Get Started with Edible Gardening


Grow your own food this summer! Learn the basics of vegetable gardening in this class designed for true beginners. Find out:

  • Where to put your edible garden
  • What to plant
  • When to plant
  • How to care for your garden

Instructor Beth Botts will share the essential info  you need on sunlight, soil, seedlings, and more so you can enjoy a successful harvest. Then learn by doing! Get your hands dirty with a seed-starting activity you can take home with you.

Master gardener Beth Botts has written hundreds of articles about gardens and nature for publications including the Chicago Tribune and magazines including Organic Gardening, Country Gardens and Chicagoland Gardening. Raised on the south side of Chicago by an organic gardener, she now gardens in deep shade on the north side of a four-story apartment building. She crowds her roses into one small bed where the sun sneaks between the trees and grows tomatoes and herbs on the third-floor porch. Her website is

Instructor: Beth Botts
Notes: Held indoors.  Limit 20

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Schedule and Location

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

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.