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Gardening and Horticulture

Now is the time to start your landscape projects for spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Oaks are widely regarded for their longevity, strength, importance to wildlife, and economic value. This October, learn the eventful history of the magnificent oak and why this special tree is the backbone of many forests.
Have fresh herbs on hand all winter long, and take home a cutting to get your garden started at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This beginner to intermediate class will feature a mix of different conifers, junipers and pines. The primary focus being what to look for in creating bonsai, design and wiring will all be covered at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kusamono are potted arrangements of perennial flowers and wild grasses in unique pots to be displayed by themselves or with bonsai. Examples of established kusamono will be on hand to provide guidance as they will show the importance of balance and seasonal cues at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Sunday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This workshop will explore the many possibilities of “Shohin” bonsai, its smaller size requiring less space and time for overall design. Students will learn design principles as well as how to select and prune branches to develop the desired shape for your tree at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dwarf Hinoki Cypress or False Cypress is native to Japan. This evergreen conifer displays flattened, fan like foliage and a trunk that develops an attractive shredding reddish-brown bark with age. The class focus will be on primary structural wiring and thinning of the trees for an overall sustainable design at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 5, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Taxus Bacatta "Adepressa Fowle" is a compact, slow-growing yew with short, wide needles. This material selected is quite old. The focus of the class will be creating deadwood features and wiring for overall structural design at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 5, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will feature the latest information and practice on the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants from the best speakers and plant experts in the business. Thursday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 2017
Take a walk through the display gardens at the Arboretum with horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to prepare your garden for the winter. Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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