Gardening and Horticulture

Course List

  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Get tips for choosing, planting, and caring for hydrangeas, a top choice among home gardeners at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants and sustainable gardening techniques; Designing for Birds and Bees on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or add character and sustainability to your garden using repurposed materials; Designing with Reclaimed Materials on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn about the pesky visitors that pop up in your garden uninvited at The Morton Arboretum. Find out what qualifies as a weed; Combat Weeds on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or find out what qualifies as a pest; Combat Pets on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn home preservation methods and continue to enjoy your seasonal bounty well into the fall and winter months at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon
  • We are confronted with a vast amount of information every day, and it can be difficult to find trusted and credible sources of expertise. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to identify the “symptoms” of a less-than-credible source and what questions to ask yourself as you’re looking for good advice on the internet (and beyond) to answer questions about trees, plants, and the environment. Thursday, July 26, or Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • In this workshop the PSBS 2018 bonsai master, Frank Mihalic, will work with you on your own trees at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August. 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • This workshop is for up to 10 students from beginner to intermediate skill level at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • The PSBS 2018 bonsai master, Frank Mihalic will work with the children to create their own Bonsai. Frank will help each child style and wire a Shimpaku Juniper at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • This beginner to intermediate class will feature Procumbens Juniper. The primary focus of this workshop will be what to look for in creating bonsai; design and wiring will all be covered at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • This workshop features a selection field grown Douglas and Corkbark fir trees. The primary focus on this workshop will be on initial styling, including determining the height and new leader as well as wiring and branch selection. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • This workshop is open to all skill levels and Artistic abilities. You DO NOT have to be an Artist to take this workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday. August. 5, 2018 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Attract pollinators to your garden with native plants and sustainable gardening techniques; Designing for Birds and Bees on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or add character and sustainability to your garden using repurposed materials; Designing with Reclaimed Materials on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • We are confronted with a vast amount of information every day, and it can be difficult to find trusted and credible sources of expertise. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to identify the “symptoms” of a less-than-credible source and what questions to ask yourself as you’re looking for good advice on the internet (and beyond) to answer questions about trees, plants, and the environment. Thursday, July 26, or Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Put all those surplus tomatoes to use with creative canning recipes so you can enjoy them well beyond summer at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Join landscape designer and horticulturist Marcy Stewart-Pyziak on a tour of Midwest Groundcovers, LLC, in St. Charles, Illinois. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn to make your own compost and the basics of composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create a table arrangement overflowing with fall at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, September 15, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Take a walk through the display gardens at the Arboretum with horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to prepare your garden for the winter. Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Get the scoop on ancient grains and their role in our diets with this hands-on program. Taste healthful recipes using ingredients such as teff, farro, and more, and prepare two recipes to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Capture the graceful curve of fall leaves and boughs, the delightful color of berries, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. (Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Create a woodsy, whimsical, botanical container. Bring a bit of the Troll Hunt magic to your home as you use woodland elements and flowers to plant this late summer container at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The 4th Landscape Below Ground Conference, presented by The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture on October 15-17, 2018, features the latest research on tree planting and care from the ground down.