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Chicago

FEBRUARY

February 10 Beginning Beekeeping. Spend the day with the Conservatory’s head beekeeper to learn the basics – equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior, bee management and bee products. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $70. Info and registration: https://garfieldconservatory.org/event/beginning-beekeeping-class-16/.

February 13 2nd Wednesday lecture series. Lectures occur every second Wednesday of the month. Rotating topics include botany, gardening, wellness, science, photography and more. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Info: 773-638-1766 x 16.

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North

FEBRUARY

February 2 Houseplants 101. Learn how to select the right plant for a particular space, determine the right lighting levels, learn the principles of watering and when to repot and prune your houseplants. Also: Phalaenopsis orchids, bonsai, and recent trends in houseplants, such as terrariums and air plants. Taught by Justin Schmitz of Gethsemane Garden Center. At the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-826 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 3 or February 10 Introduction to Beekeeping. Learn the basics needed to start keeping bees. This includes what to expect, how to put together equipment, how to get bees in your hive, finding the queen, feeding, what to look for after the bees are installed and seasonal chores. Taught by Wil Pilipauskas, head beekeeper at Willie’s Honey Company. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $69. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 9 to March 24 In the Tropics: Orchid Show. More than 10,000 blooming orchids. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Adult tickets: $12. Children 3 to 12: $10. Parking $25 weekdays; $30 on weekends. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

February 10 Propagating Local Bees.Learn how to select good stock to start your hive, easy ways to make a few queens to propagate stock that winters in your area, and how to make splits from your own bees to increase hive counts or replace dead colonies. Taught by Wil Pilipauskas, head beekeeper of Willie’s Honey Company. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 3 to 5 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

February 17 Orchids for Beginners. Learn how to select easy-to-grow orchids suitable for your home. Basic orchid physiology and general cultural information such as light, temperature, humidity, repotting, and media requirements. Popular orchid species and cultivars will be reviewed, and local sources for orchids and supplies will be provided. A tour of the Orchid Show is included. Taught by Anne Nies. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or orchicagobotanic.org/education.

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Northwest

FEBRUARY

February 5 Gardening in Chicagoland through the Seasons, the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Michael Kolaczewski. At St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

February 13 Tropicals to Perk Up Your Home, the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Mt. Prospect. Author and designer Barb Collins will lead a program on adapting different cultivars to our homes and temperate climates. Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: mtsieroslawski@gmail.com.

February 14 Bee My Valentine, the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by Jan Tones, beekeeper at River Trails Nature Center in Northbrook. He will speak about maintaining beehives in Cook County, harvesting the honey, and the nutritional and medicinal value of local honey. He will have local honey for sale. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Business meeting at noon; program at 1 p.m. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com.

February 14 Monarchs: The History and Science Behind the Monarch Craze, the program for the monthly meeting of the Park Ridge Garden Club. Centennial Activity Center, 100 S. Western Ave., Park Ridge. 7 p.m. Info: sldahm@aol.com or parkridgegardenclub.org.

February 16 27th annual Natural Landscape Seminar of the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee (WPPC), Speakers include Roy Diblik, Karen Oberhauser, Chris Benda and Sean Menke. Exhibits feature native gardening services, products, garden art and books. McHenry County College, 8900 Highway 14, Crystal Lake. 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. $40 in advance. $45 at the door. Includes lunch. Info: www.theWPPC.org.

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West

JANUARY

January 26 Seed-Saving Workshop.Learn how and why to save your own seeds and get tips on seed starting. 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 the viability of seeds before planting. Participants in this class receive early admission to the Seed Swap. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 to 11 a.m. $34. Info and registration 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 26 Seed Swap. Browse a selection of seeds and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets to share. All welcome to attend, even those without seeds to give away. The Morton Arboretum will provide supplies such as envelopes, labels and pens. Experts will be on hand to help with gardening questions. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 26 or February 16 Create a Terrarium.Terrariums are an easy-care planting project that’s fun for all ages. Create a terrarium in a glass container by choosing the plants and learning about maintenance. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E Main St., St. Charles. 11 a.m. to noon. $10 workshop fee includes instruction, rock, charcoal, soil and moss. Plant material and containers extra. Feel free to bring a glass container from home (closed lid or open is fine) or purchase a glass container. Class repeated February 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Info and registration: 630-377-6288.

January 26 or February 23 Seed Starting for the Edible Garden. Start vegetables from seed in this hands-on workshop. Discover techniques and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors. Explore lighting, soil types, containers, sowing schedules, and plant selection with a gardening expert. Avoid common pitfalls and improve seed starting success. Get a tray of seeds started in class that you can take home with you. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Noon to 2 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 27 What Is a Master Gardener: How to Become One and Why, the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. Presented by Gemani Bhalsod, Illinois Extension Service. At the Oak Park Public Library, Veteran’s Room. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Info: http://gcoprf.org.

