Introduction to Botanical Drawing. The beauty of seasonal native plants at the Lurie Garden will inspire you to create a simple botanical drawing. No skill? No worry! Just bring a pencil and a piece of paper. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Noon to 3 p.m. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.
The North Park Village chapter of Wild Ones tours Independence Grove Visitors Center in Libertyville, a 19,000-square-foot facility with beautiful views of the forest preserve and 115-acre lake. Also: a native plant garden, history and nature exhibits, a café and local artwork. Lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Meet at the Visitors Center at 10 a.m. Call Bob at 312-744-5472 for carpooling information.
The North Park Village chapter of Wild Ones tours the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles, the first LEED certified building in Kane County. Turtle pond, wetland exhibit, live animal displays and interactive murals that showcase the area’s natural history. The center overlooks oak savanna, community garden plots and restored habitats. Lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards. Meet at the Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Drive, at 10 a.m. Call Bob at 312-744-5472 for carpooling information.
Urban Landscape Photography. Professional photographer Warren Perlstein will teach a free Urban Landscape Architectural Photography Workshop. Discuss the basics, take photos and get a critique. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.
Guided Pollinator Walk. Join scientists in the Lurie Garden for a chance to learn about the wide variety of native and non-native pollinators that thrive here in Illinois. Look for various types of bees, wasps, butterflies, beetles and other species. Dress appropriately for the weather, including a hat and sunscreen. Short-range binoculars might be helpful. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Children welcome. Info and registration at luriegarden.org.
Biomimicry 101. What is biomimicry and how does it apply to your own outdoor space, landscape decisions as well as energy, water and waste considerations? What can you do to make your home-scale ecosystem sustainable and resilient like native ecosystems? The Lurie Garden in Millenniums Park. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Preregistration required at luriegarden.org.
Gardener’s Plant Walk. Morning walks are for gardeners that would like focused information about Lurie Garden plants and their place in our landscape. Each walk will last 30 to 45 minutes and focus on a specific area of horticultural interest. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. 8 to 9 a.m. Pre-registration required at luriegarden.org.
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Bowmanville Garden Walk. Visit 20 residential gardens, 3 award-winning community gardens, many street corner parkway gardens plus the Garden Photo Contest exhibit. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Suggested $4 donation. Rain or shine. Ask a Master Gardener and Welcome Table with maps and programs at the Bowmanville GreenSpace, 5384 N. Bowmanville Ave. Neighborhood is just west of Andersonville. Free parking. All proceeds benefit the Bowmanville Community Organization’s gardening programs. Info: 773-506-1696 or bcochicago.org.
Wicker Park Garden Club Tour of the 10,000-square-foot ornamental gardens that they design, fund and maintain in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. Symphony Sounds String Quartet outside performance to follow. Garden tour 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. String quartet is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required for the garden tour. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dearborn Garden Walk in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Twenty distinctive rear gardens. Live jazz and classical performances in selected gardens. Garden seminars. Narrated architectural walking tour of historic Dearborn Street. Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance; $35 on the day. Enter at the Latin Middle School, 45 W. North Boulevard. Info and advance tickets: dearborngardenwalk.com/gw.html.
July 23 and 24
Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk. Sponsored by the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA), a non-profit community organization. Self-guided tours of more than 100 Gardens, guided architectural tours, live entertainment by several bands, food and drink, and activities for children at the Kids’ Corner. Start at Sheffield and Webster Streets. Guidebooks with the map and garden descriptions available at the Garden Center on the lawn in front of St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster Ave., with a $7 donation. Info: sheffieldgardenwalk.com/content/gardens.
Edgebrook Garden Walk. Visit gardens in the picturesque, tree-lined streets of Edgebrook/Wildwood. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy $10 tickets on the day at the North Branch Arts (NBA) Community Garden, 6431 N. Kinzua Ave., by the Metra station parking lot. All proceeds benefit the NBA, a 501c(3), and the Edgebrook Community Association. Info: 312-402-1842.
