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Chicago

SEPTEMBER

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Bring your plant questions to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic every Saturday.
Located in the Garfield Park Conservatory lobby, 300 N. Central Park. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Info: 312-746-5100 or garfieldconservatory.org.

September 9
A Garden Tour of The University of Chicago,
the program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, North Park Village Chapter. Officially considered a campus botanical garden, the University of Chicago boasts a number of interesting gardens within its campus borders. Meet at 10 a.m. at the parking lot at 56th St. and Ellis Ave. Lunch afterwards at a nearby restaurant. Carpoolers call 312-744-5472 for more information.

September 16
Hyde Park Bulb & Mum Sale.
Tulips, daffodils and all spring-flowering bulbs to be planted outdoors this fall and bulbs for forcing indoors. Also, chrysanthemums, asters, ornamental grasses and selected houseplants. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and Lake Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 773-241-6943 or hydeparkgardenfair.org.

September 17 to October 12
Fall TreeKeepers Course sponsored by Openlands.
Learn to become a TreeKeeper and help the region’s trees thrive. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Ave. Eight classes. Times vary. First class starts at 11:30 a.m. Information and registration: 312-863-6250 or openlands.org/trees/treekeepers.

OCTOBER

October 7, 14, 21, 28
Bring your plant questions to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic every Saturday.
Located in the Garfield Park Conservatory lobby, 300 N. Central Park. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Info: 312-746-5100 or garfieldconservatory.org.

October 11
“The Birds and the Bees: How You Can Help Pollinators.”
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Info and registration: 773-638-1766 or garfieldconservatory.org/organizer/garfield-park-conservatory-alliance.

October 21
Annual Fall Color Tour,
the program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, North Park Village Chapter. Visit beautiful Coral Woods Conservation Area in McHenry County, a. spectacular 297-acre forest that contains an interesting mix of mature sugar maple and oak trees. Easy hiking trails. Meet at 10 a.m. at the parking lot off Somerset Drive. Lunch afterwards at a nearby restaurant. Carpoolers call 312-744-5472 for more information.

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North

SEPTEMBER

September 5 to 26
Photographing in Natural Light.
Learn techniques that use natural light from available sources to capture realistic and untouched images. Taught by Jack Carlson. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Meets four Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. $239. Info and registration: 847-835-8361 or
chicagobotanic.org/education.

September 9
“Trees and Shrubs for Wet, Dry and Shady Locations,”
a seminar presented by Melinda Myers. Learn about the best plants for those challenging areas. Pasquesi Home and Gardens, 975 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a Q & A from noon to 1 p.m. Free. Info: 847-381-5511 or pasquesi.com.

September 9
Preparing Your Lawn for Fall.
Learn the basics of lawn renovation, proper techniques for installing sod, seeding and oveseeding, aerating and fertilizing. Part of the class will be outdoors. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 a.m. to noon. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

September 9 and 10
51st Annual American Dahlia Society Show,
hosted by the Central States Dahlia Society. Growers from throughout the country will be showing 2,000 dahlias in 20 categories. Seminars. Members available to answers questions. 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. Show free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or centralstatesdahliasociety.com.

September 9 and 23
Photo Expedition to the Barbara Brown Nature Reserve.
Explore and photograph this 12-acre reserve at the south end of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Students should have a working knowledge of their cameras. Use of tripods and polarizing filter strongly encouraged. DSLR camera required. Taught by Jack Carlson. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Green Roof Conference Room, Plant Science Center. 8 to 11 a.m. $119. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

September 11
Ornamental Grasses.
Learn about the variety of sizes, shapes and colors available and how to grow them. Taught by horticulturist Sharon Yiesla. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $64. Info and registration: 847-835-8321 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

September 12 to October 24
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens,
a 7-week class that covers more than 60 outstanding conifers and broad-leaved evergreens for the Midwest. Learn identifying characteristics, cultural requirements, and landscape uses of conifers and broad-leaved evergreens ranging from shrubby dwarfs to towering trees. Prerequisite: Botany 1. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Meets seven Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $337. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

September 13
Peonies Rediscovered.
Learn about division, proper planting depth and other cultural techniques for herbaceous and tree peonies. Students will receive a bare root peony for their own garden. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 8 p.m. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

September 14
Photography Workshop at Mettawa Manor.
Students who enroll in this workshop should have a working knowledge of their camera’s controls and settings. Tripod strongly encouraged. DSLR camera required. Taught by Jack Carlson. Mettawa Manor. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $129. Lunch provided. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

September 24 to October 29
Intermediate Digital Photography.
A class for students who have taken Beginning Digital Photography or who have the consent of the instructor. Students will use lead lines, selective manual focus, and appropriate aperture settings to enhance their photos. Taught by Jack Carlson. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Meets six Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon. $359. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

OCTOBER

October 9
“Growing Native Plants from Seeds,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by the Lake County Forest Preserve at CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Info: gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org or 847-772-2186.