FEBRUARY

February 2 Back to Basics, the Midwest Regional Symposium sponsored by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) and The Morton Arboretum.Speakers are Bobbie Schwartz FAPLD (Bobbie’s Green Thumb), Todd Jacobson (Morton Arboretum), Susan Martin (Gardener Sue’s News), Jim Ault Ph.D.(Chicago Botanic Garden) and Laura Deeter Ph.D. (Ohio State University). Symposium will be held at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Member price: $96. Non-members: $120. Register at 630-719-2468.

February 5 Debbie Does England: Travels to English Gardens, the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Debbie Notaro. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Meeting begins with luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Business meeting at noon. Free. Guests welcome. Info: info@genevagardenclub.com.

February 7 through February 28 Beginning Beekeeping. Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? An experienced beekeeper will 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. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $109. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 9 OR February 13 Sweet Valentine Fresh Floral Design. Create a unique fresh floral design in a clear container surrounded by conversation heart candies. Learn how to arrange roses, carnations, wax flowers, pittosporum, and other fresh materials in floral foam. Plus, find out the secret to keeping the candies clean and dry in this hands-on class. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, or Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. $58. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 10 Kokedama Moss Ball Garden Workshop. Kokedama is the Japanese practice of taking the root ball of a plant, suspending it in a mud ball, and then coating it with soft green moss. The ball can then be hung or displayed on saucers. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St., St. Charles. 1 to 2 p.m. Class fee includes materials, plant and instruction. Small moss ball with 2 to 3-inch plant: $15. The larger moss ball with 4 to 4.5 inch plant is $22. Info and registration: 630-377-6288.

February 10 Valentine’s Day Plant Gift for the Ones You Love. (Kids ages 4 and up). Your child will paint a planter and pot up flowers for a great Valentines Day gift from the heart. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St., St. Charles. 3 to 3:30 p.m. $10. Info and registration 630-377-6288.

February 13 Epiphytes, Bromeliads & Other Unusual House Plants, the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. Presented by Mel Zaloudek. Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid St., Oak Park. Social time and refreshments at noon followed by program at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. Info: http://gcoprf.org. Register at meisterjoan@yahoo.com.

February 15 or 28 Pruning (online and in person).Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and, more importantly, which to prune later. “Dormant” pruning in winter is easy and encourages proper spring growth. Complete a short online component at your convenience before the in-person session. In-person class time will be spent in the field with an expert, who will demonstrate what to prune and how to do it. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Section A: online component begins Feb. 15 with in-person class Feb. 23 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Section B begins its online component on Feb. 28 with the in-person class March 8 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 16 Make your own Mini Garden in a Pop Bottle!(Kids ages 4 and up) Learn how to make your own mini greenhouse. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E Main St., St. Charles. 11:30 a.m. to noon. $5. All plants and materials included. Info: 630-377-6288.

February 18 Our Environment and Its Issues, the program for the monthly meeting of the Western Springs Garden Club. Kay McKeen, executive director of SCARCE, will present an overview of environmental issues and discuss what we can do in response. Also: composting, sustainability and water conservation. First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Info: 708-954-7653 or westernspringsgardenclub.org.

February 20 Our Climate Crisis, the program for the monthly meeting of the Tri-Village garden club of Bartlett, Hanover Park & Streamwood. Presented by Kent Taylor, for 25 years a diver/lecturer at the Shedd Aquarium. Taylor will give a slide lecture on the science and challenges of our current climate. Learn the causes of the current crisis and hear what we can do to minimize the effects of global warming. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park St., Streamwood. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: swells@ameritech.net.

February 20 Monthly meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners. Denise Sandoval from the Wild Ones club and Good Natured Landscape will talk about the use of native plants throughout the year. Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: dgorganicgardeners.blogspot.com.

February 21 and 28 Design a Meditative Garden.Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. In this class, identify visual cues that create places that nurture the spirit and invite us to take a meditative stroll, or sit and relax with a cup of tea, read and reflect, stretch, meditate or write. Draw inspiration from different meditative elements and examples of historic and monastic gardens to find the styles that work for you. Translate those elements into a working design and discuss sustainable gardening principles that will create gardens that nurture the spirit and the environment. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $76. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 22 The Lurie Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club.Learn about the toughest plants at the Lurie Garden and how they thrive in combinations that mimic natural plant communities. Learn about the history of Lurie Garden as it grew to today’s tapestry of colorful perennials. Presented by Laura Ekasetya. director and head horticulturalist at the Lurie Garden. Lombard Commons, Grace St. and St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Call 630-620-8938 to register.

