Home & garden calendar March 3-9

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March 3

Annie Guilfoyle — Garden Design Elements: Virtually from 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3, through the Chicago Botanic Garden. UK garden designer Annie Guilfoyle will talk about the elements of a truly great garden, starting with such basic principles as simplicity, unity and balance, by looking at examples of her own work as well as others. Learn about what influences her and how we can continue to make gardens beautiful and sustainable for future generations. This class will be taught online via Zoom. $32-$40. For information and to register,

Spring Cleanup — A Bug-eyed View: Virtually from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, through the Chicago Botanic Garden. What outdoor temperature is needed before you start your spring garden cleanup? When do you start to mow in spring? The extent of spring cleanup depends on your personal gardening goals. Learn to balance the desire for neat and tidy with creating an attractive wildlife haven so you can protect overwintering bees and other insects that are beneficial for your garden. This class will be taught online via Zoom. $52-$65. For information and to register,

Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Garfield Farm Museum, 2N930 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Learn how to grow your own antique apple trees at Garfield Farm Museum’s 35th Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar. Participants will take home three grafts of heirloom varieties to plant in the spring. Apple tree expert Dan Bussey leads the seminar and will bring several different antique varieties of scions to graft to root stock. There is a $40 donation for the class and reservations are required. Participants are asked to bring a sharp knife for cutting. Reservations are required; call the museum at (630) 584-8485, or email Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, off Route 38, on Garfield Road. For information, (630) 584-8485

March 4

Naperville Community Gardeners — ‘Cook, Eat, Grow’: 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville. Veronica Porter, owner of Ask Aunt V, is a third-generation organic farmer, chef, culinary instructor and food educator for home and garden. Her presentation, “Cook, Eat, Grow,” will focus on how and where your food is grown matters; and that using real food will maximize the taste profile and nutritional value of the ingredients you use. There is a business meeting at 6 p.m., social time at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Programs are free for first time visitors. For information,

North Aurora Garden Club: 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak St., North Aurora. The North Aurora Garden Club meets the first Monday of the month, except when holiday closings or events create a conflict. The club is always looking for new members; feel free to attend as a guest. For information, contact Gail at (630) 618-6467.

Transforming Northbrook’s Somme Preserves: 7-8 p.m. Monday March 4, at Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, in the Pollack Room. The Northbrook Public Library in partnership with the Northbrook Garden Club is hosting forest preserve steward, Christos Economou, to explain the progress of restoring Somme Prairie Nature Preserve back to a thriving habitat teeming with endangered animals and plants. Over time Somme Prairie had become threatened by nonnative invasive species almost succeeding in choking out native plants. Learn how volunteers restored this important habitat. To register visit or call (847) 272-6224.

March 5

Garden Club of Lake Zurich — Floral Design: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday March 5, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. Kick off Spring with a floral design program showcasing the beauty of flowers including how to create a variety of designs. The program will be hosted by Krina Koenen a professional floral designer, who will demonstrate her artistic experience and the ease of creating lovely and unique floral arrangements. Guests welcome; refreshments served. For information, visit

Westmont Gardening Club: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Unless noted otherwise, meetings will be held in the first floor Community Meeting Room. For information,

Bloom Mastery — Flower Arranging for Beginners: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at KOVAL Tasting Room, 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago. Embark on a journey into the basics of floral arranging guided by expert florists. Learn the essential techniques, from selecting the freshest blooms to arranging them into captivating bouquets. Gain insights into color theory, balance and texture, unlocking the secrets to creating arrangements that bring joy to any space. Cocktails are available in the Tasting Room before and during the event. $21-$55. For information,

March 6

PowerHouse SMART Annual Luxury Conference: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at The Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago. Homebuilders, architects, designers, landscape architects and real estate professionals will gather together to network and share trends, insights and industry information in a collaborative setting. $225. For information, (847) 767-7077 or

Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens and Water Issues: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Water is one of our most important resources. Join a representative from The Conservation Foundation as they explain why we need to think of water as a resource to be conserved rather than a waste product to be removed. You will learn what you can do to keep water local and clean, as well as how to solve issues on your own property. For information and to register, (630) 969-5625 or

March 7

South Barrington Garden Club: 9 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month, South Barrington Tennis Club, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington. Meetings generally consist of speakers, hands-on projects and bus trips to points of interest in the area followed by a lunch at a local restaurant. On March 7, James Ronan will present a slide presentation on, “Exploring the Rainforest.” For information,

Prospect Heights Garden Club: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Gary Marava Recreation Center, 110 W. Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights Bring a brown bag lunch and there will be a raffle drawing and guest speaker. For information, call Ann Johnson at (847) 253-1223.

