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Chicago

JANUARY

January 9 to February 27
2016 Home Landscape Design Workshop. Hosted by the Wicker Park Garden Club. The workshop is a series of eight classes that leads to a final design that each student creates for their home. The series includes numerous lectures and in-class exercises that build upon previous classes/exercises. Meets 8 Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen Ave. $120 for 24 hours of training. Pay at first class. Register at doug.wood@wickerpark.org.

FEBRUARY

January 1 to 3
Wonderland Express. See 750,000 twinkling lights and a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winding through 80 miniature Chicago-area landmarks. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until January 3. $10. Children 2 and under free. Tuesdays half price. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

January 11
“Bees, Bugs and Butterflies.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by nature photographers Jim and Joan Sayre. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Info: gclcil.com.

January 12
“Growing Lilies.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Glenview Gardeners. Learn about growing and caring for all types of lilies. Presented by Woody Imberman, former president of the Wisconsin/Illinois Lily Society. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Non-members welcome. Membership info and refreshments available at all meetings. Info: glenviewgardeners.org.

January 12 through February 16
Bonsai: Beginner-Basics and Fundamentals. Taught by Chris Baker, curator of bonsai. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6 to 9 p.m. $229. Meets 6 Tuesdays. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

January 23
“Forcing Winter Branches.” Learn how to force tree and shrub branches to bloom in winter. River Trail Nature Center, 3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. Led by a University of Illinois Extension educator. 1 p.m. Free. Registration required. Call 847-381-6592.

January 23 or 31
Hot Chocolate. A weekend family class. Uncover the story of chilies and chocolate. Examine parts of the cacao tree, learn how bitter beans make delicious desserts, and mix up several different kinds of historic chocolate drinks. Take home a chocolate mint to concoct unique creations. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. For children ages 4 to 10, accompanied by an adult. $24 per child. Accompanying adults free. 9:30 to 11 a.m., or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Parking included. Info and registration: 847- 835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms.

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North

FEBRUARY

February 6Monthly Photo Walk. Join Chicago Botanic Garden photographers on the first Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m. for a free morning photo walk. Get expert tips on photographing the natural world. Meet in Alsdorf Auditorium for a brief talk and then tour the Garden, photographing whatever is in bloom. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Free. Parking $25. Info: chicagobotanic.org/visit.

February 6
Basic Beekeeping Workshop. Learn about the history of beekeeping in America, the physiology and anatomy of bees and their duties. Taught by the owners of Lorence’s Honey Bee Haven. Sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Lunch on your own. A map will be sent. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

February 8
“Preserving our Garden Heritage: Seed Saving, Sharing, and Starting.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. Presented by Karen O’Hayer. Followed by a seed swap. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Guests always welcome. Info: gclcil.com.

February 9
“Improve Your Soil for Plant Health.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Glenview Gardeners. Dan Dinelli, superintendent of North Shore Country Club and Master Gardener will discuss his experience using various composts, especially biochar, an interesting material generated by the bio-energy industry. He will also review vermi-compost, how to make it or get it and its use in organic gardening. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Non-members welcome. Membership info and refreshments available at all meetings. Info: glenviewgardeners.org.

February 13 to March 13
The Orchid Show. Featuring more than 10,000 orchids on trees, in the ground and suspended on hanging structures. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experts from the Illinois Orchid Society on hand each weekend to answer questions and host an Orchid Marketplace. $10 for adults, and $8 for children 3 to 12 and senior citizens 62 and older. Children 2 and under free. $2 discount per ticket for Garden members. Parking $25. Info: chicagobotanic.org/orchid.

February 19
Fruit Trees for the Beginner. Learn about selecting varieties, site selection, preparation and proper planting. Also: pruning techniques, ongoing maintenance and pest management. Dress for the weather as part of the class will be outside. The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: chicagobotanic.org or 847-835-8261.

February 20 or 28
Weekend Family Class: Homemade Ice Cream. Get an up-close look at one of the world’s tiniest seeds from the vanilla orchid, make a batch of ice cream and pot up a plant that can flavor ice cream. For children ages 4 to 10, accompanied by an adult. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
9:30 to 11 a.m., or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Each class is $24 per child. Accompanying adults free. Parking included. Registration required at least one week in advance. Info: 847-835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms.

