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Chicago

SEPTEMBER

September 16
Explore the science behind the Lurie Garden and learn about its birds.
All ages. Drop in program. No registration. Meet at the south end of the boardwalk in the garden at 280 E. Monroe. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Info: 312-228-1004 or luriegarden.org.

September 19
Chicago Bonsai Club, a chapter of the Midwest Bonsai Society, meets monthly.
Bring your bonsai trees to work on or just come to watch. Potting soil and wire provided; some plant materials and pots available at a nominal cost. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Info: garfieldconservatory.org.

September 22
North Park Village Wild Ones monthly meeting.
Tour the elevated 606 Trail in Chicago that runs for 2.7 miles between Ashland and Ridgeway. Meet in Churchill Field Park (located just north of N. Damen Ave. and W. Willow St. in Chicago) at 10 a.m. Carpoolers call Bob for carpooling details (312-744-5472). Lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards.

OCTOBER

October 6
North Park Village Wild Ones’ Annual Fall Color Tour.
Return to Maple Grove to experience the beautiful fall color of this 81-acre remnant of the vast maple forest that became Downers Grove. The preserve is categorized as a “globally endangered ecosystem” by ecologists. Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot located at the main, southern entrance to the forest preserve on Maple Avenue, 1 mile west of Dunham road. Carpoolers call Bob for carpooling details (312-744-5472). Lunch afterwards at a nearby restaurant.

October 12
Bird and Nature Walk.
Join The Nature Conservancy and Lurie Garden staff to see the fall migration through the Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Info: LurieGarden.org.

October 17
Chicago Bonsai Club, a chapter of the Midwest Bonsai Society, meets monthly
. Bring your bonsai trees to work on or just come to watch. Potting soil and wire provided; some plant materials and pots available at a nominal cost. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Info: garfieldconservatory.org.

October 18
Urban Wild.
Celebrate fall with this hyper-local harvest festival celebrating some of Chicago’s best urban farmers, beekeepers and artisans. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Info: LurieGarden.org.

October 26
Gardener’s Plant Walk.
Learn about fall interest and how the garden is prepped for winter with Lurie Garden director and head horticulturist, Laura Ekasetya. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 8 to 8:45 a.m. Info: LurieGarden.org.

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North

SEPTEMBER

September 8Preparing Your Lawn for Fall. Learn the basics of lawn renovation and how to prepare for winter. Also: installing sod, seeding and overseeding, aerating and fertilizing. Part of the class will be outdoors. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or
chicagobotanic.org.

September 15
Ferns for the Chicago Region.
Explore the many hardy species, cultivars and mutations of these fascinating plants. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $64. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 18
Autumn Containers at the Garden.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $71.20. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 26
Preparing for Fall and Winter Storage.
Learn the steps to prepare bonsai trees for fall and winter seasons. Proper feeding, pruning and storage options for both temperate and tropical bonsai will be covered. Students are encouraged to bring bonsai trees for late summer to early fall work. A map will be sent with your confirmation. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 9 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 29
Backstage: The Garden Wall.
Tour the mile-long wall on the berm along the Edens Expressway and discover its horticultural treasures. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

OCTOBER

October 6 to November 10
Gardening Techniques: Session A.
Students will be introduced to professional gardening techniques. This is a pre-professional class designed for students entering the green industry. Meets six Saturdays. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. $312. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

October 8
“Backyard Birds and Bird Feeding,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Learn how to attract a variety of birds to your yard with feeding stations and food plantings. Also: a who’s who of common local birds and some of the migrants to be observed in spring and fall. Presented by David Brooks of Spring Valley Nature Center. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 413 W. Austin Ave., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or
gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

October 10
Peonies Rediscovered.
Learn about new and old varieties plus cultural techniques such as division, proper planting depth and more. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 8 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

October 27
Columnar Trees for Small Landscapes.
Learn about cultivars that were developed to be narrow to meet the needs of the small-space garden. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $64. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

SEPTEMBER

September 8
Rich and Susan Eyre are retiring, so this will be the last Benefit for Bolivia at Rich’s Foxwillow Pines in Woodstock. Rich Eyre lived in Bolivia when he was a member of the Peace Corps. Since then he has participated in charity work that has helped to develop roads, health care and other services in the country. Bolivian handicrafts, garden items and hostas will be for sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 815-338-7442.

September 20 “Birds in the Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Wild Ones. Presented by Pam Carlson, career artist, gardener, birder and rescuer of migratory birds for 14 years as a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer. She has documented over 110 species of birds in her Chicago garden. Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, lower level, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 p.m. Free. Info: www.wildonesrrvc.org.

September 22
Wyld Creek Water Garden Pond Tour.
Experience beautiful and inspiring water gardens within the Antioch & Wyld Creek areas. Several ponds and waterfalls will be featured with a Wyld Creek employee at each stop to answer any questions. Following the pond tour, Wyld Creek plans to appreciate their customers and those that enjoyed the pond tour with a BBQ. Tour 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customer appreciation party 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Info: maggie@wyldcreek.com.

