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Library Exhibition – Illustrated Orchids in Radiant Color – Friday, January 17, through Sunday, April 12
This rare book exhibition in the Lenhardt Library features beautifully brilliant and colorful orchid illustrations. Hours are from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free library talks will be held on Sunday, February 9, and Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m.
Story Time in the Lenhardt Library – Wednesdays, January 22 through March 20 (10 to 11 a.m.)
Children are invited to enjoy nature-themed activities and stories on Wednesday mornings in the Lenhardt Library. Story time activities include songs, games, crafts, and free play. Program is geared for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by a caregiver.
Super Seed Weekend – Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26
The ninth annual Super Seed Weekend returns, with a weekend full of how-to demonstrations and gardening information, ending with a lively Seed Swap on Sunday afternoon. Saturday features fee-based classes and workshops, like Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics, Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving, and a Seed Cleaning and Storing Workshop. Preregister for our behind-the-scenes tours of the Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank on Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m. Sunday begins with a Seed Starting Intensive class at 9 a.m. and continues with a lecture at 1:30 p.m. by John Coykendall, master gardener of Blackberry Farm. The swap takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., filling Burnstein Hall with enthusiastic seed swapping and advice sharing. Gardeners are invited to bring saved and leftover seeds to swap, though it’s not required. There will also be a family program, Loco for Cocoa, offered on Sunday. The Seed Swap is one of our most popular gardening events of the year, and a highlight of our winter calendar. Visit chicagobotanic.org/seedswap for more information.