Get a taste of spring with these gardening classes!

Don’t let the crummy day get you down! The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is hosting a variety of gardening programs to get you in the spring swing of things. Learn to garden organically, for birds, for veggies, for butterflies and more! Please see registration information in each program description.

The Forest Preserve class fees support the District’s Education Fund, which funds environmental and nature programming.

Note: The April 14th class is a non-Forest Preserve program hosted by The GardenWorks Project and is free to those who register. See below for full details.

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Gardening Organically
– taught by Rachel of Sweet Home Organics
Location: Fullersburg Woods Nature Center (Oak Brook)
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Experience the rewards of growing your own organic veggies and herbs. Rachel will discuss how to manage an organic vegetable garden, including pest control and soil amendments. Ages 16 and up. $10 per person. See more information here.

Register: Call (630) 850-8110

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Gardening for Birds
Location: Fullersburg Woods Nature Center (Oak Brook)
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to make your yard a bird-friendly habitat. Ages 16 and up. $10 per person. See more information here.

Register: Call (630) 850-8110

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The GardenWorks Project Spring volunteer meeting
Tues, April 14th, 7 pm – 9 pm at Glen Ellyn library

Gather Humongous Harvests presented by Kim of Sweet Home Organics
Explore how you can maximize your veggie plant’s production with harvesting and plant maintenance tips, all using organic growing practices.

There’s Gold in Your Garbage presented by Cindy Crosby, author, Master Gardener, and instructor at the Morton Arboretum
Discover the hidden treasures in your trash that will turn your garden from blah to bravo! It’s fun and easy to compost– once you know how.

Visit this link to register for this free event!

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Conservation@Home Invasive Plants and Native Landscaping Workshop
Location: Danada House Atrium (Wheaton)
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership, The Conservation Foundation and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will present a free educational workshop for adult homeowners covering invasive plant identification and how to create sustainable native landscapes. More details here.

Register with cathy.mcglynn@niipp.net or jkleinwachter@theconservationfoundation.org or at (630) 428-4500 x. 115.

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Gardening With Veggies
– taught by Kim of Sweet Home Organics
Location: Fullersburg Woods Nature Center (Oak Brook)
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Laying out your growing spaces can be a fun puzzle to work out. We can help you optimize your garden to maximize space and yields and minimize crowding. Kim will discuss the various considerations in designing your vegetable garden. Ages 16 and up. $10 per person. See more information here.

Register: Call (630) 850-8110

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Landscaping With Native Plants
Location: Mayslake (Oak Brook)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to add native plants to your landscape designs. Topics include sunlight and water requirements, seasonal changes, visual arrangements, and general tips for success. Adults only. $10 per person. See more information here.

Register: Call (630) 206-9566.

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Gardening for Butterflies
Location: Fullersburg Woods Nature Center (Oak Brook)
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Explore plant selection and conservation, and learn how to attract butterflies to your garden. Ages 16 and up. $10 per person. See more information here.

Register: Call (630) 850-8110.

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