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Professional development

Learn to recognize 40 common conifers, plus a few unusual ones at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m to noon (No class on March 11)
The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Perennials for a Changing Future.' Saturday, February 4, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Explore the profound importance of plants in our lives and their essential role for life on earth through an autobiographical account by Stephen Blackmore, Queen’s Botanist, and Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration is now closed) Friday, October 28, 2016 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Conference: Help curb the spread of problem plants escaping from cultivation at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a full-day training for landscapers, streets and sanitation technicians, and public works crews that will cover selection, planting, and care of trees in sessions led by local experts at The Park Ridge Service Center. Wednesday August 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ornamental plant breeders, horticulture marketing experts, and gardening brands come together Thursday, October 6-Sunday, October 9 (welcome reception on Thursday, October 6, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.) to connect face to face and share information to get new plants into the industry at The Morton Arboretum.
Learn to recognize tree and shrub problems through observing the life-cycles, signs, and symptoms of the most common pests in our landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Six days: 5 Tuesdays, February 28 through March 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Learn to identify trees without their leaves. Explore the winter identification of trees at the Arboretum and develop the skills to identify trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns of winter trees. Five Sundays, January 22 through February 19, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sign up for each day a la carte or take all five sessions for a complete introduction to winter trees.
Explore the world of plants by learning how leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots relate to water, light, nutrients, and reproduction at The Morton Arboretum. Five Thursdays, January 19 through February 16, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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