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



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Winter Learn, Lunch & Create Events at The Growing Place in Aurora
We're kicking off 2015 with classes and activities that will make the winter months fly by (hopefully). Each Saturday this winter, come on out for a class in the morning and a fun activity in the afternoon. Just want to do the class or activity only? That's okay too-you can sign up for any combination. All classes include a coupon.

Registration required for all winter Learn, Lunch & Create classes. Please call 630.355.4000 to register. If ordering lunch, please tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.


March 2015 Classes
April 2015 Classes

March 7th: (top)

Landscaping 101: Natives (11:00am)
Landscaping 101: Right Plant, Right Place (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class $5 per session; Boxed Lunch: $10

Join us for a discussion about incorporating native plants into into your garden. We'll talk about which natives politely intermingle and offer flowers, lower maintenance and attract pollinators. Then after lunch, we'll talk about the design aspect and putting the right plant in the right place for success!

March 14th: (top)

New & Noteworthy Plants for 2015
Greenhouse Tour (11:00am)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class & Tour $5; Boxed Lunch: $10

We'll take a look at some unique, unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary plants available this spring at The Growing Place. We'll also talk about new introductions and trends for 2015. After lunch, take a guided tour of our production greenhouses for some added inspiration!

March 28th: (top)

Opening Weekend!!
Both Locations:

Specials and landscape design coaching sessions for a special price of $40, (regularly $60). These coaching sessions are perfect for a smaller area that needs special attention. Pre-registration is required for coaching sessions, e-mail to schedule.

Classes Exclusively in Aurora on March 28
All talks are free to attend!
10:00amEdible Gardening--Learn tips to help you plan, plant and prepare for maximum harvest of edibles from your garden!
11:00amSPECIAL GUEST: Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI presents Out of the Ordinary Landscapes. Using his experience with the Rotary Garden's amazing plant selections and ideas Mark will share landscape design advice that can take your gardens from boring to beautiful.
1:00pmPlanting for All Season Color -- 250 days of Flowers: Imagine you garden full of blooms spring, summer and fall. We'll show you how!
2:00pmNews From the Garden World: We'll discuss some of the current issues affecting our gardens and provide advice to hlep you have a successful garden. We'll also talk about new trends and plants for 2015.
11:00am -
On-Site Tool Sharpening: Bring your tools for a pre-season sharpening!

April 4: (top)

Gardening 101: Pruning
11:00am in Aurora, Cost: Free

Pruning is an art and a science. Bring your pruners as our experts walk you through pruning techniques and advice. Be prepared to go outside, weather allowing. Please call 630.355.4000 to register.

PLUS! On-site tool sharpening from 11am-4pm!

April 9th: (top)

Make & Take: Mosaic Stepping Stone, Flower Pot or Birdhouse
11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Aurora, Cost: $65

Mosaic artist, Lisa Tolbert, returns! Follow her expert advice to make a charming 12" mosaic stepping stone, 8" terracotta flower pot or 8" birdhouse. Students will be introduced to all aspects of mosaic art including cutting china and glass, types of adhesives and how to use them, china chard layout, and grouting. Students are encouraged to bring jewelry, china, glass or other material from home to personalize the piece. All materials and use of tools are included. Registration is required. Call 630-355-4000.

April 11th: (top)

Gardening 101: Learning the Lingo
11:00 am, Aurora, Cost: Free

What exactly does full sun or part shade mean? Why do we pinch and deadhead plants? Why do you spread roots when planting? What's best way to water? Get into the swing of things with this refresher course geared towards garden novices. Please call 630.355.4000 to register.

April 18th: (top)

Gardening 101: Staging Containers
11:00 am, Aurora, Cost: Free

Set the stage at your front door with striking containers. We'll show you plants that offer long-lasting color and texture to take your containers from spring into summer. Get advice on plants for your home from one of our container designers. Please call 630.355.4000 to register.

Class is free. If you would like to make a container after the class, it is cost of materials.

April 25th: (top)

Conversations in Our Gardens
11:00 am, Aurora, Cost: $5

Enjoy a special time in our gardens. Julie Fischer, The Cottage Gardener and dear friend, held conversations in her garden. They are the inspiration for this "Conversations in Our Gardens" series. Enjoy tea, treats and sharing with gardeners of all experience levels. Julie is excited to be our first host on April 25 in Aurora. Space is limited, please call 630.355.4000 to register.


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