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From Garden to Table: New Edible Gardening Workshop

Edible Gardens
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.


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.