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MAY

May 9
Guided Tour of Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve, one of Kane County’s best sites for spring wildflowers. Sponsored by the North Park Chapter of Wild Ones. Meet 10 a.m. at the preserve entrance, 41W600 Hughes Road, Elburn, about 1 mile west of Fabyan Parkway. Carpoolers meet 8:30 a.m. sharp at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago. Info: 312-744-5472.

May 9 and 10
12th Annual Wicker Park Plant Sale. Many offerings plus Richard Tilley’s seed-grown plants and brugmansia cuttings. Proceeds support the 10,000 square-foot gardens in the park. The Field House, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Info: wpgarden.org.

May 9 and 10
Paseo Prairie Garden Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. 2614 N. Kedzie Ave. (Blue Line Logan Square stop).10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Paseo Prairie Garden. Info: 773-489-0167.

May 15
“Climate Change: The Earth Calls to Us,” a lecture by Richard Treptow, Ph.D., member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info and registration: 312-744-5472.

May 15 and 16

56th Annual Hyde Park Garden Fair. The region’s largest plant sale. Annuals, perennials, shrubs & trees, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, ground covers, wild flowers, geraniums & patio plants and houseplants. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 773-947-8313 or hydeparkgardenfair.org.

May 16
“Landscape Design Essentials,” an adult workshop for novices. Offered by the Lurie Garden. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Registration required: luriegarden.eventbrite.com.

May 16
“Finding Art in Your Garden Landscape,” an adult class. Get inspiration in the arts to generate new ideas for your garden. Offered by the Lurie Garden. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Registration required: luriegarden.eventbrite.com.

May 16 and 17

Annual Plant Sale at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse. More than 150 varieties of organically grown annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables grown in the greenhouse by volunteers. Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 773-685-3351 or kilbournpark.org.

JUNE

June 6Tour Cowles Bog in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, an 8,000-year-old fen. Sponsored by the North Park Village Chapter of Wild Ones. Meet at the Cowles Bog parking area on Mineral Springs Road in Chesterton, Indiana at 10 a.m. Carpoolers meet 8 a.m. sharp at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago. Info: 312-744-5472.

June 6

Lurie Garden Spring Festival & Plant Sale. Perennials and grasses for continuing interest plus food and shelter for local fauna. All proceeds support Lurie Garden public programs. Tours and hands-on gardening tips. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: luriegarden.org.

June 6

“A Butterfly’s Life.” Hear about the complicated lives of butterflies, how each species depends on specific food resources from the environment, and the role of gardeners. Offered by the Lurie Garden. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Info and registration: luriegarden.org.

June 18

“Permaculture Forest Gardens,” a lecture about how this low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system can be applied to urban gardens. Offered by the Lurie Garden. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Registration required: luriegarden.eventbrite.com.

June 20

“Benefits of Biodiversity,” an adult workshop. Learn how home gardens can provide beneficial insects a broad range of plant species, microclimates and habitats. Offered by the Lurie Garden. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Registration required: luriegarden.eventbrite.com.

June 27
Garden Tea and Tour,
presented by the Historic Pullman Garden Club. Guided and self-guided tours of private gardens around the Pullman National Monument district. Start at the Visitors’ Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance; $15 on the day. Info: 773-568-2441 or historicpullmangardens@gmail.com
or hpgc.org.

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North

MAY

May 2 and 3Central States Dahlia Society Sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sale free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440.

May 2 and 3
Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society Display & Sale. See approximately 50 different African violets and other gesneriads. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sale free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440.

May 2 and 3
Garden Faire 2015. “25 Problem Solving Perennials for Difficult Locations” at 11 a.m. both days. “Pollinator Gardens” on May 2 at 2 p.m. “Peek-A-Boo: How to Block Their View” on May 3 at 2 p.m.. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Info: 847-256-0561 or chaletnursery.com.

May 2 to August 15

“Chicago and Its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125,” a special exhibit to observe the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Horticultural Society. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Exhibit free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

May 3
Open Days Garden Tour.
Two special gardens in Lake Forest. Descriptions of the gardens, hours and directions on the website. $7 at the gate. Children under 12 free. Info: gardenconservancy.org.

May 7 and 8

“Canning Basics for the New Generation.” See how easy it is to preserve your favorite vegetables. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

May 9
Gardeners of Central Lake County Plant Sale. Crawford Warming House, 817 Lake St., Libertyville. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Rain or shine. Cash or check only. Info: juliancindy@hotmail.com or gclcil.com.

