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Chicago

JANUARY

January 6 to February 24
Home Landscape Design Workshop,
offered by the Wicker Park Garden Club. Now in its 12th year, the workshop is taught by six professional designers and 10 veteran gardeners. The eight-week series takes students through the design process in lectures and weekly hands-on design projects. Students’ work viewed and critiqued weekly. Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. Meets eight Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $130. Info and registration at doug.wood@wickerPark.org.

January 16 to March 27
Illinois Arborist Certification Classes.
These classes are designed to prepare you for the International Arborist Certification Exam. Logan Square Branch Public Library, 3030 W. Fullerton Ave. 6 to 8 p.m. $225 + books. Classes are held Jan. (16, 23, 30), Feb. (6, 13, 20, 27) and March (6, 13). Registration deadline January 8. Send payment to Illinois Arborist Assoc., P.O. Box 860, Antioch, Ill. 60002 or fax to 262-857-6677.

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North

JANUARY

January 8
“Flowers of Oregon and Frost on the Windows,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by nature photographer Joan Sayre. Guests welcome. No gardening experience necessary. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info:
gardenersofcentralakecounty.org or 847- 772-2186.

January 27
Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics.
Horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg will help beginners learn about site selection, soil prep, seed sowing, transplanting and harvesting. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

January 27
Starting Seeds Indoors.
Professional grower Bill Shores will show how to set up a simple indoor system for producing seedlings year-round. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

January 27
Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving.
Horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg will teach the fundamentals of seed saving and how to plan your garden to ensure a bountiful harvest of healthy, true-to-type seeds. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

FEBRUARY

February 3
Winter Woody Plant Identification.
Horticulture educator Mark Zampardo, Ph.D., will discuss how to identify plants from their buds, bark and habit. Class includes a short walk. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 4 p.m. $74. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 6
Introduction to Design Principles.
Landscape architect Valerie Gerdes Lemme will present the landscape design process of site analysis, conceptual design, and evaluations based on such landscape-design principles as balance, symmetry, proportion, scale, and unity. Also: look at plant combinations and landscape features to learn about color, texture, line, form and methods of creating garden spaces. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 9 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 7
Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop.
Have a tree that you don’t know how to maintain? This is for you. Most of the class time will be spent critiquing and working on trees. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 9 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 12
“Excellence is Our Nature: The Lake County Forest Preserve District,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Katherine Hamilton-Smith will discuss the work of the district, planting natives and eliminating invasives. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Info: 847-772-2186 or gardenersofcentralakecounty.org.

February 13
Front Yard Design.
Proper planting design can change the way you use and view your property. Class topics will include proper plant types and spacing, focusing and screening views, and creating curb appeal. Taught by Tim Lally, ASLA. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 9 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 16
Backstage Pass: The Orchid Show.
More then 10,000 orchids are growing in the greenhouses for this year’s Orchid Show. Learn about maintenance techniques and tour the show. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 8:30 to 10 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 17
Proper Repotting Techniques.
Learn what to consider before repotting, good root health, and the proper way to repot a container plant. Get a houseplant to repot during class and take home at the end. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 17
Orchids for Beginners.
Learn the basics and get a peek at the new orchid show. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 20
Backyard Design. This course will focus on the design and development of functional and attractive spaces. Learn how to screen and focus views and create a sense of enclosure for areas where you desire a private space. Taught by Tim Lally, ASLA. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 7 to 9 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 23
Growing Orchids Indoors.
This class is great for beginners and those interested in improving their orchid-growing skills. Students are encouraged to bring in their plants from home for questions and discussion. Taught by horticulturist Wade Wheatley. 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.

February 24
Small Space Food Gardens.
Professional grower Bill Shores offers an overview of techniques to produce food organically in small urban or suburban spaces. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 2 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or
chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 27
Budget Friendly Gardening Ideas.
Outdoor floriculturist Tim Pollak will pass on his strategies for saving money in your garden. Also: his Top Ten list of money-saving tips. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

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Northwest

JANUARY

January 4
Monthly Meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club.
A representative from the city will speak about natural resources. Gary Morava Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 847-577-2246.

