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MARCH

March 4

61st Street Farmers Market.Experimental Station, 6100 S.Blackstone Avenue. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Info:experimentalstation.org.

March 7

Plant Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings. A class hosted by the Wicker Park Garden Club. Learn the techniques of preparing various types of seeds for germination, how to plant, thin, transplant and how to harden off seedlings. Taught by an experienced team led by Richard Tilley who starts thousands of plants from seed
every year. Held in a Wicker Park home. Address given to registered students.10 a.m. to noon. $15. Registration at wpgarden@aol.com or 773-278-9075. Limit 30. Pay at door. Cash or check to Wicker Park Garden Club.

March 7

“Honeybees and Horticulture; Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants from the Upper Midwest.” A class offered by the Lurie Garden. Learn about the trees, shrubs and flowering plants that are essential for insect health. Taught by Michael Thompson of the Chicago Honey Coop. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

March 7

“Sharpen Your Pruning Skills: Basics.” A workshop offered by the Lurie Garden. Learn pruning essentials such as tool use, proper cuts and how to make seasonal pruning decisions to support your garden. Taught by Lurie Garden staff. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

March 7 and 21

Green City Market. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Metered parking in the Diversey Harbor parking lot off of Cannon Drive. Info: greencitymarket.org.

March 14 to 22

Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s. Display gardens, seminars, cooking demos,kids’ activities, photography and cake baking competitions, and more. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Purchase tickets online before March 14 for a $2 discount. Hours and parking info online at chicagoflower.com.

March 15

Basket Weaving for Families. Learn twining, an essential basket weaving technique and weave small baskets with natural rattan reed and various materials from Lurie Garden.Taught by Natalie Boyette of the Chicago Weaving School. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

March 15, 22 and 29 and April 12

“Conditioning for Gardeners.” A class hosted by the Lurie Garden. Learn how to keep the body healthy using before and after garden stretch routines as well as some stretches to do while in the garden. All levels welcome. 9 to 9:45 a.m. This class is followed by “Stretching for Gardeners” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Both free. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

March 21

Tool Sharpening Workshop. Bring your garden tools and go home with sharpened ones – pruners, loppers, trowels, shovels, hoes, axes and shears. No lawnmower blades or kitchen knives. Hosted by the Wicker Park Garden Club. Held in a Wicker Park home. 10 a.m. to noon. Address given to registered students. $15. Registration required at 773-278-9075 or wpgarden@aol.com. Limit 20. Pay at door. Cash or check to Wicker Park Garden Club.

APRIL

April 4 and 5

Garden Tending & Horticultural Training. Each week volunteers learn how to plant and tend all the plants in Wicker Park’s 10,000 square feet of award-winning gardens. The gardens are a registered Chicago Park District Community Gardens in the Parks. Meet at the Fountain Court in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration required at 773-278-9075 or wpgarden@aol.com. No charge.

April 4 and 18

Green City Market.Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Metered parking in the Diversey Harbor parking lot off of Cannon Drive. Info: greencitymarket.org.

April 11

61st Street Farmers Market.Experimental Station, 6100 S.Blackstone Avenues. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: experimentalstation.org.

April 12

Build a Nest Box. A workshop for families with children between 6 and 12 years old. Learn how to host a family of birds and understand habitat needs. Build a nest box that you can install in your back yard or in a community space. Offered by the Lurie Garden 1-3 p.m. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

April 24

Gardener’s Plant Walk in the Lurie Garden. This 30 to 45 minute morning walk is for gardeners who would like focused information about Lurie Garden plants and their place in our landscape. 8 to 8:45 a.m. Info: luriegarden.org.

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North

MARCH

March 1 until March 15

Orchid Show.
More than 10,000 tropical blooms. Learn about vanilla, which is the seedpod of an orchid. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 adults. $8 seniors 62 and older and children 3 to 12. Post-Show Sale on March 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last. Parking $25. Info: chicagobotanic.org/orchid.

