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Gardening and Horticulture

  • 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, 1:00 to 4:00 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, or October 17, 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.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Capture the graceful curve of fall leaves and boughs, the delightful color of berries, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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, September 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn how and why to save your own seeds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 14, or October 17, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.