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Chicago

Garden Walks in Chicago

July 12

Edgewater Glen Garden Walk. Start at 1420 W. Glenlake St. (6100N). Noon to 5 p.m. $5 for adults. Children free. Info: 773-761-3668 or edgeglen.com/Events/Garden.

July 19
Edgebrook Garden Walk.
See 12 gardens in the Edgebrook and Wildwood neighborhoods of Chicago. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Buy tickets ($10) on the day at the North Branch Arts (NBA) Community Garden, 6431 N. Kinzua St., by the Metra Station Parking Lot. All proceeds benefit the North Branch Arts, a 501c(3), and the Edgebrook Community Association. Info: 312-590-2222 or northbrancharts@gmail.com or talk2eca@gmail.com.

August 2
33rd Annual Graceland West Garden Walk.
Thirty gardens. Master Gardener table, composting and gardening literature, and friendly neighbors. Noon to 5 pm. rain or shine. Free. Neighborhood is bounded by Ashland-Clark-Irving Pk.-Montrose. Starting point with maps is 4334 N. Greenview Ave. Info: 773-348-1469 or email donnaforsberg@sbcglobal.net.

JULY

Every Thursday evening through October 29
Farmers Market in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Municipal Parking Lot N. Lincoln and W. Leland (adjacent to CTA Western Station). 4 to 8 p.m. Full list of vendors: lincolnsquareravenswood.org.

Every Saturday

61st Street Farmers Market. 61st St. between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. LINK card accepted. Info and list of vendors: experimentalstation.org.

Every Sunday until October 25

Wicker Park Farmers’ Market. West side of the Wicker Park Fieldhouse, 1425 N. Damen St. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org.

AUGUST

August 20Gardening with Hardy Orchids. Learn about sourcing, planting, and maintaining selected hardy orchids for the Chicagoland garden. Lurie Garden. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Register: luriegarden.eventbrite.com.

August 20

Introduction to Botanical Drawing. Taught by the award-winning Heeyoung Kim who specializes in native plants of Midwestern prairies and woodlands. Lurie Garden, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Register: luriegarden.eventbrite.com.

August 22

“Growing Trees for the Home Landscape.” Presented by Greg Paige from Bartlett Tree Research Lab and Arboretum. Tips, tricks, planting and selection of trees that are guaranteed to liven up your garden. Lurie Garden. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Register: luriegarden.eventbrite.com.

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North

Garden Walks in the North

July 11Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Walk. Five gardens in Libertyville. Rain or shine. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Map and directions on the club website: gclcil.com. Info: 847-772-2186 or juliancindy@hotmail.com.

July 26
Open Days Tours on the North Shore.
Two gardens in Highland Park and Mettawa open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7 at the gate. Further information: gardenconservancy.org/open-days.

JULY

July 9 and 10
“How to Can & Preserve Your Summer Harvest.” Jennifer Brennan, Chalet horticulturist, will teach canning, freezing and drying techniques. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561.

July 11
Gardening for Birds and Butterflies. Learn about useful annuals and perennials, plant location and garden elements that can lead to beautiful results. Indoor presentation followed by a short walk to view examples. Dress for the weather. Taught by Sheryl DeVore, author, Birds of Illinois, and chief editor, Meadowlark, journal of the Illinois Ornithological Society. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 11
Hydrangea Highlights, a seminar at Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: redsgardencenter.com.

July 11
Shade Garden Basics. Learn what to look for when selecting plants, plus how to evaluate the shade in your garden and manage it successfully. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 11 and 12
Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Show. A show of floral arrangements in four artistic categories and a judged display of lily blooms in different varieties. Presented by the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440.

July 16 and 17
“Tropical Patio Plants: More Than Just on the Patio.” The summer temperatures in the Chicago area are similar to the year-round temperatures of the tropics, hot and humid. Using summer flowering tropicals in our outdoor living areas is safe until the outdoor nighttime temperatures drop below 60 F. Jennifer Brennan, Chalet horticulturist, will introduce you to Chalet favorites. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Free.
Info: 847-256-0561.

