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SEPTEMBER

September 5
Wildflower Walk at North Pond in Lincoln Park. 10 a.m. Free. Please pre-register at 773-883-7275 or info@lincolnparkconservancy.org.

September 19
Wildflower Walk at the Lily Pool in Lincoln Park. 10 a.m. Free. Please pre-register at 773-883-7275 or info@lincolnparkconservancy.org.

September 19
Bulb and Mum Sale, sponsored by the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee. Chrysathemums, hardy flowering bulbs and bulbs for forcing. Some perennials and houseplants. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th and Lake Park Ave. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 773-241-6943 or hydeparkgardenfair.org.

September 19
Tour the Walkup Heritage Farm and Gardens, built in 1856 by John Walkup, one of the first settlers in McHenry County. Sponsored by the North Park Village chapter of the Wild Ones. Meet at 5215 Walkup Road in Crystal Lake at 10 a.m. Carpoolers meet at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, at 8:45 a.m. sharp. Info: 312-744-5472.

September 26
Urban Chicken Keeping. A class for the curious and those who already have their own birds. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 10 a.m.-noon. $35.
Info and registration: 773-638-1766 x26 or garfieldconservatory.org.

OCTOBER

October 5
Landscape Design Lecture Series continues, sponsored by the Wicker Park Garden Club. Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen St. 7 a.m. $7 at the door. Refreshments. RSVP to wpgarden@aol.com.

October 10
Beginning Beekeeping. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $70. Pre-registration required. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 x26 or garfieldconservatory.org.

October 22
Urban Wild: Celebrating Fall at the Lurie Garden. Tastings, bee pollen, urban maple syrup and other “wild” foods. Lurie Garden honey will be sold for $10 a jar (cash or checks only.) Some Lurie Garden seeds available for giveaway. Tour the garden to learn about how to support bees and other important invertebrates. Choral Hall at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info: luriegarden.org.

October 24
Snow Birds: Winter Care for Chickens. (Chicken-keeping class is a prerequisite.) Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 10 a.m.-noon. $35. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 x 26 or garfieldconservatory.org.

October 24
Fall Color Tour at The Morton Arboretum, sponsored by the North Park Village chapter of the Wild Ones. The Arboretum is at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meet at the entrance of the Visitors Center at 10 a.m. Carpoolers meet at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, at 9 a.m. sharp. Info: 312-744-5472.

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North

SEPTEMBER

September 4 or 5
Fall Lawn Care. Early fall (September) is the best time to work on your lawn with fertilization, core aeration and reseeding. Chalet, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. 10-
11 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

September 6
Illinois Mycological Association Show & Sale. View 50 to 100 varieties of mushrooms foraged from area forests in the days prior to the show. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Show free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 6
Penny Rose Show at the monthly meeting of the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society. At a home in Lake Forest. 2 p.m. Call 847-525-4797 for location. Info: chicagolandroses.org.

September 8
Autumn Containers at the Garden. Create a cool-season mixed container for full sun or partial shade. Bring gloves. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
10 a.m.-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m. $87. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 11 or 12
Canning Tomatoes. Learn hot watering canning techniques to preserve your harvest. Jennifer Brennan will set up the butane burners to show how easy it is to “put up” your crops. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette 10-11 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

September 12
“Basic Garden Design,” a seminar to review basic garden design tips and pointers as you get your fall garden off to a good start. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 10:30 a.m. Free. Preregistration required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

September 12 and 13
Illinois Gourd Society Show & Sale. Presented by the Illinois Gourd Society. Workshops. Gourds for sale. Registration required. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Show free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 13
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Day Tour of The Gardens at 900 and The Gardens at Elewa Farm, both in Lake Forest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 at the gate. Further information: opendaysprogram.org.

September 13
Mosaic Pumpkin Make and Take Workshop,
taught by a mosaic artist. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 1-4 p.m. $50 payable in advance. Includes all necessary supplies to complete
your pumpkin but feel free to bring any fall/Halloween tableware. It will be broken up so you can use it in addition to what is supplied. Preregistration required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

September 14
“Ornamental Vegetable Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Nick Michaud. CrossLife Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-772-2186 or gclcil.com.

