Non-Club Garden Events

Feel like a mini-vacation, a field trip not far from home? Here are some links to destinations and events related to flowers, trees, plants and gardens.


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FullSizeRenderAutumn at Chicago Botanic Garden
Photo Credit: Judi Lindgren

Macro Photography in the Greenhouse
at the Chicago Botanic Garden

January 4 – February 1, 2018, 9 a.m. – noon
(Five Thursdays)
Get away from the winter blues and come explore the Greenhouses. This class will introduce you to a world of detail often not noticed. The succulents, tropical blooms, and Greenhouse color will serve as our natural laboratory. Each class will consist of learning new macro techniques followed by trips into the Greenhouses to practice new skills and artistic elements. Designed for intermediate photographers comfortable with basic photography techniques. Digital SLR, macro lens, and tripod required.

Learn to Draw: Basics on Drawing Plants
at the Chicago Botanic Garden



Chicago Botanic Garden—Everything “gardens” right in our own backyard! All events listed by month.

Adult Education


Friendship Gardens—This site lists events by month and most are in the Chicago metro area.

The Garden ConservancyThis organization sponsors garden events across the country with occasional garden walks close to home. Chicago’s North Shore “Open Days” are scheduled periodically and include beautiful gardens you can tour nearby.

The Garfield Park Conservatory–Tour gardens, watch beekeepers in action, learn how to compost and more. Bring yourself, go with your children and take your grandchildren who would enjoy Wild Wednesdays’ hands-on projects year round. Their website details all.

Cantigny Park–Visit the estate of Robert R. McCormick to tour his home, his U.S. Army’s First Infantry Museum, and, of course, the fabulous gardens. Cantigny also hosts concerts, has many garden-related workshops, such as “Garden Photo Tips.”

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The Morton Arboretum–Wear your most comfy walking shoes to hike the extensive grounds…far too many acres to cover in a single visit. Just like many other wonderful places to visit in our Chicago metro area, The Morton Arboretum sponsors classes and workshops. They have an active cadre of scientists working to protect the diversity of trees, especially in urban areas. They also have a Plant Clinic where you can visit, call or email to get your questions answered by experts. The Morton Arboretum is open 365 days a year. They also have a library, a store and a place to grab a bite to eat in their beautiful visitors’ center. 

In addition to links listed, local nurseries/garden centers often sponsor events. Do you know of other sources to add to this list? If so, contact the website coordinator of the Deerpath Garden Club of Lake Forest.