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Chicago

SEPTEMBER

September 13
Urban Composting and Building Healthy Soils, a class presented by Bill Shores, professional grower and garden consultant. Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 312-744-7616.

September 24
The North Park Village Chapter of Wild Ones tours the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet and the Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve in Lockport. The Administration Center is a LEED-rated building showcasing many aspects of sustainable architecture (local building materials, rainwater filtration systems channeling into the surrounding native landscape, solar panels, recycled office furniture and accessories). The 271-acre Lockport Prairie is a designated Illinois Nature Preserve with rare native plants and the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly. Lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Meet at the Sugar Creek Administration Center, (17540 W. Laraway Road, west of Route 52, in Joliet) at 10 a.m. Or call Bob at 312-744-5472 for carpooling information.

OCTOBER

October 20
Urban Wild: Celebrate Fall at the Lurie Garden. Celebrate fall in an urban garden setting! Savor the bounty of the garden, including honey from the Lurie Garden’s own honeybee hives. Cash or checks only, please. Stay for a tour of the fall garden. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. No registration required.

October 22
The North Park Village Chapter of Wild Ones takes a Fall Color Tour at Ryerson Woods Conservation Area. A designated Illinois Nature Preserve, Ryerson Woods has over 6.5 miles of hiking trails and contains one of the finest examples of a northern flatwoods forest. Rare plant communities, beautiful natural areas and many sugar maples showing fall color. Also: the platinum LEED-rated Ryerson Welcome Center with natural lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and recycled rainwater used to water a surrounding native plant garden. Lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Meet at the Ryerson Welcome Center, (21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods) at 10 a.m. Or call Bob at 312-744-5472 for carpooling information.

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North

SEPTEMBER

September 4
Illinois Mycological Association Show & Sale. View 50 to 100 varieties of mushrooms foraged from area forests in the days prior to the show. Association members provide information and answer questions. A children’s education area; mushroom-related books. 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.

September 10 and 11
Official Opening of the Regenstein Learning Campus, a new 7-acre hub for plant-based community and civic engagement, intergenerational learning, hands-on coursework, and health and wellness activities. Mini-classes, live music, scavenger hunt, farm stand with fresh produce. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: chicagobotanic.org/education/opening_weekend.

September 12
“Easy Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Central Gardeners of Lake County. 
Alan Schulman will explain the background of the 12-episode TV series he and Sam Solomon produced. Then see the episode that features a full sun garden and a shade garden. Also: a time lapse movie of the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly. 
CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

September 17 and 18
Harvest Weekend. Celebrate the bounty of the harvest season. Displays, activities and demonstrations. Tips on fall gardening, preserving and storing produce, harvesting honey and more. Apple expert Dan Bussey, orchard manager of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, talks about growing and using heritage apples. Vendors. Cookbook swap. Chef demonstrations at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Family activities. 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.

September 17 and 18
85th Central States Dahlia Society Show. A judged exhibition of dahlia blooms ranging in size from a silver dollar to a dinner plate. Dahlia Society members available to answer questions. Blooms for sale at the end of the show. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 18
Garden Conservancy Open Day. Visit private gardens in Lake Forest and the Shakespeare Garden in Evanston. Private gardens open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7. Pay at the gate. Info: gardenconservancy.org.

September 23 to 25
American Craft Exposition. A highly competitive juried show and sale with one-of-a kind handcrafted artwork and luxury collections from some of the country’s leading craftspeople. Approximately 150 artists exhibiting handcrafted work in 12 media, including baskets, ceramics, glass, jewelry, leather and metal. Also: a fashion show and artist demonstrations. Tickets and info at chicagobotanic.org/craft.

September 25 and 26
Sogetsu School of Illinois Ikebana Exhibition. See displays of 50 ikebana (Japanese floral arrangements). Floral-arranging demonstrations. Sogestsu School members on hand to answer questions. 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 or chicagobotanic.org.

September 30 through October 16
“Drawn from Nature,” the Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition with works of art from students and instructors of the Joseph Regenstein Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Opening reception Thursday, September 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

OCTOBER

October 8 and 9
“Say It with Orchids,” the Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show and Sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Info: iosoc.com.

October 10
“Floral Arranging for the Holidays,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Nell Rice, owner of Debbie’s Floral in Mundelein. Demonstrations of easy, fun and functional ways to decorate for the holidays without breaking the bank. Arrangements will be raffled off. 
CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org.