September 16
Organic Lawn Care. Learn how to achieve a beautiful lawn without using chemicals. Turf culture, mowing, aerating, watering, and fertilizing. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9-11:30 a.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 18 or 19
Maintaining the Fall Garden. Tony Fulmer shares tips to maintaining the beauty and vigor of your fall landscape. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10-11 a.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

September 19
Preparing Your Garden for Winter. Reds
Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Learn how to protect your lawn, perennials and trees/shrubs from winter injury. 10:30 a.m. Free. Preregistration
required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

September 19 (rain date Sept. 27)
Backstage Pass: Secrets of the Garden Wall. Tour the mile-long Garden Wall and Berm alongside the Edens Expressway. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 19 & 20
83rd Central States Dahlia Society Show. A judged exhibition of nearly 1,000 dahlia blooms. Sale at the end of the show. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 25 or 26
Bring Houseplants Back Indoors. Insect control, fertilizing and repotting will be addressed. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10-11 a.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

September 26
Author Talk and Book Signing by Charlotte Adelman, author of The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers & Plants. Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods (near Deerfield). 1-3 p.m. Free but registration required at brushwoodcenter.org. Further info: 847-968-3344 or info@brushwoodcenter.org.

September 26
The Scoop on Mulch. Learn why mulching
is one of the most important things we can do for our gardens. Seminar will include the different types of mulch materials, where they work best, and how to estimate how much you need. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 10:30 a.m. Free. Preregistration required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com.

September 26
Fall Fairy Garden Workshop. Design and
plant your own enchanted seasonal fairy garden. Materials will be available for purchase. Reds Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 2 p.m. Fee based on
materials used. Preregistration required. Call 847-272-1209 or email reds@redsgardencenter.com

OCTOBER

October 2 or 3
Bulbs: Fall Planting Time for Spring Display. See what’s available for planting now and the techniques to get the best display. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10-11 a.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

October 2-4
Fall Bulb Festival. Annual bulb sale with more than 200 varieties, plus mums and more. Vendors. Tips and demos. Straw bale maze, gourd display, live music and family activities. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 847-835-5400 or chicagobotanic.org.

October 9 or 10
Fall Container Workshop. Fee includes the container, soil, time-release fertilizer, fall-blooming plants and instruction. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10-11 a.m. $54.99 plus tax fee. Pre-registration required. Please call 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

October 12
“Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Alan Schulman, Master Gardener. CrossLife Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-772-2186 or gclcil.com.

October 13
Monthly meeting of the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society. Don Ballin, ARS judge emeritus, will discuss soil, fertilizer, organic techniques and more. Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-525-4797 or chicagolandroses.org.

Oct. 16 & Oct. 17
Fall Seasonal Decoration, Indoors and Outdoors. See the latest in fall decorations, new products and learn new ideas to welcome the autumnal equinox. Chalet, 3132 Lake, Wilmette. 10-11 a.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

October 23 & 24
End of Season Tool Care. Learn to get your tools ready for spring. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10-11 a.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

October 30 or 31
Getting the Garden Ready for Winter. Chalet Retail Manager Tony Fulmer will explain the best techniques for success with roses, perennials, broad-leaved evergreens and woody plants. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10-11 a.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 x225 or x230.

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Northwest

SEPTEMBER

September 1
“Ornamental Breeding and Propagation,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Presented by Jim Ault, director of ornamental plant research at the Chicago Botanic Garden. At Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at Door #12. Free. Guests always welcome.
Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

September 9
Monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Speaker Julie Janoski introduces “Art and Architecture in your Garden.” Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397 -0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

September 3
Monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Perennial Plant Exchange. Luncheon. Gary Morava Center, 110 W. Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-577-2246.

September 5
Platt A Palooza. Crafters, live music, refreshments. Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale and also 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: 630-529-9394.

September 10
“How-To for Topiaries,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Karen Thomson, owner of Topiaries, will explain the steps in creating a portable topiary. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Meeting at noon and program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-296-3457 or desplainesgardenclub.com.

September 12
Native Plants of the Midwest, presented by Alan Branhagen, director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, near Kansas City. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 10 a.m.-noon. Fee included with admission. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

September 12
Flowers & Foliage for Fall. See what’s new for fall flowers and foliage and select plants to coordinate with the changing landscape. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. Free. Info 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

September 15
“Thriving in Hard Soil,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Presented by Mike Nowak, host of “The Mike Nowak Show” and a columnist with Chicagoland Gardening. At the Bloomingdale Police Dept., 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 p.m. Visitors welcome. Info: 630-329-4598.

September 17
“Perennial Gardening Secrets from the Industry,” the program for the monthly meeting of The Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by Master Gardener Liz Miller, who has 18 years of experience working for wholesale nurseries. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: 847-963-1083.

