Edible Gardening Workshop Series: Get Style and Function with a French Kitchen Garden


an overhead view of a French potager garden
Learn how French kitchen gardens combine beautiful design with common sense vegetable gardening.  In this ornamental vegetable gardening program, we will look at examples of attractive design in a productive garden. Learn to decoratively combine vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers in a garden that is bountiful and beautiful.  Delve into the elements of good gardening and discuss how they apply to vegetable gardens. Learn about interplanting, companion planting, successional sowing, and plant culture.  Be inspired, but also leave with a practical guide to growing food in your own yard. 

Nick Michaud has worked at gardens both at home and abroad, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, Old Westbury, and a year-long training program in England with the Royal Horticultural Society at their garden, Wisley.  Nick has been the head gardener of a 50-acre private garden in Long Grove since 1995. He has a bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin.

Instructor: Nick Michaud
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 45


Take another class in the Edible Gardening Workshop Series.

Prepping for a Successful Gardening Season-March 11

Top Ten Edibles for Chicagoland and How to Grow them Organically-March 18

Grow a Food Forest in Your Yard-March 25

Backyard Orchard: Grow Heirloom Apples Anywhere-April 1



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Schedule and Location

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Sycamore Room, Visitor Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$35.00 member
$44.00 nonmember

Registration Information

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