Seasonal & Holiday
Classes & Workshops

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



Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns

200-11-17-18
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, ice luminary artist 

Join Jennifer as she instructs a technique called Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns. She will share steps and best "how-to" tips for making these elegant mini-towers of artful ice. The completed lanterns can be displayed outdoors or indoors, and they are a wintertime activity perfect for the whole family. Class includes hands-on work to practice and time to ask questions. The supplies and handout allow you to leave with everything you need to start making your own just-add-water lanterns at home. Note that this is a how-to class, but you will not leave with a completed ice lantern--you will be able to make as many as you like in the convenience of your home! For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). 
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$59 member/$82 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 



Hanna mariah/Shutterstock 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Natural Winter Container

150-11-17-18-02
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to make your own spruce top pot to festoon your porch or deck this winter. After a fun botanical introduction to evergreens, you'll learn the basic recipe for making a spruce top pot as Laura walks you through each step. You'll enjoy the festive atmosphere while working alongside others, and stretch your creativity while adding unique botanical touches such as dogwood, willow, cones, and berries! You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more spruce top pots in the future. All supplies are included in the fee for one or two (see registration options) 14" liner(s) that you can place in a decorative pot when you get home. Dress for sap! 

BRING: gloves, pruners, a garbage bag and a mallet

NOTE: Consider making enough space in your vehicle to bring the container(s) home; bring a tarp or a garbage bag to protect your car.

TIP: Pair this workshop with the Wreath and/or Garland Workshops for a full day (and home!) of Make-and-Take Evergreen projects 

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more select classes
Register for (2) or more Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210.
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

ONE CONTAINER
$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

TWO CONTAINERS
$149 member/$159 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Registration is CLOSED for this session.

register


 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Winter Wonders Wreath

150-11-17-18
Saturday, November 17, 2018
noon - 2 p.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Laura will introduce you to the unique properties that make evergreens so well-suited for winter outdoor display, then show you the steps to creating a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame. You'll enjoy the festive atmosphere while working alongside others, and stretch your creativity while adding unique botanical touches such as cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even citrus! You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future. All supplies are included in the fee for a ~14" diameter wreath (varies slightly based on the wreath maker). 

BRING: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your wreath, and dress for sap!

TIP: Pair this workshop with the Natural Winter Container and/or Garland Workshops for a full day (and home!) of Make-and-Take Evergreen projects

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more select classes
Register for (2) or more Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210.
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Six-Foot Decorative Garland

150-11-17-18-01
Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Add a welcoming touch to your doorway, mantle, or stairway by making your own evergreen garland. Laura will begin discussing the unique properties that make evergreens so well suited for winter outdoor display, and the challenges and solutions for bringing them inside. You'll then learn how to make a garland through step-by-step instruction. You'll enjoy the festive atmosphere and chance to use your creativity as you select from a diversity of botanical materials. You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more garlands in the future. All supplies are included in the fee for a 6-foot garland.

BRING: gloves and pruners, one or two garbage bags to safely transport your garland, and dress for sap!
TIP: Pair this workshop with the Natural Winter Container and/or Wreath Workshops for a full day (and home!) of Make-and-Take Evergreen projects

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more select classes
Register for (2) or more Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210.
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Candles

Select a session
202-11-29-18
Thursday, November 29
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
OR
202-11-29-18
Friday, November 30
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Ping Honzay
, Arboretum Education Staff


Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of beeswax candles. 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 beeswax. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:
  • molded beeswax candles, 
  • dipped beeswax candles, and 
  • beeswax luminaries.

Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to include natural scents and embedded natural materials. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
Sold out, register for the Friday 11/30 session, below
Thursday, November 29

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

Friday, November 30

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


Mirage Studio/Shutterstock

Gifts from the Garden:
A Day of Make-and-take Seasonal Gifts

125-12-01-18
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Level: all levels, no experience required!

Grab a friend and spend a day at the Arboretum-- a unique opportunity to learn new skills as you explore a multitude of artistic endeavors. Come away with 3 completed projects made by you, conveniently useful for seasonal gifting.

View projects and learn more at
www.arboretum.umn.edu/giftsfromgarden.aspx

Limit 80, Marion Andrus Learning Center

$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Register


Gifts from the Hive: Unique Beeswax Crafts

202-12-06-18
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

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. 
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Let's Bake Holiday Treats Together!
Intergenerational TogetherTime

207-12-08-18
Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
OR
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
spongePo/Shutterstock 

Winter Nights, Holiday Lights Photography

750-12-08-18
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
register

 

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Classes Catalog

view Adult Classes Catalog Fall/Winter 2018
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Email your request to leen0014@umn.edu with the subject "Mail Adult Catalog"


Questions?

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Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.


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