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Chicago

MAY

May 1 through June 12
Little Lurie Gardeners: Singing Explorers.
An exploration of the natural world through live music and movement. A six-week program. Toddler must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

Until May 14
“Spring Flower Show: Spring Training.”
The annual spring show. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 312-746-5100 or garfieldconservatory.org.

May 2 through June 6
Little Lurie Scientists.
An introduction to the science of the Garden through exploration and mini-experiments. A six-week program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

May 5
Bird and Nature Walk in the Lurie Garden.
Led by the director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois, and Lurie Garden staff. 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.

May 11
“Spring Awakening,”
the program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones. Learn how plants and animals emerge from winter slumber and shed their coats. North Park Village Nature Preserve, 5801 N. Pulaski Ave. 7 p.m. Info: 312-744-5472.

May 13 and 14
Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale
. All plants selected by club members. Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. or in the gym in case of rain. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the park’s gardens. Each day, children decorate pots and plant them for Mother’s Day. Info: WickerPark.org or Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org

May 19
Tree ID Walk.
Learn about city trees with Openlands’ regional forester. Children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Rain or shine. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 10 a.m. to noon. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org.

May 19 and 20
57th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair.
Ten plant departments from ground covers to trees. Sponsored by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. At the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 773-947-8313 or hydeparkgardenfair.org.

May 27
Univ. of Illinois Plant Clinic.
Bring your plant questions to the lobby of the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. Noon to 4 p.m. Info: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org.

JUNE

June 3
Annual Lurie Garden Plant Sale.
Perennials and grasses for all seasons. Please bring bags or boxes to transport your plants. Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds support Lurie Garden. Info: luriegarden.org.

June 3, 10, 17, 24
University of Illinois Plant Clinic.
Bring your plant questions to the lobby of the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. Noon to 4 p.m. Info: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org.

June 22
“Bats of Chicago,”
the topic for the monthly meeting of the North Park Village Wild Ones. After the talk, go outside to listen for bats using handheld acoustic detectors. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Ave. 7 p.m. Info: 312-744-5472.

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JUNE

June 4, 11 and 18
Historic Park and Garden Tour In Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. Garden tours at 10 to 10:45 a.m. each day, followed by a musical or theatrical performance. Reservations required for the garden tour. Farmers’ Market between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations requested. Program details at wickerpark.org. RSVP to doug.wood@WickerPark.org.

June 24
Pullman Garden Walk and Tea. Diminutive urban gardens in this unique historic neighborhood. Sponsored by the Pullman Garden Club. Begin at the Visitor’s Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Tea at the Hotel Florence. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance; $15 on the day. Tea starts at 11 a.m. Info: dnewman68@yahoo.com.

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North

MAY

May 6 and 7
Hoosier African Violet Society Show & Sale.
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.

May 6 and 7
Central States Dahlia Society Sale.
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.

May 8
“Coyotes and other Canines of Lake County,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

May 13
Gardeners of Central Lake County Plant Sale
. Crawford Warming House, 817 W. Lake St., Libertyville. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Info: gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

May 13 through October 29
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America.
More than 5,000 tiny plants re-create the topographical landscape of America. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Adult tickets $6. Strollers not permitted in the exhibition. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

May 19 and 20
Northbrook Garden Club 2017 Plant Sale.
Plants from members’ gardens. Milkweed seedlings free with purchase. Northbrook Village Green Community Center, 1810 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: northbrookgardenclub.org or 847-272-9548.

May 20
“From our Garden to Yours,”
the annual University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County Plant Sale. Perennials from Master Gardeners’ gardens, herbs and vegetable plant seedlings. Cash and check only. University of Illinois Extension, 100 S. Highway 45, Grayslake. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 847-223-8627 or web.extension.illinois.edu/lm/lakemg.

May 20 and 21
Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Bonsai Exhibition.
Demos, workshops and vendors. Registration required for workshops. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

May 20
Garden Talk Series with former White House Chef Sam Kass.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 3 p.m. Tickets $25. Info: 847-835-5440. Register at chicagobotanic.org/garden-talks/scott-sampson.

May 20 and 21
Get Growing Weekend.
Bring your questions and learn how to start a garden. Vendors. Family activities. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

May 27 and 28
Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show & Sale.
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.

May 27 and 28
Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale.
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.

