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May

May 1
Bus Tour of The Morton Arboretum
– The South Barrington Garden Club. Meet at the Barrington Park District, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington, at 9 a.m. for the ride to the Arboretum. Then ride the Arboretum’s Acorn Express for a one-hour narrated tour. Lunch on site. Info and registration: 847-381-5828.

May 2 and 3
Annual Plant Sale
– Bloomingdale Garden Club. Annuals, hanging baskets, geraniums, perennials, vegetables and herbs. Also: perennials from members’ gardens. Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive, north end of Springfield Park, south of Lake St. Friday: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com.

May 3
Pot a Mom’s Day Planter.
Plant a clay pot up to 6 inches wide with flowers for Mom. Plant it now and keep it in the Platt Hill greenhouse until the holiday. Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale (630-5329-9394) and 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville (847-428-6767). 10 a.m. $5.

May 3
Annuals & Perennials: Highlighting What’s New.
Be the first to get your hands on these and be the envy of your friends. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or
www.knuppernursery.com.

May 3
Tree Planting 101.
Mike Holton demonstrates how to plant a tree including tips on digging, preparing the soil, variety suggestions and a package that will help your tree grow.  Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center, 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Register at 847-428-6727 or www.pumpkinfarms.com.

May 3
Perennial Dividing Made Easy.
Learn to divide your perennials at the proper time so you can extend their
life, make new plants, and tame unruly areas of your yard. Class covers all the basics. Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center, 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Register at 847-428-6727 or www.pumpkinfarms.com.

May 4
Growing Berries.
Learn about growing blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in northern Illinois. Includes soil pH, planting, pruning, pests and harvesting. Plants available for purchase at time of seminar. Gardens of Woodstock, 5211 Swanson Road, Woodstock. 1 to 2 p.m.   Info: 815-337-2509 or www.gardensofwoodstock.com.

May 4
Native Plant and Backyards for Nature Fair
– Schaumburg Community Garden Club. At the Spring Valley Nature Center , 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash or check only. Info: 815-276-9056 or schaumburggardenclub.org/plantsales/native-plant-sale.

May 6
“Extend the Summer Bounty of Herbs In Your Garden,”
the  program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by urban agriculturist Kathy Vitalo. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: www.gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 8 or 15
Planting Party.
Bring your empty pots (or purchase one at the store) and work with designers to create your own container garden. Maximum of two containers. Please bring gloves and pruners. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 5 p.m. $10 per container plus cost of plants. Pre-registration required. Info: 847-359-1080 or www.knuppernursery.com.

May 10
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners.
Basic facts and helpful ideas for new gardeners. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or www.knuppernursery.com.

May 10 and 11
Spring Plant Sale.
Hundreds of locally grown annuals, perennials, herbs, wildflowers and other unusual plants. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 815-965-8146 or www.klehm.org.

May 17
Annual Plant Sale
– Tri-Village Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. Specializing in perennials that attract pollinators, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Great Garden Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave., Bartlett (across from the old train depot). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until sold out. Rain or shine. Info: 630-289-4253 or www.trivillagegardenclub.org.

May 17
Annual Plant Sale – Garden Club of Lake Zurich.
Locally grown perennials, houseplants and herbs from members’ own gardens. Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Club members available to answer questions. Info: www.gardencluboflakezurich.org.

May 17 
Tropical Fragrance, Flowers & Fragrance: Jasmines, Gardenias and More.
Learn how easy it is to care for these plants plus tips and tricks to keeping them happy and healthy. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or www.knuppernursery.com.

May 18
Container Design & Gardening.
Bring in your own containers and get ideas for your special design. Annual plants available for purchase during seminar at a reduced price. Gardens of Woodstock, 5211 Swanson Road, Woodstock. 1 to 2 p.m. $5 fee due at time of  pre-registration (required). Info: 815-337-2509 or www.gardensofwoodstock.com.

May 19
“Spring Gardening.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Jennifer Brennan, horticulturist at Chalet Nursery, discusses what’s new in tools, plants and products. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights. 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: ahgcrequests@gmail.com or sites.google.com/site/arlingtonheightsgardenclub.

May 23 and 24
Countryside Garden Club Annual Plant Sale.
Plants from members’ gardens: perennials, herbs, vegetables, grasses, ground covers, shrubs, trees. 641 Golf Road, Crystal Lake. Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: sdlind@aol.com.

May 24 
Made for the Shade.
Learn how to bring color and texture to hard-to-design shady areas. Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center, 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Register at 847-428-6727
or www.pumpkinfarms.com.

May 31 
Vegetable Gardening: Beyond the Basics.
This intermediate class will discuss small space gardening, crop rotation and the benefits of raised beds. Best for gardeners with some experience or difficult growing situations. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or www.knuppernursery.com.

June

June 3
“Inspirational Gardens and Plants.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Richard Eyre, owner of Rich’s Foxwillow Pines in Woodstock. At Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m.  Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info:
www.gardencluboflakezurich.org.

June 5
Bus Trip to the Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden
in Geneva. Hosted by the South Barrington Garden Club. Visit an estate farmhouse from 1939 remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright. Meet at the Park District, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington, at 9 a.m. Info and registration: 847-381-5828.

June 6 to 8
21st Annual Garden Fair,
the area’s largest outdoor living marketplace. More than 80 exhibitors. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Tickets $8. Info: 815-965-8146 or www.klehm.org.

June 7
Hosta Sale and Bolivian Arts and Crafts Fundraiser
. Seminars and hosta sales at Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery, 1618 McConnell Road, Woodstock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m “Hosta Leaf Identification” at 10 a.m. and “Small & Miniature Hostas” at 11:30 a.m. Both seminars by Tom Micheletti. “Hosta Highlights” by Mark Zilis at 1 p.m. Book signing by Mark Zilis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit Heifer International and Mano a Mano International Partners. Info: 815-338-7442 or coniflora@richsfoxwillowpines.com.

June 7
Bargain Bulb and Plant Sale
– Schaumburg Community Garden Club. Plants grown and donated by club members; many natives. Spring Valley Nature Center , 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash or check only. Info: 847-706-6767 or schaumburggardenclub.org.

June 7
Miniature Gardening for Kids.
A hands-on class to teach children how to plant, water and care for their own garden. Fee includes a 16-inch planter, soil, six figurines and planting assistance. Best for children 5 to 12 years old. Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center, 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $16. No charge for parents, who must accompany child. Plants and additional accessories available for purchase. Please register in person; space limited. Info: 847-428-6727 or www.pumpkinfarms.com.

June 7 or 8
Summer Lawn Care.
A seminar presented by John Heaton, lawn care expert and owner of Knupper Nursery, 1801 Rand Road, Palatine. Saturday at 9 a.m. Sunday at 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or www.knuppernursery.com.

June 14
Home Orchards.
Learn how to start an orchard in your backyard. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 9 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or www.knuppernursery.com.

June 14
Landscaping on a Budget.
Learn to tackle a landscaping project by breaking it down into phases that make it easy for anyone. Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center, 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Register: 847-428-6727 or www.pumpkinfarms.com.

June 21
Celebrating Perennials.
A day devoted to learning about  perennials. Free seminars. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or www.knuppernursery.com.

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