July 22

Tropical Bonsai Workshop. The heat of the summer is the perfect time to repot, prune, graft and work on tropical bonsai. Learn about care, species types, soil, feeding and more. Majority of the session will be spent working on your trees. All levels of experience welcome. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 9 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 18 and 19
Butterfly Festival at Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Mingle with living butterflies in the butterfly habitat on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Butterfly releasing ceremony Sunday at 2 p.m. Free. Info: redsgardencenter.com.

July 18 and 19
Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale. Sale on Saturday. Show and sale on Sunday. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440.

July 23

Lake and Pond Shorelines: Controlling Erosion and Enhancing Habitat. Explore how thoughtful use of native plants and innovative structural measures can yield waterside landscapes that combine aesthetic appeal while enhancing fragile water edge habitats. Part of the class will be spent outdoors. Taught by Bob Kirschner, director of restoration ecology at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $59. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 23

Chicago and its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125. Author and garden historian Cathy Jean Maloney looks at the 125 years of Chicago Horticultural Society history and introduces the exhibit, “Chicago and its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125.” A book signing will follow. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $19. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 23 and 24
“Watering Simplified.” Tony Fulmer, Chalet’s chief horticulture officer, will discuss why correct watering is the most critical factor in plant survival. Many problems are due to inadequate water from previous growing seasons. Learn why, how, when and how much water to give when Mother Nature falls short. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561.

July 25
Wild World of Weeds. Explore some of the most common weeds of the Midwest. Learn the basics of weed identification, life cycles and methods of control. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 25 and 26
Herb Garden Weekend. Learn about growing and using a variety of kitchen garden herbs. Displays, activities and demonstrations. Kitchen herb tour with the horticulturist at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. both days. Chef demos. Vendors. Games for children. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 25 and 26
Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale. Plants grown by members. Children’s educational programming. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 26

Bonsai Basics. Learn the horticulture of bonsai and the philosophy behind it. Also: history, fundamental aesthetic elements and basic styles. A walk to view part of the Garden‘s Bonsai Collection is included. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

July 30 and 31
“Hydrangeas, the Stars of Late Summer.” Tony Fulmer, Chalet’s chief horticulture officer, will introduce the wonderful variety of grandiflora and paniculata hydrangeas that brighten the summer gardens. For sun and for shade, there’s a hydrangea for you. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561.

AUGUST

August 1
Garden Combat. A seminar at Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: redsgardencenter.com.

August 1

Tour the 2-acre reconstructed prairie at Centennial Park, Crawford and Wilmette Streets in Wilmette. Hosted by the Little Garden Club of Wilmette. Plants will be identified by Charlotte Adelman, co-author of The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants. 10 a.m. Free. Parking in the complex’s parking lot. Info: Wilmette Park District at 847-256-9638 or email tzanon@wilpark.org.

August 8

“Weeds … Know Your Enemy.” A seminar at Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: redsgardencenter.com.

August 8 and 9
Gardeners of the North Shore Show. A judged exhibition of flowers, vegetables, herbs and houseplants. Some plants for sale. Amateur gardeners welcome to enter. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440.

August 15
“Fall Perennial Garden Care.” A seminar at Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: redsgardencenter.com.

August 19

Preparing Your Bonsai for Fall and Winter Storage. Learn about proper feeding, pruning, and winter storage options for both temperate and tropical bonsai. Students are encouraged to bring trees for late summer to early fall work. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glecoe. 6 to 9 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

August 22 and 23

Heirloom Tomato Weekend. Learn to grow and use heirloom tomatoes. Displays, activities, tours and seed saving demos. Chef demos at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Vendors. Children’s activities. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440.

August 22 and 23

Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show. Learn about the Japanese art of flower arranging. Each day there will be two flower arranging ceremonies and two tea ceremonies. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

August 29 and 30

Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale. Learn about this plant family, which includes pineapples and Spanish moss. Members of the Society available to answer questions. Plants for sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.”

August 30

Fall Container Workshop. Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: redsgardencenter.com.

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Northwest

Garden Walks in the Northwest

July 11
“Right in Our Own Backyard.”
The annual McHenry County Master Gardener Garden Walk. Nine gardens in Crystal Lake, Richmond, McHenry and Wonder Lake. Begin at McHenry County College Demonstration Garden, which includes a sale of plants grown by Master Gardeners. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 through July 3. $17 at the door. Info: mchenry.edu/gardenwalk.

