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March 2, 9,16, 23, 30 Composting Demo at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. Every Saturday morning 11 a.m. to 12:30. Free. Info: garfieldparkconservatory.org.

March 20 to 24 “Flower Tales: the Story Grows On,” the theme for the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Display gardens, seminars, demos, garden market. Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Ave., Chicago. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Discounts available on the website. Info and tickets at chicagoflower.com.

April 6, 13, 20, 27 Composting Demo at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Info: www.garfieldparkconservatory.org.

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North

March 19 Growing a Cook’s Garden. If you have six hours of sunlight per day, you can grow fresh herbs and vegetables. Learn about soil, planting in pots, protecting your harvest from pests, extending the crop and more. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

March 19 American Home Garden Design: 1830 – Present. Look at how home design has changed since the Midwest was first settled. Learn about the suburban lawn movement, cottage gardens, heirloom plants, foundation plantings and more. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

March 23 Fruit Trees for the Beginner. Learn about site selection, root preparation and proper planting. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-6261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

Continuing until March 24 In the Tropics: The Orchid Show. See 10,000 orchids in bloom and get a closer look at orchids in the tropics, where there’s the greatest diversity of orchid species on earth. Orchid marketplace every Saturday and Sunday. A special Illinois Orchid Society Show & Sale is on March 9 and 10. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Tickets $12. Free to children under 3. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/orchid.

March 28 Post-Orchid Show Plant Sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 4 p.m. While supplies last. Parking $20. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

March 30 Plants for Containers and Rooftop Gardens. Learn which plants do best under sometimes difficult conditions. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $64. Dress for the weather. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

April 13 Best New Annuals for 2019. Focus on what makes each plant unique, including morphological characteristics and garden performance. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 4 p.m. $74. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

April 13 and 14 Unearth Science Festival. A family festival that focuses on hands-on science. Experiments, exhibits, demonstrations and more. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/sciencefestival.

April 24 Water Garden in a Vase Workshop. Learn the proper methods to grow a living plant arrangement in a water-filled vase. Plants, vase, and added features are supplied. Bring gloves if desired. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 8 p.m. $89. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

April 27 Brambles and Berries for the Beginner. Learn about the best varieties, preparing the site, pruning and maintenance. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

April 27 and 28 Malott Japanese Garden Spring Festival. Celebrate the tradition of children’s festivals in Japan. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Parking $20. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

March 14 “Crazy for Containers,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Park Ridge Garden Club. Speaker Laura Christensen will inspire you to create your own spring containers. Centennial Activity Center, 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge. 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.

March 14 “Dependable Color by the Month, the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by Joe Smolecki, production manager at Hoffie Nursery, a wholesale grower in Union. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. The business meeting starts at noon, followed by the 1 p.m. program. Info: www.desplainesgardenclub.com or visit the club on Facebook.

March 25 “Don’t Squash That Bug!” the program for the monthly meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Presented by James Rowan. Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. 7 p.m. There are over a million species of insects and spiders on the planet, with about 25,000 species in Illinois. Learn how to distinguish them and separate some of the “good guys” from the “bad guys.” Info: 847-322-8207 or ahgardenclub.com.

April 6 McHenry County Gardenfest. Seminars, workshops, 20 breakout sessions. Presented by University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College. At McHenry County College (MCC), 8900 U.S. Route 14, Crystal Lake. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $45, includes lunch. Registration forms at mchenry.edu/gardenfest. Registration deadline March 22. Info: 815-479-7570 or mchenry.edu/gardenfest, email conferencecenter@mchenry.edu.

April 11 “Perennials That Wake up with the Bulbs,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Park Ridge Garden Club. Speaker Liz Paine will focus on early blooming perennials and spring bulbs. Centennial Activity Center, 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge. 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.

April 11 “88th Anniversary History of the Des Plaines Garden Club,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by member Ann Ostenson. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. The business meeting starts at noon and will include the installation of new officers. Program at 1 p.m. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com or visit the club on Facebook.

April 22 “Landscaping with Curb Appeal,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Ken Benson will present an interactive program on the do’s and don’ts and myths of Curb Appeal. Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. 7 p.m. Info: 847-322-8207 or ahgardenclub.com.

