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Spring Pruning

Gain an understanding of the plant science behind pruning, practice properly timed pruning techniques, and learn how to select the right equipment for the job in this hands-on class at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Edible Gardening Workshop: Small is the New Big - Growing More Plants in Surprising Places!

Imagine growing 40 plants in a single square foot area. At this workshop learn creative ways to grow larger quantities of organic herbs and vegetables in small areas at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Local Flora: Spring

Learn the names of the wildflowers covering the forest floor in spring at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, April 11-May 2, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Botanical Art With Colored Pencil

Explore the nature of color and how colors impact each other and the viewer. Develop the vocabulary to discuss color and practice its application in the medium of colored pencil at The Morton Arboretum.5 Saturdays, April 11-May 9, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Plan Your Landscape III: Selecting Plants for Your Plan

Learn planting design and gain confidence in your ability to put trees, shrubs, and perennials together into an attractive composition at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, April 11-May 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Field Study: Birds of Spring-Sold Out

Learn how to identify Illinois' spring resident and migratory birds by sight and call and meet other birders at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, April 12-May 17, 2015, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Special Topics in Bird ID: Spring

Take a closer look at identifying common but complex groups of birds.Practice noting basic field marks, become skilled at recognizing key details of a bird’s appearance, and learn to account for wear and molt to avoid common pitfalls of identification at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Sundays, April 12-26, 2015, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Gardening 101

Learn the recommended way to plant, transplant, and maintain trees, shrubs, and perennials with a hands-on approach at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Mondays, April 13-April 27, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

ACCA Introduction to Ecological Restoration

Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration. This course provides an overview of Chicago Wilderness ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14-May 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m. and May 12-28 3:00-8:30 p.m.

Design a Spring Container-New section added

Design an outstanding spring container with one of the experts behind the Arboretum’s container displays. Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m. or Wednesday April 15, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.