August 6 and 7
Bucktown Tree & Garden Walk. Up to 100 gardens, including parkways, container gardens, rooftops, garden art and edible gardens. Join local treekeepers for educational walks identifying trees. Trolleys available for shuttle service. Guidebooks with map ($10) at Club Lucky, Lottie’s Pub or Churchill Park. Valet parking at Club Lucky. Live music. Outdoor classes. Petting zoo. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Bucktown Community Organization. Proceeds benefit local green initiatives. Schedule of events at www.bucktown.org/gardenwalk. Other info: 773-499-8888 or email@example.com.
Graceland West Garden Walk. Self-directed tour of 30 gardens in the neighborhood bounded by Ashland-Irving Park-Clark-Montrose. Master Gardeners, literature, insect petting zoo. Rain or shine. Maps available at 4334 N. Greenview, info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wicker Park Garden Club Tour of the 10,000 square foot ornamental gardens that they design, fund and maintain in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. Followed by an outside performance of the Symphony Sounds String Quartet. Garden tour 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. String quartet is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required for the garden tour. Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org
July 2 and 3Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival with 100 juried artists on the Esplanade selling botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry and much more. Artist talks and
interactive art demonstrations. Create your own masterpieces in the family drop-in activity tent. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.
July 9 and 10
North American Lily Society Convention & Show. A national judged display of more than 200 lily blooms in different varieties of true lilies (Lilium), perennial plants arising from a bulb composed of scales. 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.
July 10 and August 7
Pepper Sunday. Chef demonstrations, tours and activities celebrate all things pepper – hot and sweet! Learn how to fertilize pepper plants, identify pests and diseases, and prepare for the fall harvest. Family activities. Vendors. 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.
Mulching for Healthy Soils, a class presented by Bill Shores, professional grower and garden consultant. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.
July 16 and 17
Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale. More than 10 artistic floral arrangements and more than 50 daylily varieties are showcased on Sunday only. Prices from $3 to $10. 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.
July 16 and 17
Butterfly Festival 2016. Mingle with butterflies in the butterfly habitat and enjoy a variety of activities. Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Butterfly releasing ceremony at 2 p.m. on July 17. Info: 847-272-1209 or redsgardencenter.com.
July 23 and 24
Cactus & Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale. Cactus and succulent plants grown by society members. 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.
August 6 Tour the Wilmette Centennial Park Prairie. Sponsored by The Little Garden Club of Wilmette. The nearly 2-acre prairie grows in and around a park district rain detention basin. It supports nesting birds, fireflies and butterflies. Led by Charlotte Adelman, a resident who helped create the prairie. Located at Wilmette and Crawford Streets in Wilmette.10 a.m. Free. No reservations. Everyone welcome. Free parking outside the Centennial Recreation Complex at 2300 Old Glenview Road. Info: call the Wilmette Park District at 847-256-9638.
August 13 and 14
Gardeners of the North Shore Show. A judged exhibition of flowers, vegetables, herbs and houseplants, plus a sale in Burnstein Hall. All amateur gardeners are welcome to enter. 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.
August 19 to 21
Mid-America Bonsai Show & Sale. A display of 200 bonsai trees in all types of bonsai styles, judged by guest bonsai expert Rodney Clemons. More than a dozen vendors. Free demos and lectures. Workshops for beginners and
accomplished growers. A fee and registration are required for the workshops. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in Nichols Hall. Bonsai demos and lectures are in the auditorium; workshops are in various locations. Info: 847-835-5440 or midwestbonsai.org.
August 20 and 21
Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival. Many activities, demonstrations and performances provide opportunities to learn about Japan’s summer festivals (matsuri). Tea ceremony, traditional storytelling, taiko drumming, koto harp music, traditional craft projects geared toward children. Events at various times throughout the day. The Malott Japanese Garden is staffed with volunteers in the Shoin House and around the garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.
