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Adult programs, Gardening and horticulture

Summer Color and Year Round Interest

Explore the Arboretum’s seasonal displays and get tips for selecting colorful perennials that have interest in multiple seasons. Friday, July 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 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 1, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Larch

This deciduous conifer, which produces small cones and displays new growth in a fresh green color that turns gold in the fall, is a perfect scale for bonsai. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Willow Leaf Ficus

A rapid grower, this tropical bonsai allows for design to be achieved quickly. This bonsai produces aerial roots that give the appearance of age. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Morton Arboretum.

Kusamono Lecture & Demo

Watch the Japanese art of taking natural grasses, bulbs, and flowering plants to make a living arrangement that can be used as a stand-alone arrangement or as an accent to accompany bonsai at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Burning Bush

Create a stand of five to seven trees that over time will become fused together to create a copse, or thicket at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

White Pine “Miyajima”

This elegant classical species for bonsai is one of the most popular in Japan because of its adaptability to training. Students will work with 15 year old specimens with 1.5.-inch caliper trunks at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Bonsai Carving Techniques

Students will work with guest artist Jim Doyle on using jin, shari and deadwood carving techniques on field-grown San Jose junipers with 3-inch calipers at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 2, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Black Pine Shohin

Create a miniature bonsai in a “natural style” using a small 6-8 inch Black Pine, which is one of the easiest pine trees to grow at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Kusamono Workshop

Learn the natural art of arranging perennials , wild grasses, bulbs, and flowering plants into a take-home composition at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.