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Gardening and Horticulture

Course List

  • Make a difference in your own backyard with sustainable principles and practices that have a big impact on the planet.Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Stroll the Arboretum's stunning perennial beds where you’ll learn about plant placement, dividing, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, mulching and more. Thursday, July 16, or September 10, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and discover their fascinating origins in this “at your own pace" online class. Tuesday, June 23, or Wednesday, July 22, or Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Online course available at 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. Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available, or Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 p.m.: Online materials available.
  • In this class, celebrate all things blue in the garden! Panetone’s color of the year is classic blue. But true blue is an elusive color in the garden. Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio show and podcast, Cultivating Place, about women who are creating change in the world through careers in horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Presented in partnership with C2ST.org. The health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and employees continue to be the top priority for The Morton Arboretum. Following federal and state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus, this class been CANCELLED.
  • 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 3, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees? Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Four Tuesdays, September 15 through October 6, 2020, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and more importantly, which to prune later at The Morton Arboretum. Learn online, then apply those skills during a hands-on workshop. Next offered January 2021.