March 6 or 7

Winter Tree and Shrub Trimming. Through demonstrations, discussion and hands-on experience, learn the basics of tree physiology and how it is affected by trimming during winter months. Taught by Lesley and Gil Smith. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.

March 9

“The Gardens of Yorkshire.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Andy Plasz. CrossLife Evangelical Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Info: juliancindy@hotmail.com

March 14 and 15

Orchid Show of the Illinois Orchid Society. More than 30 displays of orchids, from the rarest species to cultivated hybrids in a judged show. Individual orchids in 128 classes. More than 15 orchid vendors selling plants, supplies, equipment, books, pins, clothing and the society’s custom bark mix and fertilizer Repotting service for $5 per plant. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

March 13 or 14

Pocket Prairies in Six Easy Steps. The decline of bees, monarch butterflies, pollinating insects and native birds is directly related to reduced open spaces due to housing development, agriculture and industry. Develop crucial habitats that provide food and homes by planting attractive natives. It can be done in six easy steps with the Little Garden Club of Wilmette’s combinations. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.

March 20 or 21

Spring Garden Clean-Up. Seasonal advice from Tony Fulmer, Chalet chief horticulture officer. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.

March 21 and 22

The Gesneriad Kaleidoscope. A show and sale of blooming houseplants. Presented by The Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society. Approximately 50 exhibitions of 20 types of gesneriads. Plants, cuttings, tubers and rhizomes for sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Saturday, Noon to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Show free. Parking $25. Info: 773-619-3025 or chicagobotanic.org/plantshows.

March 27 or 28

The Power of the Organic Landscape Garden. Arborsmith’s Gilbert and Lesley Smith and The Organic Gardener’s Jeanne and Verd Nolan share the basics on how to keep you and your lawns and gardens beautiful and healthy. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.

March 29

Grafting Workshop. Hosted by the Midwest Fruit Explorers. Learn to graft fruit trees with scion wood. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 4 p.m. $5 for scion wood. No registration. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

APRIL

April 9 or 10

Spring Lawn Care for Beginners. Learn what to do now to help your lawn wake up and perform beautifully during the 2015 season. Jennifer Brennan, Chalet horticulturist, will give you the routine to follow for fertilizing, weed control and maintenance. Includes earth-friendly practices and traditional techniques.
Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. or Friday at 10 a.m. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230
or 225.

April 13

“Monarch Watch: Education, Conservation and Research.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Pat Miller. CrossLife Evangelical Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Info:
juliancindy@hotmail.com.

April 16 or 17

Instant Gratification Spring Container. Get two seasons of enjoyment from a container with a spring display of pansies, daffodils, hyacinths, Johnny jump-ups and ivy followed by lilies. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. or Friday at 10 a.m. Please pre-register and pay $54.99 to hold your spot. Call 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.

April 17 through 19

Antiques, Garden &
Design Show. Indoor gardens created by Craig Bergmann Landscape Design and Bill Heffernan of HMR Design. Approximately 100 exhibitors of antiques, midcentury modern art, plants, garden wares and design items. Decorating legend Mario Buatta will serve as the Show’s honorary chair and keynote speaker on Friday, April 17. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance at the Visitors’ Center or chicagobotanic.org/antiques. No strollers permitted in the Show. Parking $25. Info:847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

April 23 or 24

Chalet’s Favorite Spring-Flowering Trees & Shrubs. Tony Fulmer, Chalet’s chief horticulture officer and Jennifer Brennan, Chalet’s horticulture information specialist, will introduce you to these beauties. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. or Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info:
847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.

April 25 and 26

Midwest Daffodil Society’s Display and Floral Design Show. Presented by the Midwest Daffodil Society. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Show free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

MARCH

March 3

“Exploring The Rain Forest.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by natural science expert James Rowan. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

March 5

“Habitat Corridors.” The program for the monthly meeting of the South Barrington Garden Club. Hear about ways of maintaining your land so that it contributes to an area-wide expansion of habitat that supports native wildlife and plants. South Barrington Tennis Club, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington. 9 a.m. Info: 847-382-4713.

