Landscaping & Design
Classes & Workshops


Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

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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 64

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

Saturday, March 30, 2 pm - 4:30pm 
Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Land by Hand 

Permaculture Design for Your Property

Extra time has been allotted on Saturday, March 30 to make up the canceled session time.
March 16, 2019, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
March 30, 2019, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A $10 lunch voucher to the Arboretum Cafe will be provided to registered participants on March 30.
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
A $10 lunch voucher to the Arboretum Cafe will be provided to registered participants on March 30.

Registration is closed.


Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Documentary Film

March 28 at 6 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chanhassen, Minn.

This documentary is being shown around the world, but these are the only screenings in our region. Don't miss it on the big screen-join fellow gardeners for an inspirational evening.

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City's popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf's creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

Advance Registration Required.
$15 general admission / $10 students

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Film screenings sponsored by The Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS).
Ticket sales benefit MSHS horticultural programming in greater Minnesota and surrounding states.

Five Seasons trailer from Jim Browne on Vimeo.

Mark MacLennan/APS

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

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Saturday, April 20
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 150-04-27-19
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 12

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Saturday, April 20
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom
$41 member/$56 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
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Saturday, April 27
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bee Center - Honey House
$41 member/$56 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

Ornamental Grasses for your Garden

Tuesday, May 21
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Ornamental grasses can offer so much to your landscape- from texture and movement to habitat for native insects. Learn more about adding these wonderful plants to your garden and growing them successfully. 
  • Discuss the wide variety of species and cultivars hardy to Minnesota
  • Receive tips and techniques on how to care for ornamental grasses
  • Visit the Arboretum ornamental grass collection- one of the largest in the country
  • Learn & practice dividing grasses with hands-on instruction
You'll leave with an increased interest in these wonderful plants, and a few grasses to start at home! 

Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a few take-home grasses


Conscientious Gardening

Tuesday, June 11
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

What happens to the water, fertilizer and plant 'waste' in your yard? Should each of us attempt to manage all green matter or yard waste on our own property? What would a conscientious gardener do? You will learn: 
  • How to assess the environmental impact of your garden
  • How to conserve water and reduce runoff from your property
  • When and how to use fertilizer and pesticides, as well as alternative methods and materials
  • The benefits of planting a diversity of native plants
  • Available options for composting green material
You will leave with new insights and a veritable tool box of ideas to garden more conscientiously!

Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$15 member/$30 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Born in the Wild: Building Rock Gardens with Alpine Plants

Saturday, June 22
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Betty Ann Addison, Owner of Gardens of Rice Creek Nursery and Landscape

Have you ever admired the Rock Garden at the Arboretum, and wondered what it would take to build one in your own backyard? Whether on steep slopes, stone troughs on your patio, raised beds or tucked into a niche, these gardens are fun to build and a great addition to your landscape! This class includes: 
  • Inspiring introduction to rock gardens designed by Betty Ann
  • Overview of alpine plants that can be grown in this setting
  • Information on where and how these plants grow in the wild
  • A step-by-step explanation of how a rock garden is built and planted
  • A tour of the Arboretum Rock Garden
  • A trio of alpine plants to grow at home, plus a comprehensive handout
Limit 25, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and take-home alpine plants

The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Speaker Series
Thursday, June 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ken Druse, Award-winning garden writer and photographer 

Twenty years after the publication of his best seller, The Natural Shade Garden, it's time to reconsider shade gardening to tackle the challenges that have arisen due to our changing climate. The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us. Considering the challenges of a changing climate, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns, Ken details new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process: 
  • Designing your garden
  • Choosing and planting trees
  • Preparing soil
  • Selecting from a vast array of flowers and foliage
Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat - he says, "The garden of the future will be in the shade." 
Limit 200, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


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