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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.


August Classes
September Classes

August 23rd: (top)

Growing Rewards Member Celebration: Beer and BBQ
Aurora, 12 - 5pm

Kick back, relax and enjoy at our annual 'thank you' celebration! Emmett's Brewing Company will be joining us offering beer tastings from 12-3pm. We'll have tasty BBQ and Rockin' Johnny will be playing the blues. Special sales and raffles for Growing Rewards members. Fun summer games for kids and adults.

August 30th: (top)

Make and Take: Paint a Garden Peace Pole
Aurora, 12 - 3pm, $65

You've most likely seen the colorful peace poles that we sell. Now you can create your own long-lasting and unique piece of garden art! We'll paint a 4-foot PVC garden pole with outdoor paints to place anywhere in your garden beds. Please call 630.355.4000 to register.

September 6th: (top)

Landscaping 101: Winter Thrillers
Aurora, 10am

Fall is a great time to plan for winter interest. Discover which plants, especially trees and shrubs, offer the biggest benefit to brighten our winter days.

September 13th & 14th: (top)

From Garden to Table: Plant an Herb Basket, Recipes & Tips
Saturday in Aurora, Sunday in Naperville

Short sessions at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Discover the pleasure of cooking with food you have grown yourself. We will share some of our favorite recipes and growing tips from our veteran staff. This weekend will focus on fall salads, beets and herbs for stews and soups. Plant a basket of herbs perfect for fall and winter harvest (cost of materials.)

September 20th & 21st: (top)

Fall Fest
Aurora, All Day

Bring the family for two days of fun! Activities include: hayrides, children's crafts, games, pony rides, and more. Enjoy traditional Folk Music from the Dona Benkert Trio. Celebrate the simple pleasures of the harvest at The Growing Place in Aurora with pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn stalks, and tasty donuts and smoothies from Dick's Mini Donuts.

Have gardening questions? Plus both days: Master Gardeners Help Desk..

11am-1pmMake & Take: Fall Wreath, Container, or Door Swag
Wreath or container $49, Swag $39. Make a custom wreath, container, or swag for the fall season with help from our expert designers. Please call 630.355.4000 to register.

September 27th & 28th: (top)

Fall Planting Celebration Weekend
Both Locations, Classes throughout the day

Everyone knows fall is a great time to plant. We’re celebrating the season and helping you fill your garden with a silent auction. You can bid as many times as you want on a variety of plants. Bidding closes at 3:30pm on Sunday (9/28) and winners will be announced at 4pm on Sunday (9/28).

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.
Both Days
Exclusively at our Aurora Location
Master Gardeners Help Desk.


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