Adult Programs

Hydrangeas 101

Get tips for choosing, planting, and caring for hydrangeas, a top choice among home gardeners.

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These long-blooming shrubs have become one of the hottest must-have plants for your yard. Their big, beautiful blossoms, ease of planting, and decorative dried flower heads make hydrangeas a favorite for home landscapes.

In this class, you will

  • explore heirloom favorites and the hottest new cultivars,
  • discuss the siting, care, and pruning requirements of each of the five shrub species and two vines commonly planted in the Chicago area, and
  • head out to the gardens to experience each of the types up close and in person.

For the new and experienced gardener alike, hydrangeas are a thrilling addition to the home landscape. Come and learn how to add color and structure to your garden with these popular shrubs.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Heather Prince, horticulturist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H364

Heather Prince, horticulturist

Heather Prince is a trained horticulturist specializing in trees, shrubs, and native plants. She has been a part of the green industry for more than 20 years in numerous facets from public to private. She currently balances a busy freelance writing and teaching schedule with her role as email marketing manager for The Garden of Words. She firmly believes anyone can garden and everyone will fall in love with plants given the chance.

What to Know

This program meets indoors and outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Program Schedule

Friday, August 11, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center


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