JUNE

June 3 and 4
Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale
. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Show free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

June 12
“Fairy Gardening,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St. Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

June 24 and 25
Show of Summer.
Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) present a competitive exhibition. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

June 24
“Ravine Gardening at Nantucket Garden,”
a talk by Ben Lenhardt, chairman of the Garden Conservancy, who will explain how he turned a challenging ravine into a garden with unusual plants. Wine and cheese on the screened porch. Take home a complimentary ravine plant. 3 to 4:30 p.m. $50. Preregistration required. Group limited to 50. To register and get directions to the North Shore garden, call 888-842-2442 or go to opendaysprogram.org.

June 25
“Container Gardening at Camp Rosemary.”
Visit one of the North Shore’s most extraordinary private gardens. Head gardener Marya Padour will show how the exquisite containers are created throughout the garden and lead tours to the other garden rooms. Wine and cheese at the pool house. Preregistration required and limited to 50 participants. 3:30 to 5 p.m. $75. To register and get directions, call 888-842-2442 or go to opendaysprogram.org.

GARDEN WALKS

JUNE

June 24
Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Walk. Six gardens in Libertyville. Rain or shine. Maps/directions on the website. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

June 25
28th Annual Evanston Garden Walk. Eight private gardens. Noon to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. $25 in advance. $30 on the day. Proceeds benefit educational programs of the Evanston Environmental Association. Online tickets at gardenwalk@evanstonenvironment.org.

June 25
Garden Conservancy Open Days tours on the North Shore. Spectacular private gardens in Evanston, Winnetka and Lake Forest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $7. Children under 12 free. Pay at the gate. Info: 888-842-2442. Locations listed at gardenconservancy.org/open-days.

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Northwest

MAY

May 6
Annual Plant Sale at Klehm Arboretum,
2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

May 6 and 7
Citizens for Conservation Native Tree, Plant & Shrub Sale.
Hardy perennials, ferns, grasses and sedges. At 459 W. Illinois Highway 22, Lake Barrington, in the barn area east of Good Shepherd Hospital. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 847-382-7283 or citizensforconservation.org.

May 11
“Wild Birds,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the DesPlaines Garden Club. Hear about native birds and how to attract and keep them in our yards. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Social hour and refreshments at 11 a.m. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-768-5944 or desplainesgardenclub.com.

May 13
Bull Valley Garden Club Plant Sale.
Unusual plants, herbs, professionally grown perennials and natives. Ace Hardware parking lot, 150 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock. 8 a.m. until sell-out. Info: 815-546-4658.

May 13
Plant and Craft Sale of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club.
Master Gardeners. Kids’ corner. Vendors. William D. Ahrens Building, 3200 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

May 17
“Plant for Pollinators,”
a lecture by Sharon Yiesla of Sharon Yiesla Horticultural Services. Learn about pollinators and the flowers to attract them Co-sponsored by the Des Plaines Garden Club and the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood Ave, Des Plaines. 7 p.m. Free but registration with the library is required at 847-827-5551.

May 19
“Ornamental Invasive Plants: Their Threat to Natural Areas and Native Communities,”
the program for the montly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock Rivery Valley Chapter. Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center, Room PEC0110, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815: 332-3343.

May 20
Park Ridge Garden Club Plant Sale.
Hodges Park, 101 Cortland Ave., corner of Prospect & Vine by City Hall. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 847-825-0993.

May 20
Antioch Garden Club Annual Perennial/Plant Sale.
Member grown perennials, trees, groundcovers, and natives. Bakery items. Garden décor. Covered pavilion in Williams Park, 741 Main St. (between library & depot), Antioch. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Proceed support Antioch public gardens and scholarships. Info: sedan1@msn.com.

May 21
28th Annual Native Plant Sale,
sponsored by the Schaumburg Community Garden Club. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place preorders by May 12. Also: Bargain Bulb and Plant Sale on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: schaumburggardenclub.org.

May 21
McHenry County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale.
Outside the McHenry County University of Illinois Extension building at 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Info: 815-459-5277 or web.extension.illinois.edu/lm.

JUNE

June 3
Benefit for Bolivia
. Hosta and Bolivian arts & crafts to benefit Mano a Mano International Partners. Help build schools, hospitals, roads, and reservoirs in rural Bolivia.. Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery, 11618 McConnell Road, Woodstock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash or check only. Info: 815-338-7442 or richsfoxwillowpines.com.