February 26
Growing Orchids Indoors. Taught by Wade Wheatley, horticulturalist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $37. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

February 27
“Seed Starting.” Learn when and how to start herbs, vegetables and flowers. River Trail Nature Center, 3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. 11 a.m. Free. Led by University of Illinois Extension Educator. Registration required. Call 847-824-8360.

February 27 or 28
“Sap’s Rising.” Walk in a sugar maple forest and learn about the history and techniques of maple syrup making. River Trail Nature Center, 3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. 1:30 p.m. Free. Info: 847-824-8360.

February 28
Fifth Annual Seed Swap and Lecture. Author and tomato expert Craig LeHoullier presents “Epic Tomatoes for the Midwest” at 2 p.m. Seed Swap from 3 to 5 p.m. Bring saved seed and leftover vegetable, flower and herb seed packets. Beginners welcome, even without seeds. A Connoisseur’s Corner will be set up for more experienced seed savers (swapping for seeds is required). Displays. Resource table. Chicago Botanic Garden. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Preregistration required for the lecture. Parking $25. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

JANUARY

January 7“Making Blankets for the Needy.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Gary Morova Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Luncheon follows the program. Free. Guests welcome. Information: 847-577-2246.

January 7
“Pruning for Spring.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Bob Nicholson, a member and horticulturist, will give a lecture and demonstration on what to do when pruning shrubs and small trees. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Visitors welcome. Info: 847-296-3457.

January 21
“Creativity in the Garden.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by Carol Cichorski, who will focus on the unexpected, taking risks and the creative process in the garden. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Free. Guests welcome. The program follows a brief business meeting and refreshments. Info: 847-963-1083.

January 30
“Forcing Winter Branches.” Learn how to force tree and shrub branches to bloom in winter. Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills. 1 p.m. Free. Led by a University of Illinois Extension educator. Registration required. Call 847-381-6592.

FEBRUARY

February 3 to 5iLandscape. The Illinois + Wisconsin landscape show. Speakers, seminars, 390 vendor booths. Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N, Schaumburg. Prices vary. Info and registration: ilandscapeshow.com/registration.

February 4
“Fairy Gardens.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Prospect Heights Garden Club. Gary Morova Center, 110 Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights. 11:30 a.m. Luncheon follows the program. Free. Guests welcome. Information: 847-577-2246.

February 11
“Herbs.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Presented by Sara Rose, a naturalist and member of the staff of Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest. Hear about the history of herbs and their uses. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Treats and raffle at 11 a.m., meeting at noon, program starts at 1 p.m. Visitors welcome. Info: 847-296-3457.

February 16
“Spring Wildflowers.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Enjoy a full color portrait of the beautiful woodland flora native to Illinois. Includes species identification, flowering sequence, gardening recommendations, plant folklore and conservation. Presented by Mel Zaloudek. Bloomingdale Police Department, lower level, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale. 6:30 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub.org or bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com.

February 18
“Landscaping with Native Plants.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by David Brooks, a professional naturalist from the Spring Valley Nature Center and manager of conservation services for the Schaumburg Park District. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Free. The program follows a brief business meeting and refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: 847-963-1083.

February 20
“Seed Starting.” Learn when and how to start herbs, vegetables and flowers. Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills. 1 p.m. Free. Led by a University of Illinois Extension educator. Registration required. Call 847-381-6592.

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West

JANUARY

January 5 “GrowIt Socially Garden App Demonstration.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Seth Reed from Burpee Home Gardens. At the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Info: debbie@mysecretgardenonswl.com

January 9
Bird Walk at Cantigny Glardens. While Cantigny is closed this month, the bird walks never cease. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners welcome. Cantigny Gardens, 1S161 Winfield Road, Wheaton. 8:30 a.m. Free. Info: 630-668-5161 or cantigny.org.

January 13
“Wild Magnolias and Endangered Oaks: Collecting American Trees Before They Are Gone.” Two Arboretum botanists, Joseph Rothleutner and Matt Lobdell, discuss their search for endangered American trees. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes buffet lunch. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 14
“Leafing Through the Pages.” The members’ book club of The Morton Arobretum. The group explores works of fiction and non-fiction relating to natural history, ecology and gardens. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month. 10 a.m. to noon. Info
and registration: 630-719-0074 or mortonarb.org.