September 17
“Native Landscaping to Attract Migrating Birds,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. In her own Morton Grove residential yard, bird expert Marian Thill has documented 101 species of birds and 21 species of butterflies. Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, WTC, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7-9 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Info: 815-627-0344.

September 18
Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk. Stroll through illuminated paths while enjoying a twilight wine tasting in the beautiful Fountain Garden. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 7-9 p.m. $25. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

September 19 - October 31
Didier Farms’Pumpkinfest

Enjoy a tractor-drawn hayride through Scarecrow Alley or visit Animal Land where you can see a multitude of animals from around the world. Your family can enjoy pony rides, camel rides, the Corny Corn Maze, kiddie mechanical rides, Pumpkin Playground and more at our 102 year old family farm. Visit our educational farming display and our brand new event, Buffalo Creek Mining Co. Farm fresh apple cider and pumpkin donuts made daily. Try our homemade fudge. Birthday parties and school group rates available by reservation only. Hours: check our website/ Admission: free, price varies for activities. 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire. 847-634-3291. didierfarms.com

September 20
Laguna Pond Equipment and Supplies, the topic for the montly meeting of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society. Presented by Mike Zmina from Laguna. At Francesca’s Tavola, 208 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Visit mpks.org or call 312-409-2081 for details.

September 26 or October 1
Fun with Spring-Blooming Bulbs. Learn about classic bulbs plus unique new varieties. Led by Greenhouse Manager Alison, who will share her tricks for combinations and extended bloom times. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. on Sept. 26 and 1 p.m. on Oct. 1. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

OCTOBER

October 1
“All about Bees,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Includes luncheon. Gary Morava Center, 110 W. Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-577-2246.

October 4
Autumn at the Arboretum. Annual fall festival on the 155-acre property. Build a scarecrow, horse-drawn wagon rides, make a fall craft to take home and activities for kids of all ages. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

October 6
“Hydroponics/Vertical Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Presented by Shawn Odneal, founder and owner of Root 66. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church. 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at Door #12. Refreshments and a short business meeting will follow. Free. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

October 8
“Fun with Flowers,” a fabric pumpkin craft, the program for the Des Plaines Garden Club’s annual potluck luncheon. Bring your favorite dish to share and an item for the raffle. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Meeting at 11 a.m. Program at 1 p.m. There will be a fee for the craft project. All welcome. Info: 847-296-3457 or
desplainesgardenclub.com.

October 10
“Kaleidoscope of Floral Design,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Presented by Kathy Rose, owner of Kaleidoscope of Floral Design in Roselle. Bloomingdale Police Dept., lower level, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or bloomingdalegardenclub.org.

October 14
“Basics of Pruning,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Presented by Don Guzan. Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

October 15
“Know The Invaders: Recognizing and Managing Invasive Plants in Your Native Landscape,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, WTC, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7-9 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Info: 815-627-0344.

October 15
“Shade Can be Stunning,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Program begins after a brief business meeting and refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: 847-963-1083.

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West

SEPTEMBER

Continuing until September 14
“It’s in Our Nature,” the Fine Line Creative Arts Center Faculty Exhibit. See creative artistic pieces in various media, all from courses taught at Fine Line. At the Gallery of Nature at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41W781 Rte. 64, St. Charles. Open during regular business hours. Free. Info: 630-584-4424 or wasconursery.com.

September 6
Annual Fall Perennial Exchange sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Drop off material from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pick up plants from noon to 12:30 p.m. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. Info: 708-725-2400 or pdop.org.

September 12
The FRED: Garden Festival and Walk. Choose from eight classes and workshops taught by experts on veggie gardening, native plants, preserving your harvest or garden history. Free “how-to” demos and special evening lecture by WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 for whole day, or $10 per class. Baer lecture separately priced. All in historic Riverside, 10 miles west of Loop, on the Metra train. Info and registration: fredofriverside.org.

September 15 - October 10
Openlands TreeKeepers Class. Join volunteers dedicated to trees in our cities and suburbs. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets four Tuesdays, September 15 to October 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Also meets four Saturdays, September 18 to October 10, from 9 a.m.-noon. $150. Info and registration: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

September 16 - October 26
Annual Exhibit by The Nature Artists Guild of the Morton Arboretum. At The Gallery of Nature at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41w781 Rte. 64, St. Charles. Open during regular business hours. Free. Info: 630-584-4424 or wasconursery.com.

September 19
Garden Tour in Plano, Millbrook and Millington. Five gardens. Sponsored by Sandwich Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood (Philanthropic Education Organization). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 per person. Plants, garden wares, and design items for sale at Redbud Creek Farm, 2930N 4351st Road, Sheridan. Homemade lunch and dessert at Redbud from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Info or tickets: 815-695-5821 or redbudcreekfarm.com.

