Class listings

Gardening and horticulture

White Pine “Miyajima”

This elegant classical species for bonsai is one of the most popular in Japan because of its adaptability to training. Students will work with 15 year old specimens with 1.5.-inch caliper trunks at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 1:30-4:30 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.

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.

Designing Elegant Woodland Gardens

Explore the garden features and plants that embody the woodland garden trend and create a woodland oasis in your own yard at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Saturdays, Aug 22-29, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Grass Identification and Ecology

Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

IOS 2015 Pre-Conference Tour-Sold Out

This five-day Pre-Conference Tour for the 8th International Oak Society Conference takes place October 13-17, 2015 and will travel from St. Louis down through the Illinois Ozarks and then north to The Morton Arboretum.