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Chicago

MARCH

March 1 until May 14

Spring Flower Shows at the Chicago Park District conservatories. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. (773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org) and Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 312-742-7736 or chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/lincoln-park-conservatory/#ihnwf43lq5).

March 1 to April

The City in a Garden: History of Chicago’s Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces. Led by Julia Bachrach. Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Meets Wednesdays 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. $220. Info and registration: https://go.newberry.org/pages/seminars/WS17Parks.

March 9

Outdoor Design Conference. Discover products and techniques for designing distinguished outdoor spaces at the third annual Outdoor Design Conference! Over 50 programs, including CEUs, featured presentations, product debuts and showroom events. The Merchandise Mart, Chicago. Free admission to all programs. Registration required. merchandisemartdesigncenter.com/events/outdoor-design-conference/

March 12

Urban Agroecology class: Pruning Fundamentals. Taught by Nance Klehm, urban gardener and director of Social Ecologies. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $55. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org.

March 17

Evening in Bloom, the preview party for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, sponsored by Mariano’s. Stunning displays of haute couture fashion and flowers by Fleurotica in partnership with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. Food by renowned chefs, including Paul Kahan. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $150. Proceeds benefit Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Pilot Light and the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Info and tickets at chicagoflower.com.

March 18

Urban Agroecology class: Methods of Propagation. Taught by Nance Klehm, urban gardener and director of Social Ecologies. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $55. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org.

March 18 to 26

Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Gardens, seminars, chef demonstrations, flower box competition. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adult weekday ticket: $14. Adult weekend ticket: $16. Info and tickets: chicagoflower.com/tickets.

March 18 through April 13

TreeKeepers Spring Course, offered by Openlands. Location: McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago. Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.$128. More information on the website: openlands.org/trees/treekeepers.

March 19

Urban Agroecology Class: Skills in Landscape Reading. Taught by Nance Klehm, urban gardener and director of Social Ecologies. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $55. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org.

March 25

Urban Agroecology Class: Beneficial Fungi in the Garden. Taught by Nance Klehm, urban gardener and director of Social Ecologies. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $55. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org.

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North

MARCH

March 4

Potting up an Orchid. Learn about the root system of an orchid and how to successfully pot and repot. A short tour of the Orchid Show is included. You will be able to pot up your own orchid to take home. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $69. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

March 4

American Home Garden Design: 1830-Present. Look at how home garden design has changed since the Midwest was first settled. Examine these ideas and see how to apply them to your own garden. 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 7

From the Drawing Board to the Border. Learn how to take your plans to the garden without being overwhelmed. Learn to develop a shopping list and timeline for phasing in the work over several seasons. Also: tips on budgeting, purchasing plants and working with landscape professionals. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 9 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

March 12

Pruning Principles. Learn about tools, techniques for pruning trees and shrubs and the best time to prune both evergreen and deciduous plants. 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 13

“The Importance of Organic Growing and Eating,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Alison Parker of Radical Root Farm will discuss aspects
of organic agriculture and organic growing from both an environmental and a health standpoint. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

APRIL

April 1

Spring Lawn Care for Homeowners. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

April 8

Dwarf Conifers. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $64. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

April 10

“The Inviting Front Yard,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Get tips for creating a welcoming environment that meets your family’s needs and gives your home personality and a sense of place. Presented by Julie Janoski of Janoski Design. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

April 11

“Infusing Herbs,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Glenview Garden Club. Presented by Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh, owner of the online herbal business, The Backyard Patch. Club meets at JourneyCare Health and Hospice, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, in the Education Center. 7 to 8:30 p.m. info: glenviewgardeners.org.

April 15

Brambles and Berries for the Beginner. 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 15

Best New Annuals for 2017. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

April 18

Spring Containers at the Garden. Tour the Botanic Garden’s spring containers and then create a container with plants that can tolerate the varying spring temperatures. Please bring gloves. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $89. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

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Northwest

MARCH

March 1 to 5

“In Full Bloom,” the annual orchid exhibit concludes. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. Closed Mondays. $8 adult admission. $3 every Tuesday. Info: 815-987-8858 or nicholasconservatory.com.

March 2

“The Backyard Patch,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Presented by Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh of Contrary Mary’s Plants and Design in Minooka. At the Gary Morava Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Info: 847-577-2246.

