Fruit Trees for the Beginner. This class will cover selecting varieties, site selection and preparation and proper planting. Also: pruning techniques, ongoing maintenance and pest management. Dress for the weather, because part of the class will be outside. Taught by Glenn Grosch, horticulturist and agronomist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
The 12th Annual Gardening Show. Sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and the Porter County Master Gardeners. Keynote address by author Janet Macunovich. Seed & bulb exchange; garden photography contest; children’s corner; food service and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardening. Door prizes. Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST (Chicago time). $10. Children under 12 free. Free parking. Info: pcgarden.info.
Soils: Where are Your Roots? One of the secrets to gardening success is an understanding of soils. Horticulturist and agronomist Glenn Grosch will provide a detailed discussion of soils, including structure, fertilizers, understanding and managing pH, soil amendments, and water management. Also: proper horticultural techniques for a healthy soil ecosystem. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
Curious Coyotes: Winter Exploration. A program for children ages 6 to 10. Learn about all that makes winter special: snow, animal tracking, birds at the feeder and more. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. $10. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
Glass Jar Terrarium Workshop. Learn how to create a glass jar terrarium from start to finish. A glass jar, an assortment of small indoor plants for a variety of light conditions and all other materials will be provided. Please bring gloves, an apron if desired, and pruning shears. Taught by outdoor floriculturist Tim Pollak. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $75. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
Winter Bird Walk. Explore the winter landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify birds that overwinter in Illinois and discuss their behaviors and natural history. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 to 11:30 a.m. $10. Register 630-719-2468. Info: mortonarb.org.
“Ornamental Landscape Design.” An introduction to landscape design utilizing ornamental plants for long-lasting color year round. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.
Beginning Beekeeping Workshop. A full-day program to learn about the history of beekeeping in North America, the anatomy and physiology of bees, including the caste system and duties of the honeybees. Also: the impending disaster of colony collapse disorder and what we can do about it. Taught by Charles and Karen Lorence, owners of Lorence’s Honey Bee Haven. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Lunch on your own. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
Fossils Class. Learn about Indiana fossils and those from around the world. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 3 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.
February 6 to 8
WPT’s Annual Garden Expo Exhibitors. Seminars. Workshops. Demos. 400 booths. Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, Friends of WHA-TV, and the UW-Extension Horticulture
Team,. Alliant Energy Center, 919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. Info: 608-262-5256 or wigardenexpo.com.
Illiana Garden and Pond Society Monthly Meeting. St. John Library, 9450 Wicker Ave, St. John. 10 a.m. Refreshments. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird Walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners welcome. Cantigny Gardens, 1S151 S Winfield Road, Wheaton. 8:30 a.m. Free. Info: 630- 668-5161 or cantigny.org.
February 14 to March 15
The Orchid Show. Thousands of blooming orchids to cheer us out of the winter doldrums. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 am. to 4 p.m. Adult ticket $10. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/orchid.
Monthly Meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. The program will be Doug Tallamy’s DVD Toward Harmony with Nature. Gibson Woods Field House, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 219-844-3188 or 219-865-2679.
Orchid Displays. Nichols Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N 2nd S., Rockford. Info: rockfordparkdistrict.org.ncg or 815-987-8858.
Deer-Resistant Plants. Learn about ornamental plants that deer actually do not like to eat. Learn how to integrate them and also protect the plants that are relished by deer. Return home with an action plan to fortify your home. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 4 p.m. $12. Register by February 14. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
February 8 and 15
Plant Families. Improve your plant identification skills by learning characteristics of plant families. We have a regional flora of more than 2,500 species, so being able to recognize common plant families on sight is a big step toward plant identification. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $43. Register 630-719-2468. Info: mortonarb.org.
Squirrel Appreciation. To celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation Day, come and learn more about the squirrels that call Michiana home. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free with admission. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
January 30 or 31
Foolproof Projects With Air Plants. Bonnie Ferrara, Chalet glasshouse designer, will demonstrate several projects that you will be able to do at home with air plants. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Info: 847-256-0561.
Out of the Box: You and Your New Camera. Learn the basics of how to use your new camera. Program includes an introduction to focus, exposure, histograms and how to take a picture in the field. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 8 to 11 a.m. on Jan 24. $76. Register 630-719-2468. Info: mortonarb.org.
“Nature in Symphony.” A class that looks at how nature expresses itself through music. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 2 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.
Beginning Botanical Drawing. Enjoy the engaging process of botanical drawing as you learn to recognize and develop structure and texture using watercolor pencils. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $42. All materials provided. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.
“Spring Ephemerals: Gems in our Woodland Gardens.” The program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Kris Koch, education coordinator from Rotary Gardens, Janesville, Wisc., will discuss early spring-blooming woodland flowers. Woodward Technology Center of Rock Valley College. 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: wildonesrrvc.org.
