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Gardening and Horticulture

  • Discover the beauty of winter trees and learn their identification at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.or Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 25, 2017, or Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • 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)
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 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. Thornhill Education Center
  • Keep your yard looking great all year with this workshop designed especially for new homeowners short on time at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Looking to grow your best garden yet at The Morton Arboretum? Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 25, 2017, or Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Local organic gardener Jeanne Nolan shares her favorite vegetable crops proven to thrive in Chicagoland and how to best plant, manage, and harvest them throughout the season utilizing organic practices at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arbortum. Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Spend less time in the yard by learning which plants require little time and effort at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Turn your front and back yard into an edible landscape that is beautiful and productive using the design principles of permaculture at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Bring life and interest to even the shadiest parts of your landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m
  • Hear the fascinating history of Chicago’s parks from author and historian Julia S. Bachrach at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Friday, March 31, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to grow heirloom apples in backyards and urban environments with the preeminent heirloom expert, Dan Bussey at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • For those with considerable familiarity and experience with the fundamentals of bonsai, take your practice to the next step at The Morton Arboretum. Six Saturdays, April 1, 8, (no class on April 15) 22, 29, May 6, and 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the art of bonsai during this six-week hands-on course at The Morton Arboretum. Six Saturdays, April 1, 8, (no class on April 15) 22, 29, May 6, and 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Design an outstanding spring container with hardy plants that will bring color to your patio at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn how French kitchen gardens combine beautiful design with common sense vegetable gardening at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Learn how to design and plant a rain garden for your home at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Create a spring arrangement in a basket bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Discover the amazing world of magnolias and find new trees for your landscape at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Harness nature's power to create a healthy, beautiful home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: two Tuesdays., April 18 and 25, two Thursdays., April 20 and 27, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Keep your yard looking great all year with this workshop designed especially for new homeowners short on time at The Morton Arboretum.Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn recommended mulching techniques and materials to get great results in your garden this spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Plan now for a garden that lasts into the fall and starts up again in early spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Take a walk through the display gardens at the Arboretum with horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to “wake up” your garden for the season. Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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