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Northwest

SEPTEMBER

September 6
“Fall Color: Beyond Mums and Burning Bushes,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Presented by garden designer and author Patricia Hill. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

September 10
Annual Fall Plant Sale of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Perennials, herbs, small shrubs and houseplants. Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk St., Lake Zurich. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

September 14
“Who’s Who of Owls,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Are owls symbols of wisdom or messengers of death and doom? Discover more about these mysterious birds and their habits. Presented by Mark Spreyer of the Stillman Nature Center in Barrington. Program includes slides and special feathered guests! Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Refreshments. Free. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

September 15
“Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” a 90-minute video presentation for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Produced by Catherine Zimmerman. Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center, Room PEC0110, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-332-3343.

September 20
“Our Founding Fathers and Sustainability,” the program for the monthly meeting of he Bloomingdale Garden Club. A presentation on the historical aspects of caring for the environment. Will include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, composting, WWII Victory Gardens and today’s community gardens. Presented by Kay McKeen from SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education). St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Visitors welcome. Info: 630-329-4598 or bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com.

September 20
“Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Elgin Garden Club. Richard Deverell, director of England’s Kew Gardens will present a program on Kew’s mission of using the power of science and the rich diversity of gardens to provide knowledge, inspiration, and understanding of why plants matter. Tea precedes the event to celebrate Elgin Garden Club’s 100th anniversary. Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. 3:30 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Call the library at 847-742-4695 to make a reservation. Other info: 847-931-0351.

FEATURED EVENT:

Didier Farms’ Pumpkinfest

September 24 - October 31
Enjoy a tractor-drawn hayride through Scarecrow Alley or visit Animal Land where you can see a multitude of animals from around the world. Your family can enjoy pony rides, camel rides, the Corny Corn Maze, kiddie mechanical rides, new and expanded Pumpkin Playland, including mini-tractor play area and more at the 104 year old family farm. Visit the educational farming display and Buffalo Creek Mining Co. Farm fresh apple cider and pumpkin donuts made daily. Try our homemade fudge. Birthday parties and school group rates available by reservation only. Check website for hours. Admission: free, price varies for activities.
16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire • 847-634-3291 • didierfarms.com

September 25
McHenry County Farm Stroll and Market. Self-guided tour of 11 family-owned farms in McHenry County, including Richmond, Hebron, Harvard, Marengo, Union and Woodstock. Showcasing local organic and sustainable fruits, vegetables, animals and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free, but bring cash to purchase farm-grown food and farm-related products. Organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Info: 815-338-1520 or mchenrycfb.org. Also: U of I Extension at web.extension.illinois.edu/lm.

OCTOBER

October 4
“American Home Garden Design: 1830 to the Present,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lake Zurich Garden Club. Presented by author and Chicagoland Gardening writer Nina Koziol. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

October 5
Rockford Garden Club celebrates its 100th year anniversary with a presentation by acclaimed floral designer Lindsey Taylor of New York. Design workshop led by Taylor at 9:30 a.m. Luncheon and presentation by Taylor at noon. At the Loves Park Country Club, Forest Hills Drive, Loves Park. Both events $50 per person. Design workshop limited to 25 persons. Reservations: neva2@att.net.

FEATURED EVENT:

Fall Fun Days at Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Center

October 8,9,10

Come join us for family fun! Build a scarecrow for only $6 each. You supply the clothes and we’ll supply the straw. Petting zoo, lawn games, activities and food. Pick out your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Lots of family fun for everyone! Free admission.
2550 E. Dempster St., Des Plaines, IL • 847-824-7411 • lurvey.com

October 12
“Growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the Upper Midwest,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Learn how to select, care and maintain rhododendrons and azaleas in order to thrive in our Midwestern climate. Presented by John Golab, a National Director on the Board of the American Rhododendron Society who grows more than 400 rhododendron hybrids on his 1.5 acre property. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Guests welcome! Info: rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org or 847-397-0286.

October 18
“Putting the Garden to Bed,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. William Karges of the Pioneer Garden Shop in Villa Park will share some fall do’s and don’ts, plus tips to help your garden get a jump-start on spring. Audience participation, questions and comments welcome. St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Visitors welcome. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com or 630-329-4598.

