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West

February 8 and 15

Plant Families. Improve your plant identification skills by learning characteristics of plant families. We have a regional flora of more than 2,500 species, so being able to recognize common plant families on sight is a big step toward plant identification. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 10 a.m. to noon. $43. Register 630-719-2468. Info: mortonarb.org.


North

January 30

Bonsai Display 101. A class to discuss the basics of proper two-and three-point bonsai displays, including the right container, accent plant, stand, scroll and others. Students and instructor will create and critique several displays, both formal and informal. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to noon. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


West

February 7

Starting a Community or School Garden. Jill Niewoehner of mamagrows.com will share her tricks for starting a successful collaborative garden. Topics include picking a location, best vegetables for beginners, gaining supporters, knowing your soil conditions and sustaining momentum. Includes a step-by-step guide on how to start your community or school garden this spring. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oak Park resident $25. Nonresident $35. Register for classes one week in advance at the Conservatory reception desk or online at pdop.org. Info: 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.


Northwest

Throughout February

Orchid Displays. Nichols Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N 2nd S., Rockford. Info: rockfordparkdistrict.org.ncg or 815-987-8858.


North

February 20 or 21

Felco Pruner Sharpening & Cleaning Workshop. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Preregistration and materials fee required (includes pruner grease, oil, brass brush and sharpening files). $34.99 plus tax. (Only Felco pruners) Call 847-256-0561 ext. 230 or 225.


Indiana

February 14

Illiana Garden and Pond Society Monthly Meeting. St. John Library, 9450 Wicker Ave, St. John. 10 a.m. Refreshments. Info: slegler@netnitco.net.


Northwest

February 28

Annual Natural Landscaping Seminar. A presentation by the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee. Speakers include Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, Dr. Doug Taron and Jim Kleinwachter. McHenry County College, 8900 Highway 14, Crystal Lake. 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Includes lunch. Info and registration: 815-477-1285 or theWPPC.org.


North

February 7

Soils: Where are Your Roots? One of the secrets to gardening success is an understanding of soils. Horticulturist and agronomist Glenn Grosch will provide a detailed discussion of soils, including structure, fertilizers, understanding and managing pH, soil amendments, and water management. Also: proper horticultural techniques for a healthy soil ecosystem. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


West

February 16

Manager’s Tour of the Oak Park Conservatory. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Conservatory. Hear about the history, mechanics, operations and hidden plant gems. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oak Park resident $10. Non-resident $15. Register one week in advance at the Conservatory Reception Desk or online at pdop.org. Info: 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.


Chicago

January 24, February 7 and 21

Green City Market Continues Indoors.The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. 8 a.m to 1 p.m. Info: greencitymarket.org/calendar.


West

February 21

Gardening in Small Spaces. Learn about self-irrigating pots, growing potatoes in sacks, growing on trellises,succession planting, winter seed sowing and more. Go home with a self-irrigated
pot ready to plant in the spring. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. 10 a.m. to noon. Oak Park resident $25. Nonresident $35. Note: Registration is required one week prior to the beginning of this workshop to allow for supplies to be purchased. Register at the Conservatory reception desk or online at pdop.org. Info: 708-725-2400 or oakparkconservatory.org.


Northwest

February 19

“Spring Ephemerals: Gems in our Woodland Gardens.” The program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Kris Koch, education coordinator from Rotary Gardens, Janesville, Wisc., will discuss early spring-blooming woodland flowers. Woodward Technology Center of Rock Valley College. 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: wildonesrrvc.org.


Wisconsin

February 28

Exploring Winter Birds. Discover some common birds that reside in Wisconsin throughout the winter months. Create a winter scene with water colors and colored pencils and Wisconsin bird
cutouts. Dress for being outdoors. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Refreshments. 10 a.m. to noon. Info: 414-525-5601 or boernerbotanicalgardens.org.


Michigan

February 14

Great Backyard Bird Count. An annual event organized by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Fernwod Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Stop by to learn about feeding and identifying our common winter birds and tally sightings for the afternoon. 1 to 4 p.m. Free with admission Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.