January 16
“Native Seed Starting Workshop.” Learn about seed germination and benefits of native plantings. Participants will take home their future plants. Registration required. Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Info and registration: 708-366-6530

January 16
Basic Plant ID. Get the plant and botany basics you need to identify plants. Taught by Sharon Yiesla, plant clinic assistant. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $34. Info and registration: or 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 22 or February 20
Winter Pruning. Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and which to prune later. Dormant pruning in winter is easy and encourages proper spring growth. Taught by horticulturist Katrina Lewin. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53. Please dress for the weather and bring gardening gloves, a sack lunch and a beverage. Meets 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 27
Gourmet Botany. This class will introduce the science and plants behind chocolate, coffee and other favorite foods and discuss how the natural history and human use of these plants have shaped society today. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Taught by Melissa Custic, Chicago region trees initiative coordinator 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes buffet lunch. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

January 27
“Floral Design Workshop.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Learn floral techniques and make a floral arrangement to take home. At Bobak’s Signature Events, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge. 9 a.m. $14. Reservations required. Guests welcome. Info: napervillegardenclub.org.

January 31
“Forcing Winter Branches.” Learn how to force tree and shrub branches to bloom in winter. Led by a University of Illinois Extension educator; registration required. Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Info and registration: 708-366-6530.

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The Growing Place - January

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Learn, Lunch & Create classes, all at Aurora. Registration required. Call 630-355-4000. Sign up for any combination of activities. If ordering lunch, please note any dietary restrictions. All classes include a coupon. Info: thegrowingplace.com

January 9
Savvy Succulents + Make & Take: Hypertufa Trough. Learn about the different varieties, uses and how to successfully grow them. After lunch, make a hypertufa (lightweight concrete) 14- x 20-inch trough. Or bring your own container to use as a mold. Be prepared to get dirty. Class 11 a.m. Activity 1:30 p.m. Class cost $5. Boxed lunch $10. Hypertufa trough $40.

January 16
Make & Take: Peace Pole. Create a one of a kind 4-foot peace pole for your garden. Bring your ideas, pictures or designs you would like to incorporate and the design staff will help you get started. Idea Session 9:30 to 10 a.m. Painting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class cost $75 (all materials included). Boxed lunch $10.

January 23
Pat Ward’s Crazy, Amazing, Delightful Bird Watching Adventures + Make & Take: Birdhouse. Pat Ward, author of 20+ science books and owner of Happy Hollow Nursery, will share his wealth of knowledge about birds. After lunch, make a birdhouse. Class at 11 a.m. Activity at 1:30 p.m. Class cost $5. Boxed lunch $10. Birdhouse $40.

January 30
Landscaping How To: Designing in the Shade. Learn about shade and its quirks, get some design pointers and learn about plant combos that work well together. Morning session 11 a.m. Afternoon session 1:30 p.m. Class cost $10. Boxed lunch $10.

FEBRUARY

February 2
“LiveWall Presentation.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Susan VanderVeen. At the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Info: debbie@mysecretgardenonswl.com.

February 2 to 23
Beginning Beekeeping. Explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics, honeybee pests and diseases, harvesting honey and more. Taught by Marge Trocki, naturalist and beekeeper. The recommended text, The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard & Garden, is available in the Arboretum Store.
 Meets four Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $99. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 3
“Constructing Portable Topiaries & Living Wreaths.” The program for monthly meeting of the Oak Park River Forest Garden Club. Presented by Karen Thomson. At the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, St., Oak Park. Social time 12:30 p.m. Speaker at 1 p.m. Info: rightexposure@icloud.com.

February 6
2016 Midwest Perennial Plant Association Symposium: “Inspired by Nature.” Meet well-known authors, review the latest books, plants and get great strategies for the 2016 growing season. Presenters include 
Beth Botts
, Neil Diboll, 
Susan Martin, 
Cassian Schmidt, 
Edie Rowell
 and Paul Westervelt. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $112. Info and registration: or 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 11
“Leafing Through the Pages.” The members’ book club of The Morton Arboretum. The group explores works of fiction and non-fiction relating to natural history, ecology and gardens. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month. 10 a.m. to noon. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 13
Shrubs for Winter Interest. Learn to identify common shrubs that are highlights of the winter landscape. Also: their characteristics, growth requirements and uses of these landscape superstars. Taught by horticulturist Philip Riske. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 13
Bird Walk at Cantigny Gardens. While Cantigny is closed this month, the bird walks never cease. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners welcome. Cantigny Gardens, 1S161 Winfield Road, Wheaton. 8:30 a.m. Free. Info: 630-668- 5161 or cantigny.org.

