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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 Garden Walks 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) www.thegrowingplace.com. All classes held at the Aurora location.

JULY

July 5
Landscaping 101: Adding Structure for Interest.
An experienced designer will walk you through choosing and placing accent pieces such as trellises, arbors, obelisks, statuary, sculpture and more. Aurora. 10 a.m.

July 12 and 13
From Garden to Table: Favorite recipes and Tips.
Focus this weekend on herbal teas, refreshing beverages and fun snacks. Growing tips and favorite recipes from the veteran staff. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Sessions on the hour from noon to 3 p.m.

July 19
“Downton Abbey” Flower Faire.
With the help of the Naperville Garden Club, step back in time to “Downton Abbey” and the 1920s. Recipes from Mrs. Patmore’s Kitchen; tour the Kitchen and Cutting Garden. Take a flower arranging workshop, enter a garden bouquet in a judged competition, learn the language of the flowers and plant a thoughtful message garden or terrarium. Croquet and country faire games will offer entertainment for the gentlemen attending. Garden party attire welcomed. Aurora. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule on the website.

July 26
Make and Take: Plant Succulents in Anything.
Choose from a variety of traditional and unusual containers or bring your own (BYOC). Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m.  Cost of materials.

AUGUST

August 2
Make and Take: Miniature Gardens.
Choose from a selection of containers, tiny plants and diminutive garden accents. Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m. Cost of materials.

August 9 and 10
From Garden to Table: Favorite Recipes and Tips.
Focus on the first tomatoes, cool crops for fall such as kale and broccoli, plus companion herbs. Saturday in Aurora; Sunday in Naperville. Short sessions on the hour from noon to 3 p.m.

August 16
Make and Take: Terrariums.
Accent your creation with a selection of miniature garden pieces, stones, bark, seeds and more. Both locations. Noon to 3 p.m. Cost of materials.  

August 30
Make and Take. Paint a Garden Peace Pole.
Create your own long-lasting and unique piece of garden art. Paint a 4-foot PVC garden pole with outdoor paints to place anywhere in your garden beds. Aurora. Noon to 3 p.m. $65.

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Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. To register, call 630-260-8162 or email register@cantigny.org. www.cantigny.org.

JULY

July 1
Idea Garden Tour.
Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture leads an up-close look at the Idea Garden, Cantigny’s “garden for gardeners.” Depart from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

July 2 and 16
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.

July 12
Purple Martins 101.
Learn about one of America’s favorite birds from Cantigny volunteer Ray Feld. Includes an up-close look inside one of the martin “hotels.” Bring your camera. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 7:30 a.m. (27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton). Free, including parking.

July 17
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your knowledge and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll the gardens. Group size limited; please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m.

July 21
Golf Course Cart Tour.
See the spectacular floral plantings on Cantigny’s 27-hole golf course and learn about their creation. Travel in golf carts to see flowerbeds, restored natural areas, majestic trees and more. Todd Henderson and Craig Kruckenberg from Cantigny Horticulture will guide. Group size 50. Advance registration required. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 6:15 p.m. (27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton). $5 fee includes parking.

July 24
Garden Tour with McCormick Museum Reception.
Craig Kruckenberg and Jackie Kosbab from Cantigny Horticulture will focus on some less-visited garden areas such as the Exedra and special plantings around Colonel McCormick’s mansion. Conclude with a wine sampling on the mansion’s porch. Advance registration required. Meet at Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. $25 fee includes parking.

AUGUST

August 5
Rose Garden Tour.
Craig Myroup from Cantigny Horticulture will show one of the estate’s most popular attractions. The 12,000-square-foot garden is home to more than 1,000 rose bushes and 55 varieties. Tour departs from the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

August 6 and 20
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.

August 13
Wine through the Gardens.
Take a leisurely stroll through the garden.  Cantigny horticulturalists will make short presentations at each spot and answer questions. A different wine will be served at each stop with light appetizers at the end of the tour. Advance registration required. Depart from the Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. $25 fee includes parking.

August 14
Garden Photo Tips.
Receive advice, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs as you stroll through the gardens. Group size is limited; please register in advance. Meet at the Visitors Center at 5:30 p.m.

August 14
Evening Bike Tour.
Bob Carr and Chris Roberts from Cantigny Horticulture will escort you on a leisurely ride with stops at different areas of the gardens. Advance registration required as event is limited to 15 people. Children 11 and up welcome. Depart from Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. 

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