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Chicago

NOVEMBER

November 5
Beekeeping Basics. Spend the day with Garfield’s Head Beekeeper, Marcin Matelski, to learn the basics of beekeeping. This comprehensive class is a pre-requisite for becoming a GPCA volunteer beekeeper. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $70. Pre-registration required. Note: classes fill early. Info and registration: 312-746-5100 or garfieldconservatory.org.

November 5, 12 and 19
Composting Demos at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Info: 312-746-5100 or garfieldconservatory.org.

November 7
“Reimagining the Chicago River,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Wicker Park Garden Club. Presented by Nick Wesley of Urban Rivers. Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10. RSVP doug.wood@wickerpark.org.

November 10
End of Year Potluck and Seed Exchange of the North Park Village Chapter of Wild Ones. Share a dish and trade native plant seeds. Please bring only northeastern Illinois native plant seeds. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Call Bob at 312-744-5472.

November 19
Wicker Park Fountain Decorating Social. Pre-holiday fun to help decorate Wicker Park’s historic Gurgoyle Fountain. Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring tools if you have them. Also finger food. RSVP requested. Email doug.wood@wickerpark.org. Raindate: November 26.

November 25 through January 8
Holiday Flower Shows at Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories. Poinsettias and seasonal plants galore. Lincoln Park Conservatory is at 2391 N. Stockton Drive. Garfield Park Conservatory is at 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. Info: 312-746-5100 (Garfield) or 312-742-7736 (Lincoln Park).

DECEMBER

December 3 and 10
Composting Demos at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Info: 312-746-5100 or garfieldconservatory.org.

December 5
“Snapshots, a Walk through the Gardens,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Wicker Park Garden Club. Take a visual tour of Dumbarton Oaks and selected Chicago gardens designed by professionals and non-professionals. Presented by Sam Marts of Sam Marts Architects & Planners. Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10. RSVP doug.wood@wickerpark.org.

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North

NOVEMBER

November 4 and 5Return of the Spice House with Patty and Tom Erd. Back by popular demand, the owners of The Spice House in Evanston will detail the history of the spice trade, revealing fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control it. Learn interesting historical facts and anecdotes about the elusive spices that were coveted by nobility and royalty. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free. Info and registration: 847-256-0561 or
chaletnursery.com.

November 5
Urban Composting, a class presented by Bill Shores, professional grower and garden consultant. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or
chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 5
Growing Salads Indoors, a class presented by Bill Shores, professional grower and garden consultant. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or
chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 6
Snow Birds: Winter Care for Chickens. Taught by Jennifer Murtoff, Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 9
Holiday Lighting Techniques. Taught by horticulturist Heather Sherwood. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 8 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 9 and 23
Repotting Workshops. Walk-in with maximum 3 plants. Fee $5 each, which includes potting mix and starter fertilizer. Guest provides containers. Houseplants on Nov. 9 and orchids on Nov. 23. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 2 to 3 p.m. Info: 847-256-0561 or chaletnursery.com.

November 12
Holiday Plants. Taught by horticulturist Sharon Yiesla, owner of Yiesla Horticultural Services. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 12
Hands On Gardening: End of Season Pruning. Taught by Dave Cantwell, assistant horticulturist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 13
Backstage Pass: Winter Floral Wonders. Tour the production greenhouses with Tim Pollak, outdoor floriculturist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education

November 14 to December 11
Toys for Tots. Drop off new unwrapped toys for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Info: 847-256-0561 or chaletnursery.com.

November 19 and 20
Holilday Demonstration Weekend. Twenty minute How-To’s. Check website for details. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 847-256-0561 or chaletnursery.com.

November 21 to December 19
Santa’s Reindeer Visit. Santa’s reindeer will stay until mid-December when they return home for their big ride! Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Info: 847-256-0561 or chaletnursery.com.

November 25 to January 2
Wonderland Express. The holiday season favorite returns with thousands of LED lights, decorated trees and festive displays. Model trains zoom past more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago-area landmarks and a Chicago-style El train circles a miniature city made of gingerbread and a gallery transformed into an English country train platform. Holiday wreaths and scheduled ice carvings. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. November 25 to December 15 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) December 16 to January 2 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Adult tickets $13; children (3-12 years) and seniors (65 and older) $10. Tuesdays half price. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

November 29 to December 3
Evergreen Winter Container Workshops. Jennifer Brennan will show how to make a beautiful winter container using spruce tops, other mixed evergreens, redtwig dogwood, pinecones and berries. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A $54.99 materials fee and pre-registration are required. Please call 847-256-0561 x230 or x225.