August 27 and 28
Heirloom Tomato Weekend. Learn about heirloom tomatoes. Take a 20-minute tomato tour with a horticulturist at 1 and 3 p.m. both days. Displays, activities, seed-saving demonstrations. Cooking demos at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Vendors. Family activities. Take home an oregano seedling (while supplies last). Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or
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The Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Walk. Four great gardens in Mundelein, three in Loch Lomond and one just north of Loch Lomond. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Maps/directions on the website gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org. Printed maps at Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville; Aspen Library in Vernon Hills and Fremont Library in Mundelein. Info: 847-772-2186 or email@example.com.
Garden Conservancy Open Days tours in Mettawa, Evanston, Winnetka and Lake Forest. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Lake Forest garden open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). $7 each garden; pay at the gate. Directions and other info: www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays.
“Hydrangeas,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Each of five species will be covered for hardiness, light requirements and moisture needs. Also: pruning and managing blue/pink bloom color. Presented by Glenn Grosch. St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Visitors welcome. Info: 630-329-4598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Shakespeare in the Garden,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Elgin Garden Club. See a slide presentation featuring the Shakespeare gardens of 1916 as well as paintings and plants popular in Shakespeare’s time and beyond. Presented by Laura Mueller, lecturer from the Art Institute of Chicago. Gail Borden Public Library. 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. 9:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. Reserve a place at 847-742-4695 to make a reservation. Other info: 847-742-2411.
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The McHenry County Master Gardener Garden Walk. Eight home gardens in Crystal Lake, Marengo and Huntley. Start at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Route 14, Crystal Lake. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 in advance; $17 on the day. Plant sale and demo garden at the College. Info: 815-479-7570, mchenry.edu/gardenwalk or email email@example.com.
Pond and Garden Walk for a Cause, hosted by the Roselle Park District Garden Club. Seven backyard ponds and gardens throughout Roselle. Gather ideas for your own garden design while benefiting Stepping Stones, an organization that assists women survivors of domestic violence. Pick up map/ticket at Clauss Recreation Center, 555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 on the day. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 7 and 14Invasive Species I: Online and In-person. Learn to identify and manage the most common invasive plants in the Great Lakes region. Class includes both online learning modules and in-person sessions. Must have access to the internet through computer or mobile device, know how to use a web browser and word processor, how to send and receive email, and how to locate a file and attach it to an email. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Online class begins July 7. In-person class on July 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. $34. Info and registration: mortobarb.org or 630-719-2468.
Summer Tree Walk. Learn to identify trees by examining the leaves, flowers, branches, bark and buds of trees. Class meets mostly outdoors. Dress for the weather and moderate walking. Hand lens may be useful, available in the Arboretum Store. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8:30 to 11 a.m. $25. Info and registration: mortobarb.org or 630-719-2468.
Daylily Show of The Chicagoland Daylily Society. See hundreds of unique specimens. Sycamore Room of The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Show free with entrance to the Arboretum. Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.
July 13 and 16
Wetland Ecology. Learn the essentials of wetland ecology and the vital management techniques necessary to maintain threatened wetland ecosystems. Visit sites that represent different stages of restoration and explore the management of these systems. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Saturday class will visit locations away from the Arboretum. Driving directions will be provided to registrants. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortobarb.org.
Summer Bird Walk. Learn about summer resident birds, their preferred haunts, foraging needs and nesting behavior with an expert guide. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. $10. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortobarb.org.
July 19, 21 and 26
Prairie Plant ID. Learn the identification skills to manage, restore or simply enjoy prairie habitats. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Held indoors and outdoors. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on wood chip paths. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortobarb.org.
July 23 and 24
Veggie Fest Chicago, one of the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festivals in North America and 35,000 attendees last year. International food court, talks by health professionals, children’s tent, live music, 100 vendor booths. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4045 Naperville Road, Lisle. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission and parking. Info: 630-842-9229 or veggiefestchicago.org.
