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Chicago

JULY

July 22
“Black Crowned Night Herons at Lincoln Park Zoo,”
a tour for the monthly meeting of the Wild Ones, North Park Village chapter. The Black Crowned Night Heron Rookery has more than 600 birds and is the largest of its kind in Illinois. Led by Jazmin Rios, biologist with the Zoo. Meet on the bridge of the Zoo’s “nature boardwalk” near Café Brauer at 10 a.m. sharp. Details and carpool info at 312-744-5472.

AUGUST

August 12
Jackson Park Revisited,
a tour for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, North Park Village chapter. See how the park is being restored in the style of its original designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. Known as Project 120, the plan is currently in year three of a 6-year timeline, slated for completion in Fall of 2019. Tour led by Lauren Umek, project manager for the Chicago Park District. 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Hayes and Cornell streets in Chicago. Details and carpooling info at 312-744-5472.

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North

JULY

July 1 and 2
Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society’s Annual Show.
Floral arrangements in four artistic categories and a judged display of more than 100 lily blooms in different varieties. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Saturday: noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 8
“Pollinator Gardens,”
a seminar by Melinda Myers. Pasquesi Home and Gardens, 975 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a one-hour Q and A. Free. Info: 847-615-2700 or pasquesi.com.

July 8 and 9
Northshore Iris and Daylily Society Show and Sale.
Artistic arrangements and more than 50 daylily varieties in bloom. Iris and daylily plants available for purchase both days. The show is on Sunday only. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 10
Colorful Foliage Combinations.
Learn about one of the hottest trends in gardening. Taught by Tim Pollak, outdoor floriculturist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Class includes walking tour. 6 to
8 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

July 15 and 16
Butterfly Festival.
Mingle with living butterflies in the butterfly habitat and learn about their life cycles in a Saturday seminar at 2 p.m. On Sunday at 2 p.m. there will be a butterfly releasing ceremony. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Info: 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

July 17
Designing with Tropicals.
Taught by Andrew Bunting, assistant director of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Learn how to use tropical plants in both container and in-ground plantings. A walking tour is included. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

July 29
Growing Squash and Pumpkins.
Learn how to sow, grow, protect, harvest and use these delightful and nutritious veggies. Taught by Nina Koziol. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m.
$59. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

July 29
Vertical Gardening Using Vines.
Learn about the characteristics and cultural requirements of various vines and how to care for them. Also: proper supports and techniques for securing and pruning. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook.
2 p.m. Free, but pre-pregistration required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

July 30
Rooftop Gardening: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden.
Look at successes and failures of container, green roof and hydroponic rooftop gardens. Also: plant choices and pollinator-friendly landscapes. Taught by Annie Novak, co-founder of America’s first fully landscaped green roof commercial vegetable farm and author of The Rooftop Growing Guide. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

AUGUST

August 5
Aquatics for Ponds and Containers.
Learn to identify various aquatic plants and hear about their culture and care, including overwintering. Also: general information about creating a balanced pond and creating an aquatic container garden. Rain or shine. Taught by Barb Raue, nursery supervisor, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $39. Meet at Production Greenhouses. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

August 5
Hands-on Gardening: Mulching and Edging.
Improper mulching can do far more harm to plants than not mulching at all. Learn how much mulch is enough, where to spread it, and the best materials. Also: how to edge for a professional look. Taught by horticulturist Dave Cantwell. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

August 5
Garden Combat: Earth Friendly Approaches to Managing Garden Pests and Diseases.
Learn about common pests and environmentally friendly means of control. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 2 p.m. Free, but pre-registration required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

August 12
WEEDS … Know your Enemy!
Learn about weed identification, good weeds, why weeds appear and how to deal with them, including organic approaches. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 2 p.m. Free but pre-registration required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

August 19
Fall Perennial Garden Care: Dividing and Cutting Back.
Learn about proper division and cutting back techniques. Roses and perennial grasses also discussed. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 2 p.m. Free but pre-registration required. Email reds@redsgardencenter.com or call 847-272-1209.

August 26“What’s the Buzz?” a seminar on bees by bee expert Allen Kracower. Learn how bees make honey, look inside a real beehive, learn about the best flowers for nectar and more. Chemical-free honey available for purchase. Proceeds support breast cancer research. Pasquesi Home and Gardens, 975 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a one-hour Q and A. Free. Info: 847-615-2700 or pasquesi.com.

