Adult Opportunities

Prairie Gardens for the Home Landscape

Transform a section of your yard into a beautiful home prairie.

Content Detail

Join prairie steward and master gardener Cindy Crosby in this class at The Morton Arboretum to plan a prairie garden that is beautiful in all four seasons of the year, then take home ideas on how to maintain it. Explore the ideas behind the native plants movement, and discover why what you plant in your yard makes a difference. Learn about native wildflowers, grasses, and shrubs that may work well for your yard and understand their light, soil, and water needs. Then, proactively plan for some of the difficulties that prairie gardeners encounter, and take home ideas on how to solve these challenges. You’ll leave with a personalized list of prairie plants for your yard, and ideas about where to put them so you are ready for spring native plant sales.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Cindy Crosby. author and naturalist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H245


Cindy Crosby, author and naturalist

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books, including The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction, co-author of Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit and author of Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural and Cultural History (Northwestern University Press, 2020). She is a prairie steward at the Schulenberg Prairie and Nachusa Grasslands, and she coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at both sites. She earned a masters degree in natural resources at University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. She blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass, and she teaches natural history and trains naturalists in the Chicago region. Find out more on her website.

What to Know

This program meets indoors.

Program Schedule

This program includes the following three meeting times.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to  noon
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Sycamore Room, Visitor Center


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