March 7

Healthy Houseplants. Basics of watering, transplanting, fertilizing and general care. Knupper Nursery, 1801 Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

March 12

“Unusual or Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by member Bob Nicholson. At the Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Treats and raffle at 11 a.m. Meeting at noon; program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-296-3457.

March 14

Seed Starting and Propagation. Taught by John Moors, director of collections. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free with admission. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

March 19

“Spring Flower Arrangements.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by ornamental horticulturist Mari Mackenbach who will create several spring arrangements. Also: picking the right flowers, conditioning flowers and choosing the right containers. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: 847-359-4253.

March 19

“Land Management in the Rock River Valley Prior to European Settlement.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Presented by Edward J. Jakaitis III, staff archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, and Prairie Research Institute. Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Info: 815-627-0344.

March 21

Spring Flower Show. More than 30 exhibitors. Free seminars (details on the website). Door prizes. Knupper Nursery, 1801 Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

March 22

Tool Sharpening. A
professional sharpener will be on hand. Knupper Nursery, 1801 Rand Road, Palatine. 2 to 5 p.m. Fees vary by the tool. Cash or check only please. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

APRIL

April 2

“Taking the Mystery Out of Flower Shows.” The program for the monthly meeting of the South Barrington Garden Club. Joanne Larson, a flower show judge and chair of GCI’s Illinois Judges Council, will evaluate cuttings from your garden and explain what judges are looking for. South Barrington Tennis Club, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington. 9 a.m. Info: 847-382-4713.

April 7

“Spring Garden Priorities.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Jennifer Brennan, the central region director of the Perennial Plant Association. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at
door #12. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

April 9

Monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. High tea potluck luncheon and induction of new officers at 11 a.m. Make a teacup/saucer birdfeeder for your yard at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 with materials supplied by club. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Info: 847-296-3457.

April 11

Gardenfest. Presented by the McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College. Keynote speaker is Roy Diblik. Four sessions with 23 workshops and seminars. Garden-related exhibitors. Held at the College, 8900 U.S. Route 14, Crystal Lake. 7:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. $40. Includes lunch. Info: 815-455-8764.Register at mchenry.edu/gardenfest.

April 16

“Spring Trends in Container Gardening.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by Joni Cotten from Hawthorn Gardens who will create two outdoor containers and discuss spring trends in container gardening. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Refreshments.Guests welcome. Info: 847-359-4253.

April 16

“Starting From Scratch: Planning Your Native Landscape.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Presented by Rebecca Olson, owner and president of Olson Ecological Solutions. At Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, WTC3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-627-0344.

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West

MARCH

March 7 to 28 and April 11

2015 Edible Gardening Series. A 5-session workshop. Instructors include Jeanne Nolan, LaManda Joy, Bill Shores, Amanda Thomsen and Shawna Coronado. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $180 for the series. Can also register for individual sessions. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 8

“Vegetable Gardening Made Easy.” Learn about the easiest veggies for beginners, how to read seed packets, start seeds, transplant seedlings plus companion planting techniques. Go home with a plan for your garden and some started seeds. Feel free to bring your own seeds for a seed exchange at the end of the workshop. Taught by Jill Niewoehner of mamagrows.com. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. 2 to 5 p.m. Oak Park resident $25. Non resident $35. Registration required one week in advance at 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.

March 9

Manager’s Tour of the Oak Park Conservatory. Get a behind the scenes look at the Conservatory.Hear about history, mechanics, operations and hidden plant gems. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oak Park resident $10. Non-resident $15. Register one week in advance at 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.