August 31
Delightful Daisies.
These composites include perennials such as asters, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, chrysanthemums and sunflowers. Curator of Herbaceous Perennials Jacob Burns will review the best members of the daisy family for Chicago gardens and provide lessons on how to care for each plant. Class will include a presentation and a guided tour. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 4 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

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Northwest

JULY

July 19
“Landscaping with Native Plants,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Presented by David Brooks. At the Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood, 7 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

AUGUST

August 16
“A Walk Around the Lake,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. 7 p.m. At the Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood, 7 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

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West

JULY

Continuing to October 22
Origami in the Garden,
an exhibition of large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box. Exhibit includes installations, gallery works and collaborations with other artists. Special activities and events on the website. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org/special-events/origami-happenings.

July 6 through 13
Plants of the Prairie,
a class to learn the identification skills to manage, restore, or simply enjoy prairie habitats. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets July 6, July 11 and July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 8
Daylily Show
presented by the Chicagoland Daylily Society. Hundreds of unique specimens. Sycamore Room of the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with Arboretum entrance. Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.

July 8 through August 12
Bonsai for Beginners.
Learn the art of bonsai during this six-week hands-on course. Principles and techniques to appreciate and practice the craft. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. $229. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 9
“Through the Years, 1927-2017,”
a standard flower show presented by the Downers Grove Garden Club in celebration of its 90th anniversary. The American Legion Hall, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. 1 to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Free.

July 12 through August 1
Intro to Ecological Restoration.
Discover the principles and practice of ecosystem restoration. Class includes both online learning modules and in-person discussions. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Online component begins Wednesday, July 12. In-person component meets Wednesdays July 19 and August 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 12
Wetland Ecology.
Wetlands are critical habitats that are threatened by encroaching development, invasive species and pollution. Learn the principles underlying restoration practice, visit sites that represent different stages of restoration and explore their management. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Wednesday, July 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 19
Combat Weeds: Know Your Enemy.
Find out what qualifies as a weed. Learn to identify common weeds and get effective strategies to prevent and eradicate them using non-chemical methods whenever possible. Get the low-down on the use of chemical weed killers and their place in your weed-control regimen. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 22
The Life of Flowers.
Join an Arboretum horticulturist on a journey through the life of a flower – how they develop and grow, and the end result of their lives, which is fruit. Learn botany basics with different types of flowers and study how they work by dissecting a flower and observing it up close. Class continues outdoors. Conclude by learning about the unique and complex relationships that flowers have with pollinators. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $64. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 24
“River Corridor Project,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Presented by Jon Rabchuk, president of the River Corridor Foundation. Baker Memorial Church, Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

AUGUST

August 3 and 5
Gardening for Bees.
Bees and other pollinators’ numbers are in decline. You can help by growing the plants that attract and sustain these important insects. At the first class, learn about the plants pollinators love. Then see it all in action with a visit to an exceptional pollinator garden. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on August 3, and 9 a.m. to noon on August 5. Fee $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 5 and 6
4th Annual Destination Asia Festival.
Explore diverse cultures through music, including Japanese drumming, dance, food, and a bonsai show. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

August 12
Daylily Sale
hosted by the Chicagoland Daylily Society. Economical and special daylilies from well-known hybridizers and members’ own gardens. At 41 South Stough St., Hinsdale. (the corner of Stough & Chestnut, two blocks north of the West Hinsdale train station). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date August 13. Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.

August 12 and 13
12th Annual Veggie Fest,
one of the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festivals in North America. International food court with more than 100 vendors, demos by restaurant owners, health professionals speaking on diet and environment, chefs, authors, live music, yoga classes, children’s activities. Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission and parking. Info: veggiefestchicago.org.

August 13
Northern Illinois Hosta Society Hosts Auction and Plant Sale.
Most plants will be auctioned but many available for sale separately at the Bargain Table for as little as $5 per plant. Mark Zilis, one of the foremost experts in the hosta field and a prolific author, will serve as the auctioneer. Raffle. Refreshments. Hinsdale Community House, 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale. 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 224-622-1171 or northernillinoishostasociety.org.