Bonsai Display 101. A class to discuss the basics of proper two-and three-point bonsai displays, including the right container, accent plant, stand, scroll and others. Students and instructor will create and critique several displays, both formal and informal. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to noon. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
“Ready! Set! Garden.” A day-long symposium sponsored by the Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum. Hear respected professionals from throughout the country, review latest books and get inspired for the next growing season. Speakers include Galen Gates, Susan Martin, Laura Deeter, Chris Hansen, Susan Jacobson, David Culp and Mark Zilis. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $105. Includes Arboretum access, break refreshments, lunch and handouts. Register at mortonarb.org/learn-experience/adult-programs.
February 6 or 7
Houseplant Repotting Workshop. Jennifer Brennan, Chalet horticulturist, will share the simple steps of how and why to repot. You may bring in three plants to repot. (Caution – cold outdoor temperatures will damage plants, so wrap them and warm up the car before transporting. Never leave them in a cold car.) Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Workshop free. $5 per plant for materials, charged after the workshop. Bring your own pots or plan to purchase at Chalet. Info:847-256-0561.
January 31 and February 1
Orchid Quest. Annual mid-winter show and sale of the Madison Orchid Growers Guild. Educational seminars. Vendors. Alliant Energy Center, 919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. One day entry $7. Two days entry/$10. Info: 608-231-3163 or orchidguild.org/orchidquest.html.
Annual Natural Landscaping Seminar. A presentation by the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. Speakers include Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, Dr. Doug Taron and Jim Kleinwachter. McHenry County College, 8900 Highway 14, Crystal Lake. 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Includes lunch. Info and registration: 815-477-1285 or theWPPC.org.
Wisconsin’s Carnivorous Plants. A family workshop. Explore deadly, beautiful carnivorous plants with plant expert Teresa Golembiewski, UW-Whitewater Biology Department. Boerner Botanical Garden, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Info: 414-525-5601 or boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
“Tree Selection/Native Trees.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. presented by Jim Matkovich, ISA Board Certified Tree Arborist. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-918-7157 or gclcil.com.
Pruning Small Trees and Shrubs – Winter. Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, $76. Register 630-719-2468. Info: mortonarb.org.
January 24 and 31
Bonsai for Beginners (two parts). In Part 1, learn how to select a tree, what types of pots to use, the tools and their uses, potting mix choices, wiring and pruning techniques. In Part 2, receive a beautiful ‘Golden Gate’ ficus with a trunk over 1 inch in diameter and work in a friendly atmosphere under the expert guidance of the instructor. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 10 a.m. to noon. $72. All materials provided. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.
2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000. All classes are organized as Learn, Lunch
& Play. All will take place at the Aurora location. Registration required. Please advise if you have any dietary restrictions. thegrowingplace.com
Make & Take a Peace Pole. Spend the afternoon painting a 4-foot-tall peace pole. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peace pole $75. Lunch $10. Class fee includes all peace pole materials.
Landscaping 101 at 11 a.m. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Curb Appeal Landscaping Workshop at 1 p.m. A Growing Place landscape designer will lead the first session on creating an appealing front yard. After lunch, start planning your front yard with professional help. Class $5. Lunch $10. Workshop $20.
2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000. All classes are organized as Learn, Lunch & Play. All will take place at the Aurora location. Registration required.Please advise if you have any dietary restrictions. thegrowingplace.com
Miniature Gardening at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Make & Take an Enchanted Tree House at 1 p.m. Take an ordinary tree stump and turn it into a magical home for your garden nymphs (or gnomes). Class $5. Box lunch $10. Enchanted Tree House $30.
Virtual Garden Walk at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Make & Take a Succulent Dish Garden at 1 p.m. “Tour” some favorite gardens of Growing Place designers. After lunch, make a succulent dish garden. Class $5. Box lunch $10. Dish Garden – cost of materials.
Vegetable Gardening at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Seed Starting at 1 p.m. Discuss growing tomatoes and other vegetables. After lunch, seed starting. Seeds, soil and containers provided. Class $5. Box lunch $10. Seed Starting $10. (Additional seed packets available for purchase.)
Carpets of Color at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Make & Take Stepping Stones at 1 p.m. Learn about out-of-the-ordinary ground covers and make a stepping stone after lunch. Be prepared to get dirty. If you have something you would like to imbed in your stone, bring it along. Class $5. Box lunch $10. Stepping stone $40.
January 10 and February 14
61st Street Farmers Market Continues Indoors. Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: experimentalstation.org.
Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo
Alliant Energy Center
Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in it’s 22nd year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Friday, February 13 - 3p.m.-9p.m.,
Saturday, February 14 - 9a.m.-6p.m., Sunday, February 15 - 10a.m.-4p.m.
Please visit wigardenexpo.com for more information.