Planting for Fall Harvest. Extend your vegetable growing season into late fall. Learn to maximize your vegetable garden production as the temperatures begin to drop and the days grow shorter. Each participant will go home with five organically grown cold season veggie seedlings as well as seeds. Choose from broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, lettuce, kale, and chard. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
July 29 and 30
“Under the Big Top,” a Garden Clubs of Illinois Standard Flower Show. This is a judged standard show that involves 44 floral designs, education, photography and horticulture exhibits. Preregistration required to enter an exhibit. Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville. Open to the public from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Free. Info: 630 258-3118 or gardenclubsofillinois.org.
The Winfield Area Gardeners offer “Behind the Scenes at Ball,” a private tour of Ball Horticultural, 622 Town Road, West Chicago. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Info: 630-730-4801 or email@example.com.
Prairie Ethnobotany. Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this summer hike. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $44. Dress for the weather. A hand lens or binoculars may be useful, as well as a field guide. Please bring a snack and a water bottle. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
Botany for Home Gardeners. Arm yourself with some basic science to improve your results and enrich your enjoyment in the garden. Learn plant parts and their purposes, how plants grow and reproduce, and how life begins from a single seed. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $65. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
Chicagoland Daylily Society’s daylily sale. Economical and special daylilies from well-known hybridizers and from members’ own gardens. 41 South Stough St., Hinsdale. (the corner of Stough & Chestnut (two blocks north of the West Hinsdale train station).10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In case of rain, the sale will take place inside at The Community House, 415 West Eighth St., Hinsdale. Info: chicagolanddaylilysociety.org.
Annual Auction of the Northern Illinois Hosta Society. Auction features a wide variety of spectacular hostas and many companion plants donated by NIHS members and vendors. Hosta expert Mark Zilis returns as auctioneer. Come early to preview auction items and get first crack at bargain plants at the first-come-first-serve $5 table. Also: raffle of the best of the best. Public welcome. Community House, 415 West 8th St., Hinsdale, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Info: 224-622-1171.
Summer Bird Walk. Learn about the summer resident birds, their preferred haunts, foraging needs and nesting behavior with an expert guide. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. $10. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortobarb.org.
Heirloom Garden Show. Rare and specialty fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs, displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N 016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills (5 miles west of Geneva, off Illinois Highway Route 38). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $6. Children $3. Info: garfieldfarm.org.
August 27 or 30
Preserving the Harvest. Learn home preservation methods and continue to enjoy your seasonal bounty well into the fall and winter months by freezing, dehydrating, fermenting and canning. Jam demo on Saturday; pickling demo on Tuesday. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. August 27 class 9:30 a.m. to noon. August 30 class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
August 28 through October 9
Bonsai for Beginners. Learn the art of bonsai during this six-week hands-on course. Each session includes detailed instruction from bonsai expert Ivan Watters and individualized assistance with design, styling and wiring. Limit 12. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Class meets six Sundays: August 28, and September 11 through October 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. $229. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. Info: cantigny.org or 630-668-5161. Parking $5 weekdays, $10 weekends. Events are free unless otherwise noted. For events requiring registration call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.
Floral Design Workshop: Red, White & Blue for your BBQ. Create three containers full of patriotic blossoms and blooms, along with festive touches of your choosing. All materials provided. $50 per person. Parking free. Meet at Cantigny Greenhouse at 6 p.m.
Idea Garden Tour. Liz Omura, Idea Garden curator, leads an up-close look at Cantigny’s “garden for gardeners.” Depart from Visitors Center at 11 a.m.
Purple Martins 101. Learn all about one of America’s favorite birds from Cantigny volunteer Ray Feld. The presentation will include an up-close look inside one of the martin “hotels.” Meet at Cantigny Golf at 7:30 a.m. (27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton). Free, including parking.
July 12 and August 9
The Spirited Botanist. A botanical cocktail in the Idea Garden! Host Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture will demonstrate a cocktail (alcoholic and non-alcoholic variations) that features a fruit, vegetable, herb and/or edible flower as the main ingredient. Registration required. $25 per person. Parking free. Meet at the Grape Arbor at 6:30 p.m.