JULY

July 11
Alternative Garden Ideas. Hear how to garden with less water and no fertilizer. Aquaponics, straw bale gardening, Hugulkutur and more. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

July 18

Butterfly Container Workshop. Plant a container to take home that will attract butterflies. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. Pre-registration plus a small fee for the pot, soil and plants. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

July 19

Art on the Lawn. A juried fine art show featuring many media. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 adults. Children 12 and under free. Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

July 21
Bumblebees and Other Native Pollinators. The Rockford area is home to many bees and pollinators but populations are declining. Class begins with information on identifying different species and is followed by a visit to the gardens. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info and registration: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

July 23
Maintaining your Perennial Garden. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost included in daily admission. Info and registration: Info: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

July 25 or 26
Hydrangea Hoopla. Learn about the care, pruning and soil amendments needed to keep hydrangeas looking great. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. Saturday at 10 a.m. Sunday at 11 a.m. Free. Info: Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

AUGUST

August 16
Bumblebees and Other Native Pollinators. The Rockford area is home to many bees and pollinators but populations are declining. Class begins with information on identifying different species and is followed by a visit to the gardens. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 1 p.m. Info and registration: 815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

August 20
“Permaculture for Native Gardeners.” The program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, the Rock River Valley Chapter. Permaculture combines the best of natural landscaping and edible landscaping to create a site that sustains itself and the gardener. Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, WTC, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public. Info: 815-627-0344.

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West

Garden Walks in the West

July 11
Downers Grove Garden Walk, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church Bridge Board. Six private gardens. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 on the day. Proceeds benefit transitional housing projects of Bridge Communities. Info and tickets: dgfumc.org/gardenwalk.

July 12
Elmhurst Garden Walk and Faire. Buy tickets and map at Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect St., Elmhurst. Starts at 10 a.m. Walk ends at 3 p.m. Faire ends at 4 p.m. $15 in advance. $20 on the day.

July 18

Pond Tour of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society, Southwest and West Zones. $15 per family. Map includes all four days. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org for details on purchasing a pond tour map.

July 18
“Garden Walk in the Country.” The 4th annual Hinckley garden walk. Six gardens. University of Illinois DeKalb County Master Gardeners available to answer questions. Proceeds support technology improvements at the Hinckley Public Library. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day. Info: 815-286-3220 or hinckley.lib.il.us.

July 19
Men’s Garden Club of Villa Park Garden Walk. Six to eight gardens in Villa Park and surrounding communities. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Info: homegardening.org.

July 19

Pond Tour of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society, South Zone. $15 per family. Map includes all four days. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org for details on purchasing a pond tour map.

July 25
Pond Tour of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society, North/Northwest Zones.
$15 per family. Map includes all four days. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org for details on purchasing a pond tour map.

July 26
Pond Tour of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society, Central Zone.
$15 per family. Map includes all four days. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org for details on purchasing a pond tour map.

August 2

Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour of The Gardens at Ball. Ball Horticultural Company, 622 Town Road, West Chicago. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7 at the gate. Further information: opendaysprogram.org.

JULY

Continuing until July 27
“The Nature of the Valley.” An exhibit by the Greater Geneva Art Guild. Various media, oil pastels, watercolor, collage, mixed media. At Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41W781 Illinois Route 64, St. Charles. Info: 630-584-4424 or wasconursery.com.

July 8, 15 and 18
Landscape Plants: Late Summer. Learn to identify approximately 30 selected trees and shrubs by height, form, leaf texture and flower. Taught by Marcy Stewart-Pyziak. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets Wednesdays, July 8 and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. $123. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 9, 16, 25 and 30
Conservation Biology. Explore the meaning and importance of biodiversity and its implications for natural area restoration, habitat management, and conservation of endangered species. The Morton Arboretum. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets July 9, 16 & 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Meets July 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. $162. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 11
Advanced Invasive Plant Identification. Learn to identify invasive plants as they are emerging. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 11
Gardening for Fragrance. Tour the Arboretum’s Fragrance Garden and discover shrubs, trees, and perennials that offer sweet fragrances for our region. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 12 to August 9
Local Flora: Summer. Discover the names of the wildflowers filling the prairies in summer. Taught by Jack Shouba. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets five Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon. $209. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 12 to August 9
Tree ID and Ecology. Learn in the shade as you become familiar with the trees common to the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets five Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. $209. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 19
Oaks, Insects, and Animals. Gain a deeper understanding of the role of oaks in Illinois ecosystems. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

July 21
“Shade Gardening – Beyond Hosta.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Explore unconventional options using unusual plant material. Presented by Patricia Hill, native plant designer. Bloomingdale Police Dept., lower level, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or bloomingdalegardenclub.org.

