Class listings

Adult programs

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.

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.


Known as the umbrella tree because of its umbrella shaped leaves, this tree is easy to grow with little maintenance. It does well near a sunny to part sun window. Sunday, August 2, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at The Morton Arboretum.

The Hidden Life of Ferns

Be enchanted by the beauty, delicacy, and intricate biology of ferns at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Aug 6, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug 8, 2015, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Shorebird Identification

Learn the identifying characteristics of local shorebirds at The Morton arboretum.Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 9, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Adult Summer Camp

Are you looking for a fun project to create while your children are in summer camp at The Morton Arboretum. Multiple section. Dates vary starting August 3.

Introduction to Nature Photography

Gain an appreciation for the camera's technology and learn the basics of field notes, exposure, composition, and characteristics of light through classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, practice in the field, and constructive critiques at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, August 13-27, 2015, 7:00-9:30 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, August 15-22, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Gardening for Hummingbirds and Butterflies

Learn how to transform your yard into a welcome habitat for hummingbirds and butterflies by integrating nectar and host plants and other garden features at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, Aug 13, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.