June 3
Tulip Bulb and Plant Sale of the Schaumburg Garden Club.
Info: schaumburggardenclub.org.

June 3 and 4
Garden Fair Weekend
. More than 100 vendors and live entertainment. Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $8. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

June 10 and 17
Arlington Heights Plant Sale
. Hosted by the Arlington Heights Garden Club. All plants dug from members’ gardens. Master Gardeners available. In the parking lot at Vail and Fremont. 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Info: 847-514-0414 or ahgardenclub.com.

June 16
“Gardening with Nature,”
the program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center, Room PEC0110, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-332-3343.

June 28
“Happy 40th Birthday: In celebration of the 1977 Incorporation of the Village of Bull Valley,”
a standard flower show presented by the Bull Valley Garden Club. At the Loyola University Chicago Retreat & Ecology Campus, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock. 1 to 7 p.m. Free. Info: 815-546-4658.

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JUNE

June 25
Arlington Heights Garden Walk & Unique Boutique. Five gardens. Start at the Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets $10 at the Village Bank or the farmers’ market any Saturday in June. Tickets on the day $15. All proceeds fund scholarship and conservation programs. Master Gardeners and an arborist available to answer questions. Info: 847-514-0414 or ahgardenclub.com.

June 25
Park Ridge Garden Club Garden Walk. Refreshments. Raffle. 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 on the day. Children under 10 free. Ticket info at parkridgegardenclub.com.

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West

MAY

May 3
Pleasantdale Garden Club Spring Fundraiser Luncheon. Lunch, raffles, and a presentation: “Hummingbirds, Our Flying Jewels.” Capri Banquets, 6240 Joliet Road, Countryside. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets $32. Purchase deadline April 20. Info: 630-455-4265 or pleasantdalegc.org.

May 6
Downers Grove Organic Gardeners Plant Sale
. Vegetables, herbs, and native perennials. Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.

May 6
Annual Plant Sale of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett,
Hanover Park and Streamwood. Rain or shine. Specializing in perennials that attract pollinators. Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave., Bartlett, across from the old train depot. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out. Info: trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

May 7
Spring Festival.
A day of activities for all ages. Guided wildflower walks, gardening information, animal encounters, kids’ tree climb, seed planting, building a birdhouse and more. Forest Preserves of Cook County at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 708-366-6530.

May 12 through June 19
“Nature Spirits,”
a photography exhibit by Atala Toy. Artist reception with book signing on June 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41w781 Illinois Rte. 64, St. Charles. Info: 630-584-4424 or wasconursery.com.

May 13
37th Annual Plant Sale
hosted by the Naperville Community Gardeners Club. Over 600 perennial plants from member gardens. Master Gardeners available. Proceeds support community projects and college scholarships. Ron Ory Community Garden Plots on West Street in Naperville. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 630-746-0784 or at napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

May 13
“The Big Sit.”
Which birds use our Cook County Forest Preserves? Go to Trailside Museum, grab a seat, and see how many birds you can spot or hear without leaving a 17-foot circle. Binoculars and a spotting scope provided. Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 6 a.m. to noon. Free. For adults and teens. Info: 708-366-6530.

May 14
Photo Meet-Up at Wolf Road Prairie.
Hike and explore the prairie for an hour with a naturalist. All camera types and levels of expertise welcome. Meet at the pull-ins on 31st St., just west of Wolf Road in Westchester. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 708-366-6530.

May 17
“Divide and Multiply: When to Divide What (And How),”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Presented by Beth Botts. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park, St., Streamwood. 7 p.m. Info: Info: trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

May 20
22nd Annual Aurora Gardeners’ Sale.
40+ vendors. Rain or shine. Aurora Transportation Center (train station), 233 N. Broadway St., Aurora. 8 a.m. to noon. Info: apmdg3@yahoo.com.

May 24
Naperville Garden Club’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon
. “Floral Design with a European Flair” will be the program. At Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 11 a.m. Deadline for registration May 18. Guests welcome. Info: napervillegardenclub.org or napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

May 27
Sketch-booking and Journaling along the Trails.
An introductory class on the materials and techniques for quickly sketching birds and other wildlife on hikes. For adults and teens; all art materials supplied. Forest Preserves of Cook County at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 1 to 3 p.m. Info and registration: 708-366-6530.