July 29 to September 14

“It’s in Our Nature.” A faculty exhibit by the Fine Line Creative Arts Center. Showing collage, mixed media, oil pastels, watercolor, and printmaking, all from varied courses offered at Fine Line. Exhibit at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center, 41W781 Illinois Route 64, St. Charles. On August 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. there will be a “Meet the Artists Reception.” Info: 630-584-4424 or wasconursery.com.

AUGUST

August 1 and 2
Prairie State Bonsai Society Show. Display of bonsai trees owned by members. Two demonstrations per day. Workshops, vendors. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info:
prairiestatebonsai.com. Workshop registration: mortonarb.org.

August 13 and 15
“Gardening for Hummingbirds and Butterflies.” Learn how to transform your yard into a welcome habitat for hummingbirds and butterflies by integrating nectar, host plants and other garden features. Taught by Nina Koziol. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 13 to 27 and August 15 to 22
Introduction to Nature Photography. Learn the basics of field notes, exposure, composition and light through classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, practice in the field and constructive critiques. The Morton Arboretum. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets three Thursdays, August 13 to 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, August 15 to 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. $209. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 15 and 16

10th Annual Veggie Fest. One of the largest vegetarian food festivals in North America. International food court; health professionals speaking on diet, lifestyle, and environmental issues; food demos by restaurant owners,
chefs, and authors; children’s tent; live music from some of Chicago’s best bands; more than 100 vendor booths. Free admission and free parking, Benedictine University. 5700 College Road, Lisle. Info: veggiefestchicago.org.

August 22 and 29

Designing Elegant Woodland Gardens. Explore the garden features and plants that embody the woodland garden trend and create a woodland oasis in your own yard. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets two Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

August 15
Annual Flower and Garden Show of the Naperville Community Garden Club. More than 200 categories, evaluated by accredited judges. Special section for children’s exhibits. Certain rules apply. Access the show booklet at napervillecommunitygardeners.org. Bring your exhibits to the Barn between 7 to 10 a.m. Open to the public from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Membership in the club not necessary in order to exhibit.

August 16

Fall Koi Auction of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society. The auction of koi fish and pond equipment is open to the public for purchase. Only MPKS members may sell fish and equipment. Hidden Gardens, 16 W 658 S. Frontage Road, Willowbrook. Visit MPKS.ORG or call 312-409-2081 for details.

August 18

Incredible Bats, the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. This program will dispel myths as well as explain the many benefits of these misunderstood and feared creatures. Presented by Dan and Sharon Peterson, who have been educating people about bats since 1996. Bloomingdale Police Dept., lower level, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or bloomingdalegardenclub.org.

August 21

“Bulbs.” The topic for the monthly meeting of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society. Bohemian Crystal Restaurant, 639 N. Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. Meeting info: 312-409-2081 or

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.

JULY
July 7

Idea Garden Tour. Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture provides an up-close look at Cantigny’s “garden for gardeners.” 11 a.m.

July 9

Evening Bike Tour. Bob Carr and Chris Roberts from Cantigny Horticulture will escort visitors on a leisurely ride with stops at different areas of the gardens and other Cantigny attractions. Advance registration required as event is limited to 15 people. Children 11 and up welcome. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m.

July 11
Purple Martins 101. Learn about one of America’s favorite birds from Cantigny volunteer Ray Feld. The presentation will include an up-close look inside one of the martin “hotels.” Bring your camera. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 8:30 a.m. (27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton). Free, including parking.

July 15

Garden Tips & Tastes. Meet Cantigny’s Liz Omura in the park’s Idea Garden for some practical advice, a new recipe and lots of friendly plant chatter. Choose 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. session. Free with paid parking ($5). Advance registration requested.