September 30
McHenry County Farm Stroll.
A self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. See 12 farms with orchards, vegetable dairy cows, honeybees, perennials hydroponics and more. Organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Volunteers will be onsite to conduct demonstrations and tours. These are working farms. No pets please. Most farms will be selling food, produce or other farm-related products. Bring cash to purchase items directly from the farmers. Some farms will have toilet facilities.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info and locations at http://new.mchenrycfb.org/news/mchenry-county-farm-stroll.

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OCTOBER

October 18
“The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Wild Ones. Presented by Cindy Crosby, an educator and naturalist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Learn about the natural history, plants and animals of the midwestern tallgrass prairie plus management of the prairie at the arboretum. Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, lower level, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 p.m. Free. Info: www.wildonesrrvc.org.

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West

SEPTEMBER

September 4
The “Monarch Butterfly Film,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Darien Garden Club. Learn about monarch butterflies and what we can do to help them. Presented by Kay MacNeil. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien. 7 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: DarienGardenClub.com.

September 4
“Putting the Garden to Bed,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Winfield Garden Club. Presented by Bill Kargas, who will cover many aspects of preparing flower and vegetable beds for winter. Learn dos and don’ts plus tips on helping our gardens get a jump on spring. Meet in the community room of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 0S501 Summit Drive. Winfield. 6:30 p.m. Visitors welcome. Info: 630-346-1524.

September 6
Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Resilient Plants for a Lasting Landscape
. Five distinguished speakers. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $130. Registration fee includes lunch, breaks and free admission to The Morton Arboretum. Chicago Botanic Garden members, call the Registrar for your rate. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 8
Canning Tomatoes.
This class will cover water bath tomato canning, equipment, safety, resources, and recipes. Watch as your instructor prepares a recipe from start to finish, and then sample several others. You’ll go home with recipes for canned sauce, canned bruschetta, tomato jam and more. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 8
Prairie Habitats and Their Wildlife.
Learn about the plants and animals that call the fall prairie home. A plant list will be provided but feel free to bring your own field guide and hand lens. Class held outdoors. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 11 a.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 9
“The Gardener as Artist,”
a presentation to the Chicagoland Daylily Society. By Nina A. Koziol, columnist for Chicagoland Gardening. The Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale. 2 to 4 p.m. Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.

September 10
“Incredible Bats,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Community Garden Club. Presented by Dan and Sharon Peterson, who are ambassadors for these flying mammals. They will discuss the importance of bats, dispel some myths and speak about threats to their survival. The program includes a few bats and just for fun, a pet skunk. Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Info: ncgardenersinfo@gmail.com.

September 12
Monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest.
Program and refreshments at the historic Cheney Mansion, 220 N Euclid St., Oak Park. Refreshments at noon; meeting at 12:30; program at 1 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: www.gcoprf.org.RSVP by Sept. 5 to: president@gcoprf.org.

September 12
Suminagashi Demo/Workshop.
Artist Nancy Staszak will explore the Japanese art of suminagashi, or “floating ink,” better known as a type of paper marbling. Following the demo you’ll have time to complete some suminagashi papers and one or two finished notecards. Bring scissors and gluestick if you have them. Bloomingdale Park District Museum, 108 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. $10 visitor fee. Info: 630-624-9545 or bpetrosius@gmail.com.

September 13 and 14
Grass Identification and Ecology.
This workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study. Identify warm season grasses in the field and lab, learn the specialized terminology and distinguishing features, discuss their ecology, and practice identifying species from keys. Class held both indoors and outdoors. Bring water, hand lens and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $230. Fee includes all workshop handouts, morning refreshments and a box lunch. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 13
Home Composting with Bill Shores.
Learn to make your own compost and the basics of composting with worms. See examples of container composting systems, passive composting techniques and the types of materials that can be composted efficiently in small spaces. Great for the homeowner who doesn’t want a messy compost pile cluttering up the yard or for the townhouse or condo owner confined to indoor solutions or a very small outdoor space. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 15
Water & Garden Showcase,
presented by Aquascape at their corporate headquarters, 901 Aqualand Way, St. Charles. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For details – including destinations, mobile maps, descriptions and information – visit www.aquascapeconstruction.com.

September 18
“Critters in Your Garden,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Presented by Mel Zaloudek. Learn about plant selection, deterrents, fence heights and the deadliest season for shrub and small tree damage. St. Paul Church 118 First Street, Bloomingdale. 7 p.m. Free. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub.org/events/.

September 19
“Honeybees and Pollination,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club. Presented by Karen and Charles Lorence. Charles is a director for the American Beekeeping Federation. Karen writes for the American Bee Journal and other newspapers. They will also bring in many of their beeswax products and honey to sell after their presentation. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Info: 630-497-1958.

September 19
Downers Grove Organic Gardeners Harvest Fest.
Celebrate the end of the gardening season. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 7 p.m. Free. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.