August 19
Grow a Stir Fry Garden.
Learn about common and more unusual vegetables that add flavor and nutrition to a stir fry. Harvest tips and recipes. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 19
Intro to Beekeeping.
An introductory class to learn what is required to keep bees. Equipment, costs, time demands, and more. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $34. Info and
registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 19 and 20
Wine and Art Walk.
Enjoy live music, sip wine, and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Browse a juried art show featuring photography, woodturning, jewelry, digital and traditional painting, fused glass and more from Midwestern artists. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free with Arboretum admission. Fee for wine and other beverages. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

August 27
Heirloom Garden Show.
Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

August 28
“Cutting Garden,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Staff from The Growing Place will discuss how to include annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees in making beautiful bouquets. Baker Memorial Church, Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

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Cantigny Gardens

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, 630-668-5161. Open 7 days a week. Parking $5 weekdays; $10 weekends. Events free unless otherwise noted. To register, call 630-260-8162 or visit cantigny.org/gardens.

JULY

July 8
Purple Martins 101. Learn all about one of America’s favorite birds from Cantigny volunteer Ray Feld. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 7:30 a.m. (27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton). Free, including parking.

July 11
Idea Garden Tour.
Liz Omura, Idea Garden curator, leads an up-close look at Cantigny’s “garden for gardeners.” Meet at the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

July 12 and August 9
The Spirited Botanist.
Enjoy a refreshing botanical cocktail on the East Porch of the McCormick House. Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture will demonstrate a cocktail (alcoholic and non-alcoholic variations) that features a fruit, vegetable, herb and/or edible flower as the main ingredient. The featured drink for July 12 will be “The Farmer’s Market.” For August 9 it will be “Hibiscus Mojito Popsicle.” Advance registration required. $25 per person. Parking free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m.

July 13 & August 10
Gardens Bike Tour.
Bob Carr and Chris Roberts from Cantigny Horticulture will escort visitors on a leisurely ride with stops at different areas of the gardens and other Cantigny attractions. Advance registration required; event limited to 20 people. Children 11 and up welcome. Depart from the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m.

July 17
Golf Course Cart Tour.
Travel in golf carts and see the spectacular floral plantings on Cantigny’s picturesque 27-hole golf course. Led by Todd Henderson and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture. Advance registration required; group size 50. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 5:45 p.m. (27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton). $5 per person includes parking.

July 20 & August 17
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll the garden. Led by a skilled Cantigny horticulture volunteer photographer. Group size limited; please pre-register. Meet at the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. (July 20) and 5:30 p.m. (Aug. 17).

AUGUST

August 1
Rose Garden Tour.
Craig Myroup from Cantigny Horticulture will show you the 12,000-square-foot garden, home to more than 1,000 rose bushes and 75 varieties. Depart from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000.

JULY

July 8
Shade Garden Design.
1 p.m. Free. Register at 630-355-4000. Aurora.

July 11
Entertaining in the Garden.
6:30 p.m. $5. Register at 630-355-4000. Aurora.

July 15
Summer Containers.
1 p.m. Cost of materials. No registration required. Naperville and Aurora.

July 22
Hydrangea How-To’s.
1p.m. Free. No registration required. Naperville and Aurora.

July 29
Growing Rewards Member Celebration.
Noon to 4 p.m. Free. No registration required. Aurora.

AUGUST

August 5
Mini Garden Make & Take.
1 p.m. Cost of materials. No registration required. Naperville and Aurora.

August 8
Staghorn Fern Shadowbox.
6:30 p.m. $40. Register at 630-355-4000. Aurora.

August 19
Harvesting, Preserving & Fall Veggie Fest.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. No registration required. Aurora.

August 26
Raise Your Curb Appeal.
1 p.m. Free. Register at 630-355-4000. Aurora.

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South

JULY

July 15“Our Woodland Friends:Bugs, Birds, and Rabbits, Oh My!” Plants that attract (and resist) our local wildlife. Sponsored by the Park Forest Environment Commission. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

AUGUST

August 12
“Heirlooms: Old-fashioned Is Still Beautiful Too!”
Plants, vegetables and herbs that have stood the test of time and are still the best of the best. Sponsored by the Park Forest Environment Commission. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.


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Indiana

AUGUST

August 19
Wabash Garden Fest.
Garden, herbs, crafts, décor. Vendors selling herbs, crafts and unique garden items. Wee Garden for kids. Free adult interactive programs. Free trolley ride to historic sites and events. Paradise Spring Historical Park, Wabash, Ind. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Chair Affair Auction at 2:30 p.m. Info: julie@1059thebash.com

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Wisconsin

JULY

July 12, 19, 26Wednesday Evening Walks in the Garden. Stroll through the gardens at Boerner Botanical Gardens with a different focus each evening. July 12: Annuals. July 19: Flowers for Wildlife. July 26: Daylilies. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corner (suburb of Milwaukee). 6:30 to 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. Info: 414-525-5653 or boernerbotanicalgardens.org/events.

