Landscape Plants: Early Fall

Learn to identify the plants that will help you create a beautiful home landscape. Meet approximately 30 trees and shrubs that are top performers in the Midwest, learn about the characteristics, growth requirements and uses of these landscape superstars, and explore how they add interest and structure to your garden. Over the course of a year, students will learn to recognize and know the culture of approximately 200 different plants, season by season. Classes may be taken in any order.

Being able to identify the plants in your garden and neighborhood provides pleasure and confidence for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Plants have specific names that can unlock a world of information on the web and in books. Learn about great trees, amazing wild flowers, fruiting shrubs, poisonous plants to avoid, and modern perennials. These short courses focus on both native and exotic plants that are available in regional nurseries and growing in the Chicago region. Instructors emphasize identification characteristics and favored light and soil conditions of plants selected for seasonal displays of flower, form, or leaf color that represent the broad range of landscape plants suitable for your Midwestern garden. Over the course of a year, students learn to recognize and know the culture of over 250 different plants.

Instructor: Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, The Gardeners’ Tutor
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather, including sun protection. Limit 16.
Certificate information: Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Requirement (9 hours)

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2 Thursdays, September 18-25, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center


Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$105.00 members
$123.00 nonmembers

CALL: 630-719-2468
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.