October 20
“Native Plants in the Home Landscape,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Presented by Jamie Ellis of the Illinois Natural History Survey. Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center, Room PEC0110, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-332-3343.

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West

SEPTEMBER

September 10
Prairie Walk. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Five miles west of Geneva, off Illinois Route 38. 9 a.m. Reservations encouraged. Info: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

September 11
Trees of Illinois. Learn to identify 20 to 30 of the most common trees in the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region. Taught by Chris Benda, plant ecologist. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $76. Class held indoors and outdoors. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 13 to October 4
TreeKeeper training. Become a certified Openlands TreeKeeper® volunteer learning basic best management practices for the care of urban trees. Lessons include proper tree selection, planting and care. The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, and offsite project locations. Meets four Tuesdays, September 13 to October 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
and four Saturdays, September 17 to October 8, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$128. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/learn-experience/adults/conservation-and-restoration/openlands-treekeepers-morton-arboretum.

September 13 to October 4
Beginning Beekeeping. Explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics, honey bee pests and diseases, harvesting honey, and more. Taught by beekeeper Greg Fischer. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Four Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $99. Recommended text sold in the bookstore. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 15
Fall Prairie Walk. Take a morning stroll with an Arboretum expert and immerse yourself in the colors and scents of tall grasses and wildflowers. Enjoy hearing birds and insects and learn about the complex interactions that support this diversity of life. A plant list will be provided but feel free to bring your own field guide and hand lens. Led by Cindy Crosby. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. $25. Class held outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Meet at the Prairie Visitor Station. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 17
Garden Tour in Sandwich and Millbrook. Sponsored by the Sandwich chapter of the Philanthropic Education Organization Sisterhood and Redbud Creek Farm. Four gardens in Sandwich and Millbrook. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per person. Plant and gardenware discounts at the Farm, 2930 N 4351st Road, Sandwich. Homemade lunch and dessert at Redbud Creek Farm from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info and tickets: 815-786-7196 or lsteve628@gmail.com.

September 17
Aquascape’s Water & Garden Showcase concludes with a nighttime tour of gardens in St. Charles. Complimentary refreshments at a “Pond Central” home where experts will share inspiration, tips and design ideas. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Suggested donation $10. Proceeds support The Aquascape Foundation. Info, including maps, descriptions and locations: aquascapechicagoland.com.

September 28
“Small Space Vegetable Gardening,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Learn about growing vegetables in containers. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 9 a.m. $15, includes continental breakfast. Guests welcome. Register by Sept. 21. Registration info: napervillegardenclub.org or napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

Cantigny Park

1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. Info: Cantigny.org or 630-668-5161. Events free unless otherwise noted. Parking $5 weekdays, $10 weekends (through Sept.). For events requiring registration call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.

September

September 6
Garden Tour: Prairie. Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture will guide an up-close look at Cantigny’s two-acre prairie featuring native grasses and forbs such as asters, echinacea and rudbeckia. The prairie is a haven for wildlife, including birds and butterflies. Depart from Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

September 8
Something’s Brewing in the Prairie. Some native prairie plants are used to make beer, the inspiration for this first-time event. Sample local micro-brews as you take in the sights and scents of the colorful Cantigny Prairie. Learn about each sample along with some beer history and enjoy tasty appetizers perfectly paired with the featured beers. Meet at the Visitors Center at 5:45 p.m. Cost: $40. Advance registration required.

September 10 and October 8
Bird Walk. Join members of the DuPage Birding Club on a search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available for borrowing. The walk and parking are free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

September 15 and 22
Monarch Butterfly Tagging. Assist the Monarch Watch organization in tracking these fascinating and beautiful insects on their migration journeys! All ages welcome. Meet at the Idea Garden at 1 p.m.

September 18
Floral Design Workshop: Walk on the Wild Side. Create a floral arrangement using native wildflowers you select and harvest from Cantigny’s two-acre prairie. Expert instruction by Alicia Cassidy. All materials provided. Meet at the Education Center at 1 p.m. Cost: $50. Advance registration required.

September 18 and October 16
Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid beautiful surroundings. Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier will lead the one-hour walk. Group size is limited to 10 – please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

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.

September

September 3
Fall Container Fest. Feast your eyes on fresh ideas to freshen your pots for fall with demos, plant your own container classes, giveaways & specials. Naperville.

