Edible Gardening Workshop Series



Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens.

This series has something for everyone. Whether you are new to gardening or you are an experienced gardener looking for more, learn from the best of the Midwest and get growing!

March 17, 2018: Grow Epic Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier (SOLD OUT)
Grow epic tomatoes this summer with guidance from acclaimed author, educator, and self-proclaimed tomato nut Craig LeHoullier. In this colorful and engaging talk from one of the nation’s most beloved gardeners, you’ll get a fascinating dose of tomato history, stories behind Craig’s favorite varieties, colorful photos, and--most importantly--gardening tips to help you grow truly epic tomatoes in your own garden. Be sure to bring all of your gardening questions.

Craig’s popular books, including Epic Tomatoes, will be available for purchase and signing.

March 24, 2018: Kid-Friendly Edible Gardening with Natasha Nicholes
Start an edible garden and make it fun for the whole family. Gardening with your kids or grandkids will help forge deeper connections to each other, to our family’s health, to our food sources, and to the planet. Get tips on how to engage your kids in gardening through ownership, responsibility, and of course, having fun! Learn how and when to start your edible garden, which plants are great for beginners, and basic care tips for throughout the season. Practice a hands-on project you can do at home with your kids. Help pass on the love of gardening and raise the next generation of home gardeners!

Natasha Nicholes is a mom, blogger, community gardener, and part-time homesteader from Chicago.

April 7, 2018: Keep your Garden Thriving All Season Long with Nina Koziol
Starting the season strong is easy. But if you’re like many gardeners, it can be a challenge to keep that energy and production going. Join horticulturist and garden writer Nina Koziol to learn how to keep your garden thriving until first frost--and beyond! With tips on interplanting, succession planting, season extension, organization, and more, Nina will send you home full of inspiration and loaded with valuable gardening nuggets that will help you sustain a beautiful and productive edible garden all season long.

April 14, 2018: Small Space Organic Gardens with Big Impact with Shawna Coronado (SOLD OUT)
Grow a productive, beautiful, and organic edible garden, even if you have only a few square feet to spare! Local gardening expert and speaker Shawna Coronado will inspire you with dozens of creative tips for making the most of the space you have all while spending very little money. Each tip is natural or organic and easy to accomplish in the garden.

  • Discover how to grow 35 to 40 plants in less than two square feet.
  • Find out how you can bend less, weed less, and harvest more with a small-space vertical garden.
  • Get inspired with clever ways to upcycle everyday items in the garden in order to save pennies.
  • Find out how to grow vegetables in shady or difficult spots.
  • Enjoy photos and tales from Shawna’s creative and wacky home garden that is making a difference for her community and family. Go home with free garden gifts for all attendees, and have a chance to win a grand prize give-away at the end of the workshop.

Notes: Held indoors. Register for each week separately. Limit 60 per week.

Course number


Schedule and Location

Select Saturdays, March 17 through April 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Sycamore Room, Visitor Center

  • Section A: March 17 Grow Epic Tomatoes (SOLD OUT)
  • Section B: March 24 Kid-Friendly Edible Gardening
  • Section C: April 7 Keep your Garden Thriving All Season Long
  • Section D: April 14 Small Space Organic Gardens with Big Impact (SOLD OUT)

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember

Registration Information

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.