January 11
“Floral Designs for the Home That You Can Do,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Designer Kathi Rose of Kaleidoscope Florals will demonstrate two designs, a simple one for everyday use and another that’s more suitable as a display for entertaining. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com.

January 18
“Monitoring Rare Plants in Winnebago County,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Wild Ones. Presented by Greg Rajsky, a naturalist/educator at Severson Dells Nature Center who oversees the “Citizen Science” rare plant monitoring program for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. Hear about the monitoring program and how volunteers can help record phenological data on rare plants in the preserves. Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, lower level, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 p.m. Free. Info: wildonesrrvc.org.

FEBRUARY

February 1
“Decorating with Marcy,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Presented by Marcy Lautenan-Raleigh, owner of The Backyard Patch. Gary Morava Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 847-577-2246.

February 8
“Winter Teas to Keep You Warm and Cozy,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by Sheila Duda from Tealula in Park Ridge. Learn about the different types of teas and the brewing process for the perfect cup of tea. Tea sampling and a selection of teas for sale. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com.

February 15
“Strange & Marvelous Plants,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Wild Ones. Presented by Matt Candeias, a Ph. D. student at the University of Illinois who is “obsessed with the botanical world.” He is the producer, writer and host of the blog and podcast, “In Defense of Plants.” He will talk about some of the strange and unusual plants found in the wild in Illinois. Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, lower level, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 p.m. Free. Info: wildonesrrvc.org.

February 21
“Spring Ephemerals,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Presented by Ed Max. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 630-497-1958 or 630-837-0281 or
trivillagegardenclub.org/wordpress.

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West

JANUARY

January 2
“Debbie Does Low Country of South Carolina,”
the topic for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Debbie Notaro. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Meeting at noon. Guests welcome. Info: genevagardenclub.com or
630-742-1217.

January 15
“Beauty on a Budget,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Garden Club. Joyce Bassel, floral designer, will demonstrate how to use flowers bought at your local store. Lincoln Center, Room 503, Downers Grove. General meeting at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments at 1:30 p.m. Program at 2 p.m. Free. Info: 630-963-1300.

January 19
Monthly Meeting of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society.
John Norton speaks on the Golden Orfes. At Bohemian Crystal Restaurant, 639 N. Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. Dinner 7 p.m. Program 8 p.m. Cost of dinner TBD. Check the website. $20. Info: 312- 409-2081 or mpks.org.

January 27
Seed Saving Workshop.
Learn how and why to save your own seeds. Watch demonstrations and get hands-on practice saving seeds from both ornamental and edible plants. Learn how to store seeds for future use and how to test seed viability before planting. Also: tips on seed starting. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 to 11 a.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 27
Seed Swap.
Browse a selection of ornamental and edible seeds, then take home a variety to plant this spring at home. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

FEBRUARY

February 3
“Plants for Pollinators,”
the theme for the day-long symposium hosted by the Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum. Presenters include Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home; Kylee Baumle, author of The Monarch: Saving our Most Loved Butterfly, Nina Koziol, garden writer; Jack Pizzo, Pizzo and Associates; Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden; and Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisc. Held indoors. Limit 150. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. $112. Fee includes light morning refreshments, a buffet lunch, and all program materials. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 3 through 24
Become a Nature Photographer.
Move beyond shooting in automatic. Learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets four Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. $162. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 8 through March 1
Beginning Beekeeping.
Explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting and managing a colony, equipment basics, pests and diseases, harvesting and more. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets four Thursdays. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $99. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 9
Design a Memorable Front Garden.
Work with an experienced landscape designer to create a custom drawing for your new front garden and go home with the information you need to successfully transform your landscape. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 14
Monthly meeting of the Pleasantdale Garden Club.
The CBS TV meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist will discuss how weather affects our gardens. Pleasantdale Park District building, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 708-359-2124.

