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Garden Design for a Changing Climate

Schedule and location

Three Tuesdays, November 5 through 19, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$85.00 member
$96.00 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

Set your garden up for success with plants and design techniques that can withstand changing conditions. The Midwest is experiencing more weather extremes: more intense storms, severe cold snaps, hotter summers, prolonged periods of rain and then long stretches with no rain at all. These conditions are tough on plants, and wildlife, too! Despite these challenges, we can create beautiful, thriving gardens that can even help mitigate climate change. In this class, you will learn

  • how wildlife, including important pollinators, are affected by climate change and how good garden design can help
  • how the changing climate can stress plants and allow pests or diseases to take hold and what to look for
  • which plants are hardy and have a better chance of thriving in the face of these challenges
  • smart design that can help control water, wind, and more.


In the final session, put your new knowledge to work. With the support of the instructor, create a sketch for an area of your garden and assemble a list of plants to plant in spring.

Your garden can adapt to a changing climate! Come find out how to keep your home green and thriving into the future.

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Heather Prince, horticulturist

Heather Prince is the nursery manager at Wannemaker’s Home and Garden in Downers Grove. She has been a part of the green industry for more than 18 years, including experience at The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Growing Place and The Pizzo Group. She is a trained horticulturist specializing in trees and shrubs with a passion for connecting people with plants.

Course details

  • Notes: Held indoors. Limit 18
  • Supplies: Please bring materials to write with. Bring photos and dimensions of the area you wish to focus on in your garden. Sketching supplies will be provided.

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Garden Design for a Changing Climate