September 10
Bulb Fest. A bulb-r-riffic bounty of bulb tips and bulb planting specials. Naperville.

September 17
Fall Planting Fest. How to plant, transplant and divide for spring success. Workshops, tips, specials, treats and more. Both locations.

September 24 and 25
Kids’ Fall Fest. Two days with treats, hayrides, scarecrows, crafts and possibly … rabbits? Special treat from Dick’s Donuts. Aurora.

OCTOBER

October 2
Harvest Days. A celebration of the seasons. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music and food. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Five miles west of Geneva, off Illinois Route 38. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 adults. $3 children. Info: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

October 5
10 Best Deer-Resistant Plants. Learn the best plants and new ideas to help keep deer from munching your garden. Get great new ideas for plants that are less appealing to deer as well as ideas for managing deer behavior. We’ll discuss deer resistant plants in the classroom and then go for a walk to look at examples on the Arboretum grounds. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortobarb.org.

October 6 and 7 or October 8 and 9
Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew training. Two sessions cover the basics of topics such as fire behavior, controlled burn techniques and smoke management. The objective is to provide the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a controlled burn. Please be aware that although the training is accepted by many of the natural resource management agencies in the CW region as the minimum training required for a participant on a burn crew, it does not carry the official National Wildlife Coordinating Group certification. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $70. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

October 12 to 16
Glass Pumpkin Patch. See colorful hand-blown glass sculptures, watch artists in action and shop for one-of-a-kind works of art. Live glass blowing demonstrations, art exhibition,meet the artists. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-710-2468 or mortobarb.org.

October 15
Growing Greens Indoors. This winter, grow your own microgreens and salad greens indoors under a very simple grow light system. Taught by Bill Shores, garden manager for the Rick Bayless Organic Garden in Chicago. Learn to set up your own growing system. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 to 11 a.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-710-2468 or mortobarb.org.

October 22
My Journey Into the Wilds of Chicago. Professional nature photographer Mike MacDonald will take you on a virtual journey that celebrates the wonder and drama of the paradise known as “Chicago Wilderness.” An inspirational talk, suitable for the whole family. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 2:30 pm. $25. Info and registration: 630-710-2468 or mortobarb.org.

October 26
“Give Your Garden the Blues … the Color Blue, That Is,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Learn about plants with blue flowers and those with shades of blue. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 9 a.m. $15, includes continental breakfast. Guests welcome. Registration deadline October 19. Info: napervillegardenclub.org or napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

Cantigny Park

1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. Info: Cantigny.org or 630-668-5161. Events free unless otherwise noted. Parking $5 weekdays, $10 weekends (through Sept.). For events requiring registration call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.

October

October 1 and 2
Dahlia Show. Enjoy a colorful exhibit of 300 or more dahlia blossoms at the Cantigny Education Center, courtesy of the Central States Dahlia Society and Southtown Dahlia Club. The display will include two how-to video presentations. Saturday hours are 1 to 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 4
Hayride Tour. Savor the wonderful autumn colors from a tractor-pulled haywagon. Rides will start and end at the Visitor Center beginning at 10 a.m. Groups of 10 or more are asked to register in advance.

October 25
Floral Design Workshop: Witch Cauldron Centerpiece. Create a fun and festive pave-styled (close-set blossoms) Halloween centerpiece with a color palette favoring lime green, deep red, purple and oranges. A “cauldron” pot, fresh plant material and lots of “spooky fun” accessories will be provided along with expert instruction by Alicia Cassidy. Meet at the Cantigny greenhouse at 6 p.m. Cost: $50. Advance registration required.


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.

October

October 1
Garlic Fest. A vampire’s nightmare with planting tips, garlic recipes & food. Naperville.

October 8 and 9
Pumpkin Paloooza Fest. Giant decorated pumpkins, pumpkins treats, pumpkin decorating and pumpkin games. Aurora.

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South


SEPTEMBER

September 17
Monarch Festival, an indoor/outdoor festival to bring much needed awareness to the issues that monarch butterflies face today and learn how to assist in their preservation. Live butterfly tagging, a bug zoo, caterpillar acquarium. For kids: butterfly arts and crafts for kids, an interactive puppet theatre, face painting and more. Oak View Center, 4625 W. 1110th St., Oak Lawn. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 708-857-2200.

