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Continuing Education Opportunity at Oak Park Conservatory

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Date: Oct. 6, 2007

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Place: Oak Park Conservatory operations and outdoors, weather permitting (615 Garfield Avenue, Oak Park 60303)

Instructor: Tor Faegre

Class Description: Learn to make furniture, sculpture or garden ware from willow, buckthorn and other pliable earthy materials. This nationally recognized furniture maker will give a talk and a demonstration, and then assist students as they make their own beautiful rustic twig designs. The natural materials will be supplied for the class. Students should bring pruning shears, saw, hammer and cordless drill if you have them. Tor normally presents a 2 day workshop for $80+, so this is a great opportunity at a reasonable price. Please let friends and neighbors who are interested in wood-working, rustic sculpture, garden ornaments know about this class. It is also a great way to get rid of weed trees: buckthorn and willow switches make excellent materials. You can see samples of Tor's work at:

Ornamental Grass Class

Class Size: limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $49.00, members $47.

Registration: Call Jackie Paine, FOPCON executive director at 708-725-2460to register for this class. To reserve a space, please pay at the time of registration by cash or check.

Date: October 11, 2007

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Date: October 13, 2007

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Place: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Avenue, Oak Park 60303

Instructor: Andrea Green, Landscape Designer

Ornamental grasses are rapidly becoming the indispensable companion in the landscape for perennials, in mixed borders and naturalized plantings. Learn about the major ornamental grasses and their characteristics and how grasses can be used to add texture, structural form and color to your garden. On day 2, the class will tour Ms. Green's garden in Oak Park to see different grasses and their uses in the garden. Please provide your own transportation by car and dress for the weather.

Class Fee: $26 for Oak Park residents/$39 for non-residents

Class #: 441070-03

Registration: Online: (you will need to setup a household ID) or call 708-725-2525


Jackie Paine

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