May 9 and 10
American Rhododendron Society Midwest Chapter 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.

May 11
“Pollination: Plant Survival Tactics,” 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 gclcil.com.

May 14 and 15
“Understanding Tomatoes.” Learn the different growth habits and the many varieties to choose from. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

May 16
“From our Garden to Yours,” the annual plant sale of the Univ. of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County. Extension grounds, 100 S U.S. Highway 45, Grayslake. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Cash or check only. Info: web.extension.illinois.edu/lm/lakemg.

May 16 and 17

Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Bonsai Exhibit. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration fee for workshops. Info: 847-835-5440 or midwestbonsai.org.

May 21 and 22

“Bush Fruits: Raspberries, Blueberries and More.” Learn how to plant, fertilize, prune and harvest. Details and recipes. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

May 23 until September 7

Butterflies & Blooms. Walk amid hundreds of butterflies from all over the world and Illinois. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily, weather-permitting. Adults $6. Seniors $5. Children $4. Parking $25. Info: chicagobotanic.org/butterflies.

May 23 and 24

Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show and 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/plantshows.

May 29
“Herbs: What to Plant & How to Use Them.” Hear about the most popular herbs for garden or balcony. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

May 30 and 31
Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show and 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/plantshows.

May 30 and 31

“Celebration of the Edible Garden.” A day-long event celebrating all things edible – vegetables, herbs, fruits. Demos all day. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

JUNE

June 4 and 5Summer Container Workshop (Sun or Shade). Learn the basics, plus maintenance secrets of the professionals. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Registration and materials fee required in advance, $54.99 (plus tax). Includes plants, pot, soil & fertilizer. Call 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.

June 11 and 12

“Top 10 Hostas That You Should Have in Your Garden.” Recommendations from noted hosta hybridizer Mark Zilis. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

June 18 and 19

“Meet the ‘Pocket Prairie Plants’ in Person.” Prairie plant combinations from the Little Garden Club of Wilmette. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

June 25 and 26

“Summer Evergreen Tree & Shrub Trimming.” Learn the basics of tree physiology and how to trim your evergreens. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or chaletnursery.com.

June 28
Evanston’s 26th Annual Garden Walk.
Eight private gardens plus a school garden that is a schoolyard habitat and monarch waystation. Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 on the day. Info and tickets: evanstonenvironment.org.

June 28
Open Days Garden Tour.
Three special gardens on the North Shore. Descriptions of the gardens, hours and directions on the website. $7 at the gate. Children under 12 free. Info: gardenconservancy.org.

June 28
Glenview Gardeners Annual Garden Walk.
1 to 4 p.m. Addresses of garden hosts and maps on the website: glenviewgardeners.org.

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Northwest

MAY

May 1 to 10Butterfly Exhibit continues at Nichols Conservatory, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford. Info: 815-987-8858.

May 2
New Varieties for 2015: Annuals, Perennials & Shrubs. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080.

May 3

Native Plant Sale and Backyards for Nature Fair, sponsored by the Schaumburg Community Garden Club. Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 847-985-2100 or
schgarden@yahoo.com.

May 5
“My Journey Into The Wilds Of Chicago,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by nature photographer Mike MacDonald. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 6, 7 and 8
Spring Container Building, a hands-on seminar. Bring your own container or purchase one. Whispering Hills Garden & Landscape Center, 8401 Illinois Route 31, Crystal Lake. 3 to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Free. Info and registration: 847-658-5610 or whisperinghillsnursery.com.

May 7

“Fresh Flowers in a Teacup,” the program for the monthly meeting of the South Barrington Garden Club. Antonina Barkaukus will demonstrate and assemble arrangements for each member present. South Barrington Tennis Club. 9 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington. 9 a.m. Pre-registration required. Info and registration: sbgclub.org.

May 7 or 13

Planting Party. Bring your empty planters (or purchase one) and work with designers to make your own unique container. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 5 p.m. $10 per container (2 max) plus cost of plants. Bring gloves and pruners. Pre-register at 847-359-1080.

May 8, 9, 10

Spring Plant Sale at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Preview: Friday night, 5 to 8 p.m. $6. Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

May 9
Bull Valley Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Old Courthouse Lawn on the Woodstock Square. 8 a.m. until sold out. Info: 815-354-3842.

May 9
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080.

May 13
Rolling Meadows Garden Club Monthly Meeting. Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive. 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.com.

May 14
“Container Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Lunch at 11 a.m. meeting at noon, program at
1 p.m. Info: 847-296-3457.