July 20
“Favorite Perennials for the Late Summer and Fall Garden,”
a seminar by Nancy Nedveck, co-owner of the Flower Factory nursery in Stoughton. At the Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 p.m. $5. No registration required. Info: 608-314-8412 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

July 26
Gardening for Pollinators.
Learn ways to transform your garden into a refuge for our all-important invertebrate and vertebrate pollinators. Led by Zannah Crowe, educational horticulturist at Johnsons Gardens in Cedarburg. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

July 24 and 31
“Garden Photography for Beginners,”
a class with Marsha Mood. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6 to 8 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 608-314- 8412 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

Late July
Peak Daylily Bloom at Monches Farm.
Wander the daylily growing fields and view more than 300 spectacular varieties in full bloom. Also: 2,000 varieties of hardy field-grown perennials, herbs and unusual annuals. At 5890 Monches Road, Colgate. Info: 262-966-2787 or monchesfarm.com.

AUGUST

August 2, 9, 23, 30
Evening Walks in the Garden.
Take an evening stroll at Boerner Botanical Gardens with a different focus each night. August 2: Summer Plants for Fall Color. August 9: Dazzling Summer Blooms. August 23: Trial Garden. August 30: Herb Garden. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. Info: 414-525-5653 or boernerbotanicalgardens.org/events.

August 9
Horticultural Therapy Symposium.
Designed for home gardeners and professionals. Learn to develop and maintain successful programs as well as address personal gardening goals. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Info: 608-314-8412 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

August 10
Plants for Shadier Gardens.
Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Gardens, will discuss a wide range of effective foliage compositions for the shadier garden. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

August 20
Underutilized Woody Plants for Wisconsin Landscapes.
Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will shed light on trees and shrubs that thrive in Madison, yet have not been used to their full potential. Learn about cultivars of common woody plants that offer unique color, fruit, bark and form. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

August 24
Home Canning Basics.
Joey and Holy Baird, founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, will teach an introduction to canning science, safety, equipment and processes. Get tips on how to get started, cost effectiveness and recipes. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

August 24
Growing Successful Garlic.
Joey and Holly Baird, founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, will help you learn about the different types of garlic, along with how to plant, grow, harvest and store it successfully. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-3330 or olbrich.org.

August 29
“All About Monarchs – Their Life and Their Migration,”
a seminar by Emily and Larry Scheunemann, retired Janesville educators. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 p.m. $5. No registration required. Info: 608-314-8412 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

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Michigan

JULY

July 8
Daylily Show.
See flowers that vary in size from less than one inch across to almost 10 inches, and discover spider, ruffled, and “eyed” forms. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $14.50. Info: 616-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

July 9
From Mints to Milkweed: Midsummer’s Flowers.
Enjoy an afternoon walk with a horticulturist through Fernwood’s gardens and natural areas in search of mints, milkweeds, and other midsummer flowers as you learn the field characteristics of important plant families. Bring a field guide and hand lens if you have one. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

July 15 and 16
Standard Flower Show.
Be inspired by creative floral designs and cut blooms and foliage from members’ gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. ; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Floral design demos Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission $14.50. Info: 616-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

July 29
Macramé Plant Holder.
Learn the basics of macramé and create a plant holder for your home. Using rope, cord, leather, or even an old T-shirt, you’ll create a unique piece of art to display your favorite plant. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles.
10 to 11:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

AUGUST

August 6Green Screens: Pressing Plants for Study and Enjoyment. Keeping a personal herbarium can be a helpful tool in developing a familiarity with the natural world. Learn some practical tips for creating your own collection of pressed plants. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

August 16
Pond Study for Kids.
Children ages 6-10 visit Fernwood’s ponds to catch crayfish, tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, giant water bugs, and more. Dress in old clothes and shoes, and bring a change of fresh clothes. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles.
10 a.m. to noon. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

August 26
Tallgrass Prairies.
Children ages 6-10 will spend an afternoon in the tallgrass prairie and learn about the challenges faced by pioneers as they traveled through this harsh environment. Please dress for warm, sunny conditions, and bring a water bottle. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Fernwood. 2 to 4 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

August 26 and 27
Dahlia Show.
Discover the wide variety of sizes, styles and colors. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $14.50. Info: 616-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.


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