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The Meaning of Wilderness

Explore the meaning of the word “wilderness” in literature and in our use today at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop: Landscapes

Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, December 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The History of Botanical Art and Illustration

Spend winter afternoons learning about the history and uses of botanical and scientific art from early herbals to old masters at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Saturdays, January 10 and 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Intro to Botany

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. 6 Tuesdays, January 13-February 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Photographing Trees: Winter

Trees provide so many opportunities for the photographer – their structure, features through the seasons, and associations in the environment all capture the imagination. Learn to capture these different elements artistically and accurately in your photographs at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, January 15-22, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 17, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Light & Exposure

Learn to creatively use light and examine the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and the seasons at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, January 15-29, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and 2 Saturdays, January 17-24, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Global Tree Conservation

Discover how the Arboretum is working to protect trees around the world! Thursday, January 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Smartphone Photography

Discover the best ways to use your phone to capture attractive images, a selection of good starter apps, and some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Landscape Plants: Winter

Learn to identify the plants that will help you create a beautiful home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Saturdays, January 17-31, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Plan Your Landscape I: Getting Started

Begin the process of designing a home landscape by learning to prepare a scaled base map of your garden and create an inventory of your property at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, January 17 & January 31-February 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m.