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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


Trending Horticulture 2019:
Advancing the Art & Science of Your Gardens

Thursday, July 18, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Experienced Gardeners
Come join MSHS and the Arboretum as we dig into an inspiring summer day of horticulture! Meet other gardening enthusiasts as you learn from the experts about cutting edge design, new ornamental cultivars, behind-the-scenes tours and more.

Choose any 3 sessions
Custom-select your perfect day filled with your choice of available presentations, workshops, and Special Access tours!

  • Permaculture
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Birdscaping
  • Unusual Herbs
  • Kitchen Gardens
  • Gardens for Cutting Flowers
  • Rare Plants
  • Garden Photography
  • Special Access: Wine Grapes
  • Special Access: Sculpture Garden
  • Special Access: Tram Tour with Arboretum Director
  • Special Access: Ornamental Grasses
  • ...and more!

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes customized choice of available sessions, morning coffee/snack, lunch, and Arboretum admission

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