plant Sale of the Univ. of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Most plants grown by Master Gardeners. 10 a.m. until sold out. At the Extension building, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock. Rain or shine. Info: 815-455-6872 or 847-515-7026.
May 28 “Great Gardens of Chicagoland,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Presented by Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. Buechner Meeting Room, Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Social/business meeting at 7 pm; program at 8 p.m. Public is invited. Info: ahgardenclub.com.
June 1 Arlington Heights Garden Club Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, grasses, ground covers, herbs, native plants and more, all dug from members’ gardens. Master Gardeners available. Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Info: 847-322-8207 or ahgardenclub.com.
June 1 Tulip Bulb & Plant Sale of the Schaumburg Community Garden Club. 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: schaumburggardenclub.org.
June 12 “Pollinator Friendly Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Presented by Kim Ellson of Pesche’s Nursery. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free, Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.
June 13 Monthly meeting of the Park Ridge Garden Club. Members’ craft boutique. Garden art, jewelry and greeting cards. Installation of officers. At the Centennial Activity Center, 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge. 7 to 9 p.m. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.
June 19 “Inviting Nature into Your Yard,” a presentation by Jim Kleinwachter from the Conservation Foundation. At the Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: 630-837-6800.
May 2 Grow a Salsa Garden. Get tips on what to plant and how to make salsa from vegetables in your backyard. This includes tomatillos, hot pepper varieties, cilantro, onions and more. Class includes recipes. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
May 3-4 Annual Flower and Plant Sale of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Professionally grown annuals in flats, premium hanging baskets, specialty annuals, tropicals, grasses, vegetables & herbs. Perennials from members’ gardens. Master Gardener Help Desk. Raffles. At 259 Springfield Drive (North end of Springfield Park), Bloomingdale. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4 Downers Grove Organic Gardeners Plant Sale. Start your garden right with organic vegetables, herbs, perennials and natives. Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.
May 4 Perennial Plant Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Clarendon Hills Library. Selling plants that were rescued from local gardens. On the front lawn of the library, 7 North Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Info: 630-323-8188 or email@example.com.
May 5 “Introducing Druid City Daylily Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Chicagoland Daylily Society. Hybridizer William Marchant will speak and auction his daylily hybrids at the Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Info: http://www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.
May 6 “Development of and Sustainability Practices at the Lurie Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Elmhurst Garden Club. Presented by Laura Ekasetya, director and head horticulturist for the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect, Elmhurst. 1 p.m. Free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 9-11 Annual Lilac Sale of the Lombard Garden Club. Will sell 18 cultivars (450 bushes and 10 Snow Dance trees). Lilacia Park; 1 block south of St. Charles and 1 block west of Main St., Lombard. From 3 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday or until sold out. Info: lombardgardenclub.org.
May 10 The Edible Patio: Growing Food in Small Spaces. Learn what you can do with a patio and other small corners of your garden. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
May 11 Backyard Boot Camp: Yard Care Basics for Homeowners. This workshop is designed for new homeowners short on time. Receive easy-to-follow instructions on plant care, watering, pruning, fertilizing and mulch. Also: what equipment is important and what to skip. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
May 11 Plant and English Garden Basket Sale, hosted by the Garden Study Club of Hinsdale. Featuring perennials and arrangements. At 16 Grant Square, Hinsdale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 630-325-8680
May 11 Spring Planting Workshop: Trees and Shrubs. Learn best practices for planting, how to care for new plantings and how to recognize common issues that arise. Watch a demonstration of proper planting and get some hands-on experience. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 to 11 a.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
May 16 Do-It-Yourself Rain Gardens. Learn how to design and plant a rain garden for your home with an introduction to water-loving perennials and shrubs that help manage water on your property. Class includes lists of plants and plant combinations plus strategies for storm water management. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
May 17 or June 6 Basic Tree ID. Learn to identify common trees using characteristics such as leaves, bark, branches, flowers and fruit. Class includes field guides, keys and a walk on the grounds. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon OR June 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
May 18 Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms, a class for beginners or hobbyists. Learn the fundamentals, including the right conditions for success, the best varieties to grow at home, materials needed and the growing process. Will include shiitake, lions mane, oyster and wine cap mushrooms. Take home a completed oyster mushroom kit. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
May 18 40th Annual Plant Sale of the Crestview Garden Club of Elmhurst. Many plants from established gardens of the club’s members. Perennials, natives, plus plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies. Members available to answer questions. Rain or shine. At The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 630-408-7900 or email@example.com.
