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What to do in the garden now

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Garden events are listed by location and month, with exception to the featured centers below.
Featured Centers: The following centers have multiple events. To make it easier to locate their events they are listed separately.

Visit our 2014 Fall Festivals section for more events.

The Growing Place

Cantigny Park

The Growing Place
The Growing Place, 25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville (630-355-4000) and 2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora (630-820-8088), thegrowingplace.com.

SEPTEMBER

September 6
“Landscapng 101: Winter Thrillers.”
Discover which plants, especially trees and shrubs, offer the biggest benefits to brighten our winter days. Aurora. 10 a.m.

September 13 and 14
“From Garden to Table: Plant an Herb Basket, Recipes and Tips.”
Focus this weekend on fall salads, beets and herbs for soups and stews. Plant a basket of herbs for fall and winter harvest. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Cost of materials.

September 20 and 21
Fall Fest in Aurora
. Family fun with hayrides, children’s crafts, games, pony rides and more. Traditional folk music from the Dona Benkert trio. Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and donuts. Master Gardeners on hand all day to answer questions. Also, Make a Fall Wreath, Container or Door Swag. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wreath or container: $49. Swag: $39. Call 630-355-4000 to register.

September 27 and 28
Fall Planting Celebration Weekend.
Classes throughout the day. Bulb Planting at 12 p.m. Fall into Winter Containers at 1 p.m. Plant Trees and Shrubs Right at 2 p.m. Landscaping Tips for Fall at 3 p.m. Classes at both locations. Master Gardeners available at Aurora from noon to 4 p.m. both days.

OCTOBER

October 4
Make & Take: Fall Miniature Gardens.
Create festive miniature containers with the help of a designer. Choose from a variety of miniature plants and tiny garden accents. Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m. Cost of materials.

October 11 and 12
“From Garden to Table: Cooking with Garlic, Recipes and Growing Tips.”
Learn how to plant garlic now for next summer’s harvest. Saturday in Aurora. Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

October 18
Pumpkin Decorating Party.
Kids and adults can personalize a pumpkin. Decorate a pumpkin, make a pumpkin totem or build a pumpkin centerpiece with succulents. Both locations all day. Cost of materials.

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Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Open 7 days a week. Info: 630-668-5161 or www.cantigny.org. Parking $5. Events free unless otherwise noted. For events requiring registration call 630-260-8162 or visit the website.

SEPTEMBER

September 2
Garden Tour: Prairie.
Todd Henderson and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture will guide an up-close look at Cantigny’s 2-acre prairie featuring native grasses and forbs, such as asters, Echinacea and rudbeckia. The prairie is a haven for wildlife, including birds and butterflies. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

September 3 & 17
Garden Tips & Tastes.
Bring a sack lunch and join Liz Omura in the Idea Garden at noon for some practical advice, a new recipe and plenty of plant chatter. Advance registration appreciated but not required.

September 11 & 18
Monarch Butterfly Tagging.
Assist the Monarch Watch organization in tracking these fascinating and beautiful insects on their migration journeys! All ages welcome. Meet at the Idea Garden at 1 p.m.

September 13
Bird Walk.
Join the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available for borrowing. The walk and parking are free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

September 21
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid beautiful surroundings! Group size is limited to 10—please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

OCTOBER

October 7
Hayride Tour.
Take in the fall colors from a tractor-pulled haywagon. Rides will start and end at the Visitor Center beginning at 10 a.m. Groups of 10 or more are asked to register in advance.

October 8
Blossom Bits: A Floral Design Workshop.
Join Beth Libby, Cantigny Floral Designer, for a demonstration and tips on hanging tillandsia gardens. You’re welcome to bring a sack lunch and questions. Advance registration requested. Meet at the Education Center at noon.

October 11
Bird Walk.
Join the DuPage Birding Club on a casual search for migrating species and regular Cantigny Park residents. All skill levels welcome and a limited number of binoculars are available for borrowing. The walk and parking are free. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7:30 a.m.

October 19
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll amid beautiful surroundings! Group size is limited to 10—please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 2 p.m.

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