Landscaping & Design
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Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

Winter Series
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Jan 5  l Jan 19  l Feb 2  l Feb 16  l Mar 2

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Do you dream about having a beautiful home landscape or have a specific landscape project in mind, but don't know how to get started? In this progressive, five-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principle of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection and more. Throughout the series, you will develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting. Hands-on, take-home assignments will have you putting pencil to paper and applying what you've learned, with time for personalized critique of your ideas.
Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

SOLD OUT! Add your name to the waitlist.
$139 member/$155 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Couples Price! $189 member couple/$219 non-member couple for couples working on the same project

Mark MacLennan/APS

Plant Selection: Right Plant, Right Place, Right Purpose!

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Saturday, January 19  
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20   150-04-20-19
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Julie Weisenhorn
, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

After a long, cold, winter it's easy to go a bit wild at the garden center, but proper plant selection is critical to sustainable landscapes and the overall success of a design. University of Minnesota Extension educator, Julie Weisenhorn, will teach you proper plant selection starting with understanding the site itself - its soil, light, moisture, exposure, size, etc. - and the importance of choosing plants with that will thrive in your site. Then you will work in the new Plant Elements of Design plant selection database, developed by Extension, to try out your new knowledge on your own landscape. You will leave the class with increased confidence to make plant choices in your 2019 garden, and an understanding of tools such as the Plant Elements of Design. Required Equipment: a wifi-ready device, such as a laptop or tablet. Smartphones will also work, but not preferred!
Limit 12Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot (or another session) opens!
Saturday, January 19   
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, April 20
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$41 member/$56 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

Beth Markhart 

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities

Saturday, February 2, 2019
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Beth Markhart, Prairie Restorations

Learn how to bring an important native plant community onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will learn how to model native prairie plant communities with benefits such as soil-building and carbon storage, attracting beneficial insects including native pollinators, and enhancing human health and well-being. You will interact with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning using internet real-time activities during class. You will leave with a site-planning handout and list of resources, plus an understanding of how to establish your own prairie community in the spring.
Bring from home:an internet-accessible laptop
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$47 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Mike Heger

Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens

Saturday, February 9, 2019
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mike Heger, Lecturer and Author of "Perennials A to Z", Retired Owner Ambergate Gardens

One of the most enjoyable things about designing with perennials is the myriad of combination possibilities in the landscape. Be inspired as Michael walks you through his selection process, including flower shape, foliage color and texture along with plant form. You will see exciting examples that illustrate these principles to get you thinking about other possible combinations in your garden. This presentation includes new and recent perennial introductions that have proven to be good performers in the North. You will leave with a comprehensive list of new perennials and combinations to try.
Limit 40Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Saturday, March 9
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Just like people, birds and butterflies require food, water and shelter and they prefer that it be close to where they live. Join other wildlife enthusiasts as Julie shares everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary. You will learn what plants will best fit your location and what species they might attract for food or shelter. You will also learn what simple non-plant additions are needed to cover all the needs of these species.
Limit 50Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Land by Hand 

Permaculture Design for Your Property

Three Saturdays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
March 9, 2019
March 16, 2019
March 30, 2019

Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

Permaculture is an agriculture ecosystem that is designed to be sustainable and self-sufficient, and can be put into practice on properties of all sizes, from urban plots to hobby farms. With historical roots around the equator, this food growing method has made its way to the Midwest. In this three-part workshop, you and fellow food growers will explore the amazing abundance that can be created, tapped into, and harvested using this holistic process. You will begin with an introduction and overview of concepts, and move quickly into practical application for your own property. Cody will help you to develop a realistic permaculture design that you can implement at home. Each of the workshops will provide a balance of presentation and activities to help apply these tools towards students' current or future homesteads. You will be equipped with comprehensive handouts, resources, and plant lists for our growing zone.
: notes, sketches, or pictures of your property, a notebook and pencil.
Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$105 member/$140 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
COUPLES PRICE! $155 member/$199 nonmember, couples working on the same project

Get Growing: A Day of Garden Workshops

Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Level: beginner to intermediate
Cabin fever has hit and you are dreaming of your best yard yet for 2019, but who has time to learn everything? This day-long buffet of classes is the answer. In just one Saturday, you will get "Cliffs Notes" to get you started on the right foot with useful tips, tricks, and inspiration in a wide range of gardening topics. Customize your own schedule by choosing any 5 sessions!

You'll leave with a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies- motivated and educated for the best garden season yet!

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register $95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, coffee and breakfast treats, box lunch, a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies!


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