May 18 Bolingbrook Plant Sale. Located at the Bolingbrook Village Center, Performing Arts Stage, 375 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info:firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 20 “From Glum to Gorgeous with Ground Covers,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Downers Grove. Presented by Laura Christensen. Faith United Methodist Church, 432 59th St., Downers Grove. 12:30 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: gardenclubofdownersgrove.net.
May 26 Northern Illinois Iris Society Show. See nearly 100 varieties of blooming irises. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission of $15. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.
June 1 Birding at Goose Lake Prairie. Visit one of the largest remnant prairies in Illinois and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” for a late spring bird walk. The prairie is an important nesting habitat for endangered or threatened birds. Sponsored by The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 a.m. to noon. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
June 3 “Succession Planting in the Vegetable Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Darien Garden Club. Presented by Lisa Hilgenberg, horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. 6:30 p.m. Please register at 630-887-8760. Info: dariengardenclub.com.
June 8 to 29 Field Study: Birds of Summer. Become acquainted with a host of birds that nest and breed in the Chicago region as you observe breeding, foraging and nesting behavior and food choices. Also: ID of specific bird songs and calls. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 11 a.m. $162. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
June 8-9 Utica Garden Faire & Walk Join us at the Canal Market in historic downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will have a great variety of garden/craft vendors and a huge plant sale with reasonably priced perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables from our club members’ gardens. The Garden Walk includes a self-guided tour of lovely private gardens. Garden walk tickets can be purchased for $10.00 per person (cash/check only) at the Garden Faire in downtown Utica. Utica Exit #81 from I-80 – 208 S. Clark St, Utica, IL. Rain or shine. Like us on Facebook! For more information, email: email@example.com or call (815)667-4856 or (815)252-4573.
June 9 Hydrangea Hysteria, the program for the monthly meeting of the Chicagoland Daylily Society. Cristin Adam of The Growing Place, will speak. Members will also raffle plants and garden-related items. The Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale. 2 to to 4 p.m. Free. Info: http://www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.
June 19 Monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners. Program presented by Veronica Porter of Veterans Victory Farm, a for-profit group providing training and employment for veterans. The farm’s sustainably grown produce is sold wholesale and to the community. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.
June 20 Design a Lower Maintenance Garden. In this class, a horticulturist will illustrate how to design a low-maintenance garden, with an emphasis on plants that don’t require a lot of effort. Also: learn the best conditions for specific varieties. Visit the Arboretum’s gardens to see these plants and principles in action. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
June 24 Monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Brad Buker of Bartlett Tree Experts will speak about diagnosing and treating diseases in trees and shrubs. Also: correct pruning. Baker Memorial Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. Open to the public. Info: pottagardenclub.org.
The Growing Place, 2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000). thegrowingplace.com
May 4 Veggie & Herb Extravaganza.Veggies arrive the first week of May! Pick out your favorites and learn from the expert staff with a day full of veggie and herb tips for a hearty harvest. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Aurora.
May 11-12 Paint & Plant a Pot for Mom. Kids can say “Thank you” to mom with an original work of art and a flower. There will be a painting and planting station. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5. Both locations.
May 14 Plant a Living Wreath. It’s Tipsy Tuesday! Plan for a fun evening while planting a living wreath. Start with a 11-inch base and build from there. Gloves provided but dress to make a mess. 6 p.m. $70. Call 630-355-4000 to register.
May 18 Plant a Spring Container. Let Growing Place container designers help you put together a beautiful spring container. Three sessions: noon, 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. No registration necessary. Come to any of the 3 sessions. Cost of materials. Both locations.
