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Gardening and horticulture, Adult programs

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.

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.

Burning Bush

Create a stand of five to seven trees that over time will become fused together to create a copse, or thicket at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 1, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

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.

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.