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Gardening and horticulture, Adult programs

Creating Outdoor Rooms

In this intimate workshop, review what you love about your garden, what you’d like to improve, and how you’d like to use the space at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Edible Gardening Workshop - Flavorful Landscapes with Limited Time, Space & Budget

Increase the nutritional value and beauty of your landscape by incorporating attractive fruits and vegetables into the plan at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Spring Blooms at Anderson Japanese Gardens

Join us as we celebrate the colors of spring at Anderson Japanese Gardens. Friday, May 2, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monitoring and Managing Insect Pests

Learn the life cycles, signs and symptoms, and methods of control for the most common insects in our landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting May 5. One section.

Landscape Plants: Late Spring

Learn to recognize and grow a variety of small ornamental trees and shrubs, including crabapples, dogwoods, redbuds, that are at their peak in late spring and are appropriate choices for our regional landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Wednesdays, May 7-14, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

All About Groundcovers

Discover the many types of groundcovers available to gardeners in northern Illinois, including both woody and non-woody types at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Language of Flowers

Make an arrangement for Mother’s Day at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, May 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Spring Ikebana

Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 17, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Perennial Maintenance Walking Tour

Walk through The Morton Arboretum's perennial groupings to talk about maintenance chores such as cutting back, pinching, deadheading, deadleafing, and disease and insect control on a wide variety of perennials Tuesday, May 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Grounds at Thornhill Education Center

Take a habitat history walk to view the historic Hawthorn collection, discover the meaning of the stained glass tree medallions in gentleman’s library (Founder’s Room), and learn more about the Morton family mansion and the transformation to Thornhill Education Center. Thursday, May 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.