DECEMBER

December 3Basic Pruning for Homeowners. Taught by Tom Tiddens, plant health care supervisor and certified arborist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11:30 a.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

December 14 and 28
Repotting Workshops. Walk-in with maximum 3 plants. Fee $5 each, which includes potting mix and starter fertilizer. Guest provides containers. Houseplants on Dec. 14 and orchids on Dec. 28. Chalet, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 2 to 3 p.m. Info: 847-256-0561 or chaletnursery.com.

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Northwest

NOVEMBER

November 3
Monthly Meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Making an autumn plate decorated with fall materials will be the program. Gary Morava Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 847-577-2246.

November 9
“Fall to Winter: Transitioning a Container Garden Through the Holidays,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Rolling Meadows Garden Club. Club member and professional landscaper Debbie Danek will show how to keep pots and window boxes attractive throughout the holiday season. Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. 6:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: 847-397-0286 or rollingmeadowsgardenclub.org.

November 10
85th Annual Holiday Luncheon and Fundraiser of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Joan Singer and Eileen Weeder from Bertold’s Flower, Gift and Garden Center in Elk Grove Village will demonstrate how to make beautiful holiday creations. Manzo’s Banquets, 1517 S. Elmhurst Road, Des Plaines. Social hour and refreshments at 11 a.m. Business meeting at noon, Program at 1 p.m. $30 per person. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com or visit Des Plaines Garden Club on Facebook.

November 15
Holiday Crafts Workshop, the program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Crafts will benefit the residents of the West Suburban Care Center in Bloomingdale. Volunteer crafters welcome. St. Paul Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. 6:15 p.m. Info: 630-329-4598 or bloomingdalegardenclub.org.

November 16
“A Winter Wonderland,” the annual holiday luncheon and fundraiser of the South Barrington Garden Club. Raffle prizes and baskets, silent auction and vendors. The floral designer will be Anton Englemann of Town & Country Gardens. Lunch served prior to the program. The Cotillion, 360 S. Creekside Drive, Palatine. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets $45. Deadline November 4. Registration form available online at sbgclub.org. Info: 847-382-7133.

November 17
“How to Create Beautiful Transitional Holiday Arrangements,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by Joyce Grattoni, AIFD. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Guests welcome. Info: 847-885-1154.

DECEMBER

December 1Annual Holiday Luncheon of the Garden Club of Inverness, which is a fundraiser for college scholarships and community involvement. Floral designs, music, silent auction. Guest speaker: Colin Collete, owner of Mangel Florist at the Drake Hotel. Medinah Country Club, 6N001 Medinah Road, Medinah. 11 a.m. Tickets $75. Info: 847-885-1154.

December 8
“And in Time for the Holidays,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Members Donna Erickson and her daughter Cindi McCann will present a “fun with flowers” craft project to make beautiful handmade Christmas note cards. You will make four cards with envelopes. All materials furnished. Cost $6. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Social hour and refreshments at 11 a.m. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com or visit Des Plaines Garden Club on Facebook.

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West

NOVEMBER

November 1“My Journey into the Wild of Chicago,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by photographer Mike MacDonald, who will show slides of his new book, followed by a book signing. Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Meeting at noon. Guests welcome. Info: 630-742-1217 or debbienotaro@aol.com. Website: genevagardenclub.com.

November 11
“Birds of Two Worlds: Saving Songbirds with Your Coffee Cup,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club. Learn how shade-grown, organic, free-trade, bird friendly, certified coffee helps our migratory songbirds. Lombard Commons Building, 433 St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 p.m. Free and open to public. Info: Call 630-832-6425 or 630-620-8938 to register.

November 12
Sandhill Crane Fall Migration Outing.
Visit the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Refuge to observe and learn about the fall migration of thousands of sandhill cranes. Flocks of huge birds with 7-foot wingspans fly into Goose Pasture as you watch through a spotting scope on the viewing platform. Spend the afternoon hiking the trails at local natural areas and then arrive at Jasper-Pulaski about an hour before sunset as the cranes begin to gather. Hosted by The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. $112. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

November 16
Three Tools Every Gardener Needs. Learn about gardening tools that gardeners can’t live without. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 
$25. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

November 16
“Holiday Floral Designs That Dazzle,” a holiday floral design demonstration, the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. 9 a.m. $15 includes continental breakfast. Guests welcome. Deadline for registration: Nov. 10. Info: napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com or napervillegardenclub.org.

