Gardening and Horticulture

Course List

  • (CANCELED) Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. In this class, we’ll identify visual cues that create places that nurture the spirit and invite us to take a meditative stroll, to sit and relax with a cup of tea, to read and reflect, to stretch, to meditate or to write. Two Thursdays, February 21 and 28, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Capture the magic and whimsy of youth with a fairy garden at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 26, 2019, or Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting February 12, 2019 with online or in-person options available.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Friday, February 15, or Thursday, February 28, 2019, and In-person components meets: Saturday, February 23, or Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Bring life and interest to even the shadiest parts of your landscape with plant lists, design ideas, and maintenance tips from a practicing landscape designer at The Morton Arboretum. Informational Session Only:Thursday, March 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, OR Informational and Workshop Sessions: Three Thursdays, March 7 through 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 16, or Saturday, March 9, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. This class will be offered again in Winter 2020.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your garden. Artist Lisa Tolbert will teach you the art of mosaics using a variety of reclaimed materials like glass and porcelain at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Make a difference in your own backyard with simple ideas that have a big impact on the planet. Learn how you can have an attractive, functional, outdoor space that your family--as well as the birds and the butterflies--can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Online course begins Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • It’s time to start your landscape projects for spring! With a little help, you can create a well-designed landscape that will look good for years to come at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Improve your tomato success with guidance from horticulturist Kat Haberman at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn the ins and outs of sharpening garden tools and bring a tool of your own to sharpen. Arboretum horticulturist Katrina Lewin will explain how properly maintained tools will make a difference for both you and for your plants. Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., or 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Join us for the annual Edible Gardening Workshop Series held each spring at The Morton Arboretum! Each week, gardening experts will share practical tips on growing your own food and inspire you with new ways to create beautiful, productive, edible gardens. Select Saturday, March 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • 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, April 6 or June 29, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn to make your own bouquets and arrangements in this four-week floral design class at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, April 10 through May 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Discover the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019.
  • Design an attractive spring container with hardy plants that will bring color to any outdoor space at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Tuesday, April 16, or Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Be ready for spring plant shopping! In this workshop, you will create a design for a small garden space under the guidance of a landscape designer at The Morton Arboretum. Two Tuesdays, April 16 and 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Learn about the incredible variety of perennials plants that thrive in the Chicago area at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Get the most out of your shrubs with proper spring pruning at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, April 19, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Turn your yard into a sustainable, edible landscape using the design principles of permaculture in this two day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two days: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Learn to grow your own salsa just in time Cinco de Mayo at The Morton Arboretum! Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Create a spring arrangement bursting with vibrant flowers and greenery under the guidance of the Arboretum’s botanical arrangers. Friday, May 10, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Turn your small space into a productive, edible garden at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Friday, May 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

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