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Photographing Dragonflies & Damselflies

Learn to identify the dragonflies and damselflies that fill the summer air and then photograph them with an expert’s assistance at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, July 9-23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, July 12-19, 1:00-4:00 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.

Full Moon Tram Tour: Nature at Night

Discover what happens at the Arboretum at night when no one is around. With the moon shining through the trees a tram ride reveals a captivating symphony of sounds, mysterious spaces, and wildlife on the move. Saturday, June 14 or Saturday July 12, 7:00 p.m-9:30 p.m.

Local Flora: Summer

Discover the names of the wildflowers filling the prairies in summer at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Sundays, July 13-August 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Begin to Draw Nature

Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Mondays, July 14-August 11, 6:30-9:30 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 Bird Walks

Enjoy summer at The Morton Arboretum by searching the woods, fields, and edges for summertime birds. Saturdays, June 21, July 19, and August 16, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Botanical Art & Illustration: Pencil

As you study and draw the details of living plants, you will learn the techniques of pencil drawing, develop your eye-hand coordination, and learn the structures of the plants you draw at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Wednesdays, July 23-30, and August 13-27, 6:30-9:30 p.m.