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The Life of Flowers

Schedule and Location


Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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

Course Description

Join horticulturist Sharon Yiesla on a journey through the life of a flower. Learn how flowers develop, how they grow, and the end result of their lives, fruit. 

Begin the morning with a few basics of botany, learning about different types of flower and how they work by dissecting a flower and observing it up close. Then head outdoors to explore the variety of flowers and the fruits they produce on the Arboretum’s grounds. Conclude the day with portraits of some of the most unique and complex relationships that flowers have with insects and other pollinators.

This class is great for naturalists, gardeners, and nature-lovers alike!

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Sharon Yiesla, horticulturist, The Morton Arboretum

Sharon Yiesla is a horticulturist of 30 plus years.  She has a B.S. in horticulture from Purdue and an M.S. from University of Illinois.  She has worked with University Extension in Missouri and with University of Illinois Extension and is currently the plant Knowledge specialist at The Morton Arboretum.

Course Details

Note: Held both indoors and outdoors; please dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch. Limit 15

Arboretum class weather, cancellation and refund policies

The Life of Flowers