March 14

“Ready … Set … Grow … Hort Workshop.” A day-long event presented by the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle & Whiteside counties. Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager from the Chicago Botanic Garden, will speak on “Four-Star Plants,” based on over 25 years of comparative trials at the Garden. Followed by three hands-on sessions. Sauk Valley Community College, 173 Illinois 2, Dixon. Includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a welcome bag courtesy of University of Illinois Extension. Door prizes. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40. Info: 815-835-2070 or web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/downloads/56419.pdf.

March 15

Growing Vegetables from Seed. Learn about starting seed indoors and explore lighting, soil types, containers, sowing schedules and plant selection. Taught by horticulturist Katrina Chipman. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 4 p.m. $43. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 17

“Reducing Maintenance Through Good Design.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Presented by Joel Barczak, horticulturist and co-owner of Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. Bloomingdale Police Department, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 p.m. Free. Visitors welcome. Info: 630-671-5800.

March 19

“America’s Romance with the English Garden.” A lecture from Author Thomas Mickey. The Morton arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $24. Register: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 21

Terrarium Construction. Create a self-supporting, small ecosystem to take home and learn how to take care of it. Taught by Patti Staley, Oak Park Conservatory head grower. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oak Park Resident $35. Non resident $45. Register one week in advance at 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.

March 21

Spring Solstice Make & Take Workshops. Cool Season Lettuce Bowls at 10 a.m. Cost of materials. Houseplant & Succulent Containers Workshop at 11 a.m. $5 + cost of materials. Birdhouse Building Workshop at 1 p.m. $12. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com.

March 28

“Spring Gardening Inspiration.” A special gardening event sponsored by the Darien Garden Club. Keynote address by renowned nature photographer Mike MacDonald speaking on “My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago.” Plus two additional sessions with a choice of eight informative speakers, vendors and a raffle. Eisenhower Junior High School, 1410 75th St., Darien. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $40 admission includes Continental breakfast and box lunch. Reservations required: dariengardenclub@gmail.com or dariengardenclub.com or 630-253-2125.

APRIL

April 4

Genetically Modified Foods 101. Learn the skinny on genetically modified foods, also known as GMO foods. Why are GMOs considered advantageous? How could they be detrimental? Particular emphasis will be placed on how
GMO foods are labeled in grocery stores and markets. Handouts will teach how to identify GMO and non-GMO foods and food ingredients. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oak Park resident $15. Non resident $20. Register 1 week in advance at 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.

April 18

“Raised Garden Beds.” The topic for April’s Coffee & Conversation. Every 3rd Saturday enjoy a guided conversation on a particular topic. This month: raised beds. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 9 a.m. Discount this month on raised bed kits. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com.

April 19

Sundays in the Garden. Every third Sunday local artists display and sell their work. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com.

April 19 and 20

“Bees and Blossoms. The 88th Annual Convention of the Garden Clubs of Illinois will focus on the diminishing bee population and what we can do to help. Gourd Wren House Painting Workshop on April 19 at 1 p.m. Reception and dinner to honor NGC President, Linda Nelson to follow. Convention on April 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes speakers, lunch, floral demonstration, basket raffles, vendors, silent auction, educational exhibits. Non-members welcome. Hilton Hotel, Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle. You must sign-up for the events you wish and a fee will apply. Info and registration: n.c.holt@att.net or gardenglories.org.

April 21

Monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. The focus will be a discussion of the annual plant sale on May 1 and 2; profits fund club programs, speakers and charitable donations. Bloomingdale Police Department,
201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 p.m. Free. Visitors welcome. Info:630-671-5800.

April 24 and 25

Garden Gate to Spring Antique Show. Regional vendors show their works in Blumen Gardens’ 19th century factory building. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com.

Cantigny Park

1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. To register call 630-260-8162 or visit cantigny.org.

MARCH

March 3

Greenhouse Tour. Cantigny grower Bob Carr leads a tour to see the park’s spring bedding plants and summer plants in their early development. 11 a.m. Free but advance registration is required. Parking ($5) is at the Visitors Center with shuttle service available to the greenhouse.