Michigan

January 24 and 25

Orchid Show. Members from Grand Valley Orchid Society will answer questions and point out some of the most unique orchids. Vendors. Free talks by Orchid Society members. Orchid hunt for kids. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Free. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.


Michigan

February 28

Beginning Botanical Drawing. Enjoy the engaging process of botanical drawing as you learn to recognize and develop structure and texture using watercolor pencils. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $42. All materials provided. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.


Northwest

February 12

“Candy Making in Chicago.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Hear a presentation about the history of candy making in Chicago, which produced one-third of the nation’s candy at one time. Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Meeting and refreshments begin at 11 a.m. Program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-296-3457.


Wisconsin

February 6 to 8

WPT’s Annual Garden Expo Exhibitors. Seminars. Workshops. Demos. 400 booths. Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, Friends of WHA-TV, and the UW-Extension Horticulture
Team,. Alliant Energy Center, 919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. Info: 608-262-5256 or wigardenexpo.com.


Indiana

February 21

“Ornamental Landscape Design.” An introduction to landscape design utilizing ornamental plants for long-lasting color year round. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.


North

February 28

Brambles and Berries for the Beginner. Learn about choosing the best varieties, selection and preparation of a site, proper planting, pruning techniques and maintenance. Dress for the weather, because part of the class will be outside. Taught by Glenn Grosch, horticulturist and agronomist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


Chicago

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County will beholding their annual plant sale – “From our Garden to Yours” –Saturday, May 16th, 2015 on the Extension grounds, 100 S U.S. Highway 45,Grayslake, IL. The sale runs rain or shine, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Plants available include perennials shared from the Master Gardener’s gardens,herbs and vegetable plant seedlings. Used garden-related items will be available for sale in our “Garden Treasures” area. Payments accepted in cash and check only. Come early for the best selection. As an example ofthe plants that may be available, the previous year’s plant list is posted at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lm/lakemg/4140.html. A map will be available the day of the sale locating three additional plant sales in the Grayslake vicinity.


West

February 21

Pruning Small Trees and Shrubs – Winter. Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, $76. Register 630-719-2468. Info: mortonarb.org.


Indiana

February 28

Fossils Class. Learn about Indiana fossils and those from around the world. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 3 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.


North

January 28

Glass Jar Terrarium Workshop. Learn how to create a glass jar terrarium from start to finish. A glass jar, an assortment of small indoor plants for a variety of light conditions and all other materials will be provided. Please bring gloves, an apron if desired, and pruning shears. Taught by outdoor floriculturist Tim Pollak. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $75. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


North

February 14

Starting From Seed. This course covers all elements of starting both annuals (flowers and vegetables) and perennials from seed. Includes plant selection, containers, planting mixes, watering, heating, lighting and disease control. Taught by Glenn Grosch, horticulturist and agronomist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


Indiana

January 31

“Nature in Symphony.” A class that looks at how nature expresses itself through music. Taltree Arboretum, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. Noon to 2 p.m. $17. Info and registration: 219-462-0025 or taltree.org.


Michigan

February 27

Succulents in a Nest. Create a “succulent nest” out of grapevines and moss and planted with succulents. See a variety of fascinating types and discover how simple it is to grow them. Learn how to start new plants from leaves, cuttings or divisions, and what to do if pests appear. Class includes a tour of the Arid Garden and all materials. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $37. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.


West

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000. All classes are organized as Learn, Lunch & Play. All will take place at the Aurora location. Registration required.Please advise if you have any dietary restrictions. thegrowingplace.com

February 7

Miniature Gardening at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Make & Take an Enchanted Tree House at 1 p.m. Take an ordinary tree stump and turn it into a magical home for your garden nymphs (or gnomes). Class $5. Box lunch $10. Enchanted Tree House $30.

February 14

Virtual Garden Walk at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Make & Take a Succulent Dish Garden at 1 p.m. “Tour” some favorite gardens of Growing Place designers. After lunch, make a succulent dish garden. Class $5. Box lunch $10. Dish Garden – cost of materials.