September 20
Ancient Grains
. Get the scoop on ancient grains and their role in our diets with this hands-on program. Taste healthful recipes using ingredients such as teff, farro, and more. Prepare two recipes to take home with you. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 22
7th Annual P.E.O. Fall Garden Tour.
Four private gardens located in Sandwich and Milbrook. Sponsored by the Philanthropic Education Organization, Chapter FO Sandwich, and Redbud Creek Farm. Walk: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade lunch and dessert from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redbud Creek Farm, 2930 N. 4351st Road, Sheridan. Plants 10 percent off day of tour. Tickets $10 at Redbud or homes day of tour. Questions: 815-509-3520 or redbudcreekfarm.com.

September 28
“Photographing Nature and Your Garden Like a Pro,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Cub. Presented by Noriko Buckles. Get a few quick tips that will make your garden photographs beautiful enough to be in a magazine. Expensive camera equipment is not needed. Lombard Commons, Grace St. and St. Charles Road in Lombard. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 630-620-8938 to register or jeanmjeske@att.net.

OCTOBER

October 2“Floral Design,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Mary Stavenhagen. Stephan D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. 11:30 a.m. Guests welcome. Info: genevagardenclub.com.

October 17
“Incredible Bats,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Learn about the many benefits of this misunderstood and feared creature. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 630-497-1958 or trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

October 26
“Growing Grass: It’s Not the 70s Anymore,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Cub. Presented by Bill Kargas of Pioneer Garden and Feed who will discuss all aspects of growing and maintaining a lawn, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible practices. Seed selection, renovating and maintenance. Lombard Commons, Grace St. and St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Call 630-620-8938 to register.

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South

SEPTEMBER

September 8“Cottage Garden Favorites.” Salvage style, multitudes of scented flowers and the occasional critter. The perfect spot to enjoy an evening after a long day at work. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: JTassin@ssc.edu.

September 15
3rd annual Monarch Festival,
hosted by the Oak Lawn Park District. Learn how to assist in the preservation of the monarch butterfly species and our environment. Includes butterfly arts and crafts for kids, an interactive puppet theatre, music, live butterfly tagging, a bug zoo, caterpillar aquarium, a movie and more. Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 708-857-2200.

OCTOBER

October 13
“Fairy Gardens: Tiny, Whimsical and Fun!”
Bring a fairy, and a pot (think outside the box, fairy gardens can be planted in nearly anything), and the speaker will supply the rest. You will work together to make your own garden. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: JTassin@ssc.edu.

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Indiana

SEPTEMBER

September 15“Nature’s Potpourri,” the Lake County Master Gardeners 6th Annual Symposium. Avalon Manor Banquet Center, Merrillville. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40 before Sept. 1. $50 afterwards. Info and registration: https://api.ag.purdue.edu/api/DepotWS/File.ashx?t=f&i=72085.

September 29
7th Biennial Native Plant Symposium
. Four distinguished speakers, hot lunch, breakout sessions. St. John Township Community Center, 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45. Info and registration: 219-433-5731 or gw-wildones.org.

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

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Wisconsin

SEPTEMBER

September 11Landscape for a Dry Basement. Learn about preventing a wet basement by managing outdoor water with creative landscape solutions. Olbrich Botanical Gardens 3330 Atwood Ave. Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

September 12
Overwintering Tropicals at Home.
Learn multiple strategies for overwintering various tropical plants indoors, both dormant and actively growing. Olbrich Botanical Gardens 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

September 21 to October 21
Chinese Lights
, the wildly popular lantern festival, returns to Boerner Botanical Gardens. Last year’s festival drew visitors from 44 states and the District of Columbia. Boerner is located in Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners (a suburb of Milwaukee). Sponsored by Milwaukee County Parks and Festival Pro LLC. Info: Marie.Kerznar@milwaukeecountywi.gov.

OCTOBER

October 10
Small Scale Native Trees and Shrubs
. Learn about options for different home environments, a few of the best native varieties (‘nativars’), and their ornamental characteristics. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

October 23
Native Shrubs for Your Landscape.
Learn easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. Discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

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

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Michigan

SEPTEMBER

September 9Monarch Butterfly Tagging. Monarch populations have dropped 80 percent in the last 20 years. Local experts discuss the monarch life cycle, how to create a Monarch Waystation, and the Monarch Watch tagging program. View live monarch butterflies and see them released into the wild. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

September 21
Doug Tallamy Lecture: Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home
. Doug Tallamy is chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, and the author of the best-selling book, Bringing Nature Home. He will speak about the many ways that insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of birds and other wildlife in our communities. Sponsored by Berrien Birding Club. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 7 p.m. $25. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

OCTOBER

October 7Raptors Live! Birds of prey that are awake in the day are called diurnal raptors. These amazing birds include everything from the enormous bald eagle to the tiny American kestrel, no larger than a pigeon. The Lake Milton Raptor Education Center invites you to come face-to-face with these magnificent birds. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3 p.m. Adults: $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

October 21
Pearl Buttons and the St. Joseph River.
With an abundance of freshwater clams in the St. Joseph River, several pearl button factories were located along its banks in the early 1900s. Ric Ladonski of Niles discusses the natural history of freshwater clams, the story of these button factories, and his vast collection of buttons and other items made from freshwater shells. Fernwood Botanical Garden 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 3 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

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

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