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Adult Opportunities

Sustainable and Resilient Gardens Workshop (in person)

Set your garden up for success with plants and design techniques that can withstand the impacts of climate change.

Content Detail

The Midwest is experiencing more weather extremes, with an increase in intense storms, severe cold snaps, hotter summers, and prolonged periods of rain followed by long stretches with no rain at all. These conditions are tough on plants and wildlife. In this class at The Morton Arboretum, you will learn: 

  • how climate change is impacting our region;  
  • how the changing conditions can stress plants and allow pests or diseases to take hold;  
  • smart design practices that can help control water, wind, and more;  
  • how wildlife, including important pollinators, are affected by climate change and how garden design can help support them;  
  • which plants and trees are hardy and have a better chance of thriving in the face of these challenges.  

In the final session, put your learning to work. With the support of the instructor, create a sketch for an area of your garden and assemble a list of plants to plant in spring.   
Your garden can adapt to a changing climate. Come find out how to keep your home green and thriving into the future.  

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.

Program Schedule

This program includes all of the following meeting times:

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Founder’s Room, Thornhill Education Center


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