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Gardening and horticulture

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 2, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Japanese-Chojubai-Quince

This Japanese flowering quince is prized for its striking, vibrant, fire-engine red flowers and unusual clumping style for bonsai. Good beginners workshop. Saturday, August 2, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Shimpaku Twisted Trunk

The soft, dark green foliage and twisted trunks of this unusual, fast-growing, and easy to work with conifer make it a “must” for any bonsai collection. Good beginners workshop. Saturday, August 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Deciduous Decisions

Join renowned bonsai artist Walter Pall as he discusses the use of Hornbeam, Stewartia and Beech deciduous material for bonsai. A hands-on workshop will follow with guest artist Jim Doyle discussing carving techniques to use with this material. Students may choose from one of the three materials discussed. Some prior knowledge of bonsai required. Saturday, August 2, 12:30- 4: 30 p.m.

Jaboticaba

This tropical bonsai with bronze foliage and tan and brown exfoliating bark is fast growing and suitable for growing indoors by a window sill or under lights. All levels welcome. Saturday, August 2, 1:30- 4:30 p.m.

Fukien Tea

This beautiful, fast-growing, tropical plant displays pretty whit e flowers in summer that are followed by reddish-orange berries. The plant is very suitable for indoor growing. Good beginners workshop. Sunday, August 3, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Japanese Black Pine Master Workshop-Sold Out

Work with Walter Pall and Jim Doyle, two of the world’s foremost bonsai artists, on this exceptional specimen material. The 9-10 inch base, or nebari, of this tree will create a specimen tree for any collection. Intermediate to Advanced levels. Sunday, August 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Chinese Lacebark Elm

These easy-to-grow, well-formed trees result in high quality bonsai in a short amount of time. Students will employ the root over rock style of bonsai. For this style, the roots of the tree are wrapped around a rock exposing them at varying degrees as they traverse and grow over the rock, descending into the soil below. Good beginners workshop. Sunday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Designing a Contemplative Garden

Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. At The Morton Arboretum 2 Saturdays, Aug 23-30, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Openlands TreeKeepers® training at The Morton Arboretum

Learn to identify, plant, care for and prune trees in hands on classes with regional professionals at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Tuesdays, September 16-October 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and 4 Saturdays, September 20-October 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.