Golf Course Cart Tour. See the spectacular floral plantings on Cantigny’s picturesque 27-hole golf course. Travel in golf carts on this unique tour focusing on flowerbeds, restored natural areas, majestic trees and more. Todd Henderson, forestry manager, and Craig Kruckenberg, horticulture manager, will guide. Advance registration required. Group limited to 50. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 6:15 p.m. (27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton). $5 per person includes parking.
July 20 and August 17
Garden Photo Tips. Receive advice, share your own knowledge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid the garden. Cantigny volunteer Jim Frazier will lead the one-hour walk. Group size limited; please pre-register. Meet at Visitors Center on July 20 at 6:30 p.m or August 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Rose Garden Tour. Craig Myroup from Cantigny Horticulture will show one of the estate’s most popular attractions, the 12,000 square foot Rose Garden, home to more than 1,000 rose bushes from 75 varieties. The collection includes the Chicago Peace Rose, discovered on the Cantigny estate. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m.
Floral Design Workshop: Flowers with Friends. This class will show how to construct a bouquet when you receive flowers as a gift. Participants are asked to bring a sleeve of blooms from the grocery store. Cantigny will furnish extra flowers, a vase and practical advice. $40 per person. Parking free. Meet at Cantigny Greenhouse at 1 p.m.
Outdoor Composting Workshop, an event for adults at the Education Center. This is part of Cantigny’s “Get Involved!” series covering environmental topics. Kay McKeen from SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) will demonstrate and discuss various compost bin options. Learn how to save money, conserve water and create nutrient-rich soil. Advance registration required. 7 p.m.
ClaySpace Pottery Show. Artists will exhibit and offer for sale a variety of handmade and one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces such as platters, bowls, wall sculptures, vases, soap dishes and jewelry. ClaySpace is a nonprofit clay arts studio located in Warrenville and home to a community of resident artists. Visitors Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000.
DIY Garden Project: Hanging Succulent Container. Choice of three shapes starting at $50. 10 a.m. Please call 630-355-4000 to register. Aurora.
DIY Garden Project: Grown Up Mini Gardens & Terrariums. Stop in any time between 10 a.m. and noon. Cost: materials used. No registration necessary. Both locations.
Kids’ Day: Messin’ Around in the Dirt, Part 2. This is the second session in the three-part series and is appropriate for children ages 5 to 10. Univ. of Illinois Master Gardeners available. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Aurora.
DIY Garden Project: Glass on Glass Mosaic Window with Lisa Tolbert. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $50. Register: 630 664-3229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Aurora.
July 20 to August 4
Weekly Scoop: Hydrangeas. Stop in all week to learn about hydrangeas at the Weekly Scoop display. Both locations. Also: a class July 30 at 10 a.m. in Aurora. Free.
DIY Garden Project: Mosaic Pumpkin with Lisa Tolbert. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $50. Register: 630-664-3229 or email@example.com. Aurora.
Kids’ Day: Messin’ Around in the Dirt, Part 3. This is the third session in the three-part series and is appropriate for children ages 5 to 10. Univ. of Illinois Master Gardeners available. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Aurora.
Fall Planting Season Kick Off. Mums arrive; time to plan for landscaping facelifts and more. Watch thegrowingplace.com for details. Both locations.
80th Year Celebration Party. A thank-you for customers and friends who have been a part of the gardening family. Stop in throughout the day for treats, sales and demos! Watch thegrowingplace.com for details. Free. Naperville.
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Downers Grove Garden Walk. Proceeds benefit the Bridge Communities of DuPage County. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket with map $20 in advance; $25 on the day. Start at any garden. Advance tickets sold at several locations in downtown Downers Grove or call the First United Methodist church at 630-968-7120.
Prairie Walk at Garfield Farm Museum. Tour with a staff member and learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. 3N 016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills (5 miles west of Geneva, off Illinois Highway Route 38). 9 a.m. Adults $6. Children $3. Reservations encouraged. Info: garfieldfarm.org.
