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Gardening and Horticulture

Conifers: Spruce & Pine

Learn the basics or refine your tree with guest artist, Andy Smith at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Advanced Bonsai

Bring your own bonsai and work under the supervision of an expert bonsai practitioner during this six-week course at The Morton Arboretum. 6 Sundays, August 28, and September 11 through October 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bonsai for Beginners

Learn the art of bonsai during this six-week hands-on course at The Morton Arboretum. 6 Sundays, August 28, and September 11 through October 9, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Preserving the Harvest

Learn home preservation methods and continue to enjoy your seasonal bounty well into the fall and winter months at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Backyard Prairie Plantings in Six Easy Steps

Add prairie plantings to your backyard—no matter the size. Learn the six easy steps to success at The Morton Arboretum, Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Basic Plant ID (Online and in-person)

Get the plant and botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Tuesday July 5. Multiple sections.

Openlands TreeKeepers at The Morton Arboretum

Learn to identify, plant, care for and prune trees in hands on classes with regional professionals at The Morton Arboretum. Eight days: Four Tuesdays, September 1​3​ through October ​4​, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and four Saturdays, September ​17​ through October​ 8​, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Beginning Home Composting

Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour

Discover the tasks and care that keep perennial gardens looking their best throughout the growing season at The Morton Arboretum.Wednesdays, September 11 or 18, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Fabulous Fall Containers

Learn the principles of container design in this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.