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Chicago

NOVEMBER

November 1 to January 6Fern Room Goes East, an exhibit at the Cultural Center. The Garfield Park Conservatory’s iconic Fern Room is recreated, bringing a multi-sensory experience of beauty, history and nature to downtown. Michigan Avenue Galleries at the Chicago Cultural Center, (1st floor, easy access from Washington Ave). Info: 773-638-1766 ext. 22.

November 3
Poetry Workshop: Forms and Features: Organic Structures. To celebrate the fall changes in the Lurie Garden, we will read and discuss poems composed in organic forms. After spending time exploring the garden, participants will compose original poems inspired by the exposed plant structures and fall textures. All experience levels welcome. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Registration and more information at luriegarden.org/programs.

November 4
Mounting Pressed Flowers. Learn about herbarium mounting and techniques to create your own. This workshop will cover history and explanation of herbarium methodology, examples of different types, collection and pressing fresh flowers to prepare for mounting, and creation of herbaria sheets. There will be flower samples for the workshop, but feel free to bring your own pressed flowers to mount. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Registration and more information at luriegarden.org/programs.

Nov. 23, 24, 25 and 30; Dec. 1, 2 and nightly from Dec. 7 through January 6
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. More than 2.5 million lights, ice sculptors, carolers (on select nights). Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. 4:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Closed Dec 24 and 25. Info: lpzoo.org/zoolights.

November 10
Beginning Beekeeping Class. Spend the day with head beekeeper Marcin Matelski to learn the basics of beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $70. Info and registration: garfieldconservatory.org.

November 17
Plants and History, a tour of the Garfield Park Conservatory. See the greenhouses and learn about the plants that make the conservatory special. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free to members. Info: 773-638-1766 ext. 22.

November 22 to January 6
Holiday Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2651 N. Stockton Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: 312-742-7736.

November 23 to January 6
Holiday Show at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Info: garfieldconservatory.org.

DECEMBER

December 1Homemade Skin Care. Skin care products make great gifts, especially when you make them yourself. This workshop will include learning techniques, making products to take home, and “recipes” to make natural skin care items that are healthy for people and the planet. We may even add a little bit of Lurie Garden to your products. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Registration and more information at luriegarden.org/programs.

December 9
Make a Bird Feeder, a Family Workshop. You can help the resident birds by providing some much-needed food during the winter months. Learn about who stays in the area for winter and how they survive. Each family will make one bird feeder. Materials and tools provided. This workshop is for families with children between the ages of 6-12 years old. 1 to 3 p.m. Registration and more information at luriegarden.org/programs.

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North

NOVEMBER

Until January 13“Laura Ingalls Wilder and Her Prairie,” a rare book exhibition featuring Marta McDowell’s book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Also featured: original works from the rare book collection, including prairie plant illustrations by naturalist Helen Sharp. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Hours vary. Exhibit free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

November 3
Sensational Squash, a Weekend Family Class
: at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. $24 per child. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 10
Prairie Flowers for the Home Garden
. Learn about a dozen easy-to-grow natives and native cultivars that bloom from early summer to fall. Taught by Nina Koziol. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Noon to 2 p.m. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 10
Gardens of the Roaring Twenties
. Home gardens in the 1920s celebrated and welcomed nature. Birdhouses, birdbaths, fish ponds and rock gardens were the rage. Cottage-garden perennials were the flowers that adorned the front and back gardens. Discover the plants and garden design ideals from this period in American home gardens. Taught by Nina Koziol. 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 17
Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Color.
Learn how to choose varieties that are good performers and how to combine them for a mini-garden effect. Then pot up some bulbs to take home. Taught by William Moss. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road. 9 to 11 a.m. $59. Fee includes all materials. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

November 17
“Laura Ingalls Wilder and Her Prairie,”
author Marta McDowell gives a free lecture about her book. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 2 p.m. Free. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

November 17
Winter Porch Planter Workshop
. Create a winter holiday porch pot. Pot approximately 12-inch wide with mixture of winter greens, berries and curly willow. West End Garden Center & Florist, 3800 Old Glenview Rd., Evanston IL. 10 a.m. $45, Additional accessories available for purchase (i.e. bows, ornaments, decorative sticks, additional greens). Prior registration & payment required. Class size limited. Call the Farm Bureau at: 708-354-3276.