“A Day in the Country,” a garden walk hosted by the Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles. Six gardens, Garden Gate Boutique, refreshments, music. Proceeds support scholarship fund and civic projects. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 on the day. Collect pre-paid tickets at “Will Call” at 4N558 Hidden Oaks Road, St. Charles. Info and tickets: pottagardenclub.org.
Elmhurst Garden Walk and Faire. Seven Elmhurst gardens. Also Faire Boutique in Wilder Park with vendors selling perennials and unique garden accessories. Refreshments in the Wilder Mansion. 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Tickets $15 in advance at several Elmhurst locations and $20 on the day. Or send a check and SASE to Elmhurst Garden Club, P.O. Box 383, Elmhurst, IL, 60126.
Proceeds benefit scholarship fund. Info: elmhurstgardenclub.org.
Aquascape Water & Garden Showcase. Self-guided walk in Elmhurst. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Eight private properties. Each walk features complimentary refreshments at a “Pond Central” home where experts will share inspiration, tips and design ideas. Info, including maps, descriptions and locations: aquascapechicagoland.com.
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Garden Conservancy Open Days in the western suburbs. Gardens open in Elburn and West Chicago. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7; pay at the gate. Directions and other info: gardenconservancy.org/opendays.
Aquascape Water & Garden Showcase. Self-guided walk in Naperville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Eight private properties. Complimentary refreshments at a “Pond Central” home where experts will share inspiration. Info, including maps, descriptions and locations: aquascapechicagoland.com.
July 10Art in the Garden, the 16th annual event for fine artists to display and sell their works in the 5-acre walking gardens. The Fields on Caton Farm, Inc. 1850 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill. Reduced prices on plants throughout the garden center for attendees. Free. Info: 815-744-7841.
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“A Little Garden Art,” the Union Street Gallery’s 12th annual garden walk. Stroll 10 gardens while professional artists paint the views. Gardens are in Homewood, Flossmoor, Chicago Heights, South Chicago Heights and Park Forest. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. $20 in advance; $35 on the day. Info and tickets: 708-754-2601 or unionstreetgallery.org.
July 16Monthly Saturday Family Nature Walks at Gibson Woods. A Lake County Parks naturalist will lead you through the trails of the nature preserve and point out its fascinating flora and fauna. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. Register: 219-844-3188.
August 20Monthly Saturday Family Nature Walks at Gibson Woods. A Lake County Parks naturalist will lead you through the trails of the nature preserve and point out its fascinating flora and fauna. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. Register: 219-844-3188.
Prairie Flowers Hike. Walk through the prairie and learn to identify the flowers. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 1 to 3 p.m. $5. Meet in the parking lot by the pavilion. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Container Gardening. Learn the right plants to utilize in seasonal container gardening. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. 1 to 3 p.m. $17. Class meets at the Taltree Arboretum & Gardens classroom, 71 North 500 West, Valparaiso. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or email@example.com.
INDIANA - JULY
Valparaiso/Porter County Garden Walk. Northwest Indiana’s premier garden tour, sponsored by Porter County Master Gardeners Assn. & Purdue Extension, Porter County. Several private and one public garden. Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions and explain plantings. Begin at Hayes Leonard Elementary School’s Garden of Heroes, 653 Hayes Leonard Rd., Valparaiso, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $8. Buy on the day of the walk. Info: 219-465-3555 or pcgarden.info.
“A Thyme to Grow,” the Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners garden walk. Held in Crown Point and Dyer/Schererville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $8. Purchase in advance at markets in Dyer or Crown Point. Purchase on the day for $10 at 1522 Wilderess Drive in the Briar Ridge subdivision, Schererville, (also a house on the walk). Info: 219-755-3240 or lakecountymastergardeners.com.
July 16 and 17
“Déjà Bloom,” the theme for the annual Secret Garden Tour in the Miller Beach community of Gary. Sponsored by the Miller Beach Garden Club. Six hidden gardens. Garden vendors. Box lunch option. Two garden-related seminars each day. Tour begins at the refurbished Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave, Gary. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $10. Info: 312-543-1561 or millergardenclub.org.
