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Gardening and Horticulture

Course List

  • 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.
  • Learn to identify trees after they shed their leaves for the winter. Develop the skills to identify winter trees on your own using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, bark, and branching patterns at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting Thursday January 16, 2020.
  • Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring your leftover seed packets or self-saved seeds to share. Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Discover techniques for and benefits of growing your vegetables from seed started indoors at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:00 to 11:00 a.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. Fall: Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Winter: Online course available, or Tuesday, January 21, 2020: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Online course available at noon
  • Warm up the winter with engaging talks on history, ecology, art, literature, and more by Arboretum and visiting experts. Circle up around the fireplace in the historic Founder’s Room in Thornhill Education Center, and enjoy an hour-long talk followed by a Q&A with the week’s featured speaker. Select Wednesdays, January 22 through March 25, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum are teaming up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Garden Companions.’ Some of the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business will be here, and you’re invited to listen, learn, and ask questions
  • 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: Thursday, January 16 at noon and In-person class meets: Thursday, January 23, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., or Online component begins: Monday, January 27 at noon and In-person class meets: Saturday, February 1, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn the basics of beekeeping at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, February 5 through 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to call plants by their botanical names and learn 40 common plant species that are native to Illinois at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Online course begins, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Online course begins
  • Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor- and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals at The Morton Arboretum. Three Tuesdays, February 11 through 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Create a unique fresh floral design to celebrate love, and bring a splash of color and life to winter at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to noon, or Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Hedges are a valuable part of a landscape. Whether you have aging hedges that need refreshing or are looking to plant a new hedgerow, the Arboretum’s plant knowledge specialist will show you the ropes of healthy hedges. Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learn to make your own bouquets and arrangements in this four-week floral design class at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, February 27 through March 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Design a stunning front garden that integrates seamlessly with your house and neighborhood. Wednesday, March 4 and 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Learn to identify plants without leaves or flowers. Explore the Schulenberg Prairie and adjacent woodlands to practice identifying native perennials and grasses in winter with a local expert at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn spring methods for propagating your favorite native plants. Learn how to bring seeds out of stratification, plant in seed trays and transplant seedlings at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, March 8, 2020, 1:00 to 4:30 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. Saturdays, March 14 through April 11, 2020, 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. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.