August 13 “Tiny Beauties,” a Lurie Garden presentation by Anna Edulund and Peggy Macnamara. The speakers will discuss their collaboration focusing on beauty in the natural world at the smallest, even microscopic, scale. Their upcoming book combines breathtaking art and fascinating science to foster a conservation ethic in all of us. Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Registration required at luriegarden.org.
August 16 Guided Pollinator Walk. Join scientists in the Lurie Garden on August 16 for a chance to see and learn about the wide variety of native and non-native pollinators that thrive right here in Illinois. Dress for the weather, including a hat and sunscreen. Short-range binoculars might be useful. Children welcome. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Free. Registration required at luriegarden.org.
May 25 through September 2 Butterflies & Blooms, a butterfly exhibition where you can immerse yourself in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. In the 2,800-square-foot mesh enclosure of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Learning Campus, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. Tickets and info: chicagobotanic.org/butterflies.
June 10 “The Beauty of Japan and Japanese Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County garden club. Presented by Lorraine Kirkpatrick, who will speak from her experience of having lived in Japan. Learn about the types of Japanese gardens and the elements of their design. CrossLife Evangelical Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.
June 22 25th Annual Pullman Garden Walk. Six private and public gardens. Enjoy a light summer tea in one of the gardens before or after the walk. Sponsored by the Historic Pullman Foundation. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But tickets/map and begin at the Pullman Visitor Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 23 “Garden Idyll – An Afternoon at Camp Rosemary,” this year’s first event in the Garden Masters Series hosted by the Garden Conservancy. At Camp Rosemary in Lake Forest. Directions will be sent to registered guests only. 3 to 5 p.m. $110. Registration is required and space is limited. Info and registration: 888-842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org.
June 23 30th Annual Evanston Garden Walk. Stroll through 9 contrasting gardens, including a unique hidden garden that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Rain or shine. Maps provided. Noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $25 in advance; $30 on the day. Online tickets available May 1 at evanstonenvironment.org/gardenwalk.
June 25 33rd Annual House and Garden Walk. Sponsored by Chicago Lighthouse. Visit gardens on the North Shore. Check in at North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50 and up. Tickets at eventbrite.com.
June 29 “Hidden Gems Garden Walk,” presented by Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville. Tickets on sale the day of the event. Details on the club website: towncountrygardenclub.org.
July 13-14 2019 Bucktown Garden Walk & Block Party. (Churchill Park at 1825 N. Damen Avenue) The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the main event hub located at Churchill Park at 1825 N. Damen Avenue. The block party will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., children’s fest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and gardens from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Official garden walk guidebooks can be purchased for $10 at Churchill Park, Club Lucky, Ipsento and Lottie’s. Many local business offer valuable promotions or special incentives included in the guide book. There is a $5 suggested donation for entrance to the block party. For more information, visit www.bucktown.org/gardenwalk
July 11 Growing, Using and Storing Herbs. Herbs can grow successfully in many sunny places: the ground, on a patio, or on a deck. Learn what is needed to grow healthy plants, how and when to harvest them, how to store them, and how to use them. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $40. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.
July 13 “An Urban Oasis in the Sky – Rooftop Gardening at its Finest,” a presentation in the Garden Masters Series sponsored by the Garden Conservancy. At the Chicago Penthouse Garden, Chicago. Directions will be sent to registered guests only. 3 to 5 p.m. $110 general admission. Registration is required and space is limited. Info and registration at 888-842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org.
July 20 The Organic Vegetable Garden in Autumn. Discuss and practice how to get the most out of the growing season by adding cool-season vegetables to your fall garden. Learn about variety selection, mulching, and extending the season. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $40. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.
July 21 “Garden Idyll – An Afternoon at Camp Rosemary,” a presentation in the Garden Masters Series sponsored by the Garden Conservancy. At Camp Rosemary in Lake Forest (directions will be sent to registered guests only). 3 to 5 p.m. $110 general admission. Registration is required and space is limited. Info and registration at 888-842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org.
August 14 Native Woodland Plants. A tremendous variety of native plants grow in the oak woodlands of the Chicago region. Differences in topography, moisture, soil type, and light levels all work to support them. Once common, a large number are now rare and difficult to find. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to noon. $74. Dress for the weather. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.
