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March

March 1
“Seed Starting and Propagation”
Learn about seed selection, supplies, artificial lights and caring for seedlings. Presented by John Moors. Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fee included in $6 admisstion. Info and registration: 815-965-8146 or www.klehm.org.

March 1
“Gardening for Food and Fun”
A program offered by University of Illinois Extension. Held at Northern Illinois University, 8500 State St., Rockford. 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. $40. Includes keynote address, three educational sessions and lunch. Info and registration: web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

March 4
“Surprise in a Bag”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Receive a bag containing everything needed to make a floral design and work as a team to make your creation. Led  by Karen Johansen, District IX director of the Garden Clubs of Illinois. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: www.garden
cluboflakezurich.org.

March 8
“The Photographer’s Journey through Nature”
A hands-on photography workshop led by Kimberly A. Blanchette. If possible, bring in a nature-oriented picture to discuss. You will go into the field to photograph what intrigues/attracts you in the tropical conservatory and/or outdoor gardens, and then discuss what you photographed and why. Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 North 2nd St., Rockford. 1 to 3 p.m. $25 residents of Winnebago County; $30 non-residents. Pre-registration required. Info and registration: www.nicholasconservatory.com.

March 16
Organic Vegetable Gardening
Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale and 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville. 11 a.m. Info: 630-5329-9394 or 847-428-6767.

March 17
“Miniature Gardening,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Deb Sanders will show how to create a miniature landscape that gives the illusion that fairies and wee creatures live there. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: sites.google.com/site/arlingtonheightsgardenclub.

March 20
“Planting Natives for Pollinators”
The program for the monthly meeting of Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Molly Fifield Murrary from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, will discuss the importance of native plants for pollinators and sustaining ecosystems. Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m.  Free. Open to the public. Info: 815-627-0344.

March 20
“Beauty and the Beasts”
The program for the monthly meeting of The Garden Club of Inverness. Learn about South Africa’s plants, wildlife and the fabulous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Presented by South African native Joyce Basel. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Refreshments. Guests
welcome. Info: 847-359-4253.

March 22
Terrarium Building
Start a terrarium in a quart-sized mason jar. Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale and 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville. 10 a.m. $7 per terrarium. Info: 630-5329-9394 or 847-428-6767.

March 22 to May 11
Live Butterfly Exhibit
See the whole butterfly life cycle in action and get up close and personal with live butterflies. Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 North 2nd St., Rockford. Info on rates and hours: www.nicholas
conservatory.com.

March 29
How to Grow Great Lilies in Rockford
Presented by Woody Imberman, president of the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fee included with $6 arboretum admission. Info: 815-965-8146 or www.klehm.org.

March 29
Landscape Design
Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale and 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville. 10 a.m. Info: 630-5329-9394 or 847-428-6767.


April

April 1
“Ornamental Vegetable Gardening”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Nick Michaud, an ornamental horticulturist and head gardener of a 50-acre Long Grove estate. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at Door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: www.gardencluboflakezurich.org.

April 5
Make Your Own Spring Planter
Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale and 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville. 10 a.m. Fee dependent on container and plants used. Free to observe. Info: 630-5329-9394 or 847-428-6767.

April 5, 12, 19 or 26
Breakfast with the Butterflies
See hundreds of native butterflies up close in the tropical exhibition area. Enjoy family-friendly breakfast and butterfly-themed crafts. Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 North 2nd St., Rockford. $8 residents of Winnebago County; $10 non-residents. Pre-registration required. Info: www.nicholasconservatory.com.

April 12
Platt Hill Nursery’s Favorite Perennials
Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale and 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville. 10 a.m. Info: 630-5329-9394 or 847-428-6767.

April 14
“The Gardener and the Honeybee”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Presented by Larry Krengel, owner of Hawk Hill Bee Farm in Marengo and former editor of Illinois State Beekeeping Association Bulletin. He will discuss safety and attractive plants for bees. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. 7 p.m. Guests welcome. Info: sites.google.com/site/arlingtonheightsgardenclub.

April 16
Botanica 2014: A Gardeners’ Luncheon
Featured speaker Roy Diblik will discuss “Creating Perennial Plant Communities: The Know Maintenance Approach.” At Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Design workshop at 10 a.m. Social hour and silent auction at 11 a.m. Luncheon at noon. Speaker at 12:40 p.m. Cost depends on number of events chosen. Reservations required. Info and registration: 815-965-8146
or SLambert@klehm.org.

April 17
“Benefits of Native Landscaping to Landowners and Businesses”
The program for the monthly meeting of The Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. Corrine Daniels from Applied Ecological Services, Broadhead, Wisc., will discuss how their company stimulated interest in native landscaping with private landowners,
subdivision developers and businesses. Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Info: 815-627-0344.

April 17
“Exploring the Rainforest”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by James Rowan, photographer and former animal keeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 South Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Guests welcome. Info: 847-359-4253.

April 19
Let’s Get Fruity
How to grow and care for small fruits and trees.  Platt Hill Nursery, Platt Hill Nursery, 222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale and 2400 Randall Road, Carpentersville. 10 a.m. Info: 630-5329-9394 or 847-428-6767.

April 26
“Tremendous Tomato Tips”
Plant expert Dr. Wally Schmidtke, will tell you everything you need to know to grow tomatoes; other tips too. Berthold’s Floral, Gift & Garden, 434 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village. 1 to 2 p.m. Please register. Limited seating. 847-439-2650 or bertholds01@aol.com.

April 26
“Basics of Pruning”
Learn the “when” and “how-to” of pruning trees and shrubs. Led by Mike Holton, Illinois Certified Nursery and Perennial Professional. Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center, 40 W. Higgings Road, South Barrington. 10 a.m. Free. Register at 847-428-6727 x111.

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