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Northwest

SEPTEMBER

September 21
“Oak Savannas: Ecology, History and Restoration,”
the program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Presented by Steve Packard, ecologist and conservationist. Rock Valley College, Room PECO110, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford.7 p.m. Free. Info: 815-332-3343.

September 24
McHenry County 3rd Annual Farm Stroll.
A self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. See 12 farms growing apples, vegetables, livestock, alpacas, honeybees, hydroponics and perennials. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Many farms will be selling food or farm-related products. Bring cash to purchase directly from farmers. Info: McHenry County Farm Bureau at 815-338-1520 or mchenrycfb.org.

OCTOBER

October 19
“Backyard Kids Wild about Nature,”
the program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Presented by Don Miller, nature educator and grandpa. Rock Valley College, Room PECO110, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford.7 p.m. Free. Info: 815-332-3343.

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West

SEPTEMBER

Continuing through October 22
Origami in the Garden.
See 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 a.m. to sunset. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

September 5
Monthly Meeting of the Geneva Garden Club.
Guests welcome. Stephan D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Noon. Info: genevagardenclub.com.

September 10
Prairie Walk at Garfield Farm Museum.
Guided tour of the fall prairie. Located at 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Five miles west of Geneva off Illinois Route 38. 9 a.m. Adults $6. Children $2. Info and reservations: 630-584-8485 or garfieldfarm.org.

September 13
Neat Natives for a Manicured Landscape.
Introduce native plants that maintain a neat, manicured look to your landscape. Learn the difference between true natives and native cultivars that are bred to “behave” well in landscapes. Get ideas for dwarf and medium shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and a few grasses that look great and can be shaped to create a controlled, uniform look. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 16
Aquascape Water & Garden Showcase in St. Charles.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aquascape, Inc., 901 Aqualand Way, St. Charles. Info on website: aquascapeinc.com.

September 17
Corn 101.
Museum volunteer Chuck Bauer will give a lecture on the history of corn and how farmers manipulated it to create the variety we have today. Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Five miles west of Geneva off Illinois Route 38. 2 p.m. Reservations encouraged. $6. Info and registration: 630-584-8485 or garfieldfarm.org.

September 18
“Herbs and Their Medicinal Properties,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Western Springs Garden Club. 1st Congregational Church, 1106 Chestnut Ave., Western Springs. 12:30 p.m. Free. Info: dkperkowski@ameritech.net or 708-246- 8756.

September 20
“Planting of the Bridges.”
Help plant fall flowers at the Municipal Building in downtown St. Charles. Free. Info: pottagardenclub.org.

September 22
Monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club.
Ed Max from Max’s Greener Place explains best choices for fall color. Lombard Commons, 498 E St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Reservations: 630-832-6425 or 630-620-8938.

September 23
P.E.O. Fall Garden Tour.
Four private gardens located in Little Rock and Sandwich. Sponsored by P.E.O. chapter FO and Redbud Creek Farm. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $10. Plants and garden wares for sale at the Farm. Homemade lunch and dessert 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at the Farm, located at 2930 N. 4351st Road, Sheridan. Info and tickets:
815-786-7196 or lsteve628@gmail.com.

September 23 and 24
Beginning Beekeeping.
Explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year in this class. Also: equipment basics, honeybee pests and diseases, and harvesting honey. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $108. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

September 25
“Improving Your Existing Landscape,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Pottawatomie Garden Club. Presented by Mary Saba. Noon. Free.
Info: pottagardenclub.org.

September 27
“What’s New for Fall,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Presented by Kim Hartman from Countryside Nursery. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. Guests welcome. 9:15 a.m. $15 for guests. Register by Sept. 21. Info: napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

September 30
Seed Saving Workshop.
Learn how and why to save your own seeds. Watch demonstrations and get hands-on practice saving seeds from both ornamental and edible plants. Learn how to store them and test their viability before planting. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

OCTOBER

October 3
Monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club.
Guest speaker TBD. Stephan D. Persinger Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: genevagardenclub.com.