August 17 “From Design to Reality…and Then Some,” a presentation by Craig Bergmann in the Garden Masters Series sponsored by the Garden Conservancy. At The Gardens at 900, Lake Forest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $140 general admission. Registration is required and space is limited. Info and registration: 888-842-2442 or opendaysprogram.org.
June 12 “Pollinator Friendly Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Presented by Kim Ellson of Pesche’s Nursery. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free, Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.
June 13 Monthly meeting of the Park Ridge Garden Club. Members’ craft boutique. Garden art, jewelry and greeting cards. Installation of officers. At the Centennial Activity Center, 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge. 7 to 9 p.m. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.
June 19 “Inviting Nature into Your Yard,” a presentation by Jim Kleinwachter from the Conservation Foundation. At the Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: 630-837-6800.
June 19 Council of Rockford Gardeners Garden Walk. 1 to 8 p.m. Map available June 1 at website councilofrockfordgardeners.org or Rockford area garden centers.
June 23 Arlington Heights Garden Club Walk. Six creative gardens. Unique Boutique. Vendors. Arborist. Master Gardeners. Raffle. Live music. Refreshments. Start at the Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $10 online or $15 on the day. Info: 847-514-0414 or ahgardenclub.com.
June 29 “Walk on the Wild Side,” garden walks to various native gardens in the greater McHenry County area. Learn about native plants, get design ideas and ask questions. Sponsored by The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee (WPPC). For yard descriptions and directions visit www.theWPPC.org.
June 30 25th Annual Garden Walk hosted by the Park Ridge Garden Club of Illinois. Seven gardens, raffle prizes, refreshments. 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 on the day. Info: parkridgegardenclub.org.
July 17 “For the Love of Lavender,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Clubs of Bartlett, Hanover Park & Streamwood. Learn about the various varieties of lavender, plus growing tips and ways to use. Presented by Maggie Smith from Nettle Creek Lavender Farm in Morris. At Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 6:30 p.m. Info: www.trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.
August 21 “Wildlife in our Neighborhoods,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park & Streamwood. Presented by Jeff Rapp, senior naturalist for Crabtree Nature Preserve, Cook County Forest Preserve. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood, in rooms 2 and 3. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: www.trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.
June 8 to 29 Field Study: Birds of Summer. Become acquainted with a host of birds that nest and breed in the Chicago region as you observe breeding, foraging and nesting behavior and food choices. Also: ID of specific bird songs and calls. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 11 a.m. $162. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
June 8-9 Utica Garden Faire & Walk Join us at the Canal Market in historic downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will have a great variety of garden/craft vendors and a huge plant sale with reasonably priced perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables from our club members’ gardens. The Garden Walk includes a self-guided tour of lovely private gardens. Garden walk tickets can be purchased for $10.00 per person (cash/check only) at the Garden Faire in downtown Utica. Utica Exit #81 from I-80 – 208 S. Clark St, Utica, IL. Rain or shine. Like us on Facebook! For more information, email: email@example.com or call (815)667-4856 or (815)252-4573.
June 9 Hydrangea Hysteria, the program for the monthly meeting of the Chicagoland Daylily Society. Cristin Adam of The Growing Place, will speak. Members will also raffle plants and garden-related items. The Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale. 2 to to 4 p.m. Free. Info: http://www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.
June 19 Monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners. Program presented by Veronica Porter of Veterans Victory Farm, a for-profit group providing training and employment for veterans. The farm’s sustainably grown produce is sold wholesale and to the community. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.
June 20 Design a Lower Maintenance Garden. In this class, a horticulturist will illustrate how to design a low-maintenance garden, with an emphasis on plants that don’t require a lot of effort. Also: learn the best conditions for specific varieties. Visit the Arboretum’s gardens to see these plants and principles in action. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
June 23 Oak Park/River Forest Garden Walk. Self-guided tour of eight eclectic private gardens and one community garden. Sponsored by the Oak Park River Forest Garden Club and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 on the day. Children under 12 free. Buy in person at Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Ave., Oak Park. All ticket holders must pick up Garden Guide day of walk. Info: 708-725 2400 or www.gcoprf.org.