February 23 Fairy Garden Design. Capture the magic and whimsy of youth with a fairy garden. Perfect for small landscapes. Learn the best plants and care techniques for creating miniature landscapes, examine designs for a single container or a garden and see a demonstration of how to put it together. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $20. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 23 Gardeners’ Pathway the annual day-long conference sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Dekalb County.Many speakers. 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 25 Backyard Birds and Bird Feeding, the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Downers Grove. Presented by David Brooks, manager of conservation services at the Spring Valley Nature Center of The Schaumburg Park District. Faith Methodist Church, at the corner of Fairview and 59th Streets, Downers Grove. 12:30 p.m. Free. Info: gardenclubofdownersgrove.net.

February 27 Keeping Your Evergreens Green,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Tree experts will discuss care of evergreens and how to treat problems with spruce and viburnums. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 8:45 a.m. $20, includes breakfast buffet. Guests welcome. RSVP to 630-650-4405 or napervillegardenclub.org.

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South

JANUARY

January 28 to March 16 Frida Kahlo’s Garden Exhibition, which will explore iconic photographs of the artist and her home and garden. Also included: information about native Mexican plants that she grew, as well as Mexican culture, traditional festivities, food and drink, and agriculture. Presented by the Forest Preserve District of Will County at the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 25055 W. Walnut Lane, Channahon. Info: 815-722-9470.

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February 16 Pollinator Gardens.What is a pollinator? Which bugs are beneficial, which are bad, and how to plant to encourage them to come to your garden. Sponsored by the Village of Park Forest and its Environment Commission Park. At the Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Ave., Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: villageofparkforest.com.

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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

FEBRUARY

February 18 Art and Engineering at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. Hear about the design process, engineering and construction of two iconic pieces of this public garden — the monumental 50-foot waterfall and the 16th-century-style tea house. Taught by Tim Gruner, garden curator and head of horticulture. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison 6:30 to 8 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

February 21 Start a Native Garden from Seedlings Workshop.Hear about the native plants that provide interest from spring through fall and how to grow seedlings on your windowsill. You will plant three small trays with native seeds to nurture at home. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $62. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

February 26 Native Shrubs for Your Landscape.Learn easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

February 28 High and Dry. After a most challenging year of rain, learn how to keep your basement and garden safe and dry. Learn about grading and drainage, along with rain garden placement and plants. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-245-3648 or olbrich.org.

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

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Michigan

JANUARY

January 25, Rochester, Monthly Meeting, Meadow Brook Garden Club, The January meeting of Meadow Brook Garden Club is entitled Beautiful Botanicals and features guest speaker Laurie Tennent, a noted photographer in Birmingham. Meadow Brook Hall is located at 350 Estate Drive. Refreshments will be served at 9:15 a.m. with the program to follow at 10:00 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee. For more information, call (248) 364-6210, email MBGCmembers@gmail.com or visit www.meadowbrookhall.org.

January 26, East Lansing, It’s All about the Ins and Outs of Gardening, Michigan State University, Mark your calendar for this popular event. The Capital Area Master Gardeners are again presenting their winter symposium on the campus of Michigan State University. This year’s theme is It’s All about the Ins and Outs of Gardening. Registration and payment in advance are required and seating is limited. More information is available at mgacac.wordpress.com.

January 26 and 27, Grand Rapids, Orchid Show, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, The annual Orchid Show will fill the Grand Room with beautiful orchids, competing for ribbons and the coveted American Orchid Society Awards. You can shop for orchids to start or add to your collection as well as for the hard-to-find orchid growing supplies you need. On January 26, the display area is open noon-5 p.m. and the sales shop is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On January 27, both the display area and the sales shop are open for viewing from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission fee for this event. For more information, visit meijergardens.org.

FEBRUARY

February 5, East Lansing, Monthly Meeting, Plant and Soil Science Building, Michigan State University, Everyone is welcome to attend. There is $3/person guest fee for non-members. 6-8 p.m. More information is available at mgacac.wordpress.com.

February 14, Lapeer, Eastern Michigan Hosta Society Monthly Meeting, Mayfield Township Hall, The evening schedule includes networking beginning at 5 p.m., a potluck dinner beginning at 6 p.m., the evening’s program beginning at 7 p.m., and the regular business meeting beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com.

February 22, Rochester, Meadow Brook Garden Club Monthly Meeting – Dahlia Tubers Dos and Don’ts, Meadow Brook Hall , The February meeting features guest speaker Michael Genovese, owner of Summer Dreams Farm in Oxford. Refreshments will be served at 9:15 a.m. with the program to follow at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. There is a $5 non-member fee. For more information, call 248-364-6210, email MBGCmembers@gmail.com, or visit meadowbrookhall.org.

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

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