September 19
Coffee & Conversation. Every 3rd Saturday of the month come to Blumen Gardens for morning coffee, a walk around the gardens, questions and a “Make & Take” project. September’s topic: “The World of Allium Bulbs.” Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 9-10 a.m. Register at 815-895-3737. Info: blumengardens.com.

September 19 & October 17
Gardening & Giving at Blumen Gardens. Ten percent of all the day’s sales will be donated to a local not-for-profit organization. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. All day. Info: 815-895-3737. For a list of 2015 non-for-profit recipients visit the events page at blumengardens.com.

September 20
Sundays in the Garden & Artists’ Market. Local artists display and sell their work at Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 815-895-3737 or
blumengardens.com.

September 26
Kimchi & Sauerkraut Fermentation Class. Taught by Mary’s Wholesome Living. Go home with your own jars of kimchi and sauerkraut. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info and registration: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com.

OCTOBER

October 17
Coffee & Conversation. Every 3rd Saturday of the month come to Blumen Gardens for morning coffee, a walk around the gardens, questions and a “Make & Take” project. A new topic every month. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 9-10 a.m. Please register at 815-895-3737. Info: blumengardens.com.

October 18
Art Show. Local artists display and sell their work at Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 815-895-3737 or blumengardens.com.

October 18-21
8th Annual International Oak Society Conference. Researchers from around the world will discuss the latest information on research, management, ethnobotany and oak conservation. Pre- and post-conference tours to regional oak ecosystems. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open seven days a week. Info: 630-668-5161 or cantigny.org. Parking $5 or $2 after 5 p.m. Events are free unless otherwise noted. To register, call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.

SEPTEMBER
September 1
Garden Tour: Prairie. Todd Henderson and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture will guide an up-close look at Cantigny’s 2-acre prairie, a haven for wildlife, including birds and butterflies. See native grasses and forbs such as asters, purple coneflower and rudbeckia. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

September 9
Blossom Bits: A Floral Designer’s Nuggets & Gems. Beth Libby, Cantigny floral designer, will discuss gardening myths and pass on tips. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and ask questions. Advance registration requested. Meet at the Visitor Center’s Medill Room at noon.

September 10 & 17
Monarch Butterfly Tagging. Assist the Monarch Watch organization in tracking these beautiful insects on their migration journeys. All ages welcome. Program led by Pat Miller in the Idea Garden. Meet at the Visitor Center at 1 p.m.

September 12
Bird Walk. Join members of the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome. A limited number of binoculars available for borrowing. Walk and parking free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

September 16
Garden Tips & Tastes. Meet Cantigny Horticulture’s Liz Omura in the Idea Garden for some practical advice, a tasty recipe and some lively conversation about gardening. Choose 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. session. Advance registration requested.

September 20
Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your knowledge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll the garden. Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier will lead the one-hour walk. Limit 10. Please pre-register. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

OCTOBER
October 6
Hayride Tour. Take in the fall colors from a tractor-pulled hay wagon. Rides will start and end at the Visitor Center beginning at 10 a.m. Groups of 10 or more are asked to pre-register.

October 10
Bird Walk. Join members of the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome. A limited number of binoculars available for borrowing. Walk and parking free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

October 18
Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your own knowledge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll the garden. Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier will lead the one-hour walk. Limit 10. Please pre-register. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.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.

SEPTEMBER
September 5
Gardening 101: Getting the Most Out of Your Yard. Learn to select plants with multi-season interest. Also: how and when to divide and transplant perennials. 10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

September 12
Make & Take: Fall Containers. Create a fantastic fall container for your home with the help of the Container Design Team. 10 a.m. Cost of materials. Both locations.

September 19 & 20
Annual Fall Fest. Hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting, crafts for kids and adults, games, and more. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aurora.

September 26
Conversations in the Gardens. Enjoy conversations, tea and treats in the Naperville gardens with gardeners of all experience levels. Discuss fall-blooming perennials with special guest Charmaine Vlcek. 11 a.m. $5. Space limited. Call 630-355-4000 to register. Naperville.

OCTOBER
October 3

Landscaping 101: Fall Design and Planting for Spring Show. Designers will give you design pointers and plant suggestions for spring color in your garden. 10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

October 10 and 11
Pumpkin Palooza. Giant pumpkins; pumpkin crafts, treats and games; face painting, hayrides and more. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aurora.