May 16
Antioch Garden Club Annual Perennial/Plant Sale. Bakery items, garden décor. Williams Park pavilion, 741 Main St., Antioch. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Info: 847-395-8902.

May 16
Veggie & Herb Seminar with McHenry County Food Shed Co-op. Whispering Hills Garden & Landscape Center, 8401 Illinois Route 31, Crystal Lake. 11 a.m. Free. Register: 847-658-5610 or whisperinghillsnursery.com.

May 16
Annual Spring Plant Sale of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 16
Plant and Craft Sale of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, garden accessories and nature-themed creations by crafters. William D.Aherns Building, 3200 Central Road. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.com.

May 16
Hot for Hydrangeas. Learn about the different types, how to prune, where they grow best. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080.

May 16
Annual Plant Sale of the Park Ridge Garden Club. Hodges Park, in front of City Hall, at the corner of Cortland and Vine Streets, Park Ridge. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.

May 21

“Local Ferns for Native Gardens.” the program for the montly meeting of the Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, WTC, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-627-0344.

May 23

Tri-Village Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Specializing in perennials that attract pollinators. Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave., in downtown Bartlett, across from the old train depot. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until sold out. Free. Rain or shine. Info: trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

May 30

Vegetable Gardening: Beyond the Basics. An intermediate class. Learn about crop rotation, raised beds, small space gardening. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine, 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080.

May 30

Des Plaines Garden Club’s Plant and Bake Sale. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: desplainesgardenclub@yahoo.com or desplainesgardenclub.com.

JUNE

June 2“American Home Garden Design: 1830 to the Present,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Nina Koziol, writer for the Chicago Tribune and Chicagoland Gardening. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 a.m. Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

June 4
Bus Trip to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Rockford with the South Barrington Garden Club. Check out www.klehm.org for a preview. Meet in the parking lot of the South Barrington Tennis Club. 9 a.m. Info and registration: sbgclub.org.

June 5, 6, 7

Garden Fair at Klehm Arboretum. Rockford’s premier outdoor living marketplace. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Friday: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance. $8 at the door. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

June 6 or 7
Summer Lawn Care. Owner John Heaton shares his experience. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

June 6
Annual Bargain Bulb and Plant Sale of the Schaumburg Community Garden Club. Tulip bulbs from the Park District gardens and plants from members’ gardens. Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 847-706-6767 or schaumburggardenclub.org.

June 6
Hosta Sale and Bolivian Arts & Crafts Fundraiser. Hosta sale benefits Heifer International. Hosta leaf ID by Tom Micheletti from 10 a.m.to noon. Sale of Bolivian handicrafts benefits Mano a Mano. Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery, 11618 McConnell Road, Woodstock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash or check only. Info: 815-338-7442.

June 10
“Gardening Smart,” the topic for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive. 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.com

June 11
Trip to The Domes Conservatories & Gardens in Milwaukee with the Des Plaines Garden Club. Bus leaves the Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines at 8:15 a.m. $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Info: 847-635-1046 or desplainesgardenclub@yahoo.com.

June 13
Shade Tree 101. Planting tips, soil prep and variety recommendations. Whispering Hills Garden & Landscape Center, 8401 Illinois Route 31, Crystal Lake. 11 a.m. Free. Register: 847-658-5610 or whisperinghillsnursery.com.

June 13

Home Orchards. Learn how to start an orchard in your own backyard. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

June 17
Garden Walk
sponsored by the Council of Rockford Gardeners. Self-guided tour of eight diverse gardens. Maps at Rockford area garden centers and online beginning June 10. Noon to 8 p.m. Free. Info: councilofrockfordgardeners.org.

June 18
“Native Seed Gardens: Propagating Conservative Natives to Support Restoration,” the program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, WTC, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Info: 815-627-0344.

June 21
Open Days Garden Tour
of a special garden in Barrington. Garden description, hours and directions on the website. $7 at the gate. Children under 12 free. Info: gardenconservancy.org.

June 27
Landscape Renovations 101. Get some simple solutions to revitalize your landscape. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

June 28
Rolling Meadows Garden Club Annual Garden Walk.
Seven gardens. Start at the Rolling Meadows Historical Museum, 3100 Central Road. Noon to 4 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance at the Community Center; $15 on the day. Info and tickets: 847-397-0286 or
rollingmeadowsgardenclub.com.

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West

MAY

Every Wednesday in May
Container
Garden Demos. The Planter’s Palette, 28W571 Roosevelt Road, Winfield. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. No registration. Info: 630-293-1040 ext. 2 or planterspalette.com.