February 21

Vegetable Gardening at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Seed Starting at 1 p.m. Discuss growing tomatoes and other vegetables. After lunch, seed starting. Seeds, soil and containers provided. Class $5. Box lunch $10. Seed Starting $10. (Additional seed packets available for purchase.)

February 28

Carpets of Color at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Make & Take Stepping Stones at 1 p.m. Learn about out-of-the-ordinary ground covers and make a stepping stone after lunch. Be prepared to get dirty. If you have something you would like to imbed in your stone, bring it along. Class $5. Box lunch $10. Stepping stone $40.


West

February 28

“Ready! Set! Garden.” A day-long symposium sponsored by the Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum. Hear respected professionals from throughout the country, review latest books and get inspired for the next growing season. Speakers include Galen Gates, Susan Martin, Laura Deeter, Chris Hansen, Susan Jacobson, David Culp and Mark Zilis. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $105. Includes Arboretum access, break refreshments, lunch and handouts. Register at mortonarb.org/learn-experience/adult-programs.


North

February 27 or 28

Seed-Starting Basics. Early March is eight weeks before the average frost-free date in Chicagoland. It is the time to start vegetable seeds such as tomatoes and peppers indoors to have good-sized starter plants in May. Learn the best soils, fertilizers, temperatures, light requirements and varieties to be successful. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-256-0561.


Wisconsin

January 31 and February 1

Orchid Quest. Annual mid-winter show and sale of the Madison Orchid Growers Guild. Educational seminars. Vendors. Alliant Energy Center, 919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. One day entry $7. Two days entry/$10. Info: 608-231-3163 or orchidguild.org/orchidquest.html.


North

February 21

Fruit Trees for the Beginner. This class will cover selecting varieties, site selection and preparation and proper planting. Also: pruning techniques, ongoing maintenance and pest management. Dress for the weather, because part of the class will be outside. Taught by Glenn Grosch, horticulturist and agronomist. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9:30 a.m. to noon $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


West

The Growing Place

2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630-820-8088) and 25 W 471 Plank Rd., Naperville (630-355-4000.) Register for classes at 630-355-4000. All classes are organized as Learn, Lunch
& Play. All will take place at the Aurora location. Registration required. Please advise if you have any dietary restrictions. thegrowingplace.com

January 24

Make & Take a Peace Pole. Spend the afternoon painting a 4-foot-tall peace pole. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peace pole $75. Lunch $10. Class fee includes all peace pole materials.

January 31

Landscaping 101 at 11 a.m. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Curb Appeal Landscaping Workshop at 1 p.m. A Growing Place landscape designer will lead the first session on creating an appealing front yard. After lunch, start planning your front yard with professional help. Class $5. Lunch $10. Workshop $20.


Chicago

January 24

The 12th Annual Gardening Show. Sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and the Porter County Master Gardeners. Keynote address by author Janet Macunovich. Seed & bulb exchange; garden photography contest; children’s corner; food service and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardening. Door prizes. Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST (Chicago time). $10. Children under 12 free. Free parking. Info: pcgarden.info.


North

February 7

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop. A full-day program to learn about the history of beekeeping in North America, the anatomy and physiology of bees, including the caste system and duties of the honeybees. Also: the impending disaster of colony collapse disorder and what we can do about it. Taught by Charles and Karen Lorence, owners of Lorence’s Honey Bee Haven. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Lunch on your own. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo
Alliant Energy Center
Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in it’s 22nd year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Friday, February 13 - 3p.m.-9p.m.,
Saturday, February 14 - 9a.m.-6p.m., Sunday, February 15 - 10a.m.-4p.m.
Please visit wigardenexpo.com for more information.