OCTOBER

October 8 and 9
The Fields’ Second Annual Fall Fest. See 30 to 40 crafters and artists displaying and selling their works throughout the 5-acre display gardens. Featured artists are Elmer Hickey (chainsaw carver) and Joe Hadamik (pottery wheel demonstrations). Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Info: 815-744-7841.

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Indiana

SEPTEMBER

September 10
“Reflection on Summer Experiences & Leaf Painting Design,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org/meetings—-events.html.

September 16
Hoosier African Violet Society. Meets the third Friday of each month at the Crown Point Civic Center, 101 S. East St., Crown Point. 7:30 p.m. Info: 219-465-1529 or
vanneis@yahoo.com.

September 17
“Autumn Splendor,” the fall symposium of the Lake County, Indiana, Master Gardeners. Keynote speaker: Gene Bush, nurseryman, photographer, blogger and author of Shade Garden Solutions. Also speaking: horticulturist Sharon Yiesla and landscape architect Vallari Talapatra. Avalon Manor Banquet Center, Merrillville. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $40, includes lunch. Door prizes; vendors. Info: 219-755-3240 or lakecountymastergardeners.com.

September 24
“Partners with Nature,” the theme for the 6th biennial Native Plant Symposium, hosted by Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Four speakers, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, silent auction, drawing, door prizes, break-out session. St. John Township Community Center, 1515 W. Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30), Schereville.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45. Info: 219-937-9483 or gw-wildones.org/symposium—-shows.html.

OCTOBER

October 1
Monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org/meetings—-events.html.

FEATURED EVENT:

Halloween Happening at Fernwood Botanical Garden

October 29

Calling all ghosts, ghouls and witches! Dress in your best costume and find your way to Fernwood to celebrate Halloween with activities and treats for the entire family. Enjoy Trick or Treating in the gardens, a fun creepy craft, spooky creatures and stories, and more! Saturday 6 to 8 p.m.
13988 Range Line Rd., Niles MI • 269-695-6491• fernwoodbotanical.org
Exit 7, 3.5 miles off U.S. Rte. 31 & Walton Rd.

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

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Wisconsin

SEPTEMBER

September 8
Orchid Growing for Wimps. Learn about 16 easy-care orchids which can rebloom in average household conditions. Taught by author Ellen Zachos. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education.

September 8 to 11
Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. The Midwest’s premier sheep & fiber event. Over 90 fiber arts classes, sheep shows, shearing demonstrations, the Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial, newborn lambs, fleece shows and sales, educational clinics and workshops for shepherds of any age and level of experience, more than 130 vendors from across the country. On the grounds of the Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Show open to public Friday to Sunday. Parking and children free. Info and hours: wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com.

September 11
Wisconsin’s Aquatic Plants: Identification and Ecology. Experts from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will discuss basic aquatic plant ecology, identification of common aquatic plants, their benefits and what you can do to help limit the spread of non-native species. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education.

September 14
Mexican Heirloom Vegetables: An Olbrich Herb Garden Lecture and Walk. See heirloom plants in the Herb Garden and learn about the history of the plants, growing techniques and recipes. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $17. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education.

OCTOBER

October 18
Gardens of Stone. Learn about simple materials and layout choices that can help your natural stone landscape features go beyond function to truly express the essence of the landscape. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education.

October 25
Introduction to Urban Beekeeping. Learn how to start and tend a beehive in your own backyard from Nathan Clarke, founder and owner of Mad Urban Bees who manages the beehives at Olbrich. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education.

October 27
What’s Bugging Your Tree? Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, and learn about common insects and disease issues affecting trees in Wisconsin, and what to do to mitigate damage and improve tree health. She will help you understand oak wilt management, emerald ash borer, common foliar diseases, and insect problems, as well as teach you how to detect these issues. Limited space; register early. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration Deadline: October 20. $15/$12 member. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education.

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

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Michigan

SEPTEMBER

September 16
Knee High Naturalists: Spiders. Children ages 4 and 5 explore the woods and gardens to learn about nature. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

OCTOBER

October 14
Knee High Naturalists: The Season of Fall. Second in a series for children 4 and 5 learning about nature. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

October 15
Owls Live! Get an up-close view of owls that live in Southwestern Michigan and enjoy a hooting good time. Presented by the Lake Milton Raptor Education Center. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3 p.m. $10. Free for children under 6. 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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