Every Saturday in May
Vegetable Garden Demos: Basics and New Methods. The Planter’s Palette, 28W571 Roosevelt Road, Winfield. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Free. No registration. Info: 630-293-1040 ext. 2 or planterspalette.com.

May 1 and 2
Bloomingdale Garden
Club Spring Plant Sale. Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive, north end of Springfield Park, Bloomingdale. Friday: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub.org.

May 4
“Dahlias,” the program for
the monthly meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club. Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 N. Catalpa Lane, Naperville. 7 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Info: napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

May 9
Western Springs Garden
Club Plant Sale. Hillgrove & Lawn, one block west of Wolf Road, Western Springs. 8 a.m. to noon. Info: 708-246-2076 or westerspringsgardenclub.org.

May 9
Naperville Garden Club’s
Annual Plant Sale. In the gravel parking lot at the north end of the West Street garden plots, west of Naperville Central and Edward hospital. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out. Info: napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

May 14 and 16
Annual Container
Workshops, Sections 1 and 2. Bring a container from home to plant or purchase a new one. Section 1 is May 14 and Section 2 is May 16. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 10 a.m. $10 (includes instruction and soil) plus cost of materials. Info and registration: 815-895-3737.

May 16
36th Annual Plant Sale of
the Crestview Garden Club. The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (3 blocks east of Route 83). 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 312-738-7531 or 630-834-3703.

May 16
20th Annual Aurora
Gardeners’ Sale. Vendors and crafters selling flowers, plants, crafts, and other garden-related items. In the parking lot of the train station at 233 N. Broadway St., Aurora. 8 a.m. to noon. Free. Rain or shine. Info: apmdg3@yahoo.com.

May 16
Plant Sale of the Suburban
Garden Club. Community House, 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale. 8:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. Info: 708-447-4649 or suburbangardenclub.org.

May 16
“Joel’s Favorite Plants,”
the topic for May’s Coffee & Conversation. Stroll the gardens and learn about varieties that have thrived for 25+ years plus some promising new varieties for northern Illinois. Coffee. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Register: 815-895-3737.

May 16
“New Horti’cool’ture For
Kids.” A hands-on class for ages 5 to 10. Learn about transplanting, watering, planting, the difference between soil and dirt, how to plant a bulb and more. Wheeler Park Greenhouse, 822 N. First St., Geneva. 10 to 11 a.m. $5. Info: 630-232-4542 or genevaparks.org.

May 16
Gardenology: All Things
All about Gardening. Plants, garden accessories, children’s activities. Speakers. Rain or shine. Third and State Streets in downtown Geneva. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: gardenologygenevail.com.

May 17
Sundays in the Garden.
Includes artists’ market and activities. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event listing and list of artists on the website: blumengardens.com.

May 23
Plant Sale of the Suburban
Garden Club. True Value Hardware, 835 Burlington Ave., Western Springs. Info: 708-447-4649 or suburbangardenclub.org.

May 23
Butterfly Release Party.
Release a live butterfly. Peck Farm Park Butterfly House, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. 10 am. to noon. $15. Pre-registration recommended. All ages. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Info and registration: 630-262-8244.

May 23
Herb Garden Workshop.
Create an herbal container garden and learn the basics of how to plant and maintain it. Bring a container from home or purchase a new one. Blumen Gardens,403 Edward St., Sycamore. 10 a.m. $10 (includes soil and instruction) plus cost of materials. Info and registration: 815-895-3737.

JUNE

June 7 “Cooking from the
Vegetable Garden.” The Planter’s Palette, 28W571 Roosevelt Road, Winfield. 2 to 3 p.m. $5. Registration: 630-293-1040, ext. 2. Info: planterspalette.com.

June 12 and 13
“A Walk in Thyme: Gardens of
Historic Geneva,” the garden walk of the Geneva Garden Club. Luncheon at the Fabyan Forest Preserve and French Market on the grounds of the Japanese Gardens. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advance tickets: $18 for the walk and $14 for the lunch. On the day: walk $20 and lunch $15. Info: genevagardenclub.com.

June 13 and 14
Utica Garden Faire & Walk.
Plant sale and craft vendors. Historic downtown Utica. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase $8 tickets in downtown Utica. Rain or shine. Info: 815-252-4573 or uticagardenclub.org.

June 18
Summer Solstice Painting
Class with Chelsea McGhee. Paint a masterpiece from a still life in the gardens. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. Refreshments. 6 p.m. $59 each. Registration required at chelseamcghee.com.