June 24 Monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Brad Buker of Bartlett Tree Experts will speak about diagnosing and treating diseases in trees and shrubs. Also: correct pruning. Baker Memorial Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. Open to the public. Info: pottagardenclub.org.
June 30 Prairie Walk. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Garfield Farm and Inn Museum, located on Garfield Road north of Illinois 38, Campton Hills. 9 a.m. to noon. $6. Reservations encouraged. Info: 630-584-8485 or garfieldfarm.org.
July 20 Daylily Show. The most beautiful daylilies grown by members and hybridizers in the Chicagoland Daylily Society will be displayed. Visitors may participate in judging. The Morton Arboretum, Sycamore Room, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Info: http://www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.
July 28 Prairie Ethnobiology. The prairie once served us as pharmacy, grocery store, fuel source, fortune teller, purveyor of love charms and more. Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike.The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 43, Lisle. 8:30 to 11 a.m. $44. This class will be offered again in August. Info and registration: 630-719-2467 or mortonarb.org/education.
August 24 Daylily Sale, hosted by the Chicagoland Daylily Society. Many colors, shapes, ruffles, spiders, and unusual forms of daylilies grown by members and daylily hybridizers. In the garden at 41 South Stough Street, Hinsdale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date August 25. Info: http://www.chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.
August 25 Heirloom Garden Show. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. Garfield Farm Museum, on Garfield Road just north of Illinois Route 38, Campton Hills. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 adults/$3 children under 13. Info: 630-584-8485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Growing Place, 2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000). thegrowingplace.com
June 8 Designing with Perennials. Learn the many ways to use perennials to create colorful color combinations, mix different textures, and add a pop of personality. 1 p.m. Free. No registration. Aurora.
June 11 Make a Mason Jar Wall Planter. It’s Tipsy Tuesday! Using mason jars, hooks, wood and string staff will help you create a rustic wall planter you can use to hold plants, cut flowers or even a candle. 6 p.m. $40. Call 630-355-4000 to register. Aurora.
June 15 Garden Gossip & Coffee. Come for a morning chat about some of our favorite perennials, gardening tips and more! Topics announced closer to the date. Watch thegrowingplace.com for details. 10 a.m. Free. Both locations.
June 22 Gardener’s Art Fest. Over 30 local artists, live music, garden talks and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Check the website thegrowingplace.com for schedule of talks and activities. Free. Naperville.
June 27 Messin’ Around in the Dirt – Kid’s Days. A morning of activities to bring the love of gardening to kids. Presented by Univ. of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 10 years old. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. No registration. Future dates: July 11 and 25. Aurora.
Cantigny Gardens, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. For classes and events requiring advance registration, call 630-260-8162 or email email@example.com. Regular daily parking is $5 per car. On Saturdays and Sundays, May through September, parking is $10. The higher rate also applies on May 27, July 4 and September 2. Parking is free on the first Wednesday of the month, and always free for Cantigny Park members. Cantigny.org.
June 1 8th Annual Grow It Forward. Hear an informative talk on vegetable gardening, then take home two tomato plants and two pepper plants and put the advice to work. The only requirement is to commit to sharing your plants, knowledge or the produce you harvest with someone in need. Advance registration is required to receive plants. 9 a.m. at the Visitors Center. Free with paid parking.
June 4 Garden Tour: Perennials. An expert from Cantigny Horticulture will lead a casual exploration of Cantigny’s early-summer blooming perennials. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with paid parking.
June 6 Summer Evening Stroll. Enjoy a one-hour guided stroll with a Master Gardener in Cantigny’s colorful and lush gardens, many of them newly designed and planted in 2018. Advance registration is requested. Tour begins from the Visitors Center at 6 p.m. Free with paid parking.
June 20 Evening Garden Tour. Celebrate the start of summer with a guided tour led by Jackie Kosbab and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture. Advance registration requested. Tour begins from the Visitors Center at 6 p.m. Free with paid parking.
June 15 Vegetable Containers: What combinations look great and which vegetables work in hanging pots. Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Ave., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: villageofparkforest.com.
