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Free Summer Home Gardening Classes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Come to the free Summer Home Gardening classes listed below at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at 3807 West 111 Street or the Chicago South Extension office at 8751 South Greenwood. All classes are held through our telenet system which allows Horticulture staff from across the state to teach the classes. Classes will last 90 minutes with time for a Q&A session. This is an easy and free way to get those education hours. Classes are open to the public. Call Aida Peralta at 773-768-7779 to register or email her at

Tree and Shrub Insect Pests

July 18 at 1 p.m. or July 20 at 7 p.m.

Learn about eighteen different insects and mites that attack fourteen common shrubs and small trees.

Perennials for Special Use

August 1 at 1 p.m. or August 3 at 7 p.m.

This session highlights various perennials and their special uses–from attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, to dealing with shade areas, to discouraging deer from feeding on your landscape plants.

Edible Flowers

August 15 at 1 p.m. or August 17 at 7 p.m.

Edible flowers have been used in the culinary arts for hundreds of years. Learn how to properly identify edibles and which plants to avoid.

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