February 17 to May 4
Master Gardener Classes for DeKalb County. At the Farm Bureau building, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $175 for the 12-week course. Includes manual. Info: 815-758-8194 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/dekalbmg.

February 20 or March 13
Grow Vegetables from Seed. Discover techniques for growing your vegetables from seed started indoors. Explore lighting, soil types, containers, sowing schedules and plant selection with an Arboretum gardening expert. Take home a tray of seeds ready to germinate. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. February class meets 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March class meets 1 to 4 p.m. $44. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 24
Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. LaManda Joy of the Peterson Garden Project in Chicago will recount the successful World War II Victory Garden movement in Chicago in the 1940s and draw parallels to the new food movement of today. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9 p.m. $25. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 24
“The Garden that Never Sleeps.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Presented by The Growing Place. Learn about terrariums and dish gardens, the types of containers to use and choosing the right plants. Includes a handout. At Bobak’s Signature Events, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge. 9 a.m. $14. Reservations required. Guests welcome. Info: napervillegardenclub.org.

February 25 or 25
Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Training. Participants will get the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a controlled burn. Covers the basics of fire behavior, controlled burn techniques and smoke management. Note that the class does not carry the official National Wildfire Coordinating Group certification. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $70. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

February 27
Gardener’s Pathway, an all-day symposium at Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta, Ill.. Exhibit Hall, Master Gardener Q&A desk, 18 workshops, refreshments and lunch, door prizes. Keynote speaker is Dr. Nicole Cavender, vice-president for science and conservation at The Morton Arboretum. Afternoon speaker is Mike Nowak. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $60. Info and registration: 815-758-8194 or jayeeta@illinois.edu.

February 28
“What’s That LBB (Little Brown Bird)?” Learn to ID birds by sight and sound, then go on a short bird walk. Registration required. Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. 1 p.m. Info and registration: 708-366-6530.

The Growing Place - February

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Learn, Lunch & Create classes, all at Aurora. Registration required. Call 630-355-4000. Sign up for any combination of activities. If ordering lunch, please note any dietary restrictions. All classes include a coupon. Info: thegrowingplace.com

February 6
Landscaping How To: Designing in the Sun. Learn which plants will be happy in your sunny spots and get some basic landscaping pointers. Also: plant combinations that add color and texture. Class $10. Boxed lunch $10.

February 13
A Container Fascination + Make & Take: Rock Mosaic Pot. Design staff shares some of their favorite container combinations. Ideas, care tips and more. After lunch you will create a mosaic pot with rocks. Feel free to bring any special rocks you would like to include. Class 11 a.m. Activity 1:30 p.m. Class cost $5. Boxed lunch $10. Mosaic pot $40.

February 20
Herbs + Make & Take: Herbal Soaps. Learn some odd facts, folklore, name origins and past and present uses of herbs. In the afternoon make herbal soaps with Dawn Barr of Iron Star Soaps. Class 11 a.m. Activity 1:30 p.m. Class cost $5. Boxed lunch $10. Herbal soap $30.

February 27
Veggie Gardening with a Twist + Seed Starting. Learn the basics of vegetable gardening and how to incorporate them into your garden. After lunch, it’s seed starting time with a variety of seeds, soil and containers. (Additional seed packets available for purchase.) Class 11 a.m. Activity 1:30 p.m. Class cost $5. Boxed lunch $10. Seed starting $10.


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South

JANUARY

January 16
“Winter Tree ID Hike.” Learn how to ID trees in winter based on shape, bark and twigs. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info: 708-868-0606.

January 30
“In Search of Green.” Go on a guided hike in search of pine needles, moss, and other winter greenery. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info: 708-868-0606.