March 7

“Protecting Our Native Species,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Learn about endangered and threatened species in Lake County, Illinois. Presented by Ken Klick. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Enter at Door #12. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org

March 9

“Growing Dahlias,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden club. Learn the growing process, the types, dividing, starting tubers, cuttings, rooting cuttings, disbudding and planting. Presented by Ray and Karen Holich, who propagate more than 300 dahlias each year. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 11 a.m. for social hour and refreshments. Business
meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-768-5944 or desplainesgardenclub.com.

March 19 to May 15

“Simply Spring: the Butterfly Exhibit.” Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. Closed Mondays. $8 adult admission. $3 every Tuesday. Info: 815-987-8858 or nicholasconservatory.com.

APRIL

April 4

“Singing Shrubs (Songbirds),” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Hear amazing facts about bird behavior and learn more about your favorite species. Presented by Patricia Armstrong, owner of Sun Prairie Consultants. 7 p.m. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Enter at Door #12. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

April 6

“Backyard Gardening for Birds and Butterflies,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Presented by Marian Thill. Gary Morava Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Info: 847-577-2246.

April 7

Botanica Luncheon. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Info: 815- 965-8146 or klehm.org.

April 8

McHenry County Gardenfest. Presented by University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and McHenry County College. For all skill levels. Keynote speaker is author and TV/radio host Melinda Myers. More than 30 breakout sessions. Demos and vendors. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Download registration forms and workshop descriptions at mchenry.edu/gardenfest. Registration deadline March 28. Register on the day for $5 extra. Info: 815-479-7570 or conferencecenter@mchenry.edu

April 13

“85 Years of the History of the Des Plaines Garden Club,” the program for the club’s monthly meeting. Presented by member Ann Ostenson. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. 11 a.m. for social hour and the annual potluck luncheon. Business meeting with installation of officers at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-768-5944 or desplainesgardenclub.com.

April 28

Native Plant Sale Preorder Deadline. The 26th Annual sale of Schaumburg Community Garden Club will take place on May 21. Info: schgarden@yahoo.com or 847-706-6767.

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West

MARCH

March 4

“Spring Gardening Inspiration,” a symposium presented by the Darien Garden Club. Keynote presentation by the staff of the Conservation Foundation. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45. Advance registration required. Info: dariengardenclub.com.

March 4

Winter Plant ID. Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 4

Backyard Bootcamp: Landscape Basics for Homeowners. A workshop designed especially for new homeowners short on time. 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.

March 5

Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar. Led by Dan Bussey, a Seed Savers Exchange orchardist. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N106, Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 1:30 p.m. $35. Info and reservations: 630-584-8485.

March 7

“Amazing Birds,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Bob and Kathy Andrini. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Meeting at noon. Guests welcome. Info: 630-742-1217 or genevagardenclub.com.

March 10

Grow Vegetables From Seed. Learn to grow vegetables from seed started indoors. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 12

40 Years of Prairie Restoration. Learn about the steps taken to preserve the land and restore the natural features of Garfield Farm. Lecture and refreshments. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N106 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 2 p.m. $6. Info and reservations: 630-584-85485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

March 18

Edible Gardening Workshop Series: Top Ten Edibles for Chicagoland and How to Grow them Organically. Local organic gardener Jeanne Nolan shares her favorite vegetable crops for Chicagoland. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 19

Spring Native Plant Propagation. Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings. The Morton Arbortum, Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 19

Backyard Chickens Workshop. Staff member Dave Bauer and volunteer Samira Bamberger discuss raising chickens, from incubation to egg collection. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N106 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 1 p.m. Info: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

March 22

“Spring Ephemerals: Inspiring Ideas for a Spring Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Meet at Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 9 a.m. $15 includes continental breakfast. Deadline for registration March 16. Guests welcome. Info and registration: napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

March 23

Planting a Lower-Maintenance Garden. Spend less time in the yard by learning which plants require little time and effort. The Morton Arboretum, Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6 to 9 p.m. $44. Info and
registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 24

“Native Illinois Butterflies,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club. Learn about the top 20 species that can live in your garden. Presented by Lori Stratlow Harris from Salt Creek Butterfly Farm. Lombard Commons Building, 433 St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 p.m. Free. Call for reservations at 630-620-8938 or 630-832-6425.

