Landscaping & Design
Classes & Workshops

home landscape
photo Scott E Feuer/shutterstock  

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy  (150-01-06-18)
Saturdays, January 6, 20 and February 3, 17, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota 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, four-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principles 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, Learning Center


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$139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

$189/$219 couples working on the same project

lawn future

Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky Bluegrass to Low Maintenance Options (150-01-20-18)
Saturday, January 20 9:30 a.m. - noon
Douglas Owens-Pike, Author of "Beautifully Sustainable"

Tired of mowing, watering, fertilizing, raking to keep up with your neighbors? Learn how the lawn of the future will free you from those chores while staying within the rough conventions of lawn appearance. Douglas will share examples of "No Mow" conversions, and discuss the considerations, planning, and implementation it took to get there. He will then discuss how you can design, convert, and care for a "No Mow" lawn in your own yard. You will leave with a comprehensive handout complete with a list of resources, and the knowledge you need to get started this spring.
Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

creating habitats
photo Kelly Colgan Azar/Flikr

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden (150-02-03-18)
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
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 22, Oswald Visitor Center

register $30 member/$42 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

photo Michael Heger 

Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens (150-02-10-18)
Saturday, February 10, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Michael Heger, Lecturer and Co-Author of "Growing Perennials in Cold Climates", Owner of Ambergate Horticultural Consulting 

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 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

woodland wildflowers
photo Steve Kelly 

Early Spring Beauties: Woodland Wildflowers and How to Grow Them in Minnesota (150-02-17-18)
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. - noon
Steve Kelley, Owner, Kelley and Kelley Nursery

Isn't it amazing how we northern gardeners eagerly anticipate the first welcome blooms of spring? Much of the earliest color in our landscape is courtesy of the woodland wildflowers that are trained to bloom extra early, taking advantage of spring sunshine before the trees above them leaf out. Join Steve of Kelley and Kelley Nursery for a refresher on wildflowers- both native and non-native- as well as some that might not be so familiar. You will discuss their culture and propagation, and best practices for including them in your own garden.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

pohoto Beth Markhart 

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities (150-02-24-18)
Saturday, February 24, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Beth Markhart, Outreach & Training Coordinator for Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Learn how to bring an important ecosystem onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will learn how to mimic native prairie plant communities for their natural ecological processes of soil building and carbon storage, beneficial insect habitat, and pollination support brought about by observing biological diversity and stewarding the earth. You will engage with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning through the use of internet real-time group activities during class. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and list of resources, plus the knowledge you need to establish your own prairie community in the spring. Bring an internet accessible device such as a laptop or a smart pad.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

photo Land by Hand 

Permaculture Design for Your Property (200-03-03-18)
Saturdays, March 3, 10 and 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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. SUGGESTED: bring a basic blueprint of your property, a notebook and pencil
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $105 member/$140 non-member; includes Arboretum admission and all materials

kitchen gardening
photo Rhonda Fleming Hayes 

Kitchen Gardening: A Bountiful Edible Landscape (150-03-24-18)
Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Author, Photographer, Gardener, Magazine Contributor

Kick your vegetable garden aesthetic up a notch! "Potager-style" kitchen gardens are historically from French Medieval times but have made a resurgence into modern garden trends by incorporating symmetrical geometrical beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled. Through gorgeous photographs and from her wealth of knowledge, Rhonda will walk you through the basic design of a potager. In this class, you will see how you can incorporate some or all of these ideas into your landscape that are useful for you. The garden can be compact or large as well as attractive. Rhonda will also share her tips for growing a successful and bountiful kitchen garden. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and inspiration to begin design improvements to your vegetable garden this spring!
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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New 2018 classes will be listed below starting mid-December





















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