October 17
Garden Photography. Learn how to snap the perfect picture of your garden. Bring your camera. 10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

October 24
Gardening 101: Putting the Garden to Bed. Learn what to do in the fall so that your gardens start out strong in the spring. 10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

October 31
Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt. Bring your little monsters all dressed up. Kids can visit each department for a fund scavenger hunt and a treat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Both locations.

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South

OCTOBER

October 17 & 18

“1st Annual “Fields Fall Festival” with crafters from all over the Chicagoland area in the walking gardens. See an array of fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds and outdoor décor. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Fields on Caton Farm, Inc., 1850 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill. Info: 815 744-7841.

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Indiana

SEPTEMBER

September 12
Monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Program on bees presented by Vicki Jostes. Gibson Woods Nature Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: gw-wildones.org.

September 19
“Discovering Garden Gems.” A fall symposium sponsored by the Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners. Keynote speaker Roy Diblik from Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wisc. At the Avalon Manor Banquet Center, Merrillville. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $40. Includes refreshments and lunch. Info and registration: 219-755-3240 or
lakecountymastergardeners.com.

OCTOBER

October 3
Fall Bulb Planting. An adult class to learn the best techniques for fall bulb planting and get your garden ready for spring. Taught by Chicagoland Gardening writer Jean Starr. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon-1:30 p.m. Preregistration required. $17. Free for seniors. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or info@taltree.com.

October 3
Wild Edibles Hike. Walk with one of Taltree’s naturalists and learn which wild edibles and mushrooms you can find in the forest. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 2-3:30 p.m. $5. Free for seniors. Meet at Main Entrance Parking Lot. Beginners welcome. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or info@taltree.com.

October 3
Monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Gibson Woods Nature Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: gw-wildones.org.

October 18
Fall Colors Hike. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 1-3 p.m. $5. A beginner’s course. Appropriate for all ages. Dress for outdoor hiking. No dogs. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or info@taltree.com.

October 24 & 25
Michiana Orchid Society Orchid Show & Sale. Displays of blooming orchids created by orchid societies and vendors from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. Holy Cross College, across from Notre Dame, South Bend. Free. Photographers welcome. Info: contact show chairman Sandy Ohlund, sohlund@frontier.com or visit michianaorchidsociety.org.

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

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Wisconsin

SEPTEMBER

September 9
“Small Trees with Big Impact,” a lecture and garden walk led by Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

September 11-13
Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival: Beyond Yarn. See more than 600 sheep representing over 40 breeds. Seventy fiber arts classes for all experience levels. Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson (midway between Milwaukee and Madison, just south of I-94.) Opens at 7 a.m. each day. $8 per person; $15 for a weekend pass. Kids 8 and under free. Parking free. Info: 608-868-2505 or wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com.

September 14
Backyard Foraging, a lecture and walk to learn about edible perennials in the garden. Led by Ellen Zachos, master forager, author, and New York Botanic Garden teacher. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $16. Dress for the weather. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult). Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

September 15
Italian Heirloom Vegetables, a lecture and walk. See traditional Italian heirloom vegetables and learn growing techniques, some history and recipes. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

September 16
“Loving Lavender,” an evening garden seminar. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

OCTOBER

October 28
“Bulbs in the Landscape,” an evening garden seminar led by Director of Horticulture Mark Dwyer. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

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

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Michigan

SEPTEMBER

September 19
“On Contested Ground: The Changing Nature of the Prairie Forest Ecotone.” Joel Greenberg, author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region and Of Prairie, Woods, and Water, takes a look at how this area has changed over the course of the last 300 years and what can be done to ensure the natural beauty that remains. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2-4 p.m. $25. Books available for purchase and signing. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org

OCTOBER

October 11
Bim Willow Workshops. Master willow furniture builder Bim Willow returns for an afternoon of workshops. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. All supplies included. Price based on the project you choose. Register by October 6. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

October 17
Bulb Bazaar. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org

October 24
Halloween Happening at Fernwood Botanical Garden

A fun-filled day planned and presented by Fernwood Botanical Garden and WNIT Public Television. Enjoy all the beauty of the changing of the seasons at Fernwwod Botanical Garden. Children’s activities and other fall fun planned! Trick or treating, face-painting and the railway garden will be highlighted. Be sure to visit the stickwork sculpture created by artist Patrick Dougherty and get your locally grown gourds and pumpkins here too! 13988 Range Line Rd., Niles MI. 269-695-6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. Exit 7, 3.5 miles off U.S. Rte. 31 & Walton Rd.

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

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