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Adult programs, Gardening and horticulture

The Grounds at Thornhill Education Center

Take a habitat history walk to view the historic Hawthorn collection, discover the meaning of the stained glass tree medallions in gentleman’s library (Founder’s Room), and learn more about the Morton family mansion and the transformation to Thornhill Education Center. Thursday, May 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bold, Beautiful Containers

Learn to create stunning containers by combining annuals, perennials and shrubs, and where to place them for maximum visual appeal at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Gardening with Beneficial Insects

Learn to recognize garden-friendly insects that can help control unwanted insect pests and how to acquire and nurture their populations for your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Easy Summer Party Arrangements

Rise above the rest with outstanding arrangements for your summer festivities at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

The author of the new book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, discusses the plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, June 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Inside the Collections: Maze Garden and Arbor Court

Explore the Maze Garden’s unique combination of design ideas, thoughtful plant selection, and a sense of garden space that were used to create a robust and diverse grouping of ornamental hedges at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Best Late Summer Perennials

Discover the perennials that are top performers in the late summer garden at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour

Walk through The Morton Arboretum's perennial groupings to talk about maintenance chores such as cutting back, pinching, deadheading, deadleafing, and disease and insect control on a wide variety of perennials. Tuesday, July 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Landscape Plants: Late Summer

Learn to identify approximately 30 selected native and exotic shrubs, which are at the peak of their beauty in July, by height, form, leaf texture, and flower at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, July 17-24, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 26, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Summer Ikebana

Draw inspiration from the shady summer canopy, waving grasses and lazy pond ripples through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 2, 1:00-3:30 p.m.