November 18 to January 2
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns. 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees will undergo a transformation as their bare branches shine in hypnotic shades of blue, purple, green and hot pink. Watch a dazzling light show play in time to music, hug a tree and watch as it reacts. New this year: projections of abstract designs across the Arboretum’s hemlock trees. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Tickets range from $18 to $22 for adults and $12 to $14 for children at mortonarb.org/illumination. All Illumination tickets are date-specific and cannot be refunded.

November 21
“A Festive Touch,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Downers Grove. Sip and Shop, with a goodie table, needlework, crafts, fresh holiday arrangements, raffle table, cash bar at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon at noon. Design program, “Gathering for The Holidays” at 1 p.m. Presented by Janet Gallegher, floral design instructor at Kishwaukee College. The Carlisle, 435 E Butterfield Road, Lombard. $35 until November 7; afterwards $40. Ticket information: 630-842-3912.

November 30
Arboretum Uncorked: Salvage-Style Terrariums. Create a terrarium from vintage objects for you to take home. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9 p.m. $50. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

Cantigny Park

1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week in November and December, from 9 a.m. to sunset. Info: 630-668-5161 or cantigny.org.

November

November 1Garden Tour: Tree Trail. Learn all about the park’s trees and enjoy the fall foliage on this guided walk of the Cantigny Tree Trail led by forester Chris Roberts. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Free with parking ($5).

November 12
Bird Walk. Join members of the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for late fall migrants and resident birds, including wild turkeys! All skill levels welcome. Binoculars available for borrowing. The walk and parking are free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:30 a.m.

November 18
Shades of Crimson: Poinsettia Display. Enjoy a sea of poinsettia plants at their holiday best in the Cantigny Greenhouse. See 15 or more varieties and 3,000-plus poinsettias in total, all grown on site from cuttings. Plants available for sale. Cantigny horticulturists will lead tours and answer questions. Groups welcome but advance notice is requested for 10 or more (call 630-260-8162). From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free with parking ($5). Park in the main lot at the Visitors Center, then walk to the greenhouse or ride the free trolley.

November 21
Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop. Create a fresh holiday arrangement with expert instruction from Joyce Grattoni, AIFD. Bring a wire cutter and hand pruner if possible, plus a tray to help transport your creation home. All other materials provided. Meet at the Cantigny Greenhouse from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Enter at the Shaffner Road gate for easy access to the greenhouse parking lot. $50 fee includes parking. Pre-register at 630-260-8162 or download a registration form on the Cantigny website.

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000.

November

November 5 and 6Old House Open House. The historic landmarked farmhouse, moved to the Aurora location in 2000, is all decked out for the holidays. Enjoy its charms and early season specials, holiday treats and more. Aurora.

November 19 and 20
Holiday Fest. Get the first pick of freshly cut greens and decorations. Learn holiday tips and tricks from Growing Place designers. Enjoy special treats, sales and decorations. Bow-making class, wreaths and container demos, hostess gift ideas, and more. Both locations.

November 26, December 1 and 3
Wreath, Container or Swag Make & Take. Create a one-of-a-kind wreath, container or swag for the holidays with the help of expert designers. 10 a.m. Cost: wreath or container $49; swag $39. Please call 630-355-4000 to register. Both locations but December 1 class is at Aurora only.

Private Classes available this season – Gather 10 to 15 of your friends to schedule your own private wreath, container or swag-making party. Cost: Wreath or container $49, Swag $39. Call 630-355-4000 and ask for Becca or Michelle.


DECMBER

December 1 and 256th annual Cup of Cheer: House Walk, Holiday Market, and Tea. Tour four homes decorated for the Christmas holidays, shop at the Market for gifts and home decor, enjoy homemade cookies and beverages at the Tea, and receive the 2016 china cup/saucer to take home. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $55 on Dec. 1, the preview day (limited tickets). Tickets $35 on Dec. 2. Info: 630-964-7408. Purchase tickets online at napervillegardenclub.org or at local vendors.

December 3
Reading the Tallgrass Prairie. Illinois is nicknamed “The Prairie State.” But what is a tallgrass prairie and why does prairie matter? Join a guide for lively discussion, beautiful prairie images and readings of prairie prose and poetry from the 18th century to contemporary writers. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $21. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

December 3 or 8
Organic Body Care.
Learn the basics of creating natural skincare remedies. Identify where your own skin could use a boost, then indulge in a local honey and clay mask to purify and detoxify your skin. Attendees will also learn how to create a customized toner to balance your skin’s pH. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. December 3 from 10 a.m. to noon or December 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. 
$34.
 Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

December 3 and 4
Candlelight at the Inn. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfields in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music and a bake sale. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Five miles west of Geneva off Illinois Route 38. 3 to 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info: 630-584-8485 or info@garfieldfarm.org.