For additional events, please see the Indiana Gardening magazine calendar of events.
July 28Hydrangeas and Summer Flowering Shrubs Walk. Hydrangeas, particularly the panicle types, are a mainstay of the late summer garden. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper on an evening walk through Olbrich’s extensive collection of hydrangeas and other later-blooming shrubs. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6 to 8 p.m. $17. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
Pollinator-Friendly Plants Walk. Butterflies, adult bees, moths, hummingbirds and other pollinators require nectar as their primary source of food. Providing wildflower-rich habitats is the most significant action you can take to support them. Olbrich Horticulturist Phillip Stutz will discuss and show you a variety of plants that are attractive to pollinators and well-suited for gardens with various light and soil conditions. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $17. Class repeated on August 4 at the same time. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
August 16A Garden Stroll with Dr. Death. Learn about the exciting world of common plant diseases and management. UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic Director Brian Hudelson (aka Dr. Death) will discuss common plant diseases and show you examples during this leisurely stroll through Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. Limited space; register early. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
Mixed Borders Garden Walk. Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will discuss and show you garden designs that require less time, water, and chemicals to grow and thrive. See mixed border ideas that utilize the entire pallet of plants – trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, and bulbs. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $17.
Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
WISCONSIN - JULY
July 8 and 9
Home Garden Tour sponsored by Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Seven gardens in the neighborhoods of Nakoma and Arbor Hills. Landscape designers and Master Gardens available to answer questions. Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $14 in advance at Olbrich Botanical Garden gift shop, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, and at the Tour Center on the tour days. Garden site addresses are listed on the tickets. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
Lake Geneva Garden Walk. Self-guided garden tour of Lake Geneva gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15. Rain or shine. Admission booklet with maps available 9 a.m. the day of the walk at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva. Profits benefit scholarship fund for horticulture students. Admission booklets also available online at walworth.uwex.edu.
Atwood Neighborhood Tree Walk. Arborist Sean Gere, owner of Gere Tree Care, Inc., will lead a tree walk in the Atwood neighborhood of Madison, which has an amazing diversity of trees. Receive information and tips on tree identification. Bring a notebook. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Sponsored by Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.
For additional events, please see the Wisconsin Gardening magazine calendar of events.
July 3Ecological Garden Design. Learn about ways to mimic nature in our gardens. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
Daylily Show. See a variety of daylilies and get tips from Daylily Society members. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 888-957-1580 or
July 9 and 17
Walking Tours in the Sculpture Park. Led by working artists and art historians. Begin in the exhibition galleries and continue out of doors. Prepare for some walking. Rain or shine. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. July 9 at 10:30 a.m. July 17 at 2 p.m. Fee included with admission. Info: 888-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.
Mosaic Birdbath Workshop. Design an original mosaic birdbath using recycled DVDs. Materials list provided. Other supplies included in class fee. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30. Bring your lunch. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
Grand Rapids Green Roof Tour. See green roofs and living walls in Grand Rapids. Offered by Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $75. Lunch on your own. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
Lavender Cut and Craft Class. Travel to Lavender Hill Farm to cut fresh lavender from the fields and create a fragrant lavender wand or small wreath. All materials provided. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 5 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
Evening Prairie Walk. Enjoy a walk through the tallgrass prairie to experience a variety of summer wildflowers at their loveliest in the early evening light. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.
August 3Walking Tour in the Sculpture Park. Begin in the exhibition galleries and continue outdoors. Prepare for some walking, rain or shine. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. 10:30 a.m. Fee included with admission. Info: 888-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.
Dahlia Show. See a variety of forms and colors and get advice from Dahlia Society members. Floral arrangements. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 888-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.
MICHIGAN - JULY
July 16 and 17
Garden Tour of private gardens sponsored by the Leila Arboretum Society. Tickets ($12) available on days of the tour at the Children’s Garden, 928 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 269-963-1448.
For additional events, please see the Michigan Gardening magazine calendar of events.
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