Gardening and Horticulture

  • Spend less time in the yard by learning which plants require little time and effort at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Turn your front and back yard into an edible landscape that is beautiful and productive using the design principles of permaculture at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Bring life and interest to even the shadiest parts of your landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m
  • Hear the fascinating history of Chicago’s parks from author and historian Julia S. Bachrach at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Friday, March 31, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn to grow heirloom apples in backyards and urban environments with the preeminent heirloom expert, Dan Bussey at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Learn the art of bonsai during this six-week hands-on course at The Morton Arboretum. Six Saturdays, April 1, 8, (no class on April 15) 22, 29, May 6, and 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • For those with considerable familiarity and experience with the fundamentals of bonsai, take your practice to the next step at The Morton Arboretum. Six Saturdays, April 1, 8, (no class on April 15) 22, 29, May 6, and 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn how French kitchen gardens combine beautiful design with common sense vegetable gardening at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Design an outstanding spring container with hardy plants that will bring color to your patio at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Join us as we dig in the soil, explore how plants grow, and plant a seed of your own to take home in this hands-on, sensory based gardening program for little sprouts at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, April 5 or Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Learn how to design and plant a rain garden for your home at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join us as we dig in the soil, explore how plants grow, and plant a seed of your own to take home in this hands-on, sensory based gardening program for little sprouts at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, April 4 or Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Discover the amazing world of magnolias and find new trees for your landscape at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Harness nature's power to create a healthy, beautiful home landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: two Tuesdays., April 18 and 25, two Thursdays., April 20 and 27, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Keep your yard looking great all year with this workshop designed especially for new homeowners short on time at The Morton Arboretum.Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Create a spring arrangement in a basket bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn recommended mulching techniques and materials to get great results in your garden this spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Plan now for a garden that lasts into the fall and starts up again in early spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Take a walk through the display gardens at the Arboretum with horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to “wake up” your garden for the season. Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 2 through 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Learn the best plants and new ideas to help keep deer from munching your garden at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 4 through 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Protect your body from wear and tear so you can stay active in the garden for years to come. Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Not all bugs are bad! Learn to identify common beneficial organisms and how they benefit gardeners at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Who has time to garden? You do! Learn to garden on the cheap using low-cost or free materials at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 4, 2017, In person component: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Get the most out of your shrubs with proper spring pruning at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Join Andrea Mattson of Edible Alchemy to learn the basics of creating natural skincare remedies at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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