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Adult Opportunities

Perennials 101 (in person)

Learn about great plants for the garden that will return year after year.

Content Detail

Learn about the incredible variety of perennial plants that thrive in Northern Illinois and visit The Morton Arboretum’s greenhouses to see examples up close and in person.   
Perennials are plants that come back year after year. They are a great addition to any landscape, whether your space is big or small, sunny or shady, dry or wet, manicured or not-so-neat. Learn how to choose perennials that suit your needs and give your garden space the look you want. Get garden design ideas for simple perennial combinations that look great in any yard or garden. Find out what you need to do to care for your plants, including fertilizing, deadheading, and dividing. Then head to the Arboretum’s hoop houses for a tour of the dozens of high-quality perennials that will be sold at the annual plant sale. 

This class is perfect for those in the Chicago area and Northern Illinois who want to learn more about designing attractive garden spaces with plants that will thrive for years to come.  

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.  

Instructor: Heather Prince  

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.   

Age: 16 and older  


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. 

Program Schedule

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center


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