Park Forest Gardening Series

The Park Forest Gardening Series, sponsored by the Village of Park Forest and the Park Forest Environment Commission, provides area residents with free instruction on a host of gardening topics. The series is catered to both beginners and avid gardeners. Residents may attend as few or as many classes as they’d like. 


Wetlands Discovery Center
30 North Orchard Dr.
Park Forest, IL 60466

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free, No registration required

2020 Schedule

January 25, 2020
Wintersowing (Note Special Event Location:  PF Public Library):
Gardening in the middle of winter? Yes! Learn how to turn a milk jug into a miniature greenhouse, and discover which seeds will actually grow and THRIVE in this kind of environment. Bring your own milk jug, and we’ll supply the rest!

February 15, 2020
Community Gardens:
PF Director of Economic Development, Hildy Kingma, will speak about the available locations in the village, and the village’s rules and regulations will be covered.

March 21, 2020
Chickens in Your Backyard!
PF Environment Commissioners Julie and Kate Baker will help you learn how to create a chicken community in your own backyard. Information on the village’s rules and regulations will be covered

April 18, 2020
Rain Gardens:
Do you have standing water in your back yard? Is it difficult to mow or walk in certain areas? Do you literally live in a swamp? Well Shrek no more! The Village of Park Forest actually has an incentive program especially for YOU! Park Forest Environment Coordinator Carrie Malfeo will be available to help you understand the rules and regulations to get reimbursement for your project.

May 16, 2020
Fairy Gardens (Note Special Event Location: PF Public Library):
Tiny plants, minuscule decorations, and whimsy are all a part of this fascinating gardening concept. Drop by the Library to make and take one of your own!

June 20, 2020
Did you know you are allowed to have an apiary in your back yard? Do you even know what an apiary is? Would you like to know how to cultivate a hive in your residence, or how to help your neighbors make the sweetest choice in sustainability? Park Forest sustainability coordinator Carrie Malfeo and Director of Economic Development Hildy Kingma will cover the village’s rules and regulations.

July 18, 2020

August 22, 2020
Monarchs in your Back yard:
Come meet the Butterfly Lady: Kay MacNeil. She is an expert on cultivating the now-Endangered Monarch Butterfly. She will cover how to create an oasis for the butterflies in your yard, and what to look for when tiny caterpillars visit you.

September 19, 2020
Garden Cleanup: Should you be raking those leaves and putting them in the trash?  Of course not!  You’re throwing away money!  That plus lots of other tips on how to make cleanup easy and enjoyable

October 10, 2020

November 21, 2020

December 12, 2020
Pesticides, Fertilizer, and Herbicides:
There’s been a lot of talk of reducing or making pesticides and herbicides illegal, and everyone says using commercial fertilizer is bad.  So what’s a gardener to use instead?  Let’s discuss organic methods of weed, bug and disease control, and what we can do instead for fertilizing our plants.