October 3
“Incredible Bats,”
the program for the Tuesday Garden Club of Aurora. Presented by Dan Peterson with slides, videos, real live bats and a skunk. Sugar Grove Library 125 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. 1 p.m. Register by Sept. 29 at 630-336-6159 or bethmjohnson@comcast.net.

October 5
Shrubs for the Illinois Garden.

This class will include a list of the best shrubs and multi-stem trees for the Chicagoland region, including natives. Discover shrubs that offer fragrance and continuous bloom. Learn planting and maintenance to promote shrub health, such as creating healthy soil and basic pruning. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

October 11 to 15
Glass Pumpkin Patch.
See colorful hand-blown glass sculptures, watch the artists in action and shop for one-of-a-kind works of art. Live glass blowing demonstrations, art exhibition and opportunities to meet the artists. Glass art goes on sale beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, October 13 and continues through October 15. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with Arboretum admission. Info: 630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

October 20 to 28
Basic Plant ID (online and in person).
Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. These narrated slides and interactive, no-pressure quizzes will help you learn the vocabulary to name plants and describe their structures and life histories. Then attend a one-day, two-hour session at the Arboretum to apply these skills in the field while
learning how to use a variety of field guides and tools with the guidance of an Arboretum plant expert. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Online component begins October 20. 
In person component will be Saturday, October 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
 $34
. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

October 22
Native Seed and Plant Propagation.
Learn how and when to collect seeds from your favorite native plants. Explore different methods of collecting and cleaning seed while learning how to mix and sow or propagate the seed for growing healthy native plants. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to noon. $44. Info and registration: 630-719 2468 or mortonarb.org.

October 23
“The Lyme Epidemic & What Gardeners Need to Know,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Western Springs Garden Club. Presented by guest lecturer Laura Christensen. 1st Congregational Church, 1106 Chestnut Ave., Western Springs. 12:30 p.m. Free. Info: 708-246-8756 or dkperkowski@ameritech.net.

October 25
“Why It Is Important to Plant Natives?”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Presented by Jim Kleinwachter, director of the Conservation Foundation. Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. Guests welcome. 9:15 a.m. $15 for guests. Register by Oct. 19. Info: napervillegardenclub@hotmail.com.

October 27
“Who’s Who of Owls,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Club. Presented by Mark Spreyer from Stillman Nature Center. Several live owls will be present and you will learn about their habitat, traits and differences from other owls. Lombard Commons, 498 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Reservations: 630-832-6425 or 630-620-8938.

October 29
“Flora of the Chicago Region.”

Authors Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha will discuss their much anticipated new book, Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis. This is the latest publication in a long tradition of research and documentation of the plants of the Chicago area. Book signing afterwards. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

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.

SEPTEMBER

September 2
Beautifying Your Backyard,
1 p.m. Free. Aurora.

September 9
Bulb Planting Tips & Talks,
1 p.m. Free. Aurora.

September 12
Build & Plant a Windowsill Herb Garden.
6:30 p.m. $50. Aurora.

September 16
Fall into Winter Containers.
1 p.m. Cost of materials. Naperville & Aurora.

September 23 and 24
Fall Fest.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry; activities individually priced. Aurora.

September30
Fall Planting Fest.
Fall garden and landscaping ideas. Free. Naperville.

OCTOBER

October 7 and 8
Pumpkin Palooza,
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry; activities individually priced. Aurora.

October 14 and 15
Garlic Fest.
Free. Saturday in Naperville, Sunday in Aurora.

Cantigny Park

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

SEPTEMBER

September 5
Garden Tour: Prairie.
Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture will guide an up-close look at Cantigny’s 2-acre prairie featuring native grasses and forbs such as asters, purple coneflower and rudbeckia. The prairie is a haven for wildlife, including birds and butterflies. Tour departs from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

September 9 & October 14
Bird Walk.
Join members of the DuPage Birding Club on a search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available for borrowing. The walk and parking are free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

September 14 & 21
Monarch Butterfly Tagging.
Assist the Monarch Watch organization in tracking these fascinating and beautiful insects on their migration journeys! All ages welcome. Meet at the Idea Garden at 1 p.m.

OCTOBER

October 3
Hayride Tour.
Savor the wonderful autumn colors from a tractor-pulled haywagon. Rides will start and end at the Visitor Center beginning at 10 a.m. Groups of 10 or more are asked to register in advance.