March 25

Edible Gardening Workshop Series: Grow a Food Forest in Your Yard. Turn your front and back yard into an edible landscape that is beautiful and productive using the design principles of permaculture. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 27

“250 Days of Flowers: Planting a Succession of Blooms,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

March 29

Plants for Shady Spots. Learn about bringing life and interest to even the shadiest parts of your landscape. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6 to 9 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

March 30

Chicago’s Great Parks Legacy. Hear the fascinating history of Chicago’s parks from author and historian Julia S. Bachrach. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

APRIL

April 1

Edible Gardening Workshop Series Backyard Orchard: Grow Heirloom Apples Anywhere. Learn to grow heirloom apples in backyards and urban environments with the preeminent heirloom expert Dan Bussey. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

April 1

Beginning Birdwatching, a workshop for beginners. Learn about equipment, how to find birds, what to wear, keep track of your observations and more. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $33. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

April 3

“Preserving the Harvest,”the program for the monthly meeting of the Western Springs Garden Club. Presented by Emily Paster from the Cook County Farm Bureau. La Grange Park Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine St., La Grange Park. 1 p.m. Free. Info: r.cabe@sbcglobal.net.

April 4

“Anything Orchids,” the program for the monthly meeting of the LaGrange Garden Club. Learn about different types of orchids and how to raise and care for them. Orchids available for sale. Presented by Don White. First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland St., La Grange. Meet in the basement; use parking lot entrance. 12:30 p.m. for coffee and treats, followed by the program. Free. Info: 708-352-1521 or lagrangegc.org.

April 4

“Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Emily Paster. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Meeting at noon. Guests welcome. Info: 630-742-1217 or genevagardenclub.com.

April 7 or April 21

Bird Walk in Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve. This 1.5 hour walk is for all levels. Some binoculars available for loan. Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 9:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-366-6530.

April 8

Urban Oaks Ecosystem Mapping. Learn how to identify and map your neighborhood oak trees using your smart phone as part of a Citizen Science project. You’ll walk the River Forest neighborhood to practice and learn to photograph, geo code, and make ecological observations of oak trees. For adults and teens. Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 1 p.m. Free. Info: 708-366-6530.

April 8

Edible Gardening Workshop Series: Get Style and Function with a French Kitchen Garden. Learn how French kitchen gardens combine beautiful design with common sense vegetable gardening. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

April 15

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden. University of Illinois Master Naturalists will share their experience and expertise in designing, planting and caring for two gardens built for birds. Presented through the Forest Preserves of Cook County at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 1 p.m. Free. Info: 708-366-6530. Register at tinyurl.com/uie-birdgarden.

April 16

Spring Nature Hike.
 Family program. Forest Preserves of Cook County at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 1 p.m. Info: 708-366-6530
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April 19

“Sustainable Gardening at Lurie Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners. Laura Ekasetya, head horticulturist at Lurie Gardens, will discuss how the garden has pursued sustainability since its inception. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. No registration. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.

April 24

“Hats off to Spring,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. See demonstrations of planting mixed containers with unusual plants. St. Charles Country Club, 1250 Country Club Road, St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $29. Please RSVP by April 14. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

April 26

“Silent Spring: A Living History Presentation,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Presented by actress and historian Leslie Goddard portraying conservationist Rachael Carson. At Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 9 a.m. $15 includes continental breakfast. Deadline for registration April 20. Guests welcome. Info and registration:
napervillegardenclub.org or napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

April 29

Woodland Wild Flower Walk. Guided tour of the museum’s Harley Pond and Woods. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N106 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. 9 a.m. $6 adults/$3 children. Reservations
encouraged. Info and reservations: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

April 29 and 30

Arbor Day Plant Sale. More than 100,000 plants, including hundreds of species and varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vegetables and herbs chosen by the Arboretum’s expert staff. Many grown at the Arboretum. Experts available to answer questions. The Morton Arboretum, 1100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Satuday from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

Cantigny Gardens

1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. Info: 630-668-5161 or cantigny.org. Parking $5. Events free unless otherwise noted. For events requiring registration call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.

MARCH

March 7

Greenhouse Tour. See the spring and summer bedding plants in their early development with Cantigny Grower Bob Carr. Free, but advance registration requested. Parking is $5 at the Visitors Center with free shuttle service to the greenhouse. 11 a.m.

March 11

Bird Walk. Join members of the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for spring migrants and resident species. Binoculars available for borrowing. Free event, including parking. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:30 a.m.

March 19

Workshop: Introduction to Grafting Fruit Trees. Offered by the Midwest Fruit Explorers, a garden club for backyard fruit growers. Free but advance registration required. Parking is $5 at the Visitors Center with free shuttle service to the greenhouse. 1 p.m.