JUNE

June 4 to September 27Drop In Tours of the historic farmstead and 1846 brick tavern at Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Sunday. Also open by appointment. Suggested donation $4 for adults and $3 for children. Info: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

June 21
“Your Home Landscape: From Glum to Gorgeous with Groundcovers,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 7 p.m. Info: trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress

June 23 to August 13
“Impressions of Nature,”
an exhibit by the Nature Artists Guild of The Morton Arboretum. Artist reception with book signing on June 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41w781 Illinois Rte. 64, St. Charles. Info: 630-584-4424 or wasconursery.com.

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MAY

May 27
Prairie Walk. Guided tour of the prairie at Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 9 a.m. $6 adults. $3 children. Reservations required. Info and reservations: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

June 10
Naperville Garden Club Garden Walk. Includes vendors selling garden art. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $12 on the day. Purchase at The Growing Place in Aurora or Naperville. Also through PayPal on the website, napervillegardenclub.org. Info: 630-278-9722.

JUNE

June 16 and 17
Geneva’s Gardens in Bloom Garden Walk. Six gardens, open market, plant sale and refreshments. Sponsored by the Geneva Garden Club. Roy Diblik will speak on Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20. Group tickets available; info on the website. genevagardenclub.com.

Cantigny Gardens

1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. For classes and events requiring advance registration, call 630-260-8162 or email register@cantigny.org. Regular daily parking is $5 per car. Parking free on the first Wednesday of every month. On Saturdays and Sundays, May through September, parking is $10. The higher rate also applies on May 29, July 4 and September 4. cantigny.org

In April Cantigny Park broke ground for Project New Leaf, a five-year revitalization effort. There will be dramatic landscape changes to open up sightlines and even relocate some gardens. Also coming: improvements to the parking areas, the First Division Museum and the McCormick house. The Park will remain open during the multi-million-dollar project. A full calendar of events is planned for 2017 as well as weddings, banquets and other private functions.

MAY

May 2Garden Tour: Annuals & Bulbs. Craig Kruckenberg and Jackie Kosbab from Cantigny Horticulture lead an up-close look at the park’s spring displays. Depart from Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with paid parking.

May 7
Greenhouse Open House.
Demonstrations, tours, exhibits and plants for sale. Staff will answer your gardening questions. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with paid parking. Free tram service from the main parking lot.

May 7
ClaySpace Pottery Show.
Artists will exhibit and sell handmade and one-of-a-kind ceramics. ClaySpace is a nonprofit clay arts studio in Warrenville and home to a community of resident artists. Visitors Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with paid parking.

May 12
National Public Gardens Day.
Staff-guided tours of spring plantings and specialty gardens. Times and speakers on the website. A coupon for free parking, redeemable May 12 only, is available online at Cantigny.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 21
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll the surroundings. A Cantigny volunteer photo expert will lead the walk. Group limited to 10; please register in advance. Meet at Visitors Center at 2 p.m. Free with paid parking.

JUNE

June 3Grow It Forward, an informative lecture on vegetable gardening by Garden Coach Mark Lyons of Green Thumb at Your Service. Take home two tomato plants and two pepper plants. In return, please commit to sharing your plants, knowledge or harvest with someone in need. Advance registration required to receive plants. 9 a.m. Visitor Center Theater. Free with paid parking ($5).

June 6
Garden Tour: Perennials.
Craig Myroup will lead a casual exploration of Cantigny’s early-summer blooming perennials. Depart from Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with paid parking.

June 14
The Spirited Botanist.
Enjoy a botanical cocktail in the Idea Garden. Host Liz Omura will demonstrate a cocktail (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic variations) featuring a fruit, vegetable, herb and/or edible flower as the main ingredient. “It’s Rhubarb Thyme” is the drink of choice this time. Advance registration required. Meet in the Keyhole Garden at 6:30 p.m. $25 cost includes demo, one cocktail, one small plate and parking.

June 15
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll the surroundings. A Cantigny volunteer photo expert will lead the walk. Group limit 10. Please register in advance. Meet at Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. Free with paid parking.

June 21
Evening Garden Tour.
A June evening is the perfect time to admire and explore the park’s renowned gardens. Stroll led by Craig Kruckenberg and Jackie Kosbab. Advance registration requested. Begin at the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. Free with paid parking.

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. Weekly Scoops: Each week there will be a different focus with a display that could include a class, a demo, expert tips, a sale, a surprise – who knows? Drop in anytime during the week to find out and check the website for details. All at both locations.