October 15
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid beautiful surroundings. A skilled Cantigny volunteer will lead the one-hour walk. Group size is limited to 10 – please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

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South

SEPTEMBER

September 9
“Butterfly Gardens: What’s All the Hype?”
So you planted a few milkweeds and you still didn’t have any butterflies show up, but now you have this unusual plant growing in your yard. Let’s make it prettier. Sponsored by the Park Forest Environment Commission. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

OCTOBER

October 21
“Spring Bulbs: What to plant now, so you are the envy of your neighborhood in April and May.”
Sponsored by the Park Forest Environment Commission. Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, IL, 60466. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-790-8760.

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Indiana

SEPTEMBER

September 16
“Autumn – Nature’s Mosaic,”
a fall symposium hosted by the Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners. Keynote speaker: Beth Botts. Other speakers are Fred Whitford, Jo Ellen Myers Sharp and Jim Nau. Avalon Manor Banquet Center, Merrillville. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40 per person. Includes lunch, door prizes and vendors. Info and registration form: 219-755-3240 or lakecountymastergardeners.com or lakecountymastergardeners@gmail.com.

September 16
Miller Garden Club monthly meeting with a presesntation by Laura Ekasetya,
director and head horticulturist of the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. At the Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary. 10 a.m. Open to the public. Refreshments. Info: 312-543-1561 or millergardenclub.org.

OCTOBER

October 21
Annual Brats and Bulbs Sale of the Miller Garden Club.
Monthly meeting at 10 a.m. followed by the annual fall “Brats and Bulb” sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Live music, more than 30 varieties of spring bulbs and the traditional grilled bratwurst sandwich ($5). Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary. Info: 312-543-1561 or millergardenclub.org.

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

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Wisconsin

SEPTEMBER

September 11
Hydrangeas for the Home Garden.
Hydrangeas are among the showiest and most reliable flowering shrubs for northern climates and a mainstay of the late summer garden. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Gardens, discusses how to utilize and care for hydrangeas in your home landscape. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

September 22 through October 22
China Lights lantern festival
will be bringing the magic back to Boerner Botanical Gardens with more lights, more vendors, more performances and more space to enjoy this incredible Chinese lantern festival. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, Wisc. Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Monday. For discounted group ticket sales, call 414-525-5601. Info: chinalights.org.

September 25
Ornamental Grasses.
Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss some of the best grasses that are functional and low maintenance, combine well with neighboring plantings and add aesthetic quality to your landscape. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and
registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

September 26
Sustainable Landscaping: Beauty Today …and a Green Tomorrow.
John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC, will discuss how you can create a personal outdoor environment tailored to your individual aesthetic style that is also environmentally beneficial. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

September 27
Overwintering Tropical Plants and Favorite Houseplants,
a seminar led by Patty Bailey, retail manager of the Oak Village Garden Center. At Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: Info: 608-314-8412 or education@rotarygardens.org.

September 30 and October 1
Autumn Open House.
Travel the scenic Holy Hill area, renowned for its autumn beauty, and visit Monches Farm for music in the gardens, visiting artists and farm markets. Full details at monchesfarm.com/events.

OCTOBER

October 17
“Unique Conifers Make a Garden Special,”
a seminar by Rich Eyre, owner of Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, Ill. Held at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: 608-314-8412 or education@rotarygardens.org.

October 17
Stirring the Crock: Fermentation Basics and Beyond.
Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs will lead this workshop that offers information and hands-on experience transforming vegetables, fruit and other food items into delicious, healthy, nutrient-dense food that can be put up for use throughout the year. You will go home with resources, tips, and samples of creations from the class. All supplies provided. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $50. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

October 19
Water Gardening in a Container: Small Gardens Make a Big Splash.
Soni Forsman, owner of Water Lilies by Forsman, will discuss how to select containers and appropriate plants, along with how to care for small water gardens in our climate zone. Beginning with one hardy water lily in 1979, Forsman has since expanded to tending more than 24 varieties of water lilies plus many other aquatic plants. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $19. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

October 23
Phenology and Degree Days.
Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss phenology and degree days and how they can be very useful as part of your gardening practices and integrated pest management (IPM) program. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

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

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Michigan

SEPTEMBER

September 3
Monarch Butterflies.
Monarch populations have dropped 80 percent in the last 20 years. Local experts discuss the monarch life cycle, how to create a Monarch Waystation, and the Monarch Watch tagging program. View live monarch butterflies and see them released into the wild. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles.
2 to 3 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or info@fernwoodbotanical.org.

September 9 and 10
Heirloom Tomatoes.
Enjoy a weekend focused on heirloom tomatoes. Watch a cooking demonstration, learn why tomatoes are a healthy choice and the best ways to enjoy them. Family activities and games.Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. 1 to 4 p.m. Admission $14.50. Info: 616-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

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

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