March 22

Introduction to Grafting Fruit Trees. A workshop for beginners offered by the Midwest Fruit Explorers, a garden club for backyard fruit growers. 1 p.m. Free but advance registration required. Register at Cantigny.org or call 630-260-8162. Parking ($5) is at the Visitors Center with free shuttle service to the Education Center.

APRIL

April 2

Cantigny Gardens 2015 Preview. A presentation highlighting the park’s plant selections and plans for the main gardens, golf course and Idea Garden, spring through fall. At the Visitors Center. 9:30 a.m. Free with paid parking ($5).

April 7

Garden Tour. Cantigny Forester Todd Henderson, will lead you on a tour of spring-flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers. 11 a.m. from the Visitors Center. Free with paid parking ($5).

April 26

Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your knowledge and enjoy the company of fellow shutterbugs in the colorful spring gardens. Led by Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m. Free with paid parking ($5). Advance registration required. Limit 10.

Heinz Brothers Greenhouse & Garden Center 2010 E. Main St., St. Charles. Info: 630-584-0473or heinzbrothers.com

MARCH

March 7

Create a Dry Terrarium. Use succulents and cactus to make an easy-care terrarium. 11 a.m. to noon. $10 for plants and containers or bring an open topped glass containers from home or purchase a glass container.

March 7

Cactus Gardening for Kids. A class for ages 4 and up. Learn how to take care of these spiny plants and not get stuck. 2 to 3 p.m. $16.

March 14

Luck of the Irish Planter. A
class for kids ages 4 and up. Create a leprechaun planter for St. Patrick’s Day and plant the decorated pot with a shamrock. 2 to 3 p.m.$10.

March 21

Make a Garden Stepping Stone. A class for kids ages 4 and up. All materials supplied. 11 a.m. to noon. $15.

March 28

Make Your Own Fairy Furniture. A class for kids ages 5 and up with an adult. Learn how seedpods, stones, twigs and last season’s grasses can be created into a fairy chair. Please note that a hot glue gun will be used by an adult only. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $20.

March 28 & April 11 or 12

Make a Fairy House. A workshop for kids ages 5 and up with an adult. Create a whimsical fairy house and start fairy gardening. Each house is unique to the builder using items collected from nature. Please note that a hot glue gun will be used by an adult only. March 28: 2 to 3 p.m. April 11: 1-2 p.m. April 12; 3 to 4 p.m. $30.

March 28

Make Your Own Mosaic Pot.A class for kids ages 4 and up. Make a planter topped off with an indoor houseplant. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. $12.

March 28

Grow Your Own Vegetables This Spring. Learn how to start cool season vegetables and prepare your garden beds. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. $5.

APRIL

April 4 or 7

Spring Container Planting. Create a flowering container for spring with colorful and cold-tolerant plants. Potting soil, fertilizer, plant material and container included in cost. April 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. April 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Program cost: $15 plus materials: 10-inch container $25; 12-inch container $35; 14-inch container $45.

April 11 or 12

Make your own Fairy Garden. Create a miniature wonderland with a pot brought from home or purchased at Heinz Brothers. Soil and design instructions provided. Fairy garden items, plants and statues available for purchase. Experts available to help. April 11 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and April 12 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

April 11 or 12

Fairy Garden 101. A workshop for kids ages 5 and up. Each participant will receive a pot, soil, choice of three fairy garden accessories and three plants. April 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. April 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. $35.

April 11 or 12

Make your own Fairy Furniture. Create a whimsical fairy chair and start fairy gardening. Use materials from nature such as seedpods, stones, twigs and last season’s grasses. April 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. April 12 from 11 a.m. to noon. $20.

April 18

Vegetable Gardening Made Easy. Learn the best and easiest way to start vegetables, grow and harvest. 10 to 11 a.m. $5.

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000. Opening Day events at both locations. All other classes at the Aurora location. Call 630-355-4000 to register. For Learn, Lunch & Create classes, please identify any dietary restrictions. Each class $5. Box lunch $10.

