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Shrubs for the Illinois Garden

Schedule and location

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cudahy Room, Administration Building


Fees and Registration

$39.00 member
$46.00 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 for the middle distance using shrubs that thrive in the upper Midwest. The “middle distance” links the foreground and background of a landscape or connects the large features with the small. This class will include a list of the best shrubs and multi-stem trees for the Chicagoland region, including natives, which have many benefits. Discover shrubs that offer fragrance and continuous bloom. Learn planting and maintenance to promote shrub health, such as creating healthy soil and basic pruning tips.

Course number



Carol Becker, Sage Advice

Carol Becker formed Sage Advice Landscape Design in 2004. She holds an AAS Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Triton College and an M.A. in English Literature and Writing from Ohio State University. In 2012, she became a Certified Wildlife Landscape Professional with the National Wildlife Federation. In 2014 she received the Polaris Award from the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance, in recognition of her lifetime commitment to landscape sustainability, and she also completed her certification as a Landscape for Life™ teacher.

Course details

  • Notes: Held indoors and outdoors.  Please dress for the weather and for walking over trails and uneven surfaces. Limit 20
  • Supplies: Please bring a snack or sack lunch, water, and materials to write with.

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Shrubs for the Illinois Garden