June 20
Glen Ellyn Garden Walk.
Six gardens. Master Gardeners on hand. Raffle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tickets with map $25 in advance. $30 after June 18. All proceeds benefit Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program. Info: glenellynjuniors.com.

June 20
“Perennial Plants of the
Year 2000 – 2015,” the topic for Coffee & Conversation. Stroll the gardens and see Perennial Plant of the Year winners. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 9 to 10 a.m. Free. Register at 815-895-3737.

June 20 to 28
Fairy Garden
Festival. Classes, workshops, special events. Various hours. The Planter’s Palette, 28W571 Roosevelt Road, Winfield. Info: 630-293-1040, ext. 2 or planterspalette.com.

June 21
Sundays in the Garden.
Includes artists’ market and activities. Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: blumengardens.com.

June 28
22nd Annual Oak Park & River Forest
Garden Walk. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 on the day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get map at Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St. or Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid St. Info: 708-725-2400 or gcoprf.org.

Cantigny Park

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. Further info: cantigny.org.

MAY

May 3
Greenhouse Open House.
A once-a-year opportunity for all ages! Demonstrations, tours, exhibits, kids’ activities and plants for sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking. Free tram service from the main parking lot.

May 8
National Public Gardens Day
at Cantigny. Visit nationalpublicgardensday.org to download a voucher for free admission, good all day until 3 p.m. Tours focusing on Cantigny’s colorful spring plantings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. “Experts on Location” will answer questions and provide gardening tips and advice.

May 17 or May 20
Summer Container Workshop.
Jackie Kosbab from Cantigny Horticulture will instruct. Bring a container of your choosing (minimum width 14 inches maximum 24 inches). Cantigny will supply soil and a flat of plants – plus the know-how to keep your container looking pretty. Meet at Cantigny Greenhouse (enter the park from Shaffner Road). Advance registration required; maximum class size 15. Please notify registrar if you will be creating a shade or sun container. May 17 workshop at 9:30 a.m. $45. May 20 workshop at 6:30 p.m. Parking free.

JUNE

June 6
Neighbor to Neighbor: Grow It Forward!
Benefit from a free lecture on vegetable gardening by Liz Omura, then take home two tomato plants and two pepper plants. Guests are asked to send in a photo of themselves giving their plants or vegetables to a person in need. Education Center. Advance registration requested. 11 a.m. Free with paid parking ($5).

June 23
Evening Garden Tour.
Enjoy one of the longest days of the year on this guided stroll with Craig Kruckenberg and Jackie Kosbab from Cantigny Horticulture. Advance registration requested. Tour begins from the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. Free with paid parking ($2).

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.

MAY

May 2
Edible Gardening: Tomatoes.
10 a.m, Free. Aurora.

May 9 and 10
Paint a Pot for Mom and plant a
pretty flower. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5. Both locations.

May 16
Edible Gardening: Herbs.
10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

May 23
Landscaping 101: Creating a Butterfly
Garden. 10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

May 30
Conversations in Our Gardens.
Led by Jeanette Goodlow, perennial retail manager. 11 a.m. $5. Naperville. Call 630-355-4000 to register.

JUNE

June 6 and 7
Magical Mini-Garden Fest.
Fairy and gnome fun. Build a miniature garden or enchanted tree house. Dress in your fairy best, make fairy wings and wands to wear in the Fairy Parade. Special activities for kids. All day Saturday in Naperville. All day Sunday in Aurora.

June 13
Natives 101.
10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

June 20
Gardener’s Art Festival.
More than 40 local garden artists. Live music. Garden talks. Food. All day, Naperville.

June 27
Conversations in Our Gardens.
Conservation, tea and treats led by a Growing Place staff member. 11 a.m. $5. Aurora, $5. Call 630-355-4000 to register.

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South

MAY

May 16Bolingbrook Garden Club Plant Sale. Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center, 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

JUNE

June 18“Strolling in the Garden,” the 22nd garden walk of the Kankakee Kultivators. Six private gardens plus Stonebrook Farm, a historic farmhouse garden. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 (includes lunch). Tickets at the Civic Auditorium (on the campus of the Kankakee County Historical Museum, 801 S. 8th Ave., Kankakee). Art Faire on the grounds. Lunch at the Auditorium. Info: 815-937-4128 or kankakeekultivators.com.