July 20
Golf Course Cart Tour. See the spectacular floral plantings on Cantigny’s picturesque 27-hole golf course and learn about their creation. Travel in golf carts on this tour focusing on flowerbeds, restored natural areas, majestic trees and more. Led by Todd Henderson, forestry manager, and Craig Kruckenberg, horticulture manager. Advance registration required. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 6:15 p.m. (27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton). $5 fee, includes parking.

July 23
Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs. Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier will lead the one-hour walk. Group size limited. Please register in advance. 6:30 p.m. Free with paid parking ($5).

AUGUST
August 4

Rose Garden Tour. The 12,000-square-foot Rose Garden is home to more than 1,000 rose bushes and 55 varieties. Led by Craig Myroup from Cantigny Horticulture. 11 a.m.

August 5
Outdoor Composting Workshop. Kay McKeen from SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) will demonstrate and discuss various compost bin options. Learn how to save money, conserve water and create nutrient-rich soil. Advance registration required. Ages 18+. Free with paid parking. 7 p.m.

August 12
Wine Through the Gardens. Cantigny horticulturists lead you to selected gardens for short presentations and a wine tasting at each stop. Tour concludes with light appetizers. Advance registration required. 6:30 p.m. $25 fee includes parking.

August 13

Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your own knowledge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs. Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier will lead the one-hour walk. Group size limited. Please register in advance. 5:30 p.m. Free with paid parking ($5).

August 13
Evening Bike Tour. Bob Carr and Chris Roberts from Cantigny Horticulture will escort you on a leisurely ride with stops at different areas of the gardens. Advance registration required. Event limited to
15 people. Children 11 and up welcome. 6:30 p.m.

August 19
Garden Tips & Tastes. Meet Cantigny’s Liz Omura in the park’s Idea Garden for some practical advice, a new recipe and lots of friendly plant chatter. Choose 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. session. Free with paid parking ($5). Advance registration requested.

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.

JULY
July 11

Gardening 101: Hydrangeas. Learn about new introductions, old favorites and how to care for them. 10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

July 18
Flower Faire. All day. Learn how to create your own cutting garden and arrange a bouquet for your table. Enter a garden-picked bouquet in a flower competition and win a gift certificate. Refreshments. Garden party attire welcome. Aurora.

July 25
Make & Take: Miniature Gardening. Choose from a selection of containers, tiny plants and diminutive garden accents. For children and adults. 10 a.m. Cost of materials. Aurora.

July 30

Gardener’s Night Out. Sip drinks infused with herbs and fruits. Tasty treats. 5 to 7 p.m. Naperville.

AUGUST
August 1

Make & Take: Concrete Leaf Birdbath. Use the largest leaves in the garden to create a shallow dish for birds. Be prepared to get a bit dirty. 10 a.m. $40. Aurora.

August 8

Make & Take: Creative Air Plants. These plants don’t need dirt. Learn about the different types and how to care for them. Then make a hanger for display. 10 a.m. Cost of materials. Aurora.

August 15

Make & Take: Terrariums & Succulent Dish Gardens. Create a terrarium or dish garden. Learn which plants work best in terrariums, which prefer open dish gardens, and how to care for each type. 10 a.m. Cost of materials. Aurora.

August 22
Growing Reward Members’ Celebration. Watch Tom Moskos, personal chef from The Art of Good Eating, make “garden to table” recipes and then sample them. Special sales and raffles for Growing Rewards members. Noon to 5 p.m. Naperville.

August 29

Landscaping 101: Updating Your Landscape. Get suggestions to spruce up your yard. 10 a.m. Free. Aurora.

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South

Garden Walks in the South

July 11

“A Little Garden Art.” Union Street Gallery’s 11th Annual Garden Walk. A creative mix of gardens in Homewood, Olympia Fields, Chicago Heights, and Park Forest. Professional artists painting and drawing in each garden retreat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 on the day. Info and tickets at 708-754-2601 or unionstreetgallery.org.

July

July 17

“Small Ponds.” The topic for the monthly meeting of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society. At White Fence Farm in Romeoville. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org.

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Indiana

AUGUST

August 8 or 29
Introduction to Model Railroading. Learn how to get started with model trains and see Taltree’s G-Scale trains. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10. Free for seniors. Reservations required. Meets at the Train Garden. Info: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

August 19 or 26
Night Hike. Come at night and learn about nocturnal wildlife. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 8 to 9 p.m. Meet at main entrance parking lot. Reservations required. $7. Child $5. Seniors free. Info: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

August 22

Wild Edibles Hike. See late summer wild edibles with one of Taltree’s naturalists. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Meet at main entrance parking lot. $5. Seniors free. Reservations required. Info: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.