MARCH

March 7

Learn, Lunch & Create! Two Landscaping 101 classes. Natives at 11 a.m., followed by lunch, and Right Plant, Right Place at 1 p.m. Please register.

March 14

Learn, Lunch & Create! New and Noteworthy Plants for 2015 at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and a greenhouse tour at 1 p.m.

March 28 and 29

Opening Day. Plant It Yourself potting tables. New plants and specials. Five seminars at the Aurora location, including a talk by Mark Dwyer, executive director of the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville. See website for seminar details. Coaching appointments at both locations. E-mail landscape@thegrowingplace.com to sign up. $40 per session, includes $20 coupon.

APRIL

April 4

Gardening 101: Pruning. Bring your pruners and be prepared to go outside. 11 a.m. Free.

April 11

Gardening 101: Learning the Lingo. What is part shade? Why do we pinch and deadhead flowers or spread roots when planting? A refresher course for novices. 11 a.m. Free.

April 18

Gardening 101: Staging Containers. Learn about plants with long-lasting color and how to display them. 11 a.m. Class free. Any container purchase: cost of materials.

April 24

Conversation in the Garden. Talks, treats and tea. Julie Fischer of The Cottage Gardener will lead the first discussion. 11 a.m. $5. Space limited so please sign up.

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South

MARCH

March 28

Spring Preview. Grand opening for the season. Guided tours of all areas of the greenhouse highlighting the technology used for all aspects of production (at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). Seminars by Brent Reichers (Sustainable Landscaping and Edible Landscaping, 9 a.m.) and Deb Terrill (Herbs, 11 a.m.) Food. Hourly drawings. Woldhuis Farms/Sunrise Greenhouses, 10300 E. 9000 N. Rd., Grant Park. Doors open at 8 a.m. Info: 815-465-6310.

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Indiana

March

March 7

“Focus on Native Plants.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Presented by Mark O’Brien of Cardno Native Plant Nursery. Gibson Woods Field House, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. All welcome. Info: 219-844-3188 or 219-865-2679.

March 7

Rain Gardening. Learn how to make your own rain garden using native Indiana species. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 2 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

March 14

Illiana Garden and Pond Society monthly meeting. St. John Library, 9450 Wicker Ave., St. John. 10 a.m. Refreshments. Info: slegler@netnitco.net.

March 14

Birding 101. Basic birding class will teach the basics of ornithology, how to pick a good pair of binoculars, when best to view birds and how to use a field guide. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 10
a.m. to noon. $25. Includes field guide. 10 a.m. to noon. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

March 14

Rocks and Minerals. An introduction to rocks and minerals in this region plus how to identify them. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 1 to 4 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

March 21

Introduction to Vegetable Gardening. Learn tips and tricks from Taltree’s seasoned gardeners. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 2 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or
taltree.org.

March 28

Gardening in Deer Country. An introduction to the types of plants that will deter deer plus tips and tricks to prevent them from eating yourflowers. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
$12. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

March 28

Introduction to Ornamental Gardening. Learn about starting seeds indoors, garden bed planning, setting a gardening calendar and where to find seeds. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 2 p.m.
$17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

APRIL

April 4

Monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Joy Bower will speak on rudbeckias. Also: details on the upcoming native plant sale. Gibson Woods Field House, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. All welcome. Info: 219-844-3188 or 219-865-2679.

April 11

Illiana Garden and Pond Society monthly meeting. St John Library, 9450 Wicker Ave, St. John. 10 a.m. Refreshments. All welcome. Info: slegler@netnitco.net.

April 25 and 26

Illiana Garden and Pond Expo. Lake County Fairgrounds. 889 S. Court St., Crown Point. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: slegler@netnitco.net.

