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Behind the Blooms: Magnolias

Schedule and Location

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Sterling Morton Library

Fees and Registration

$25.00 member
$34.00 nonmember

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Course Description

Magnolia pink blooms

Discover the amazing world of magnolias and find new trees for your landscape! Join Matt Lobdell, Head of Collections and Curator at the Arboretum, and Andrew Bunting, Director of Collections and Assistant Director of the Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden, for a morning of magnolia excitement.

Learn about the magnolia’s rich history and deep evolutionary roots as you view a presentation on stunning magnolia blooms and hybrids for the Midwestern landscape. Bring a small branch of a magnolia from your garden, and we will identify it! Plus, examine rare books and botanical prints from the special collections of the Sterling Morton Library, including Georg Dionysius Ehret’s spectacular Magnolia and the very dramatic Magnolia campbellii found in Illustrations of Himalayan Plants.

After a break for refreshments and coffee, venture out on a hike to explore the specimens and seldom-seen species in the Arboretum’s extensive magnolia collections, recently designated a significant collection by the North American Plant Collections Consortium. Hone your tree identification skills by examining form and foliage morphology of different magnolia species; learn how to grow a wide range of common and unusual magnolias, including new hybrids and Asian magnolias; and find out what is being done to protect magnolia diversity today. Walk away with an expanded appreciation of magnolias and new ideas for how to add their large flowers, large leaves, elegant colors and exotic scents to any garden.

Note: Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Held indoors and outdoors.  Limit 40
Supplies: Please dress for walking, including sturdy shoes and weather appropriate attire, and bring materials for taking notes.

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ONLINE: Register now
CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.