Gardening and Horticulture

  • Join us for a FREE orientation program on the new format for the Woodland Stewardship Program, including classes with online and in-person components at The Morton Arboretum. Online only. Registration closes 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017, Online session begins: Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Visit a two-acre suburban garden featuring an impressive variety of landscapes. Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Hear the stories behind some of the Arboretum’s most treasured trees on this walking tour of the west side grounds. (Open for enrollment) Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Many of the trees you see at The Morton Arboretum are native to Asia. Why is that? Learn why the Asian collections have long been at the core of the Arboretum’s mission on this walking tour with collections supervisor Patrick Kelsch. Friday, June 9, or Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Turn your garden bounty or farmer’s market haul into delicious seasonal meals. Learn the benefits of eating foods in season, as well as how to store and prepare them to maintain their optimal nutrition and flavor at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Construct a salvage-style planter box using mid-century lumber reclaimed from Chicago buildings at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana--the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. June 10, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Identify top performing shrubs, ornamental trees, and shade trees for a variety of conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Two Fridays, June 16 or June 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
  • For those with considerable familiarity and experience with the fundamentals of bonsai, take your practice to the next step at The Morton Arboretum. Six Thursdays, July 6 through August 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn the art of bonsai during this six-week hands-on course at The Morton Arboretum. Six Saturdays, July 8 through August 12, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • The the student who has moved beyond intermediate, this six-week course focuses almost exclusively on supervised work on trees at The Morton Arboretum. Six Saturdays, July 8 through August 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. (Spring) Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Summer) Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn about the pesky visitors that pop up in your garden uninvited at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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. Sunday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.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.
  • Create a Zen-filled garden haven at home at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • This fall, grow all the veggies you need to make a delicious stir-fry dinner, and take home a plant or two to get started right away at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Find out if beekeeping is right for you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn home preservation methods and continue to enjoy your seasonal bounty well into the fall and winter months at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12:30 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
  • Ornamental grasses add color, texture and movement to the garden. These easy-to-care-for perennials add interest to any space throughout the gardening year. This class will help you to find the ones most suited to your garden's style and growing conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Introduce natives that maintain a neat, manicured look to your landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Explore the ways that writing and gardening intertwine with author and speaker, Marta McDowell at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 7:00. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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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