The Growing Place

Throughout the season, classes and Learning Garden strolls offer valuable advice.



Please watch the video about our classes and events.


For more information or to register, please call 630-355-4000 between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.


September Classes
October Classes

September 27th & 28th: (top)

Fall Planting Celebration Weekend
Saturday in Naperville, Sunday in Aurora

We've created a fall celebration especially for adults! Enjoy refreshments, our special guest, Mike Nowak, informative talks, landscape advice, and a silent auction. We can make fall planting FUN!

Silent Auction Rules: Bid as many times as you want on a variety of plants and garden accents at both locations, both days. Bids are secret and will be reviewed at 3:30 and winners will be contacted at 4pm on Sunday (9/28).

$30 Landscape Advice Appointments available both days. (Regularly $50) Please call 630.820.8088 in advance to reserve a time slot.

Just Added! We're excited to welcome Mike Nowak, author, host of 'The Mike Nowak Show' on WCPT 820AM and and award-winning Chicagoland Gardening Magazine columnist. His first book, "Attack of the Killer Asparagus", takes a humorous look at the trials and seductions of gardening…and the paranoid fantasies of gardeners. Talk and book signing Saturday, Sept. 27 at The Growing Place, Naperville.
11amNaperville Only: Special Presentation Saturday
Humor in the Garden: "I'm Not Really a Garden Expert, I Just Play One on the Radio" Mike Nowak will recap the successes and failures (mostly his own) of this growing season while preparing you for the next one by planting seeds of laughter. Book signing at 11:30am. Copies will be available for purchase.

Talks Both Days: Saturday in Naperville,
Sunday in Aurora
12pmBulb Planting
How do you choose and plant bulbs? One of our expert horticulturalists will teach you about these easy flowers. Bring your questions!
1pmFall Into Winter Containers
Learn how to take your fall containers and transform them for the winter holidays from one of our expert designers.
2pmPlant Trees and Shrubs Right
Find out the best ways to plant bare root, containter or ball and burlapped woody plants.
3pmLandscaping Tips for Fall
What plants offer beautiful fall color? What and when should I prune? Find out the answers to these questions and more.
12-4pmMaster Gardeners Help Desk
Available both days.
1-4pmBoth locations: Live Music

Saturday in Naperville, Jazz – Sunday in Aurora, One-man blues band Rockin' Johnny.

October 4th: (top)

Make & Take: Fall Miniature Gardens
Both locations, anytime between 12-3pm

With the help of one of our designers, create festive miniature container with fall flair. Choose from a variety of miniature plants and tiny garden accents. Cost of materials.

October 11th & 12th: (top)

From Garden to Table: Cooking with Garlic, Recipes & Growing Tips
Saturday in Aurora, Sunday in Naperville
short sessions at 12, 1, 2, and 3pm

Discover the pleasure of cooking with food you've grown yourself. We will share some of our favorite recipes and growing tips from our veteran staff. This weekend we will focus on garlic! Learn how to plant garlic now for next summer's harvest.

October 18th: (top)

It's a Pumpkin Decorating Party!
Both Locations, All Day

Kids and adults can personalize a pumpkin! Our creative staff will help you use all sorts of pumpkins to create beautiful and fun decorations for fall. Kids can decorate a pumpkin or make a pumpkin totem. And for those who would like a more sophisticated look, choose from elegant pumpkin painting or build a pumpkin centerpiece with succulents. Cost of materials.


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