Edible Gardening Workshop Series

Schedule and Location

(Registration opens November 20, 2019)
9:30 a.m. to noon
Sycamore Room, Visitor Center

  • Section A: Saturday, March 16, 2019, Vegetables 2.0: Lesser Known, Lesser Grown, Tasty Vegetables for Your Home Garden
  • Section B: Saturday, March 23, 2019, Grow a Tea Garden 
  • Section C: Saturday, March 30, 2019, Bountiful Gardens for People with Limited Time, Space, & Budget 
  • Section D: Saturday, April 6, 2019, Get Started with Backyard Permaculture 

Fees and Registration

(Registration opens November 20, 2019)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

Course Description

March 16: Vegetables 2.0: Lesser Known, Lesser Grown, Tasty Vegetables for Your Home Garden 

The Garden Boss, William Moss, will discuss some of his favorite veggies (fruits and vegetables) that are not commonly planted in the Chicagoland area. Some are from different parts of the world. Some are prominent in other cultures. Some are new varieties of old standards. All are nutritious, delicious, and easy to grow!

  • Learn about leafy greens, herbs, vines, shrubs and more.
  • Get the scoop on horticultural techniques for sowing, planting, placement, soil care, maintenance, harvesting, and storage. 
  • Get ideas on how to prepare the veggies and create delectable dishes.

Source lists and select seeds will be available to participants.

Instructor: William Moss


March 23: Grow a Tea Garden 

Learn to grow your own tea with herb expert Marcy Lautenen-Raleigh. Come and discover the many types of herbs that can be used for tea, and how to turn your backyard into your own, private tea shop. What you choose to grow will depend upon the flavors you like and the growing conditions in your garden.  We’ll begin the morning with a tea sampling so you can get to know the flavors you might grow in your own backyard. You’ll also learn

  • how to choose tea herb plants, including their uses and the most popular flavors for tea
  • how and where to grow your tea garden
  • how to care for and harvest your tea herb plants
  • how to use blend your herbs into a tea

Participants will go home with recipes, tips and seeds to get you started on your very own backyard tea garden.

Instructor: Marcy Lautenen-Raleigh


March 30: Bountiful Gardens for People with Limited Time, Space, & Budget 

Learn tips and strategies that will help you get the most produce out of your garden. Whether you have a dedicated garden or squeeze fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your landscape wherever space allows, Melinda will help you grow lots of produce no matter your limitations. We will explore products and plant varieties as well as planting and harvesting techniques to help increase your vegetable gardening success!

Melinda’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Instructor: Melinda Myers


April 6: Get Started with Backyard Permaculture 

Learn to grow an edible, sustainable home garden using permaculture principles with this information-packed, how-to workshop. Learn how “guilds”--a grouping of plants and other components that work together as a mini-ecosystem--improve the health and productivity of your edible garden.
Fruit tree guilds are an easy way for homeowners to apply the principles of permaculture in your own backyard. Find out how growing a fruit tree with the appropriate companion plants (a fruit tree guild) minimizes maintenance, increases nutrition, and manages diseases and pests naturally. Learn to grow your favorite fruit--peaches, nectarines, pears, Asian pears, plums, cherries, apples, serviceberries, paw paws, or persimmons--and which companion plants to grow alongside it. Begin enjoying fresh, delicious nutritious fruits, vegetable and herbs from your own garden this summer!

In order to grow a fruit tree guild you will need a full sun location (6+ hours daily) with a minimum of 100 square feet (10'x10').  Most edible plants require full or partial sun to be productive, so we will focus on these plants only.

Instructor: Jodi Trendler

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About William Moss
William Moss is a master gardener, horticultural educator, and author of Any Size, Anywhere, Edible Gardening. As a trusted authority in greening, gardening and urban agriculture, he connects with audiences and explains how to grow sustainably and have garden success. Coined the Garden Boss for his in-depth knowledge and sound advice, William uses gardening and greening to inspire people to Get Out & Grow!

About Marcy Lautenen-Raleigh
the owner of the online herbal shop, Backyard Patch, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh organically grows, harvests, and naturally dries herbs before blending them into  more than 250 combinations for teas, cooking, personal-care products, and more. A published author on growing and using herbs, Marcy is a regular contributing author to both The Essential Herbal Magazine and Wisconsin Herbalist. She maintains an herb-themed blog, where she shares her 20 years of herb gardening experience. Please visit her at www.backyardpatch.blogspot.com.

About Melinda Myers
Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including The Midwest Gardener’s Handbook and Small Space Gardening. She hosts the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” seen on over 115 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. She also hosts the The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series, is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms, and has nationally syndicated gardening column.  In 2017, Myers was inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, the highest honor that can be given to a member of the association. Myers’ website, www.MelindaMyers.com, features hundreds of gardening videos, audio tips, answers to frequently asked garden questions and more.

About Jodi Trendler
Jodi Trendler is a co-founder and Executive Director of The Resiliency Institute.  Jodi has worked to build community resilience through several non-profit and municipal organizations over her career. She has advanced training in permaculture teaching as well as training with several veteran permaculture designers, and also became a certified Forest Therapy Guide in 2015.   She teaches the “Permaculture Forest Gardener” 8-month program through the Resiliency Institute, which gives students the skills necessary to design their own permaculture landscapes. She also manages The Resiliency Institute’s “Growing Food Security” programming, which focuses on designing and building fruit tree guilds and forest gardens in publicly accessible spaces in order to help build community resilience.

Course Details

  • Notes: Held indoors. Register for each week separately. Limit 45 per week.


The Morton Arboretum thanks the Fall Color Festival Presenting Sponsor, DuPage Medical Group