Adult Programs

Hydrangeas 101 (in person)

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

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Get tips for choosing, planting, and caring for hydrangeas, a top choice among home gardeners. 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 flowerheads make them a favorite for home landscapes.  

In this class, we 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. 

To supplement your in-person experience, this program includes a 30-minute recorded video lecture that will cover the hydrangea basics and cultivars that you won’t see on the grounds. The outdoor portion at the Arboretum will provide the chance to see multiple species up close, learn about care and selection, and ask questions. 

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  • On your own time, view a recorded video lecture before attending the in-person walking tour. A link to this lecture will be emailed to you on July 31st.
  • Dress for the weather; bring water, sun, and insect protection for the on-site session.
  • Limit 15

COVID-19 Precautions:

  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell in the last two weeks, you must stay home. A full refund will be issued on request.
  • Participants who are not vaccinated or are partly vaccinated must wear a face mask and practice social distancing, indoors and outdoors. Face masks and social distancing are optional for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • By attending Arboretum programs without a face mask, you are affirming that you are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks have passed since your final shot).

Instructor: Heather Prince, horticulturist

Heather Prince has been a part of the green industry for more than 20 years, including experience at The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Growing Place, The Pizzo Group and Wannemaker’s Home & Garden. She is now the associate editor for The American Gardener magazine, the member publication of the American Horticultural Society. She is a professional garden writer and trained horticulturist specializing in trees, shrubs, and natives with a passion for connecting people with plants.


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