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Edible Gardening Workshop: Designing Edible and Ornamental Kitchen Gardens

Get expert insight into designing a garden that is as beautiful as it is productive at The Morton Arboretum. As the garden manager for the Rick Bayless Organic Garden in Chicago where he grows salad greens, herbs, tomatoes and chile peppers for Rick’s restaurants, Bill Shores is an expert at getting the most production out of any space. Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Beginning Birdwatching

In this single morning workshop for beginners, learn how to find birds, discuss equipment, what to wear, keeping track of your observations, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Plan Your Landscape III: Selecting Plants for Your Plan

Learn planting design and gain confidence in your ability to put trees, shrubs, and perennials together into an attractive composition at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, April 11-May 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Edible Gardening Workshop: Small is the New Big - Growing More Plants in Surprising Places!

Imagine growing 40 plants in a single square foot area. At this workshop learn creative ways to grow larger quantities of organic herbs and vegetables in small areas at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

ACCA Introduction to Ecological Restoration

Learn the theory and practice of habitat restoration. This course provides an overview of Chicago Wilderness ecosystems, threats to their biodiversity and functions, and management practices designed to restore them and the environmental services they provide. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14-May 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m. and May 12-28 3:00-8:30 p.m.

Modern Botanical Art

Explore the print collection and learn the techniques modern botanical artists use to record the details of plants at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Printing Techniques and the Plant Hunters

Botanical art was an important aid in helping plant hunters describe their latest discoveries. As botanical knowledge and botanical art advanced, so did the technology used to reproduce this information and to share it around the world Saturday, May 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

2015 Visiting Artist Series with Rhonda Nass: Spring Ephemerals with Colored Pencil

Learn to develop a realistic drawing of spring ephemerals with colored pencil on dark backgrounds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday May 16-Sunday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

2015 Visiting Artist Series with Wendy Brockman: Painting Oaks

Learn to paint the details of Oaks with award winning artist Wendy Brockman. We will work with watercolor and gouache using specimens from the Morton Arboretum’s oak collections. Friday, October 16-Sunday, October 18, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

International Oak Society 20th anniversary conference

October 18 through 21, 2015


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