Home & garden calendar

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Jan. 14

Forest Bathing Walk: 1-2:30 p.m. Sundays Jan. 14 or March 17, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Inspired by Shinrin-yoku, Japanese forest bathing refers to the practice of immersing all your senses in the healing forest to reduce stress hormones and increase immune function. Connect with forest life around you through mindful activities on a gentle walk outside, typically covering less than a mile and ending with a forest-based tea. Dress for the weather, as class will be held in light to moderate snow or rain. For information,

Jan. 16

Winter Houseplant Care: Virtually from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, through the Chicago Botanic Garden. Discover tips and tricks to care for your beloved houseplants during the colder, darker and drier parts of the year. This class will be taught online via Zoom. Registrations must be submitted online two days before your class starts. Registered students will receive login instructions one day in advance. $19-$24. For information,

Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners — The Frozen Legacy of Illinois: 6:45 p.m. social time; 7 p.m. business meeting and presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Trish Burns, an independent freelance educator, will present “The Frozen Legacy of Illinois.” The glacial processes in Illinois left behind unique landforms such as moraines and drumlins, influencing local soil patterns. The varied soil types resulting from glaciation have implications for land use, agricultural practices and ecosystem dynamics in Illinois. Burns has 25 years experience in environmental education. She has previously worked as a ranger in the National Parks, at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Notebaert Nature Museum. For information, email or via Messenger on Facebook.

Jan. 17

Winter Tree and Shrub Identification: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Ryders Woods, 751 E. Kimball, Woodstock. No leaves? No problem. Join Kim Elsenbroek, TLC’s land conservation specialist, to learn how trees and shrubs can be identified based on twigs and bark. The class will be entirely outdoors, so wear clothes and boots appropriate for the weather and uneven trail conditions. $5. For information, (815) 337-9502 or

Tri-Village Garden Club: 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, at Streamwood Fire Station #31, 1204 S. Park Ave., Streamwood. For information, visit

Jan. 18

Fairy Garden Terrarium Workshop: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Indulge your imagination while having fun decorating this miniature garden in a glass jar using small plants, small-scale garden features and fairy decorations. The containers, soil, plants and all the decorations needed to create your fairy garden will be provided. $89-$112. For information,

Jan. 20

Palatine Winter Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month through April, at the Palatine Train Station parking lot. The Palatine Winter Farmers Market includes vendors: Garlic Underground, Hasselmann Farms, Honey Lake Bee Company, Joe + Dough, Katich Breads, Laconic Foods, Maggie’s Munchies Dog Treats, River Valley Ranch Mushrooms, Sharpening by Dave, Skokie Provisions, The Soft Wave Fish Co., Sweet Valhalla, Tamales Express, Treat Yourself Bakery and Zachi Chocolates. All shoppers are welcome to drive-through or walk-up, bring your bike or dog. For information on vendors and how to place orders, visit

Kids’ DIY-U Workshop — My First DIY Toolbox: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 990 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights; 400 W. Army Trail, Carol Stream; 300 N. Randall Road, Lake in the Hills; 1440 S. Route 59, Naperville; 1000 Willow Road, Northbrook; 955 S. Randall Road, St. Charles; and 1660 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Time to get to work. This Kids Toolbox Workshop will have your little helper eager to tag along on your next home improvement project. Free. For information,

Super Seed Saturday Lecture: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Jennifer Jewel, a gardener, garden writer and gardening educator and advocate, will present “What We Sow.” From her new book of the same title, Jewel reveals the power of seeds in our world “for food, for medicine, for utility, for the vast interconnected web we include in the concept of biodiversity and planetary health, for beauty, and for culture.” Free; registration required. Regular parking and garden admission fees apply for nonmembers. For information,


Organic Seedlings Sale: Orders taken through Feb. 28. The First Congregational United Church of Christ’s 10th annual Organic Seedlings Sale is underway. Pre-orders for certified organic vegetable, herb and annual flower seedlings will be taken through Feb. 28. Seedlings can be ordered by going to the church website at Seedlings will be available for pick up at the church’s Green Garden Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11, at the church, 235 S. Kenilworth, Elmhurst.

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