May 11 “Bull Valley Garden Club Plant Sale”, 8:00am until sell-out at Ace Hardware parking lot, 150 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock. Unusual plants, professionally grown perennials and natives, and herb/lettuce baskets. Proceeds fund civic projects and scholarships for horticulture students. Info 815-354-3842.

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West

March 13 “Compost Happens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. Presented by Master Gardener Jackie Paine. Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid St., Oak Park. Social time and refreshments at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Registration info: meisterjoan@yahoo.com. Contact info: http://gcoprf.org.

March 13 and 24 Ecosystem Concepts. Explore the interactions that drive ecosystem functions and learn to identify plants, animals and fungi in relation to ecological habitats. Class begins online on March 13 and continues in person March 24 at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 5 p.m. $34. In-person component meets Sunday, March 24, 1 to 5 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 14 Backyard Conservation. Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how to have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family – as well as the birds and the butterflies – can enjoy. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6 Edible Landscaping Workshop Series. Taught by William Moss, Marcy Lautenen-Raleigh, Melinda Myers, and Jodi Trendler. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $46 each session. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 16 Vegetables 2.0: Lesser Known, Lesser Grown, Tasty Vegetables for Your Home Garden Class Schedule:

March 23 Grow a Tea Garden; March 30 – Bountiful Gardens for People with Limited Time, Space, & Budget ; April 6 – Get Started with Backyard Permaculture

March 18 “Topiary Demonstration”, the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Downers Grove. Karen Thomson, Owner of Thomson Topiary, will show how to make frames for topiaries. Faith Methodist Church, Fairview Ave. and 59th St., Downers Grove. 12:30 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: gardenclubofdownersgrove.net.

March 18 “Don’t Squash that Bug,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Western Springs Garden Club. Presented by James Rowan, who will discuss the 25,000 species of bugs in Illinois, introduce us to some of them, and help us to distinguish the “good guys” from the “bad guys.”First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free.

March 20 “Upcoming Tree Diseases, Treatment, and When to Call a Tree Service,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Program presented by an arborist from Bartlett Tree Experts. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

March 20 “All About Hummingbirds,” the program, for the monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners. Presented by Master Gardener Nancy Carroll. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.

March 22 “Dragonflies and Damselflies, The Garden’s Frequent Flyers,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Cub. Presented by Cindy Crosby. Hear the cultural history of dragonflies, including some myths and superstitions that surround them. Learn how to become more involved in caring for these remarkable flying creatures. Lombard Commons, Grace Street and St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Registration info: call 630-620-8938 to register by March 20.

March 25 “Hummingbirds: Our Flying Jewels,” the program, for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Presented by Nancy Carroll, a master gardener and garden landscape designer. Baker Memorial Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. Info:Pottagardenclub.org.

March 27 “Fairy Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Presented by Barbara Collins. 8:45 a.m. $20 includes breakfast buffet. Guests welcome. RSVP by March 21. Info: 630-650-4405 or napervillegardenclub.org.

March 28 Landscaping Do’s and Don’ts. With a little help, you can create a well-designed landscape that will look good for years to come. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 28 and 30 Photographing Orchids. Create photographic portraits of exotic orchids in this artistic photography workshop. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. and March 30 from 10 to 1 p.m. $76. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 30 Tool Sharpening Workshop. Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8:30 to 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $ 20. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

April 1 Earth Day Celebrations, the program for the monthly meeting of the La Grange Garden Club. Member Judy Popernick will hand out information and discuss creative ways to celebrate Earth Day in a meaningful way. La Grange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine St., La Grange Park. 1 p.m. Free. Info: r.cabe@sbcglobal.net.

April 2 “Delicious Recipes with a French Twist,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Chris Shaw and Pam Cabeen. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Meeting begins with luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Business meeting at noon. Guests welcome. Info: info@genevagardenclub.com.

April 10 “River Forest Sustainability,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. Presentation by Cathy Adduci, River Forest President. Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid St., Oak Park. Social time and refreshments at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Guests welcome. Registration Info: meisterjoan@yahoo.com. or http://gcoprf.org.