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

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Wisconsin

MARCH

March 7

Herb Society Spring Symposium. Hosted by the Wisconsin Unit. Start with a herbal Continental breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a presentation on winter, summer and lemon savory by guest speaker Carrie Hennessy. Gourmet herbal luncheon at noon. Herbal boutique with teas, homemade jellies and mustards, cookbooks and items crafted by members. Raffle. Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Free valet parking. Ticket admission $65. Registration deadline February 28. Pre-registration required. No tickets sold on the day. Additional info and registration forms at 262-377-1461 or herb-society-wisconsin.org.

March 11

“New Tree Selections for Diversity.” Mark Wegner, City of Middleton forester and horticulturist, will offer planting options and discuss the contributing factors behind events such as emerald ash borer, Dutch elm disease and chestnut blight. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood St., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 19

“A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community.” Conventional lawn weed killers present risks for people, pets and the environment. Learn about the current research and organic ways to maintain a lawn. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood St., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 23

“Gardening for Pollinators.” Hear what you can do to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. If weather permits, there will be a stroll through Olbrich’s outdoor gardens to see some of the plants highlighted in the presentation. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 29

Selecting and Growing Tropical Orchids. Bolz Conservatory Curator John Wirth will discuss how to choose and care for the best orchid for your home, pocketbook, and skill level. Also: a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the orchid greenhouse. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

APRIL

April 7

“Native Plants for Any Garden.” Learn about native plants that are winners in various conditions. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

April 9

“Indoor Vegetable Gardening.” Hear about indoor gardening techniques, including indoor hydroponics versus soil containers, plant nutrients, and plant lighting needs. Also, the differences among HID, LED, induction, and fluorescent lighting. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info:608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

April 22

Incorporating Fragrance into the Garden. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss the wide range of plants that provide scent in the garden (day and night). Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

April 24

Tree Planting Workshop. Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will show how to plant trees the right way. Part of the class takes place outdoors so dress for the weather. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 7 p.m. $19. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

April 26

Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants. Learn about invasive plants and some common ornamentals that are becoming invasive. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison.6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

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

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Michigan

MARCH

March 1 to April 30

Butterflies Are Blooming. See butterflies from around the world flying freely in the 5-story tropical conservatory. More than 40 different species of butterflies and moths. Approximately 800 chrysalides delivered weekly. Watch delicate chrysalides and cocoons being placed in the Butterfly Bungalow, where they transform and take their first flight. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.

March 6

Ikebana-Inspired Floral Design. Create a floral arrangement based on principles of ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design. Learn about equipment, how to select branches, flowers and other plant material and how to create a composition that reflects the beauty found in nature. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 10 a.m. to noon $57. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.

March 8 or 22

Butterfly Photography. Learn techniques for creating fantastic butterfly photos, including lens selection, choosing backgrounds, composition, light and exposure. Some photography experience necessary. Frederik Meijer
Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 9 to 11 a.m. $32. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.

March 10

“An Introduction to Square Foot Gardening.” Learn to grow more food in less space and build a raised bed. Taught by Dr. Richard Peters. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $27. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.

March 19 to 21

20th Annual Spring Flower & Garden Expo. Seminars, gardens, vendors, door prizes. See what’s new for 2015. Wedel’s Nursery, Florist and Garden Center, 5020 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo. 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Info and sign up for seminars: 269-345-1195 or wedels.com.

March 21

“Plant Driven Design.” The theme for Fernwood’s Spring Garden Symposium. Speakers include Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden, nationally known designers and authors, and James Barill, horticultural manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch prepared by Fernwood’s chef Tim Carrington. Price $85 before March 15; between March 16 and 20, $95; afterwards $120. Info and registration: 269-695-6492 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

APRIL

April 18

Birds of Fernwood. Walk with naturalist Wendy Jones through the grounds in search of bluebirds, brown thrashers, rufous-sided towhees, tree swallows and other recent arrivals. Dress for walking the trails. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 9 to 11 a.m. $15. Meet in the parking lot. Register by April 17. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

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

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