May 25 Garden Gossip & Coffee. Come for a morning chat about some of our favorite perennials, gardening tips and more! Topics announced closer to the date at thegrowingplace.com. 10 a.m. Free. Both locations.
June 1-2 Magical Mini Garden Fest! All fairies, gnomes and miniature garden enthusiasts are invited. The weekend starts at the Naperville store on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and moves to the Aurora store on Sunday from 11 am. to 5 p.m. Details coming soon at thegrowingplace.com.
June 8 Designing with Perennials. Learn the many ways to use perennials to create colorful color combinations, mix different textures, and add a pop of personality. 1 p.m. Free. No registration. Aurora.
June 11 Make a Mason Jar Wall Planter. It’s Tipsy Tuesday! Using mason jars, hooks, wood and string staff will help you create a rustic wall planter you can use to hold plants, cut flowers or even a candle. 6 p.m. $40. Call 630-355-4000 to register. Aurora.
June 15 Garden Gossip & Coffee. Come for a morning chat about some of our favorite perennials, gardening tips and more! Topics announced closer to the date. Watch thegrowingplace.com for details. 10 a.m. Free. Both locations.
June 22 Gardener’s Art Fest. Over 30 local artists, live music, garden talks and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Check the website thegrowingplace.com for schedule of talks and activities. Free. Naperville.
June 27 Messin’ Around in the Dirt – Kid’s Days. A morning of activities to bring the love of gardening to kids. Presented by Univ. of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 10 years old. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. No registration. Future dates: July 11 and 25. Aurora.
Cantigny Gardens, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. For classes and events requiring advance registration, call 630-260-8162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular daily parking is $5 per car. On Saturdays and Sundays, May through September, parking is $10. The higher rate also applies on May 27, July 4 and September 2. Parking is free on the first Wednesday of the month, and always free for Cantigny Park members. Cantigny.org.
May 5 Greenhouse Open House. A once-a-year opportunity for all ages! Demonstrations, tours, exhibits and plants for sale. Staff will answer your gardening questions. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with paid parking. Free tram service to the greenhouse from the main parking lot.
May 7 Garden Tour: Spring Annuals & Bulbs. Join a Cantigny Horticulture staff member for an up-close look at the park’s stunning spring annuals and bulb displays. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with paid parking.
May 11 Cocktail Container Workshop. Fresh is best! Learn about cocktails that use fresh herbs to enhance their flavors, and how to grow the herbs at home. You’ll select three kinds of herbs to plant in a wooden planter box (provided) with a removable zinc liner. Meet at the Cantigny Greenhouse 1:30 to 3 p.m. $40. Plants, soil, container and recipe cards included. Parking free. You may enter the park from Shaffner Road. Advance registration required.
May 12 Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid beautiful surroundings. Led by a Cantigny volunteer with photography expertise. Limit 10. Meet at Visitors Center at 2 p.m. Free with paid parking. Photo Tips Tour repeated on June 12.
May 15 Herb Container Workshop. Participants will select five different herbs to fill their eco-friendly, fabric planter box. Growing instructions provided. Meet at the Cantigny Park Greenhouse. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $40. Plants, soil and container are included. Parking free. You may enter the park from Shaffner Road. Advance registration required.
May 16 and June 20 Staff Plant Picks. New for 2019, this tour by Cantigny’s horticulture staff takes place monthly through October, on the third Thursday. As you stroll, staff members will choose a personal favorite plant of the month and share information about it — a bit of science, growing advice and some fun facts, too. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 1 p.m. Free with paid parking. Please register in advance.
May 18 ClaySpace Pottery Show. Artists will exhibit and offer for sale a variety of handmade and one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces such as platters, bowls, wall sculptures, vases, soap dishes and jewelry. ClaySpace is a nonprofit clay arts studio located in Lisle and home to a community of resident artists. Visitors Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with paid parking.
May 23 Spring Bulb Sale. Purchase newly excavated flower bulbs at a deep discount, 25 for $5 while supplies last. Bring bags or boxes to transport your bulbs. Sale begins at 7 a.m. in Cantigny’s main parking lot (parking free). Note: Sale date is subject to change based on weather and timing of the tulip bloom this spring. Please call or check Cantigny.org prior to your visit.