MAY

May 6 through June 17Saturday Morning Garden Gurus. Stop in each week to see what’s happening in the gardens. Growing Place gardeners available to answer questions, offer advice and show how to do some simple garden tasks. Go to the Learning Gardens and the Veggie Patch; coffee and a guru will be waiting. 9 to 10 a.m. Both Naperville and Aurora. Free.

May 13 and 14
Paint a Pot for Mom.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. Both locations.

May 16
Tipsy Tomato Tuesdays: Veggie & Small Space Gardening.
Evening class in Aurora. Come for a fun evening of crafts, projects, learning and, of course, snacks and drinks! 6:30 p.m. $10. Call 630-355-4000 to register.

JUNE

June 3 and 4
Magical Mini Garden Fest.
Saturday in Naperville. Sunday in Aurora.

June 10
Easy Perennials for your Landscape.
1 p.m. Free. Aurora.

June 13
Tipsy Tomato Tuesdays: How to Grow Hops.
Evening class in Aurora. Come for a fun evening of crafts, projects, learning and, of course, snacks and drinks! 6:30 p.m. $10. Call 630-355-4000 to register.

June 17
Gardening for Birds, Butterflies & Pollinators.
1 p.m. Free. Aurora.

June 24
Gardener’s Art Fest.
Special guest Rob Zimmer, award-winning garden writer and photographer. Naperville.

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South

MAY

May 6“Make Your Own Fairy Garden,” a special event with experts available to advise and give demos. Crete Garden & Nursery, 1625 East Richton Road, Crete. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 708-672-0900 or cretegarden.com.

May 13
Mothers Day Celebration and Vendor Fair.
Experts available all day. Kids table. Crete Garden & Nursery, 1625 East Richton Road, Crete. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 708-672-0900 or cretegarden.com.

May 20
Hardscape on the Cheap
: Bargains, ideas, and suggestions for creating walkways, walls, raised beds, and more. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

May 29
Memorial Day Fun.
Experts available to answer garden and landscape questions. Concession stand. Jam and jelly tasting. Kids table. Crete Garden & Nursery, 1625 East Richton Road, Crete. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 708-672-0900 or cretegarden.com.

JUNE

June 3
2nd Annual Community Garage Sale.
Sell all your “treasures.” Crete Garden & Nursery, 1625 East Richton Road, Crete. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 708-672-0900 or cretegarden.com.

June 17
“Gardening by the Moon.”
Ideas for a night-blooming garden. Sponsored by the Park Forest Environment Commission. At the Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

GARDEN WALKS

JUNE

June 24
Timmy’s 11th Annual Hugs & Heart Garden Walk. Private gardens in the Joliet / Plainfield / Channahon / New Lenox area. All proceeds benefit the Pediatric Programs for Joliet Area Community Hospice. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15. For tickets and info: 815-740-4104 or joliethospice.org. Info also at missbetsy4@comcast.net.

June 25
Oak Lawn Garden Club’s Annual Garden Walk. Five local gardens. Refreshments and raffle for a deluxe gift. 1 to 5 p.m. $8. Purchase ticket at 708-363-2371.

June 25
The 6th Annual Southland Community Garden Walk. Eight gardens in Flossmoor, Homewood, Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights. Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Tickets in advance $20 at Art4Soul and Cherry Creek ACE Hardware in Homewood. Tickets on the day $25 at Goldberg Park, 3301 Flossmoor Road in Flossmoor. Proceeds benefit Aunt Martha Youth Services and Respond Now. Info: 708-798-4209 or ncjwsouthcook.org.

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Indiana

MAY

May 4 to 7

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. Learn more about the birds of the dunes. Six distinguished bird experts will speak. Sponsored by the Indiana Audubon Society. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1217 N State Road 49, Porter, Ind. Info: indunesbirdingfestival.com.

May 6
17th Annual Native Plant Sale,
sponsored by the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. More than 100 species of native plants. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org.

May 6
Annual Plant Sale of the Lake County Master Gardeners.
Plants grown by Master Gardeners. Vendors. Info: 219-755-3240 or lakecountymastergardeners.com.

JUNE

June 3
“Lake County Soil & Water,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Gibson Woods, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org.

June 7 to 10
Hosta Hysteria,
the annual convention of the American Hosta Society, Indianapolis. Featured speakers include David Culp, Peter Zale and Paul Capp. Tour gardens. Leaf competition. Info and registration: indyhosta2017.com.

