Home and garden calendar

Nov. 27

Arlington Heights Garden Club - New Invasives: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at St. Simon's Episcopal Church, 717 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights. "The New Invasives: Jumping Worms, Stink Bugs, Viburnum Leaf Beetles and More," will be presented by Nanette Kalscheur. Kalscheur, a plant and pesticide specialist, holds a master's degree in natural resources and environmental science from University of Illinois and is a retiree of the Department of Agriculture. She will discuss these invasives, their ecological impact and how to prevent their spread. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. For information,

Nov. 28

Winter Containers at the Garden: 10 a.m. to noon; 1-3 p.m.; or 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Explore winter containers at the garden and learn ways to extend your own into the winter season. Then prepare a container with fresh-cut evergreen boughs and berried or brightly colored branches. $79-$99. For information,

Nov. 29

Garden Reboot Design Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on two Wednesdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, in the Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center, at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Does your garden need a reboot? Fall is the best time to evaluate your garden and plan for next year. With this year's successes and challenges still fresh in your mind, get one-on-one coaching from a landscape designer in this class. The instructor will help you determine what to keep, move, remove, or add to make your garden cohesive, balanced and beautiful next year and beyond. Gather photos and a plat of survey so you can develop a conceptual plan for your space and learn to communicate your ideas on paper. $68-$80. For information,

Community Hour - Upcycling, Door Decorations for the Holiday Season: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Lewis University, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville, in the Science Center, Classroom AS 119S. Create a holiday door decoration using materials you already have. Event locator: 2023-AARVQH. For information,

Super Succulents: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview. Bring green indoors. Pot and take home a cute plant to care for in the chilly fall and winter months. Program is for children in grades 4-8. Register at or (847) 729-7500.

Nov. 30

Cup of Cheer House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson, Naperville. Hosted by the Naperville Garden Club, join and tour Naperville homes decorated for the holidays. The Holiday Market includes holiday home decor and is open to the public without an event ticket. Proceeds fund scholarships and club projects. Tickets $45-$60. For information,

Indoor Edible Gardens: Presented virtually at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, through Elderwerks, Palatine. Gardening is not limited to outside in the summer. Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension will show you how to grow your own fresh herbs, salad greens and more anytime of the year. Register at (847) 462-0885 or

Staghorn Fern Workshop: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Staghorn fern mounts are easy to care for and make beautiful and creative additions to your home, especially for the holidays. Mount your own staghorn fern, mimicking reindeer antlers, onto a rustic wooden board with moss and soil. Leave class with a completed mount and knowledge of basic care to keep them happy for years to come. $72-$90. For information,

Focal Point Plants: Presented virtually at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, through Chicago Botanic Garden. Many well-designed landscapes rely on focal points to draw the eye to a certain location in the garden. Focal points can be either nonliving structures and elements or an interesting and effective plant. Discover some of the most striking plants that can become powerful focal points when thoughtfully selected and placed in the landscape. This class will be taught online via Zoom. $52-$65. For information,

Dec. 1

Geneva Holiday House Tour: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Five distinctive homes decorated for the holidays by local decorators open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours. Advance tickets $38. For information,

Mount Prospect Historical Society House Walk: 3:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 S. School St., Mount Prospect. The Mount Prospect Historical Society's 35th annual Holiday House Walk will highlight the Triangle neighborhood, immediately east of the Mount Prospect village hall. The interiors of six private homes, built between 1873 and 2013, will be featured. Admission is $30 through Nov. 30; $35 at the door. For information,

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