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

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Wisconsin

Garden Walks in Wisconsin

July 10 and 11
Olbrich Botanical Gardens Home Garden Tour. Eight gardens in the Middleton Hills area that demonstrate sustainable gardening. Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $14. Info: olbrich.org/events/homegardentour.cfm.

July 11
Home Garden Tour. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 in advance. $12 on the day. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

July 11
Sheboygan Area Garden Walk at Christopher Farm and Gardens, a privately owned 400-acre farm. 9 a.m. sheboygangardeners.com/sheboygan-area-garden-walk.html.

July 11
Wauwatosa Garden Tour, featuring small space gardens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12. wbc-wi.org/7.html.

July 18
Tour of The Gardens of West Bend. Includes a special garden art sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check website for ticket information. Info: westbendbeautificationcommittee.org/#!garden-tour.

AUGUST
August 1

Water Garden Bus Tour. Travel on an air-conditioned bus to various water gardens in southeastern Wisconsin. Noon. $35.aquaticaponds.com/#!2015-water-garden-tour-information/c1c0m.

August 6 to 16
Green and Growing Garden Walk presented by WE Energies at the Wisconsin State Fair. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. wistatefair.com/wp/events/green-and-growing-garden-walk-presented-by-we-energies.

JULY

July 16
Gardening Vertically, the evening garden seminar at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10. Info: rotarybotanicalgardens.org/events.

July 18

Dazzling Daylily Show, hosted by the Wisconsin Daylily Society. West Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Road, just west of the Beltline, Madison. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: wisconsindaylilysociety.org.

AUGUST

August 15 and 16
25th Annual Daylily Plant Sale, presented by the Wisconsin Daylily Society. Thousands of plants from more than 800 cultivars. The largest daylily plant sale in the area. Rain or shine. Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Credit/debit cards accepted. Info: wisconsindaylilysociety.org.

August 18

Love in Bloom, a Garden Bridal Expo. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5. Info: rotarybotanicalgardens.org/events.

August 26

Tough Perennials, the evening garden seminar at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10. Info: rotarybotanicalgardens.org/events.

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

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Michigan

Garden Walks in Michigan

July 10
Hosta, Iris, and Daylily Gardens Tour. Travel to the Kalamazoo area for private tours of two outstanding gardens. See more than 1000 named varieties of hostas in one garden, plus a wide variety of iris and 200 varieties of daylilies. Also visit Ensata Gardens, known for their Japanese irises and daylilies. Hosted by Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $80. Boxed lunch from the Fernwood Café included.
Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.com.

JULY

Continuing through October
Free admission to the historic Cranbrook Gardens. Forty acres of gardens, fountains and sculptures on the estate dating to the early 20th century. The house and gardens are at 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gardens free. Admission to the house is $10. House tours Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday. Info and house tour reservation: housegardens.cranbrook.edu.

July 21

Lavender Hill Cut and Craft Class. Come cut fresh lavender at Lavender Hill Farm in Niles. Then create a fragrant and decorative lavender wand with farm owner Martha WIilczynski. Hosted by Fernwood Botanical Garden. 1 to 4 p.m. $15. All materials included. Info and registration at 269-695-6491 by July 18.

July 30 and August 1
Green Screens: An Environmental Film Festival. Presented by Fernwood Botanical Garden and Chickaming Open Lands. On July 30 at 7:30 p.m., see “Dam Nation,” presented at the Vickers Theater in Three Oaks. On August 1 at 7:30 p.m., see “More Than Honey”, presented at Fernwood, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. $10 per movie. Movie plus reception $15. Register: 269-695-6491. Space limited.

AUGUST

August 7
Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids to see their new Japanese garden with the sculpture “Iron Tree” by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Also visit the gardens and gallery to view “Splendors of Shiga” from Japan. Hosted by Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. $75. Call 269-695-6491 to register.

August 30
Introduction to Seed Saving. Learn the basics of harvesting, processing, cleaning and storing a variety of seed types. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 4 p.m. $12. Register by August 28. Info and registration: 269-695-6491.

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

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