GARDEN WALKS

MAY

May 20 through October 1
10th annual Quilt Gardens Tour. One million blooms in 19 supersized quilt-inspired gardens in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Sipshewana and Wakarusa. Free. Info: 800-377-3579 or quiltgardens.com.
June 23 and 24
Munster Garden Walk, 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Purchase a $10 ticket at four local businesses listed on the website. Info: 219-218-8315 or munstergardenclub.com.

JUNE

June 24
Porter County Garden Walk. Several gardens in and around Valparaiso. Begin at the Garden of Heroes, 653 Hayes Leonard Road, Valparaiso. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $6 in advance; $8 on the day. Info: pcgarden.info.

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

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Wisconsin

MAY

May 3
“Gardening for Hummingbirds.”
Learn about identification, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding and water. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

May 17
“Bonsai: Its Art and Philosophy,”
a seminar and demonstration. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6 to 8 p.m. $5. Info and registration: 608-314-8412 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

May 23
“Lawn Care Basics for the Wisconsin Homeowner.”
Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: 608-314-8412 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

May 24
“Caterpillars Are a Good Thing in Your Butterfly Garden.”
Learn the key elements of butterfly gardening design along with the best caterpillar food plants and nectar plants. Outdoor stroll if weather permits. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

May 27
Annual Plant Sale
hosted by the Univ. of Wisconsin Master Gardeners. At the university’s Peninsular Research Station, Wisconsin Highway 42, north of Sturgeon Bay in Door County. 9 a.m. to noon. Info: dcmga.org/events.

JUNE

June 17
Summer Solstice
. Celebrate the Solstice at Monches Farm. Music in the gardens, visiting artists and visiting Farm Market. Monches Farm, 5890 Monches Road, Colgate. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Further info: 262-966-2787 or monchesfarm.com/events.

June 25
“Wild Edible and Poisonous plants of Wisconsin”
a garden hike at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 1 to 3 p.m. $5. Info: 608-314-8412 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

June 28
“The Ups and Downs of Wisconsin Weather,”
a seminar by Steve Ackerman and Jon Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison atmospheric scientists. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: rotarybotanicalgardens.org or 608-314-8412.

GARDEN WALKS

JUNE

June 24
Ninth Annual South Milwaukee Historical Society Garden Tour. Six gardens. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets $8 in advance; $10 on the day at the South Milwaukee Historical Society, 717 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee. Handcrafted garden items by local artists for sale from. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 414-768-9549, 414-530-6020, or southmilwaukeehistory.org.

June 24
Garden Mosaics Garden Tour, hosted by the Community League. Seven gardens in the Menomonee Falls area. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $8 in advance: $10 on the day. Info: 414-581-0352 or communityleague.com.

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

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Michigan

MAY

May 6
Warblers at Warren Dunes. Enjoy an easy walk at Warren Dunes State Park searching for warblers, scarlet tanagers, hummingbirds, orioles and more. Meet at the Floral Lane entrance (park fee applies). Sponsored by Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. $15. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 13 and 14
Michigan All-State Bonsai Show
. Bonsai trees on display. Watch bonsai artists at work. Free demos. Vendors. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. On Saturday: sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; displays from noon to 5 p.m. On Sunday: sales and displays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show free. General admission $14.50. Info: meijergardens.org.

May 20
Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale.
Local vendors specializing in unique and artfully grown plant material and hand-crafted art and garden elements. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 269-265-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 21
Propagation of Shrubs from Softwood Cuttings
. A hands-on class. Learn how and where to take cuttings from woody plants and coax them to develop roots. Work on Fernwood’s shrubs and take home cuttings for your garden. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 27 and 28.
Iris Show.
View a variety of irises all grown by iris enthusiasts in the area. See historic favorites to some of the newest varieties. Also: creative floral arrangements. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show free. General admission $14.50. Info: meijergardens.org.

JUNE

June 17
Annual Garden Party.
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Info: 269-265-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

June 17 and 18
Spring Rose Show
. All roses locally grown for this judged show. Vote for the most fragrant rose. Growing questions answered. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show free. General admission $14.50. Info: meijergardens.org.

GARDEN WALKS

MAY

May 26
Tallgrass Prairie Walk. Look for lupine, wild white indigo, alum root, shooting star and other plants. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $12. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

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

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