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Gardening and Horticulture

Course List

  • Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 29, July 20, or September 28, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Create a summer arrangement perfect for Independence Day, bursting with red, white and blue at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Create privacy in your outdoor spaces this summer. Many of us desire to screen a part of our garden or yard from the neighbors. While arborvitae is a favorite traditional hedging evergreen, there are many more options to enliven your space! Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn how to build a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Get the scoop on the basic needs of your backyard birds from local chicken expert, Jen Murtoff at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 20, 2019, noon to 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. PLEASE NOTE: THE THURSDAY, JUNE 13 CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE REGISTER FOR: Monday, July 15, 2019, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.,
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 p.m., or Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 p.m. U.S. Central time: Online course becomes available
  • The American Hornbeam is a native forest understory tree. The focus of the workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on branch selection and wiring to create a good solid bonsai structure. Saturday August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Trident Maples make excellent bonsai due to their small, three-lobed leaves with thick gnarly roots and a readily thickening trunk. The focus on of this workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on styling and wiring the tree. Saturday Aug 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Green Island Ficus is a great tropical tree for beginners. The deep green glossy leaves look similar to a jade plant. The goal of this class at The Morton Arboretum is to come away with a tree that has its first initial styling and is on its’ way to becoming a bonsai.Saturday August, 3, 2019, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • This workshop features a selection of field grown Cork Bark Chinese Elm trees. This workshop at The Morton Arboretum will explore the many different possibilities of Chuhin bonsai. Sunday August 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Dwarf Hinoki Cypress or False Cypress is native to Japan. This evergreen conifer displays flattened, fan like foliage and a trunk that develops an attractive shredding reddish-brown bark with age. Sunday August 4, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Brazilian Rain Tree is a beautiful tropical tree. The bark is very smooth and tends to exfoliate creating multi-colored shades in the trunk. The primary focus of this workshop at The Morton Arboretum will be on styling the tree both with wire and branch selection. Sunday August 4, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Grab a drink and get your hands dirty in this DIY houseplant workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get tips for choosing, planting, and caring for hydrangeas, a top choice among home gardeners at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to prepare three deliciously easy side dishes representing the flavors of summer in this hands-on class at The Morton Arboretum! Thursday, August 15, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. (Registration will open May 21, 2019). Four Tuesdays, September 17 through October 8, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • This one-day conference for green industry professionals and avid home gardeners will focus on the latest information and practice related to the selection and care of Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants, as shared by leading designers and plant experts. Thursday, September 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. (Register now) Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration opens May 21, 2019) Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants. Whether you are a natural resources volunteer or specialist, gardener, naturalist, or artist this class provides the fundamentals you need to get started at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • The end of the gardening season is the best time to prep for a successful season next year. Learn to put your garden to bed, how to get the most of this year's harvest, and the steps you can take this fall to be poised for takeoff next spring at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.