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Gardening and Horticulture

  • 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.
  • Browse a selection of ornamental and edible seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 21, 2017, noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn how and why to save your own seeds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:00 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal at The Morton Arboretum. Two Wednesdays, February 1 and 8, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 1 through 22, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Begin the process of designing a home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Four Fridays, February 10 through March 3, 2047, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn to identify common trees that are highlights of the winter landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Create a custom garden design for your home, based on the best ideas in American gardening from 1830 to present at The Morton Arboretum. NEW DATESTwo Saturdays, February 11 and 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

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