North

February 6 or 7

Houseplant Repotting Workshop. Jennifer Brennan, Chalet horticulturist, will share the simple steps of how and why to repot. You may bring in three plants to repot. (Caution – cold outdoor temperatures will damage plants, so wrap them and warm up the car before transporting. Never leave them in a cold car.) Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. 10 a.m. Workshop free. $5 per plant for materials, charged after the workshop. Bring your own pots or plan to purchase at Chalet. Info:847-256-0561.


Indiana

February 7

Monthly Meeting of the Gibson Woods Wild Ones. The program will be Doug Tallamy’s DVD Toward Harmony with Nature. Gibson Woods Field House, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 219-844-3188 or 219-865-2679.


North

January 30 or 31

Foolproof Projects With Air Plants. Bonnie Ferrara, Chalet glasshouse designer, will demonstrate several projects that you will be able to do at home with air plants. Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake St., Wilmette. Info: 847-256-0561.


West

February 14

Bird Walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners welcome. Cantigny Gardens, 1S151 S Winfield Road, Wheaton. 8:30 a.m. Free. Info: 630- 668-5161 or cantigny.org.


Michigan

January 31

Curious Coyotes: Winter Exploration. A program for children ages 6 to 10. Learn about all that makes winter special: snow, animal tracking, birds at the feeder and more. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. $10. Info: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.


Chicago

February 7

Beginning Beekeeping. Learn the basics of beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior, bee management and bee products. Garfield Conservatory, 300 N.
Central Park Ave. 9 a.m. to noon. $70. Pre-registration required at garfieldconservatory.org.


Wisconsin

February 8

Wisconsin’s Carnivorous Plants. A family workshop. Explore deadly, beautiful carnivorous plants with plant expert Teresa Golembiewski, UW-Whitewater Biology Department. Boerner Botanical Garden, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Info: 414-525-5601 or boernerbotanicalgardens.org.


Michigan

February 15

Deer-Resistant Plants. Learn about ornamental plants that deer actually do not like to eat. Learn how to integrate them and also protect the plants that are relished by deer. Return home with an action plan to fortify your home. Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. 2 to 4 p.m. $12. Register by February 14. Info and registration: 269-695-6491 or fernwoodbotanical.org.


Chicago

January 10 and February 14

61st Street Farmers Market Continues Indoors. Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: experimentalstation.org.


North

February 9

“Tree Selection/Native Trees.” The program for the monthly meeting of the Gardeners of Central Lake County. presented by Jim Matkovich, ISA Board Certified Tree Arborist. CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin St., Libertyville. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 847-918-7157 or gclcil.com.


West

February 14

Winter Bird Walk. Explore the winter landscape with an expert guide, learn to identify birds that overwinter in Illinois and discuss their behaviors and natural history. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 9 to 11:30 a.m. $10. Register 630-719-2468. Info: mortonarb.org.


North

February 14

Grow Orchids on Your Windowsill. A class for beginners. Learn about the easiest orchids to grow for your conditions, avoiding some new-grower mistakes, keeping plants healthy and basic techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring a few plants to class for questions and discussion. A tour of the Orchid Show is included. Taught by Jerry L. Garner, Ph.D., retired professor of horticulture. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $45. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


North

February 27

Choosing the Right Container for Your Bonsai Tree. This class offers an in-depth look at different pot styles and will teach how to select the right pot for your tree. Students are encouraged to bring a tree they would like to repot. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 9 a.m. to noon. $49. Info and registration: 847-835-8261 or chicagobotanic.org.


Michigan

January 24 and 31

Bonsai for Beginners (two parts). In Part 1, learn how to select a tree, what types of pots to use, the tools and their uses, potting mix choices, wiring and pruning techniques. In Part 2, receive a beautiful ‘Golden Gate’ ficus with a trunk over 1 inch in diameter and work in a friendly atmosphere under the expert guidance of the instructor. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 10 a.m. to noon. $72. All materials provided. Info: 616-975-3155 or meijergardens.org.


North

February 14 to March 15

The Orchid Show. Thousands of blooming orchids to cheer us out of the winter doldrums. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 10 am. to 4 p.m. Adult ticket $10. Parking $25. Info: 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org/orchid.


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