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Get a jump on the holiday season

Get in the spirit with a seasonally-themed class. Create some great seasonal décor with these holly jolly classes!
Holiday Wreaths and Swags
Saturday, November 16
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Cost: $35 member, $43 nonmember
Find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant wreaths and swags. Discover the methods used to create wreaths, learn insider tricks, and make a Thanksgiving themed swag that can be updated to last through the winter holidays.
Mosaic Holiday Trees
Sunday, November 17
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Research Building, Botany Lab
Cost: $83 member, $98 nonmember
Create a festive holiday tree plaque for indoor or outdoor decoration. Feel free to bring any of your own additions in your favorite holiday colors to add to your creation. You will complete your project including grouting. Please bring a lunch.
Make Your Own Nature Ornaments
For families with children ages 2 & up
Saturday, November 16 or Sunday, November 24
1:00–2:30 p.m.
The Outpost
Cost: $10 member, $17 nonmember including admission.
Create ornaments and mementos out of natural materials to decorate your home and garden. We'll take an outdoor photo of your family to incorporate! Get crafty and let nature inspire you to celebrate the season.
New! Herbal Holiday Baking
Saturday, November 23
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The Outpost
Cost: $35 member, $43 nonmember
Herbs are our savory cooking friends, but they are also perfect for creating holiday sweets. This hands-on program will include how to craft herbal shortbread and cookies, candied herb flowers, tea breads and bread spreads, and scones. You will go home with at least one complete mix to make at home or give as a gift.
Wonderful Winter Containers
Saturday, November 30
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Cost: $35 member, $43 nonmember
Want to add exciting containers to your deck, yard, or home? Creating beautiful containers is easy, when you have the right tips! Your instructor will introduce good plants for containers and demonstrate the principles of container design and correct potting strategies. Note: Participants will need to provide their own 10-12 inch container.
The Natural History of Christmas
Saturday, December 7
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Sterling Morton Library
Cost: $8 member, $16 nonmember
From mistletoe to "The Holly and the Ivy" Christmas traditions are steeped in botanical folklore. How old is the Christmas tree and just what is a yule log? Here is your chance to learn the history of these and many other winter plants.
For a list of all of our fall and winter education programs, visit mortonarb.org/education.