FEBRUARY

February 27
“Calumet Region: Birthplace of Ecology.” An interactive presentation of the life of Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles and his contributions to the science of ecology. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info: 708-868-0606.

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Indiana

JANUARY

January 9
Monthly Meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Held at the Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. Program is Greenhouse Orientation at the Oak Ridge Prairie Greenhouse. 10 a.m. Free. BYO Snack. Info: 219-844-3188 or gw-wildones.org.

January 23
13th Annual Gardening Show. Hosted by Purdue Extension Porter County and the Porter County Master Gardeners Association. Keynote speaker Roy Diblik; regional and local gardening experts, special lodging and dining packages, seed and bulb exchange, garden photography contest, children’s corner, food service and 100 exhibitors and vendors of garden products. Porter County Expo Center, 215 East Division Road, Valparaiso. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST (Chicago time). Admission: $10; children under 12 free. Free parking. Info: 219-465-3555 or pcgarden.info.

FEBRUARY

February 20

“Color in the Garden: Bloom and Beyond,” the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticulture Symposium.This daylong symposium, featuring national and regional speakers, will focus on the many aspects of color in multiple seasons. Lunch and break refreshments are included in your registration price. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $95 for Members; $90 for IMA Horticultural Society Members; $110 Public; $55 Students. Early bird deadline is February 1, a $10 savings. Info: imamuseum.org/hort-symposium2016

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

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Wisconsin

JANUARY

January 11
Landscape Screening. Explore plantings, fencing, walls, structures, berms, and grade changes as screening techniques. Presented by landscape architect Paul Ganshert. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/
education/classes.cfm.

January 28
“Sensational Shrubbery.” The topic for the Evening Garden Seminar. Explore the diverse range of shrubs for a wide range of garden situations. Also: proper selection and care. Presented by Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

January 30
All About Figs. You can grow fresh figs in the Upper Midwest. John Holzwart will teach how to grow, maintain, winterize, and propagate your own fig trees from cuttings for fabulous figs year after year. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1 to 3 p.m. $18. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education/classes.cfm.

FEBRUARY

February 6
Introduction to Home Cheese Making. Learn to make cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella, and several varieties of soft cheese and fermented milk products. Go home with cheese from the class and a culture to get started at home. Taught by herbalist Linda Conroy. Lunch provided. Bring beverage, plate and utensils. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult)/ Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $85. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education/classes.cfm.

February 12 to 14
Garden Expo. Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television. At the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. (Located on the southern edge of Madison, just off Hwy. 12 & 18 (Beltline). Friday 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One day ticket $8. Includes seminars and demos. Workshops priced separately. Info: 608-262-5256 or wigardenexpo.com.

February 18
Healthy Houseplants. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss general techniques for growing healthy houseplants and diagnosing problems. Bring your plant photos and questions. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/education/classes.cfm.

February 25
“New Plants for the Garden.” Learn about many of the newest trees, shrubs, perennial and annuals that have proven to be worth their expense and the “real estate” that you’ll be dedicating to them. Presented by Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5. No registration. Info: 608-752-3885 or rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

Through February 28
Chocolate: The Bitter and the Sweet, an exhibit to learn about chocolate and the cacao tree. In the Bolz Conservatory of Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. $2. Children 5 and under free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

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

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Michigan

JANUARY

January 19Gardens in Glass:
Make a Modern Terrarium. Learn which plants work best, discover planting techniques and tools that make the job easier and learn how to care for your miniature garden. Planting materials provided. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 4 to 6 p.m. $53. Info and registration: 888-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

January 23
Learn more about the squirrels that live in our area. (Jan. 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day.) Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Drop-in program so come when you can. Free with paid admission. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

FEBRUARY

February 9Success with Orchids. Discover orchids that bloom for weeks and types that thrive in the average home. Also: tips for watering, fertilizing and reblooming. Bring your problem orchid to class for a diagnosis and remedy. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $28. Info and registration: 888-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

February 13
Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Organized by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Onithology. Stop by to learn about feeding and identifying common winter birds as sightings are tallied. Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with paid admission. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

February 21
Snowshoe Hike. Please bring snowshoes and dress for the weather. A winter walk will be substituted if there is insufficient snow. Class size limited.
Fernwood Botanical Gardens, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2:30 to 4 p.m. $12. Please pre-register. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

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

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