February 16
Monthly Meeting of the Midwest Pond & Koi Society.
Ellen and Myron Kloubec of Kloubec Koi Fish Farm will speak. At Alberto’s Restaurant, 150 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. Dinner 7 p.m. Program 8 p.m. Cost of dinner TBD. Info: 312-409-2081 or mpks.org.

February 19
“Show Stopping Shrubs for the Home Landscape,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Garden Club. Presented by landscape designer Laura Christensen. General meeting at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments at 1:30 p.m. Program at 2 p.m. Free. Info: 630-963-1300.

February 17 or 22
Seed-Starting for the Edible Garden.
Explore lighting, soil types, containers, sowing schedules and plant selection with an Arboretum expert. Learn to avoid common pitfalls, improve seed starting success and take home a tray of seeds ready to germinate. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Saturday 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 23
“Vegetable Gardening in Containers,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club. Presented by Michael Annes of Ball Horticulture Company. Lombard Commons, 498 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info and reservations: 630-832-6425 or 630-620-8938.

February 24
Gardener’s Pathway 2018,
the day-long conference sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, DeKalb County. Speakers include Nina Koziol, Richard Hawke, Richard Eyre, Barb Retondo, Hanet Giesen and Dan Kenney. Two speakers in the morning. Keynote speaker and breakout sessions in the afternoon. Kishwaukee College Conference Center, 21193 Malta Road, Malta. 7.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. $50. Info and registration: 815-758-8194 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

February 24
Tracking Changes Through the Seasons.
Learn how to observe and record changes in nature throughout the seasons. After completing this course, you will be qualified to join the Arboretum Phenology Observers team to aid in research on the grounds and share observations with a national network of fellow observers. Great for naturalists, teachers, artists, photographers, and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the natural rhythm of nature. Taught by Christy Rollinson, forest ecologist. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $24. Another class will be held March 9 at the same time. Class held indoors and outdoors. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Requirements: Basic Plant ID (W010) or previous experience with plant identification. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 24, March 3 and March 10
Lawn-Free Design Workshops.
Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design. Sign up for the full workshop ($99) or opt to attend the informational session on February 24 ($46). During the workshop you will work one-on-one with a professional landscape architect and go home with a custom design, cost estimate and a project plan. At the informational sessionl you will learn what it means to lose the lawn and go “green” in a whole new way. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. One-day session: $46. Three-day session: $99. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 26
“Anything Orchids,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Don White will speak about how to raise and care for orchids. Baker Memorial Church, Cedar Ave., St. Charles. Social time 11:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting and presentation. Open to the public. Free. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

February 28
“Coyotes in Your Yard?”
and “Springbrook Prairie: Return to Nature,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Presented by Erik Neidy from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. At Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 9:15 a.m. $15 for guests. Registration deadline: Feb.22. Guests welcome. Info:napervillegardenclub.org.

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Winter Classes and Workshops at Aurora. Morning sessions start at 11 a.m. Afternoon sessions start at 1 p.m. Lunch is available at 12:30 p.m. Pre-order a boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Call 630-355-4000 to register. Info: thegrowingplace.com

FEBRUARY

February 10
Concrete Day!
Make a Hypertufa Container. Hypertufa is a lightweight concrete that can withstand the winter. Its airy structure makes it a great planter for succulents. Choose from several different shapes and sizes or bring your own container to use as a mold. Dress to make a mess. These smaller containers will dry quickly and be ready for Succulent Day. 11 a.m. Make three for $35. Aurora.

February 17
Succulent Day!
Get inspired as Joannie, the resident succulent enthusiast, shows all sorts of ways to use succulents in the garden, in containers and beyond. In the afternoon workshop, plant a succulent container. Talk at 11 a.m. Plant a Succulent Container at 1 p.m. Class $5. Succulent container: cost of materials. Add a boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Aurora.