December 6
Hands-On Holiday Workshop, the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Andrew’s Garden. At the Stephen D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. Meeting at noon. $40 fee to participate in craft. Guests welcome. Info: 630-742-1217 or genevagardenclub.com.

December 10
Winter Bird Walk. Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for winter birds. Come every third Saturday to learn about fall migrants and year-round resident birds with an expert guide. Be prepared to spend most of the class outdoors; no prior birding experience necessary. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 to 10:30 a.m. $10. Info: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

Cantigny Park

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

December

December 3

Mistletoe Market. Visit the festive displays of crafters and artists offering one-of-a-kind items for holiday gift giving. 1 to 7 p.m. with the last three hours of the marketplace coinciding with Cantigny’s Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival. Free with parking ($5).

December 14
Holiday Floral Arrangement Workshop. Create a beautiful and fragrant arrangement to brighten your home or dining table. Janet Gallagher, floral design instructor at Kishwaukee College, will provide expert instruction. Bring a wire cutter or hand pruner if possible, plus a small tray to help transport your creation home. All other materials provided. Meet at the Cantigny Greenhouse. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Enter at Shaffner Road for easy access to the greenhouse parking lot. $50 fee includes parking. Register in advance at 630-260-8162 or download a registration form on the Cantigny website.

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Indiana

NOVEMBER

November 5 and 6
Michiana Orchid Society Show and Sale. Holy Cross College (across from Notre Dame), 54515 Indiana 933, Notre Dame. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 219-778-4457 or sohlund@csinet.net.

November 5
Monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Hammond. Info: gw-wildones.org.

DECEMBER

December 3
Tree Decorating Naturally, the program for the monthly meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Hammond. Potluck luncheon. Info: gw-wildones.org.

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

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Wisconsin

NOVEMBER

November 5“Explore the Midwest Garden,” the theme for the Fall Symposium at Rotary Botanical Gardens. Presenters include Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer; Edward Lyon, director of Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University; and Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary. 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $75. Info and registration: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

November 25 through December 26
Holiday Light Show. Botanical-themed light displays, featuring an enchanted icicle forest, glistening flowers, a dazzling 60-foot walk-through caterpillar and 250,000 twinkling lights. Model train exhibit, horse-drawn wagon rides. Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay. Open on weekends, Friday through Sunday, from 5 to 9 p.m. Adult admission $9. Info: 920-490-9457 or gbbg.org/calendar.

DECEMBER

December 3 to 31Holiday Express Flower and Model Train Show. Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Closes at 2 pm. on Dec. 24. Closed all day on Dec. 25. $5 for adults. $3 for children 3 to 12. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/events/holidayexpress.cfm.

December 9 to 11, 15 to 23, 26 to 30
Holiday Light Show. Over 400,000 lights, 100 individual displays, 2,000 luminaries, 600 dangling icicle lights are hung from 50-foot tall trees, 100 decorated evergreens, 125 lit archways. Doors will open at 4 p.m., last ticket sold at 8 p.m., lights go dark at 8:30 p.m. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org/holiday-light-show.

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

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Michigan

NOVEMBER

November 6
Starting Nut Trees from Seed, a workshop on how to get started with a selection of tree nuts and how to protect the seeds and developing seedlings from marauding wildlife. Also: the aftercare necessary once the trees are planted in the landscape. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

November 12
Bird Feeding 101. Naturalist Wendy Jones discusses an overview of seed choices, feeder selection, the birds you can expect to see and other tips. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $12. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

November 14 to December 20
Holiday Wreath Parties. You and your guests will each create a custom 20-inch round wreath with the help of Fernwood instructors. Gatherings of six or more may be scheduled in 2-hour blocks between 3 and 8 p.m. Appetizers and adult beverages included. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. $40 per person. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

November 22 to January 8
Christmas and Holiday Traditions around the World. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily but 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $14.50 adults. Children under 2 free. Info: 888-957-1580 or info@meijergardens.org.

DECEMBER

December 3 and 4Holiday Greens Workshops. All-day sessions where you will complete three major projects and create natural holiday decorations. Fernwood provides greens and basic construction materials but feel free to bring your own. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 10:30 to 4 p.m. $65. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

December 10
Mini-Greens Workshop. Create a 24-inch wreath from natural materials. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 10 a.m. to noon. $30. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

December 17
Niles Area Christmas Bird Count. Contact Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, for further information. Call 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

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

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