Green Professionals Go Back to School

Green industry and conservation professionals can get hands-on learning this summer with 25 professional development courses and symposia offered through the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Garden is one of the premier sources in the United States for the continuing development of conservation, design or horticultural skills for professionals.

The school is dedicated to serving the continuing education needs of the adult learner. Leading experts in the field are invited to teach and lecture using the Garden’s living collection and natural resources. Instruction is often a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises with plenty of time for networking with fellow industry professionals.

Conservation and ecology courses range from “Principles and Techniques of Plant Population Monitoring” and “Understanding Soil Through an Ecological Approach” to “Methods in Restoration Ecology” and “Invasive Ornamentals.” Other courses offer tours of Crystal Palace Perennials in St. John, Ind.; Millennium Park, Chicago; or local sites designed by O.C. Simonds. Landscape architects and designers can learn magic marker presentation techniques or how to select and use hardscape materials in residential landscape. Landscapers will appreciate courses on annual and biennials, Lilium, roses, herbaceous perennials, native wildflowers for sunny space, ornamental aquatic plants and Hydrangea and Hibiscus, among others.

“Sustainable Landscape Design: Practical Realities and Innovative Solutions,” a symposium July 31, has been designed for professionals who design, install and maintain landscapes dominated by native plants and natural plant communities. For more information, call 847-835-8261 or visit

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