LISLE, Ill. (February 5, 2014) – This March, The Morton Arboretum will debut its Edible Gardening Workshop series, aimed at providing unique and creative ideas for adding edible plants and trees to a landscape or backyard garden. This five-part workshop series takes place on Saturdays throughout March and April, and each course is taught by recognized plant and garden experts.
“The Edible Gardening Workshops will teach participants how adding edible plants like fruits, vegetables and herbs to their garden can help them create fresh, new meal ideas from items growing right in their own backyard,” said Megan Dunning, Manager of Community Education and Outreach at The Morton Arboretum. “The skilled instructors will offer new tips and techniques on how to make the most of a garden space or landscape by adding both beauty and function with edible plants.”
In March, the Edible Theme Gardens workshop will offer tips for growing fun, whimsical vegetable gardens with combinations of tasty, nutritious plants suited to our climate. Next, discover creative new ideas for growing your favorite vegetables, fruit and herbs and learn how to design artistic plant combinations this spring in Food and Foliage: Creative Design Ideas. Also in March, Beauty and Bounty: Designing Organic Edible Landscapes will offer the chance to use organic garden principles to shape the design of an elegant, environmentally friendly garden using vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers as your materials.
The new workshop series continues into April with Growing Formal and Productive Kitchen Gardens. This workshop will feature how to create a potager garden as well as discussions on garden style, layout and planting strategies from two expert gardeners. Finally, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers will explore how to increase the nutritional value and beauty of your landscape as well as planting and harvesting techniques to increase your vegetable gardening success in Flavorful Landscapes with Limited Time, Space & Budget. Complete details on each workshop are listed below, and more information can be found at mortonarb.org/education.
Edible Theme Gardens
Saturday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Join garden writer and designer Nina Koziol and horticulturist from the Arboretum’s Children’s Garden, Katrina Chipman, as they help you get inspired for spring gardening by planning a themed garden you can eat! They’ll share their favorite themes and tips for growing fun, whimsical vegetable gardens to make things like pizza, salsa, tea and more. Get ideas for combinations of tasty, nutritious foods suited to our climate that grow well together.
Food and Foliage: Creative Design Ideas
Saturday, March 22, 2-4:30 p.m.
Karen Chapman, Le Jardinet garden designer and author of “Fine Foliage,” will explore new ideas for growing edible plants. Participants will learn how to design artistic plant combinations by focusing on foliage, then expanding those principles to include vegetables, fruit and herbs. Whether you have acreage or just a patio, you will leave this presentation inspired and ready to plant. Karen’s book, “Fine Foliage,” will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program.
Beauty and Bounty: Designing Organic Edible Landscapes
Saturday, March 29, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn to design an edible landscape with vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers as your landscape materials. Workshop instructor Vicki Nowicki from The Land Office is an award-winning organic vegetable gardener, author and educator. She’ll explore how straightforward principles like building up the biology of your soil, planting areas of pollinator-attracting plants, holding on to the water that falls on your site and making use of inter-cropping can create beautiful results. See examples of these designs in practice and make a connection between healthy food and a beautiful landscape by creating your own design.
Growing Formal and Productive Kitchen Gardens
Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn what design elements make up a potager garden and get real-world tips for kitchen garden success. Discuss garden style, layout and planting strategies with two expert gardeners: Russ Buvala of head gardener at Craig Bergmann Landscapes, and Nick Michaud, current head gardener at Westover Farms. They’ll introduce the history of this ornamental French-style kitchen garden that embraces vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in a formal setting and share ideas for year-round beauty and productivity. Then they’ll provide personal experiences from the creation and development of the large 71 by 97 foot potager garden at Westover Farms that is a model example of potager garden style.
Flavorful Landscapes with Limited Time, Space & Budget
Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Melinda Myers, gardening expert, TV/radio host, author, and columnist, will show how to increase the nutritional value and beauty of your landscape by incorporating attractive fruits and vegetables into the plan. Whether you have a dedicated garden or squeeze fruits, vegetables and herbs in your landscape wherever space allows, Melinda will help you grow lots of produce no matter your limitations. The workshop will explore products and plant varieties as well as planting and harvesting techniques to help increase your vegetable gardening success! Melinda will also provide design, planting and care tips for popular vegetables. Plus, she’ll feature new varieties with extra ornamental appeal. Melinda’s books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program.
Participants can sign up for the whole Edible Gardening Workshop series or purchase workshops a la carte. Each individual course is $35 for members, $43 for nonmembers. The cost to attend the entire series is $160 for members, $188 for nonmembers. All workshops are limited to 50 participants and are held indoors in the Visitor Center’s Sycamore Room unless otherwise noted. Certain workshops offer hours towards a Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective. For more information or to register for our Edible Gardening Workshops, call 630-719-2468 or visit mortonarb.org/calendar.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.
Nonmember admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $12 for adults ages 18-64 ($8 on Wednesday), $11 for seniors ages 65 and over ($7 on Wednesday), $9 for children ages 2-17 ($6 on Wednesday) and free for children under age 2. Parking is free with admission.