Adult Opportunities

Hellstrip Gardening

Turn the trickiest part of your landscape into a hardy and eye-catching garden.

Content Detail

Join horticulturist Amanda Thomsen for an educational garden party at The Morton Arboretum that takes on the underdog of the home landscape: the “hellstrip.”

The under-loved strip that runs between the road and the sidewalk has been lovingly coined “the hellstrip” by gardeners for years. This narrow strip of turf not only dries out faster due to the surrounding concrete and asphalt, but it also faces adversities such as heavy foot traffic, salt, the occasional set of tires, and, of course, dogs.

Learn how to plant and maintain a hellstrip that holds up to harsh conditions, and have some fun with it! Plant selection, siting, existing trees, and teenaged drivers will all be considered in this class. At the end of class, design your hellstrip out of playdough to apply all you’ve learned.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Amanda Thomsen, horticulturist and author

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H301


Amanda Thomsen, horticulturist and author

Amanda Thomsen is a lifelong gardener, the owner of Aster Gardens in Lemont, Illinois, and author of the blog Kiss My Aster. The author of multiple gardening books, she lives, writes, and teaches in the Chicago area and never puts ketchup on her hot dogs.

What to Know

All supplies are included.

Program Schedule

Saturday, February 17, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Founder’s Room, Thornhill Education Center


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