April 17 “Recyclin,” 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. 6:30 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

April 17 “Food Trees,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners. Fruit and nut trees are gaining popularity. A little knowledge and preparation will help you get the greatest yield from your trees. Presented by Alan Doty of SavATree. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.

April 24 “Month by Month Perennial Color,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Learn about growing perennials to bring a succession of blooms to your garden from February through November. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 8:45 a.m. $20 includes breakfast buffet. Guests welcome, RSVP by April 18. Info: 630-650-4405 or napervillegardenclub.org.

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South

April 20 Basic Beginning Gardening. What’s the difference between annual/perennial, or raised bed vs. digging in the ground? Also: basic tools and safety. Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Ave., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: villageofparkforest.com.

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Indiana

April 6 “Plant Fashion Show,” the program for the monthly meeting of Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Get a sneak peek at the new plants that will be sold at the native plant sale on May 4. Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 219-8443188 or www.gw-wildones.org/.

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

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Wisconsin

March 16 Annual Spring Symposium at Rotary Botanical Gardens. Distinguished speakers include Susan Martin (Gardener Sue’s News, garden writer); Chris Fehlhaber (Chanticleer); Edward Lyon (Reiman Gardens, Iowa State Univ.); and Mark Dwyer, Director of Rotary Gardens.Located at 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $79. Info and registration: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

March 19 Landscape for a Dry Basement. Preventing a wet basement begins by managing the water outside and in the landscape. Learn creative and functional landscape solutions that are key to keeping your basement dry. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison 6:30- to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 23 Fruit Tree Grafting. Learn several approaches to grafting, followed by a demonstration and hands-on practice. You will graft and take home two semi-dwarf fruit trees of your choice (apple, pear, or plum). Root stocks and scionwood provided. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1 to 3 p.m. $38. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 26 A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community. Learn about specific risks of lawn care pesticides, along with natural and organic ways to maintain a lawn. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

April 11 Grow Beautiful African Violets. Learn how to be successful, including how to start from a leaf. Also: soil and fertilizer types, care and growing conditons, rejuvenating violets, dividing and transplanting. You will receive one African violet starter leaf with instructions to take home. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $18. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

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

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Michigan

March 1 to April 30 The annual “Butterflies Are Blooming” show, the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Tropical Conservatory every March and April. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Admission $14.50. Info: 888-957-1580 or MeijerGardens.org.

March 17 “Gardens of Art Around the World,” a lecture by Suzanne Eberle, professor of art history at Kendall College of Art & Design. Dr. Eberle will highlight sculpture gardens that inspired Fred Meijer and some outstanding outdoor collections to add to your bucket list. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Admission $14.50. 2 p.m. Fee included in admission. Info: 888-957-1580 or MeijerGardens.org.

Continuing to August 25 “A National Treasure: Frederik Meijer, His Collection and Legacy Sculpture Exhibition.” Although never formally trained in art, Frederik Meijer acquired a sculpture collection that’s hailed as among the finest in the world. The exhibit features his life and work. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Admission $14.50. Info: 888-957-1580 or MeijerGardens.org.

March 23 Spring Symposium at Fernwood. Four distinguished speakers. Edwina Von Gal, President of the Perfect Earth Project, NYC; Panototi Kelaidis, Senior Curator& Director of Outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens; Phillip Morici of fleurdetroit; and Chris Woods, founding director of Chanticleer Resides in Northern California. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 9 a.m. $126. Includes lunch. Info: 269-696-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

April 14 “Great American Collectors,” a lecture by Dr. Craig Hanson, associate professor, Calvin College. Hear about the role of collectors in the United States and the legacy of art patronage. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. 2 p.m. Garden admission $14.50. Lecture fee included in admission. Info: 888-957-1580 or MeijerGardens.org.

April 23 to 28 “Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Warblers,” the 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Naturalist Wendy Jones leads the tour for the 22nd time. Enjoy programs on birds, wildflowers, natural history, hiking and recent fires. Sponsored by Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles. Cost $925 for non-members. For further info call Wendy at 269-696-6491.

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

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