APRIL

April 4

Garden Tour. Cantigny Forester Todd Henderson will guide you on a review of spring flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers. No registration required. Free with paid parking ($5). Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

April 6

Cantigny Gardens 2017 Preview. A presentation highlighting the park’s plant selections and plans for the main gardens, golf course and Idea Garden, spring through fall. No registration required. Free with paid parking ($5). Visitors Center Theater. 10 a.m.

April 8

Bird Walk. Join members of the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for spring migrants and resident species. Binoculars available for borrowing. Free event, including parking. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

April 23

Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your knowledge and enjoy the company of fellow shutterbugs in the colorful spring gardens. Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier will guide and offer tips. Group limited to 10; advance registration required. Free with paid parking ($5). Meet at Visitors Center. 2 p.m.

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000. Opening Day events at both locations. All other classes at the Aurora location. Call 630-355-4000 to register. For Learn, Lunch & Create classes, please identify any dietary restrictions. All classes include a coupon.

MARCH

March 4

Designing the Home Landscape: Planning and Planting. Part 1: “The Design Tool Box.” Discuss basic landscape principles to help you tackle your own garden. 11 a.m. $5. Part 2: “Front Yard Planning Session.” Apply the basics learned in Part 1 to your own yard. Some prep work required. Instructions sent when you sign up. Session will run about 2 hours so plan for a full day. 1 p.m. $30 for both sessions. Boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Pre-registration required at 630-355-4000. Aurora location.

March 11

The Well-Designed Flower Garden: Blooms All Season. “Right Plant, Right Place” at 11 a.m. Learn to layer plant and flower sizes, shapes and texture. Also discussed: the need for 4-seaon interest. $5. “Crazy for Color” at 1 p.m. Take a virtual walk through sample gardens and explore the moods evoked by different color combinations. $5. Add a boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Pre-registration necessary at 630-355-4000. Aurora location.

March 18

The Lazy Gardener: Work Smart for More Beauty. “Terrific Flowering Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees” at 11 a.m. Learn about easy-to-grow woodies that also give you a flower show. $5. “Ornamental Grasses and Other Easy-Care Perennials” at 1 p.m. Learn about these minimal maintenance workhorses. $5. Add a boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Pre-registration necessary at 630-355-4000. Aurora location.

APRIL

April 1

Spring Kickoff in Aurora. Sales, specials and classes. 18 talks in 3 education tracks. Full schedule on the website. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Add a boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Registration encouraged at 630-355-4000.

April 8

Organic Lawn Care. Free. 2 p.m. Naperville location.

April 11

“Tipsy Tomato Tuesdays: Hypertufa & Tequilla,” a new series. Gather your friends for an evening of crafts, projects, learning and food and drink samples. In this first class you’ll be making a trough from hypertufa, a lightweight concrete container that can withstand the winter. Its airy structure makes it a great planter for succulents, including agave, the source of tequila. Have fun, learn about succulents, and sample margaritas. Dress to make a mess. 6:30 p.m. Aurora. $50. Pre-registration required at 630-355-4000.

April 14

Rabbit Proofing Your Yard. 2 p.m. Free. Naperville location.

April 22

Earth Day Celebration–Going Native. “Pocket Prairies: Native Perennials & Their Cousins,” a class at 2 p.m. Both locations. Free. No registration.

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South

MARCH

March 9

Pre-history on the Prairie: Archaeological Explorations at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Learn about the findings in a dig of prehistoric artifacts at the Middle Grant Creek site within Midewin. Lecture presented by Mark Schurr, Univ of Notre Dame and Maddie McLeester, Univ. of Chicago. At the ASIP Local 150 Training Building, 19800 West South Arsenal Road
Wilmington. 6:30 p.m. Free.. Light refreshments. Please RSVP to assure a seat. Call 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

March 18

Basic Beginning Gardening. Learn about the performance of different plants, plus how to read labels and catalogs and talk like a pro. Sponsored by the Park Forest Environment Commission. At the Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

March 23

Window on an Ancient World: The Milton Sanderson Dominican Amber Collection. Amber is the fossilized remains of ancient trees. The Illinois Natural History Survey, Univ. of
Illinois, has one of the oldest, largest and most significant collections of Dominican amber in the world. Lecture presented by paleontologist Dr. Sam Heads, curator of paleontology, Univ. of Illinois, Champaign At the ASIP Local 150 Training Building, 19800 West South Arsenal Road,
Wilmington. 6:30 p.m. Free. Light refreshments. Please RSVP to assure a seat. Call 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

