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Gardening and Horticulture

Course List

  • What is plant-based eating? Come find out! A diet focused on plants is good for you and good for the planet. Each week, you get to watch cooking demonstrations, taste samples, or get hands-on and prepare a recipe to take home with you at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, October 19 or 26, or November 2 or 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • 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. Saturday, September 21, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Design for the middle distance using shrubs that thrive in the upper Midwest at The Morton Arboretum. The “middle distance” links the foreground and background of a landscape or connects the large features with the small. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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. Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Online course available. (Registration will open Tuesday, August 20, 2019.)
  • Set your garden up for success with plants and design techniques that can withstand changing conditions at The Morton Arboretum. Registration will open August 20, 2019. Three Tuesdays, November 5 through 19, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • The debates surrounding our food and the role science will play in navigating global food challenges have been notable for the polarizing perceptions and misperceptions that have surrounded the conversation. The documentary FOOD EVOLUTION​, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names through The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins.
  • Discover another side of poet Emily Dickinson, who was also an avid gardener at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant. In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 2, or Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create a seasonal centerpiece for your holiday table while learning principles of floral design at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., or Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,
  • Just in time for the holiday season, find out how you can incorporate evergreen branches and boughs into elegant holiday swags at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Celebrate the winter season with a wonderful winter container filled with seasonal branches, berries, and colorful twigs at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday, December 7, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, December 7 or 14, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Create a festive, long-lasting botanical arrangement to display in your home during the holidays, using a wintery mix of greenery and flowers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.