November 23 to January 6
Wonderland Express.
More than 700,000 twinkling outdoor lights, gingerbread, evergreens, and blooms complement the indoor model train exhibition. Miniature gardens with replicas of more than 80 of Chicago’s famous landmarks. Special events, including caroling and concerts, each weekend. Closed Dec. 25. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Times vary. See chicagobotanic.org for schedules and tickets. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/wonderland.

DECEMBER

December 1Basic Pruning for Homeowners. Learn the basic techniques for winter pruning and care of tools. Part of the class will be held outside. 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 8
Backstage Pass: Winter Floral Wonders
. Tour the greenhouses to learn about propagation techniques, water, fertilizing and how the space is managed throughout the year. Led by Tim Pollak. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at the Production Greenhouses. $39. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org/education.

December 16
Winter Solstice Woods Walk
. Join a free, guided, 40-minute woods walk at 2 and 3:30 p.m. to mark the winter solstice that occurs on December 21, the shortest day of the year. Warm up by a fire afterward. If there is deep snow, the walk will take place in the area next to the woods; check chicagobotanic.org for last-minute weather updates. Meet at the McDonald Woods shelter. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

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Northwest

NOVEMBER

November 8The Des Plaines Garden Club hosts its Annual Holiday Luncheon. The theme is “Color and Flowers for the Holiday Season.” The program will be seasonal floral designs created by Kathi Rose, owner and designer from Kaleidoscope Florals. Also: a family style luncheon, raffle, an instant-win board, a silent auction, and the famous Bake Sale. The arrangements made during the presentation will be available for raffle. Reservations required by November 1. Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines. 11 a.m. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com or visit Des Plaines Garden Club on Facebook.

November 25 through January 6
“All Aglow,”
the winter holiday light exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory. The G Scale model train exhibit, Sinnissippi Station, will start again on December 1. Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N 2nd St, Rockford. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays. Adult ticket $6. Info: 815-987-8858 or
nicholasconservatory.com.

November 29
The South Barrington Garden Club celebrates its 25th anniversary
with its Annual Holiday Luncheon. Vendors for your holiday shopping, raffle baskets, baked goods, Santa’s workshop, (purchase items made by club members), silent auction with great new items and a floral demonstration by Kathy Rose Kaleidoscope Flower Shop. At the Cotillion, 360 S. Creekside Drive, Palatine. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Until 3 p.m. $50. Reserve a place by calling 224-558-5368 or go to the website at sbgc.org.

DECEMBER

December 4
“Natural Landscaping,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Sandra Washburn. St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info: gardencluboflakezurich.org.

December 13
“Arranging What Nature Provides,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Program is a workshop using all natural materials. Make either a candle ring or a small tree. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Business meeting at noon; program at 1 p.m. Cost is $5. This will be “Ugly Sweater Day” so wear your ugliest holiday-themed sweater. Info: desplainesgardenclub.com or visit Des Plaines Garden Club on Facebook.

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West

NOVEMBER

November 3Growing Greens Indoors. Discover how to grow your own microgreens and salad greens indoors under a very simple grow light system. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 1 to 3 p.m. $34. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/.

November 5
“Native Orchids,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Darien Garden Club. Learn about native orchids, seed germination, plant propagation, ecological restoration & more. Presented by Scott Stewart. St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien. 7 p.m. Free. Info: dariengardenclub@gmail.com.

November 5
“Incredible Bats,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Elmhurst Garden Club. Presented by Sharon and Daniel Peterson. Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Elmhurst. 1 p.m. Free. Info: teri.litavsky@gmail.com.

November 6
“SavATree - Do’s and Don’ts of Planting and Pruning,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. At the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Guests Welcome. Info: genevagardenclub.com.