APRIL

April 6

“Illinois Peregrines - From Decline to Recovery,” a lecture offered by The Midewin Alliance. Hear about the recovery of peregrine falcons and how they have adapted to an urban habitat. Presented by Mary Hennen, director of the Chicago Peregrine Program, Bird Division, at The Field Museum. Held at the ASIP Local 150 Training Building, 19800 West South Arsenal Road,
Wilmington. 6:30 p.m.
Free. Light refreshments. Please RSVP to assure a seat. Call 815-423-6370 or email Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us.

April 22

Earth Day Celebration. Join the Environmental Commission and other groups to plant a tree, help clean up the wetlands and explore the Thorn Creek Nature Center. Sponsored by the Park
Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

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Indiana

MARCH

March 4

“Native Plants 101,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Presented by Karl Ackermann. At the Gibson Woods Nature Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or
gw-wildones.org.

March 9 to May 11

Indiana Master Naturalist Program offered by the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources. There are nine classroom sessions and a final exam. Classes meet Thursday mornings at Taltree Arboretum Visitor Center, 71 N 500 W, Valparaiso. 9 a.m. to noon. $100. Thirty hours of volunteer service for a natural resource agency and attendance at eight out of nine classes are required for DNR certification. Info: 219-742-8147 or ekapitan@taltree.org.

APRIL

April 1

Monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Group will prepare for the native plant sale in May. At the Gibson Woods Nature Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org.

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

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Wisconsin

MARCH

March 8

Eat Locally All Year: Planning a High-Yield Garden. Learn how you can eat food from your garden all 12 months with just a little planning. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $48. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 11

Selecting and Growing Tropical Orchids. Learn how to choose and care for orchids best suited to your home, skill level and pocketbook. Also: behind-the-scenes tour of the orchid greenhouse. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 11 to 26

Spring Flower Show. The sights and smells of spring in the atrium. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Adults $3. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

March 18

“Edible Landscaping,” the theme for this year’s Spring Symposium at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

March 28

“Introduction to Pruning Shrubs and Trees,” an Evening Garden Seminar. Topics include when to prune, proper pruning techniques and problem solving. Intended for gardeners with all levels of pruning expertise. Bring photos and questions. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

APRIL

April 1

Heavenly Hydrangeas. Learn the ”ins and outs” of old favorites like ‘Annabelle’ to new selections such as ‘Incrediball’. Also: a few plants that are closely related to hydrangeas, with cultural requirements and proper pruning techniques for each species. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, 1:30 to 3 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

April 9

Wisconsin Gourd Festival. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Gourd Society. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: americangourdsociety.org/WIGS/festival.html.

April 20

Vegetable Diseases and Their Management. Learn about common diseases and how to prevent them from being a big problem. Emphasis on organic methods. 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 23

Combining Perennials for All Season Color. With proper planning you can time your perennial blooms to provide color from early spring through late fall. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

April 26

“Japanese Design,” an evening garden seminar. Presented by Tim Gruner, curator of the Anderson Gardens in Rockford. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

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

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Michigan

MARCH

March 1 to April 30

Butterflies are Blooming. Enjoy a balmy tropical paradise with 7,000 butterflies from more than 60 species of butterflies and moths from Central and South America. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days. Adult admission $14.50. Info: 888-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

March 5

Inviting Bluebirds to your Backyard. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

March 18

Spring Symposium at Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Special guest speakers include R. William Thomas, director of Chanticleer in Pennsylvania; Craig Bergmann, landscape architect in Lake Forest, Illinois; Tres Fromme, principal at Fromme Design in Sandford, Florida; and Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $125. Includes lunch prepared by Fernwood’s chef Tim Carrigan. Early registration (before March 10): $100. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

March 24 and 25

22nd Annual Spring Flower & Garden Expo. See landscaped gardens; learn about the hottest garden trends. Also: 30 seminars, water features; 20 product vendors; door prizes. Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center, 5020 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 269-345-1195 or wedels.com.

APRIL

April 20

Plant for Your Health Event. Learn more about healthy growing and eating. Visit with herb, fruit and vegetable experts. Free seminars. Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center, 5020 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo. Info: 269-345-1195 or wedels.com.

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

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