Brambles and Berries for the Beginner. Learn about choosing the best varieties, selection and preparation of a site, proper planting, pruning techniques and maintenance. Dress for the weather, because part of the class will be outside. Taught by Glenn Grosch, horticulturist and agronomist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
Great Backyard Bird Count. An annual event organized by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Fernwod Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Stop by to learn about feeding and identifying our common winter birds and tally sightings for the afternoon. 1 to 4 p.m. Free with admission Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
Gardening in Small Spaces. Learn about self-irrigating pots, growing potatoes in sacks, growing on trellises,succession planting, winter seed sowing and more. Go home with a self-irrigated
pot ready to plant in the spring. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. 10 a.m. to noon. Oak Park resident $25. Nonresident $35. Note: Registration is required one week prior to the beginning of this workshop to allow for supplies to be purchased. Register at the Conservatory reception desk or online at pdop.org. Info: 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.
February 27 or 28
Seed-Starting Basics. Early March is eight weeks before the average frost-free date in Chicagoland. It is the time to start vegetable seeds such as tomatoes and peppers indoors to have good-sized starter plants in May. Learn the best soils, fertilizers, temperatures, light requirements and varieties to be successful. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561.
February 20 or 21
Felco Pruner Sharpening & Cleaning Workshop. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Preregistration and materials fee required (includes pruner grease, oil, brass brush and sharpening files). $34.99 plus tax. (Only Felco pruners) Call 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.
Grow Orchids on Your Windowsill. A class for beginners. Learn about the easiest orchids to grow for your conditions, avoiding some new-grower mistakes, keeping plants healthy and basic techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring a few plants to class for questions and discussion. A tour of the Orchid Show is included. Taught by Jerry L. Garner, Ph.D., retired professor of horticulture. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
January 24, February 7 and 21
Green City Market Continues Indoors.The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. 8 a.m to 1 p.m. Info: greencitymarket.org/calendar.
Exploring Winter Birds. Discover some common birds that reside in Wisconsin throughout the winter months. Create a winter scene with water colors and colored pencils and Wisconsin bird
cutouts. Dress for being outdoors. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Refreshments. 10 a.m. to noon. Info: 414-525-5601 or boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
Starting From Seed. This course covers all elements of starting both annuals (flowers and vegetables) and perennials from seed. Includes plant selection, containers, planting mixes, watering, heating, lighting and disease control. Taught by Glenn Grosch, horticulturist and agronomist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
January 24 and 25
Orchid Show. Members from Grand Valley Orchid Society will answer questions and point out some of the most unique orchids. Vendors. Free talks by Orchid Society members. Orchid hunt for kids. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Free. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.
The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County will beholding their annual plant sale – “From our Garden to Yours” –Saturday, May 16th, 2015 on the Extension grounds, 100 S U.S. Highway 45,Grayslake, IL. The sale runs rain or shine, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Plants available include perennials shared from the Master Gardener’s gardens,herbs and vegetable plant seedlings. Used garden-related items will be available for sale in our “Garden Treasures” area. Payments accepted in cash and check only. Come early for the best selection. As an example ofthe plants that may be available, the previous year’s plant list is posted at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lm/lakemg/4140.html. A map will be available the day of the sale locating three additional plant sales in the Grayslake vicinity.
Choosing the Right Container for Your Bonsai Tree. This class offers an in-depth look at different pot styles and will teach how to select the right pot for your tree. Students are encouraged to bring a tree they would like to repot. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to noon. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.
“Candy Making in Chicago.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Hear a presentation about the history of candy making in Chicago, which produced one-third of the nation’s candy at one time. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Meeting and refreshments begin at 11 a.m. Program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-296-3457.
Succulents in a Nest. Create a “succulent nest” out of grapevines and moss and planted with succulents. See a variety of fascinating types and discover how simple it is to grow them. Learn how to start new plants from leaves, cuttings or divisions, and what to do if pests appear. Class includes a tour of the Arid Garden and all materials. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $37. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.
Beginning Beekeeping. Learn the basics of beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior, bee management and bee products. Garfield Conservatory, 300 N.
Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to noon. $70. Pre-registration required at garfieldconservatory.org.
Starting a Community or School Garden. Jill Niewoehner of mamagrows.com will share her tricks for starting a successful collaborative garden. Topics include picking a location, best vegetables for beginners, gaining supporters, knowing your soil conditions and sustaining momentum. Includes a step-by-step guide on how to start your community or school garden this spring. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oak Park resident $25. Nonresident $35. Register for classes one week in advance at the Conservatory reception desk or online at pdop.org. Info: 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.
Manager’s Tour of the Oak Park Conservatory. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Conservatory. Hear about the history, mechanics, operations and hidden plant gems. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oak Park resident $10. Non-resident $15. Register one week in advance at the Conservatory Reception Desk or online at pdop.org. Info: 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.
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