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Adult Opportunities

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden

Make your outdoor space a show stopper, no matter the season.

Content Detail

Horticulturist Marcy Stewart-Pyziak will show you how to design a landscape that entices you outdoors all year long. In this course, you will:

  • Learn about trees and shrubs that offer color, texture, and form throughout the cold winter months. 
  • Consider how fruits and seeds, bark and stems, and foliage of different plants can be combined to create a beautiful and balanced design.
  • Get ideas for how containers and simple hardscaping can add structure and definition to your space.  

Then head outdoors to see examples of what works in winter on the Arboretum’s grounds and get ideas for adding year-round interest to your own garden. Plan to walk a short distance on paved surfaces. 

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum. 

Instructor: Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, horticulturist

Age: 16 and older


Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, horticulturist

Marcy Stewart-Pyziak has a degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois and was a horticulturist with the University of Illinois extension service. She has taught classes at the Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1994, and she currently teaches at the College of DuPage. She designs, installs, and maintains landscapes in the Chicago area.

What to Know

Held indoors and outdoors. 

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.

Be prepared to walk less than a mile on paved surfaces.

Bring a notebook and pen.  


Program Schedule

Friday, December 2, 2022

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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