June 20
Timmy’s 9th Annual Hugs & Heart Garden Walk.
Thirteen private gardens in the Joliet / Plainfield / New Lenox area. Proceeds benefit the Pediatric Programs for Joliet Area Community Hospice. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15. Tickets and info: 815-740-4104 or joliethospice.org. Also: missbetsy4@comcast.net.

June 23, 24 and 25
“A Day in the Country, 25 Years of Beautiful Gardens.”
Seven gardens and boutique garden faire. Preview night walk June 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. June 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15 in advance; $17 on the day. Tickets at Crete locations and Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 E. Richton Road on the day. Info: 708-672-9438 or cretewomansclub.org/home/gardenwalk.

June 28
The 5th Annual Southland Community Garden Walk,
sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, South Cook Section. Seven gardens from Flossmoor, Homewood, and Olympia Fields. Begin at Goldberg Park, 3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 on the day. Info: 708-798-4209 or ncjwsouthcook.org.

June 28
Fairy Garden Walk.
Five gardens in Homer Glen, New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena and Tinley Park. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15. Maps will be sent to ticket holders in mid-May. Info: 815-727-9296 or Kuhajda@illinois.edu.

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Indiana

MAY

May 2 “Home Grown Garden Faire,” sponsored by the Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners. Lake County Indiana Fairgrounds, 889 South Court St.,
Crown Point. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 219-755-3240 or lakecountymastergardeners@gmail.com.

May 2
Native Plant Sale of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. More than 100 species for woodland, prairie, wetland and shade. Gibson Woods Nature Center, 6201 Parris Ave., Hammond. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or 219-865-2679.

May 9
Springtime in the Park, hosted by the St. John, Indiana, Garden Club. Perennials and herbs from members’ gardens, annuals and hanging baskets, unique garden art, raffle prizes. Rich’s Sharpening Service will sharpen tools (no serrated blades). Gold Medallion Ranch Suri Alpacas Ranch will offer their manure “green beans.” Also: mushroom compost. Bring Your Own Bucket (BYOB) for manure and compost. Prairie West Park on 93rd Street, west of Indiana Route 41 in St. John. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 16
“Spring Fling,” the annual plant sale of the Miller Park Garden Club. Box lunches and baked goods from Marilyn’s Bakery of Hobart. Also: a self-guided mini garden tour for $5. Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 312-543-1561.

May 30 to October 1
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail.
Drive through seven towns in northern Indiana and see one million glorious blooms in 19 supersized quilt-inspired gardens. Free. Info: 800-377-3579 or amishcountry.org/things-to-do/quilt-gardens.

JUNE

June 6Monthly Meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Edie Bukwa will speak on nature crafts. 10 a.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or 219-865-2679.

June 26 and 27
Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners Garden Walk.
Eight gardens in Dyer, Schererville and St. John. Friday 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $8. Information and tickets:
lakecountymastergardeners.com.

June 27
Porter County Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk.
Six gardens in Valparaiso. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets $6 at many area nurseries or $8 on the day at Hayes Leonard School,653 Hayes Leonard Road, Valparaiso. Info: 219-465-3555 or pcgarden.info.

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

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Wisconsin

MAY

May 9 and 10Spring Plant Sale at Rotary Botanical Gardens. 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

May 16 and 17

Badger Bonsai Annual Show. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 608-438-8469 or olbrich.org.

May 19

Ornamental Container Gardens Workshop. Taught by Jeff Epping, director of horticulture. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $82. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

JUNE

June 6Iris Society Show. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Info: 414-525-5653 or boernerbotanicalgardens.org.

June 14

Rose Show, an indoor exhibit of cut roses and arrangements. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Info: 608-634-2146 or olbrich.org.

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

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Michigan

MAY

May 2 Spring Garden Festival, a day-long symposium at Fernwood Botanical Gardens. Speakers include Chris Woods, director emeritus of Chanticleer Pleasure Garden in Wayne, Penn. and Dan Benarcik, a gardener at Chanticleer. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Hours and tickets vary. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org/education/symposia-and-lectures.html.

May 9 and 10

Michigan All State Bonsai Show. 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. Show free. Fees for workshops. Info: meijergardens.org.

May 17
Managing Your Landscape, a class on dealing with unwieldy garden nightmares. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 24
Miniature Succulent Gardens. Learn to make a durable miniature succulent garden. Bring your own container or use one at the garden. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 30

Tallgrass Prairie Walk. Look for lupine, wild white indigo, alum root and shooting star. Dress for walking the trails. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

May 30 and 31

Iris Show. See old and new varieties locally grown. 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. Free. Info:
meijergardens.org.

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

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