June 1 8th Annual Grow It Forward. Hear an informative talk on vegetable gardening, then take home two tomato plants and two pepper plants and put the advice to work. The only requirement is to commit to sharing your plants, knowledge or the produce you harvest with someone in need. Advance registration is required to receive plants. 9 a.m. at the Visitors Center. Free with paid parking.
June 4 Garden Tour: Perennials. An expert from Cantigny Horticulture will lead a casual exploration of Cantigny’s early-summer blooming perennials. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with paid parking.
June 6 Summer Evening Stroll. Enjoy a one-hour guided stroll with a Master Gardener in Cantigny’s colorful and lush gardens, many of them newly designed and planted in 2018. Advance registration is requested. Tour begins from the Visitors Center at 6 p.m. Free with paid parking.
June 20 Evening Garden Tour. Celebrate the start of summer with a guided tour led by Jackie Kosbab and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture. Advance registration requested. Tour begins from the Visitors Center at 6 p.m. Free with paid parking.
May 11 Native Plant Sale. Lake Katherine Nature Center, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 708-361-1873 or email@example.com.
May 18 “Bringing Nature Home,” a native plant sale. More than 150 species of native perennials, shrubs and trees available. Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 815-722-2022 or willcountynature.org. (NOTE: Pre-Sale and Fundraiser on May 17. Food, craft beer, boutique wines, desserts and access to the sale plants. 4 to 8 p.m. $25.)
May 18 Cottage Gardens, a class about salvage style, multitudes of scented flowers and the occasional critter. Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Ave., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: villageofparkforest.com.
May 18 Gardener’s Flea Market. Bird Haven Greenhouse, 225 N. Gougar Road, Joliet. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Info: 815-741-7278.
June 15 Vegetable Containers: What combinations look great and which vegetables work in hanging pots. Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Ave., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: villageofparkforest.com.
May 3 and 4 Plant Sale hosted by the Hancock County Herb Society and Master Gardeners. Selling a wide variety of culinary, medicinal, decorative and craft-use herbs, plus perennials, vegetable and woodland plants. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Hancock County Fairgrounds 4-H Show Arena, 620 Apple St., Greenfield, Ind. Info: http://hancockmga.com.
May 4 19th Annual Native Plant Sale sponsored by the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Over 100 species of flowers, grasses, sedges and shrubs; including prairie, wetland, shade and woodland. Also a White Elephant Sale (proceeds help feed the birds at Gibson Woods). Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 219-844-3188. For a complete list of plants visit www.gw-wildones.org or lakecountyparks.com.
For additional events, please see the Indiana Gardening magazine calendar of events.
May 16 Gardening for Hummingbirds. Class includes identification of the ruby-throated hummingbird, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding and importance of water features. 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 18-19 Bonsai Show. Organized by the Badger Bonsai Society. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Info: 608-249-6195 or badgerbonsai.net.
June 1 Rose Show. Indoor exhibit of cut roses and arrangements. Organized by the Madison Rose Society. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Info: 608-634-2146 or olbrich.org.
June 12-15 51st annual American Hosta Society (AHS) National Convention. Radisson Hotel & Convention Center, Green Bay. Hosta exhibits, 10 private garden tours, vendors, seedling competition (Vote for your favorite new introduction), live hosta auction (Bid on mature and rare varieties), speakers, and more. The Green & Gold Hosta Society of Northeastern Wisconsin, with more than 130 local members, is organizing and hosting the 2019 national event. Info and registration details: ahs2019event.org.
For additional events, please see the Wisconsin Gardening magazine calendar of events.
May 4 Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale. For all garden experience levels. Local vendors; unique and artfully grown plant material; hand-crafted artwork for the garden. Fernwood Botanica Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Nies. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
May 19 Field Identification of Native Shrubs. Learn the distinguishing features of 20 genera and hike through the garden to see examples. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. 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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