Learn how to grow and care for dahlias with Dan Kaplan of the Central States Dahlia Society, at the March 7 meeting of the Hoffman Estates Garden Club. Daily Herald File Photo

Hoffman Estates Garden Club — Dahlias: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. “Dahlias — Propagation, Growing and Storage” will be presented by Dan Kaplan of the Central States Dahlia Society. Dahlias are breathtaking flowers that come in various shapes, sizes, and colors to fit any garden (even containers). Join to learn more about these easy to care for flowers. Presentation begins after a short business meeting. Nonmembers are welcome. Visit

The Global Effort to Conserve Endangered Trees: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Find out how a scientist and National Geographic Explorer Silvia Alvarez-Clare, Ph.D., is leading global efforts to conserve endangered trees. Alvarez-Clare is director of Global Tree Conservation at The Morton Arboretum and lead for the new Center for Species Survival for Trees. Ages 16 and older. $17 members; $24 guests. Presented in person and virtually. For information and to register,

March 9

Schaumburg Home Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, at Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N, Schaumburg. Find out how to save on energy costs with new windows, insulation, solar power systems and whole house battery systems. Don’t forget to keep it comfortable year-round with the latest in efficient heating, air conditioning, split zone systems and tankless water heaters. Speak with experts in home decor, painting and the latest in window fashions. Custom furniture and wood creations, adjustable beds and quality mattresses, bedding and pillows and many other unique and stunning products and services for your home. For information, (630) 953-2500 or

Dino Delight Mini Terrariums for Kids: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at The Growing Place, 2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora. Calling all budding paleontologists. Make your own mini terrarium complete with cool rocks, funky succulents and mini dinosaurs. Instructors will guide you and your child from start to finish. You will work with your child to bring their prehistoric terrarium to life. Come anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $10 includes all materials. Appropriate for ages 6-12. For information, (630) 820-8088 or


The Orchid Show of Wonders: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through March 24, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Step right up to The Orchid Show of Wonders, where your favorite carnival and circus attractions come to life in new ways. Admission is $10 for adult members, $21 nonmembers; $7 for children ages 3-12 who are members, $14 nonmembers; free for ages 2 and younger. For information and tickets,

Plant Sales

DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Trees, Shrubs and Plant Sale: Order deadline is April 12 for trees and shrubs and May 17 for plants. Ordering is open for native trees, shrubs and plants. The digital catalog is available on the organization’s website, it can be printed if you choose. Download the order form, complete your selections and follow the instructions to submit the order and payment. The Northern Illinois Worm Farm will be on hand at pick up days with fresh, local worm casting and worm castings tea for sale. For information,

Sag Moraine Native Plant Community Native Plant Sale: Orders taken through May 1. Place your order now for native plant packages with a variety of design options. Plants are in one-pint containers and provided by Midwest Groundcovers as part of the Natural Garden Natives line, a selection of pesticide-free, local ecotype native plants. Orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Parking Lot D3, Palos Hills. Thousands of individual native plants will also be for sale on June 1 from Stellar Natives, along with advice on landscaping with native plants. For information,


Geneva Garden Club Scholarship: The Geneva Garden Club is offering scholarships to qualified students, who intend to pursue an education in horticulture, landscaping, environmental sustainability or a closely related field. An allotment of up to $10,000 will be divided among the chosen scholarship winners. The number of scholarships awarded will depend upon the number and quality of the applications received. A qualified applicant must be a resident of Geneva (60134) who is a graduating high school senior or current college student, intending to pursue education in one of the above mentioned fields. Those pursuing a Master Gardener Certificate can also apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of course work. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 8. For information,

Garden Club of Inverness Scholarship: The Garden Club of Inverness is pleased to offer one or more scholarships of at least $1,000 each to a graduating senior(s) or current college student(s), who is majoring in an environmentally-related field such as horticulture, landscape design, agriculture, botany, forestry, conservation, natural resource management or environmental science. Students or their parents must reside in High School District 211 or the area served by Barrington High School. The deadline for application is March 8. For information and the application, visit

Arlington Heights Garden Club Scholarship: The Arlington Heights Garden Club is accepting applications from graduating high school seniors or college students from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, who are or plan to pursue studies in horticulture, environmental science, sustainability, conservation, arboriculture, and similar studies. The garden club has three $2,000 awards available. Details about the application process are available on the club website, (under the Community section). Deadline for the application is March 15.

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