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Landscape Plants: Late Spring

Learn to recognize and grow a variety of small ornamental trees and shrubs, including crabapples, dogwoods, redbuds, that are at their peak in late spring and are appropriate choices for our regional landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Wednesdays, May 7-14, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Digital Nature Photo Fundamentals II

This class is a continuation of the Digital Photography Fundamentals focusing more on the technology side of photography. Learn the different types of files, color management, flash basics as well as a comparison of software packages used in photography at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Thursdays, May 8-June 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Photographing Trees: Spring

Learn to present the different structures, features, and associations of trees in spring artistically and accurately in your photographs at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Thursdays, May 8-15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

All About Groundcovers

Discover the many types of groundcovers available to gardeners in northern Illinois, including both woody and non-woody types at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Spring Palette

Learn which colors express the spring landscape and how to create “pastel veils” to capture the delicate beauty of this season at The Morton Arboretum. Friday May 9 or Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Intro to Smartphone Photography

Whether you are new to photography or an old hand, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 10, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The Poetry of Photography

This one-day workshop explores transforming the emotion of photography into words at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Language of Flowers

Make an arrangement for Mother’s Day at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, May 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Field Ecology: Spring

Explore freshwater ecosystems and consider the various living, climatic, and geological factors that create and maintain our water systems at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 14. One section.

Invasive Issues in Trees

What invasive pests affect the many evergreens in our neighborhoods and woodlands? How much of an invasive threat is the Callery pear, one of the most popular flowering trees in city streets and home landscapes? How can we breed attractive and ornamental trees that will be sterile and therefore not invasive? These and other topics will be addressed at the third annual Morton Arboretum Invasive Species Workshop, "Invasive Issues in Trees," May 15, 2014, in Lisle, Illinois. It is part of Illinois' observance of Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM). This year's theme for the month is "Invasive Species Affect Everyone."