June 22 13th annual Timmy’s Hugs and Hearts Garden Walk. The walk benefits the Joliet Area Community Hospice. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15. Info: 815-740-4104 or joliethospice.org.
June 29 “Palos in Bloom,” a garden walk hosted by the Palos Heights Woman’s Club. Begin with Continental breakfast between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Orchard Room, Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 West 127th Street, Palos Heights. Tour five local gardens from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location maps and wrist bands will be provided the morning of the walk. Ticket $25. Info and tickets: 708-945-6254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 30 9th Annual Southland Community Garden Walk. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 on the day. Advance tickets sold at Art 4 Soul or Ebel’s Ace Hardware in Homewood, or Loulou Belle in Frankfort. Start at Goldberg Park, 3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor. Info: 708-798-5771.
July 18 Wine and Nature with Cooper’s Hawk Winery. A Lake Katherine naturalist will give short nature walks around the grounds. Wine tasting. Music. Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden, 7402 West Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights. 6 to 9 p.m. $30. Limit 100. Sign up at the Nature Center to secure your ticket. Info: 708-361-1873 or http://www.lakekatherine.org/index.cfm.
July 20 “Spring Bulbs.” But it’s July, why are we talking about spring bulbs? Because, now is when you should be receiving your first fall bulb catalogs. Order now, Companies ship in October, and you will be the envy of the neighborhood in May. Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Ave., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: villageofparkforest.com
August 17 “Weeds: The Bad, the Really Bad, and the Best Ways to Get Rid of Them.” Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Ave., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: villageofparkforest.com.
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June 1 Rose Show. Indoor exhibit of cut roses and arrangements. Organized by the Madison Rose Society. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Info: 608-634-2146 or olbrich.org.
June 12-15 51st annual American Hosta Society (AHS) National Convention. Radisson Hotel & Convention Center, Green Bay. Hosta exhibits, 10 private garden tours, vendors, seedling competition (Vote for your favorite new introduction), live hosta auction (Bid on mature and rare varieties), speakers, and more. The Green & Gold Hosta Society of Northeastern Wisconsin, with more than 130 local members, is organizing and hosting the 2019 national event. Info and registration details: ahs2019event.org.
July 11 Garden Alternatives to Lawns, a walk through Olbrich Botanical Gardens with Jeff Epping. See how Olbrich has replaced lawns and traditional perennial beds with sustainable, beautiful grass and sedge meadows – alone or planted with flowering herbaceous perennials and bulbs. Learn how to include low-maintenance gravel gardens in your landscape. Olbich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 608-246-3440 or olbrich,org.
July 18 through August 11 Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Bolz Conservatory. Butterfly Scavenger Hunt in the outdoor gardens for children. Olbrich Botanical Gardens 4550 Atwood Ave., Madison. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free parking. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
July 30 Butterflies of Wisconsin, a presentation by Rob Zimmer, nature writer and photographer. Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay. 6 to 8 p.m. $7, Info: 920-490-9457 or www.gbbg.org.
August 13 “Creating Tropical Effects,” a walk through Olbrich’s Thai Garden.Learn how you can create a tropical feel in your garden with cold-hardy plants. Plant selections, care and maintenance, and specialized techniques. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $17. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
August 18 Monarch Butterfly Tagging, led by Charlene Breitlow, monarch expert. Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay. 2 to 4 p.m. Info: 920-490-9457 or www.gbbg.org.
August 22 “Edibles in Every Garden.” Explore the Herb Garden to see small fruit, vegetable, and herb varieties suited to containers as well as trials of new “superfood” plants. Open to ages 12 and up. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
August 27 Beneficial Garden Insects. Learn about many of the beneficial insects and spiders we have or may want in our gardens. Then take a walk through the outdoor gardens to look for any of our creepy-crawly friends. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
August 28 to 31 GLEAM: Art in a New Light. This is an annual exhibit featuring local, national and international artists creating light-based installations throughout Olbrich’s 16-acre outdoor gardens. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 4550 Atwood Ave., Madison. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Last ticket sold at 10 p.m. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.og.
For additional events, please see the Wisconsin Gardening magazine calendar of events.
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For additional events, please see the Michigan Gardening magazine calendar of events.
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