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Gardening and horticulture

Prairie Ethnobotany

Learn how humans have used prairie plants on this midsummer hike at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, June 26, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Landscape Plants: Late Summer

Learn to identify approximately 30 selected trees and shrub at the peak of their beauty in July, by height, form, leaf texture, and flower at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Wednesdays, July 8-15, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Gardening for Fragrance

Summer gardens can be a feast for all of the senses - including scent! Tour the Arboretum’s Fragrance Garden and discover shrubs, trees, and perennials that offer sweet fragrances for our region. Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 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. Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Arboretum Uncorked: Summer

Enjoy a glass of wine and learn how to compose a stunning nature portrait of the Morton Arboretum.Wednesday, July 22, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Summer Color and Year Round Interest

Explore the Arboretum’s seasonal displays and get tips for selecting colorful perennials that have interest in multiple seasons. Friday, July 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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.


This deciduous conifer, which produces small cones and displays new growth in a fresh green color that turns gold in the fall, is a perfect scale for bonsai. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Willow Leaf Ficus

A rapid grower, this tropical bonsai allows for design to be achieved quickly. This bonsai produces aerial roots that give the appearance of age. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Morton Arboretum.

Kusamono Lecture & Demo

Watch the Japanese art of taking natural grasses, bulbs, and flowering plants to make a living arrangement that can be used as a stand-alone arrangement or as an accent to accompany bonsai at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.