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Design a Summer Shade Container

Schedule and Location


Research Building

  • Section A: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Section B: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Fees and Registration

$49.00 member
$57.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Design summer container with hardy plants that will bring color to any shady outdoor space. Learn optimal plant combinations, secrets of color and texture, successful planting techniques, how to prune and edit… and more! Great for beginners and experienced gardeners alike--use this opportunity to make the mess in our classroom and have the plants you need right at your fingertips. Bring your own container, and create a complete container to take home in this hands-on workshop.

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Bridget Bittman

Bridget Bittman has owned her own business, Belle Botanicals, since 1998. She specializes in container gardens for all seasons and fresh floral designs for weddings and other celebrations. Bittman worked at Stems & Twigs in Western Springs for 11 years as a wedding consultant, floral designer, and head gardener. 

Course Details

  • Notes: Held indoors. Limit 20
  • Supplies: Please provide your own 10-12 inch container, gardening gloves, and hand pruners or scissors.

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Design a Summer Shade Container