Seasonal & Holiday
Classes & Workshops

Let the Arboretum help you get into the holiday spirit with seasonal classes, workshops and programs inspired by nature.

Gifts from the Hive: Unique Beeswax Crafts

Thursday, December 6
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for some hard-to-please gift recipients? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of unique, hive-based crafts. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:

  • pinecone beeswax firestarters for camping enthusiasts,
  • reusable beeswax food wrap for the eco-friendly, and 
  • beeswax molding clay for the young and creative.

Ping will guide you each step along the way. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Class canceled.


Let's Bake Holiday Treats Together!
Intergenerational TogetherTime

Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Saturday, December 8, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Zan Tomko, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggeated age: 5-12 with an adult
Sugar, spice and everything nice... come from plants! Join Zan to learn more about the amazing plants that give us our favorite winter holiday cookie flavors. You and your child will roll out, decorate, and bake spiced cookies together, and make an aromatic pomander ball from citrus and cloves. Then discover spice plants (and herbs!) up close and personal through exploration in the greenhouse and with microscopes. Finally, you will plant a ginger rhizome to take home and grow. You and your child will leave with cookies to share at home, a pomander ball, a ginger plant, and a greater appreciation for the plants that give us our favorite winter cookies.

Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios  Marion Andrus Learning Center

This session is sold out. Register for the afternoon session, below!
Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


Saturday, December 8, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.
$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.

Winter Photography, photo credit spongePo/Shutterstock

Winter Nights, Holiday Lights Photography

Saturday, December 8, 2018
3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate
Have a fun evening creating dynamic images featuring the colorful holiday lights and winter landscapes of the Landscape Arboretum! Join night photography expert Dr. Mike Shaw in this exciting new outdoor workshop where you'll master the art of long exposure photography and light painting. The ethereal colors of twilight and dark night provide the perfect backdrop for learning how to manage and capture the beautiful lights of the season. You'll take home a host of new techniques you'll be eager to share with your family and friends. You might even be so pleased with the images you capture that you'll want to have them made into a seasonal greeting card! A box dinner is included.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability. Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 70 mm will find the most use. A sturdy tripod is essential along with a cable or wireless remote shutter release. A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is also important to protect your night vision; and bring your camera's operating manual.
NOTE: We will be photographing outdoors, so bring proper clothing, hat & gloves, hand warmers and footwear.

Box Dinner (select choice at checkout)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration):
Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH)
Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH)
Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)

Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$125 member/$145 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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