November 6
“Shade Gardening: Brighten up the Shadows,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Winfield Area Gardeners. Presented by Julie Jasoski at 0S501 Summit Drive, Winfield. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info: skillyville@gmail.com.

November 9
“Flowers from Wonderland,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Lombard Garden Cub. Presented by Ann Duncan Hlavach, a polymer clay artist
who takes her audience into bizarre gardens where skulls and crossbones, lace and monarch butterflies gather and roses frame their adventures. At Lombard Commons, Grace Street and St. Charles Road, Lombard. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Call 630-620-8938 to register by November 7.

November 14
“Holiday Magic,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Naperville Garden Club. Holiday floral design program presented by Ward Wilson. At
Seven Bridges Golf Club, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. Starts at 8:45 a.m. $20. Includes breakfast buffet. Guests welcome. RSVP by November 8 at 630-650-4405 or napervillegardenclub.org.

November 14
“A Rose by any Other Name: The Scientific Names of Plants,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. Common names of plants can be confusing, but a scientific name is useful and contains important information. Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid St., Oak Park. Noon. Free. Refreshments. Info: gcoprf.org.

November 19
“A Festive Touch,”
the holiday luncheon of the Garden Club of Downers Grove. Begins at 10:30 a.m. with Sip and Shop, goodie table, needlework, crafts, fresh holiday arrangements, treasure table and raffle table. Cash Bar (cash/checks only for purchases). Luncheon at noon. Design program at 1 p.m. Presented by Heather Ebl, florist designer. At The Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard. Reservations required. $45. Ticket Info: 630-852-3912.

November 24, 25, December 1 and December 8
Winter Container Demonstrations.
See an array of winter planters and learn how to make them at home. Different materials and care will be discussed. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St. in St. Charles. Times vary. Free but call for reservations. 630-377-6288 or HeinzBrothers.com.

November 24, 25, 27; December 1 and 8
Arrange Your Own Winter Container.
Fill your urns and planters with elegance for the season and have them last until March. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St. in St. Charles. Times vary. Program fee $15 plus materials fee. $35 for a 10-inch container. $45 for a 12-inch container. $55 for a 44-inch container. Info and registration: 630-377-6288 or HeinzBrothers.com.

November 27
Holiday Herbal Cocktails.
Add some flair to your holiday party with festive holiday cocktails that incorporate flavorful herbs. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9 p.m. $46. Ages 21 and above. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org.

November 29
Holiday Swags.
Create an elegant evergreen swag, a versatile cluster of winter foliage that can be placed almost anywhere around the house. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9:00 p.m. $54. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/.

DECEMBER

December 4“Holiday Florals with Heinz Brothers,” the program for the monthly meeting of the Geneva Garden Club. Presented by Christa Bormann of Heinz Brothers. At the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Business meeting at noon. Program at 1 p.m. Free. Guests welcome. Info:genevagardenclub.com.

December 6 and 7
Cup of Cheer House Walk
, Holiday Market & Tea, hosted by the Naperville Garden Club. Tour four beautiful homes decorated for the holidays. Shop for gifts at the market and relax at the Tea while enjoying homemade cookies, coffee and tea. Keep the cup and saucer. North Central College White Activities Center, 325 E Benton Ave., Naperville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$55 on Dec 6 and $40 on Dec. 7. Info and registration: 630-650-4405 or napervillegardenclub.org.

December 8
Wreath/Swag Decorating Demonstration
. Learn tricks to decorating a wreath or a door swag with an assortment of ribbon, berries, pinecones and other holiday accessories. Learn how to make Heinz Brothers’ signature bows. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St. in St. Charles. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free but please call for reservations. 630-377-6288 or HeinzBrothers.com.

December 12
“Winter Holiday Fresh Floral Arranging,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. See holiday arrangements being crafted by the presenter and then raffled off. Holiday gifts also for sale. Refreshments. Cheney Mansion, 220 N Euclid St., Oak Park. Noon. Free. Info: gcoprf.org.

December 13
Holiday Table Arrangement.
Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 7 to 9 p.m. $46. Info and registration: 630-719-2468 or mortonarb.org/.