February 24
Design Day.
Enjoy a two-part day of learning about design. Part I is The Design Tool Box at 11 a.m. Great landscapes start with understanding the basic principles and concepts of design. Enjoy a discussion on how to integrate the placement of plants with garden bed shapes and the home’s architecture. With this tool box of basics you’ll be able to tackle your own garden design. Cost: $5 for the morning.

Part 2 is the Front Yard Planning Session at 1 p.m. In this session you will take the basics you learned in Part 1 and apply them to your own front yard. You will get assistance in determining bed shapes and sizes and then work on plant choices and placement. Part 2 will run about
2 hours. Cost: $35 for both sessions. Add a boxed lunch for $10 or BYOL. Space is limited in Part 2. Aurora.

NOTE: Some prep work is required for this class. Instructions will be sent when you sign up. Plan for a full day.

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South

JANUARY

January 27
“Catalogs.”
They start coming in the mail around now. Learn what the symbols mean, what you plant in the spring vs. in the fall, and some great upcoming events nearby. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

FEBRUARY

February 17
“Feed The Birds.”
What to feed them, especially in the dead of winter. Why some feeds are so messy, and what seeds you should buy so that you aren’t wasting your money. 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

DECEMBER

December 2
Chesterton’s European Market
will host its annual Mistletoe Market with locally made goods. Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 South Fifth St., Chesterton, Ind.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 2
Tree Decorating Naturally and Pot Luck Luncheon,
hosted by The Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Decorate with local natural ingredients including dried flowers and local plants. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, Ind. 10 a.m. Info: 219-865-2679 or gw-wildones.org/home.html.

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

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Wisconsin

JANUARY

January 27
“Starting Native Plants from Seeds in Milk Jugs.”
Learn to start native plant seeds in old milk jugs outside in January. Presented by Larry Scheunemann. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 10 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets required. May be purchased at the door. No registration. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.com.

FEBRUARY

February 9 to 11
Garden Expo.
Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television. At the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. (Located on the southern edge of Madison, just off Hwy. 12 & 18 (Beltline). Friday 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One day ticket $8 purchased in advance, $10 at the door. Includes seminars and demos. Workshops priced separately. Info: 608-262-5256 or wigardenexpo.com.

February 24
“Tapping Trees to Make Syrup.”
Dave Bendlin will guide participants through the steps of tapping trees, collecting sap and cooking it down into syrup. If the syrup making season has progressed well, there will be samples for you to taste and possibly purchase. If weather permits, participants will go outdoors to tap some trees; be dressed appropriately for the weather. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tickets required; must register online beforehand. Limit 25. Info and registration: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.com.

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

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Michigan

JANUARY

January 13
Pinecone Kissing Ball.
Popular in Victorian England, kissing balls were decorated spheres hung in doorways to welcome visitors. Create a beautiful kissing ball to last through the winter with pinecones and greens. Supplies included, but feel free to bring your own embellishments if you wish. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles.
10:30 a.m. to noon. $25. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

January 21
Great Eastern Trees.
Learn how to locate historical records of some of the largest and oldest trees in the eastern United States. Determine their probable ages at the time they were discovered. Examine the diary of an English pioneer traveling through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in 1818. Hear descriptions of venerable white oaks, determine ages from information contained in his descriptions and learn how these magnificent trees were used by people in that bygone era. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

FEBRUARY

February 11
“Winterizing the Garden.”
Discover ways to extend seasonal interest by using conifers. Learn which varieties hold up well when used in holiday decorations such as wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces. Even in a small garden, a judicious use of a few varieties can add considerable interest to your holiday décor as well as the garden. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Register by Feb. 9. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

February 17
Great Backyard Bird Count.
Organized by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event to engage people from around the world in citizen science. Stop by the Nature Center to learn about feeding and identifying our common winter birds as sightings for the day are
tallied. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Free with paid admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

February 24
Cork Planter Box.
Create a one-of-a-kind planter box using recycled wine corks. All supplies provided. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $35. 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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