December 15 and 16
Classes for Kids at Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center
, 2010 E. Main St. in St. Charles. 1) Make Your Own Holiday Decorated Pot (ages 4 and up). Create a clay pot with a green plant that looks like Olaf the Snowman. 2 to 2:30 p.m. $10.
2) Kids Make Your Own Holiday Centerpiece (ages 4 and up). Each child will use fresh cut greens to make the base of their holiday centerpiece. Each holiday centerpiece will receive a pre-made bow and a set of ornaments. 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. $5. Info and registration: 630-377-6288 or HeinzBrothers.com.

December 18 or 22
Make Your Own Centerpiece for the Holidays
. Greenery and accessories will be available for either a round or rectangular centerpiece. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St. in St. Charles. 5 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 22. Fee: $10 plus materials fee of $20 for the round centerpiece or $30 for the rectangular centerpiece. Info and registration: 630-377-6288 or HeinzBrothers.com.

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South

NOVEMBER

November 10“Front Yard Veggies.” Some vegetables are beautiful, so why not add more real estate to your vegetable garden by growing in the front yard? Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-596-2000 x 2316.

DECEMBER

December 15
“Canning, Freezing, Drying and Vacuum Sealing: How to Preserve Food from Your Garden.”
Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest. 10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 708-596-2000 x 2316.

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Indiana

DECEMBER

December 2
Chesterton’s European Market
will host its annual Mistletoe Market with locally made goods. Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 South Fifth St., Chesterton, Ind.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 2
Tree Decorating Naturally and Pot Luck Luncheon,
hosted by The Gibson Woods Wild Ones. Decorate with local natural ingredients including dried flowers and local plants. 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, Ind. 10 a.m. Info: 219-865-2679 or gw-wildones.org/home.html.

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

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Wisconsin

NOVEMBER

November 72019 Garden Trends. Hear about the upcoming trends for next year including new plants, gardening techniques, and colors to add into your gardens. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 11
All about Soap-Making Workshop.
Spend the afternoon making soap with herbs and goat milk. Learn the basics and then enjoy a hands-on experience. Go home with soap made in class plus instructions and recipes. Bring a pair of rubber gloves; all other supplies provided. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1 to 5 p.m. $56. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 13
Gardens of Stone
. Explore the exciting world of stonework. Focus will be on the use of local landscape materials, including different functional, aesthetic and emotional uses. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 15
“A Wilder Garden.”
Author Marta McDowell discusses her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Book signing follows. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5. To register for this presentation visit: https://www.702wi.com/martamcdowell.html.

November 23-25 and 30. December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and December 26-30.
Garden of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Garden
. 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay (behind Northeast Wisconsin Technical College). 5 to 9 p.m. There are also walking tours ($10 for adults, $5 for children) and horse-drawn wagon tours ($15 for adults and $10 for children Closed December 24 and 25.
Info: 920-490-9457 or gbbg.org.

DECEMBER

December 1 to 31Holiday Express. Large scale model trains wind through a through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 10 to 4 p.m. daily. $5. Closed on Dec. 25. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org/events/special.cfm.

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

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Michigan

SEPTEMBER

November 11Seed Propagation of Native Perennials. Learn about the cycle of perennial plant production from seed to garden and hear the best tips on how to successfully grow your old favorites. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $12. Register by November 9. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

November 11
Archaeology and Prehistory of Southwest Michigan.
Hear from Bill Mangold, who has documented more than 100 sites in Berrien County, whose history goes back 15,000 years. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 3 p.m. $10. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.

November 14 through December 21
Wine and Wreaths.
This holiday experience returns by popular demand. Wine and appetizers included. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. $45. Call 269-695-6491 to schedule your reservation.

November 20 to January 6
Christmas and Holiday Traditions around the World
. More than 40 trees and nearly 400,000 lights, choirs, rooftop reindeer and the Railway Garden. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Closed on November 23, December 25 and January 1. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults: $14.50. Info: 888-957-1580 or meijergardens.org.

DECEMBER

December 15Annual Niles Area Christmas Bird Count. Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Call 269-695-6491 for information.

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

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