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: Beeswax Candle & Luminary

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Friday, November 8, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-11-08-19)
Friday, November 8, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 
(202-11-08-19-01)
Friday, November 15, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-11-15-19)
Friday, November 15, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (202-11-15-19-01)
Friday, November 22, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-11-22-19)
Friday, November 22, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (202-11-22-19-01)
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping, beekeeper and manager of the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center, to create a beeswax luminary and matching tealight candle - a unique gift or centerpiece for holiday gatherings. Ping will guide you each step along the way, so just come prepared to have fun!

  • Receive fascinating information about honey bees and beeswax
  • Step-by-step, create your own luminary and tealight candle (to illuminate your luminary from within)
  • Include embedded natural materials like pressed leaves and flower petals to enhance your final product

You'll leave with instructions and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Friday, November 8, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
(202-11-08-19)
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Friday, November 8, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (202-11-08-19-01)

$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Friday, November 15, 11-11:45 a.m.. (202-11-15-19)

$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum a-dmission and all supplies

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This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Friday, November 15, 2-2:45 p.m. (202-11-15-19-01)

$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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Friday, November 22, 11-11:45 a.m. (202-11-22-19)
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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Friday, November 22, 2-2:45 p.m. (202-11-22-19-01)
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Wreath

150-11-09-19
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Level
No experience necessary!
Supplies
All supplies are included in the fee for a ~14" diameter wreath (varies slightly based on the wreath maker)
Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Enjoy a fun, casually-festive Arboretum atmosphere as you custom create your own wreath--great for your own seasonal decor, or as a gift! 
  • Learn why evergreens are so well-suited for winter outdoor display
  • Follow step-by-step guidance to create a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame
  • Add 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!
Bring from home: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your wreath, and dress for sap!

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
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$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Swag

150-11-09-19-01
Saturday, November 9, 2019
noon-2 p.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Level
No experience necessary!
Supplies
All supplies are included in the fee for a ~12" wide by 20" long swag (varies slightly)
Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen swag for your front door than an Arboretum? Enjoy a fun, casually-festive Arboretum atmosphere as you custom create your own swag--great for your own seasonal decor, or as a gift! 
With Laura's help, you will:
  • Learn the unique properties that make evergreens so well-suited for winter outdoor display
  • Follow step-by-step instructions to create a full, botanically diverse, handmade swag
  • Add 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 swags in the future. 
Bring from home: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your creation, and dress for sap!

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

$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Make Puzzles from Photographs: Dye Sublimination

125-11-09-19
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dan Fenner, former Operations Manager for Mpls Photo Center, founder of Print Arts Midwest, a non-profit dedicated to helping those interested in the printed arts thrive

Level 
No experience necessary 
Supplies
All supplies included, bring your own images (see details below) 

Transform your favorite photographs into stunning puzzles using dye sublimination! This process transfers photographs onto a wide variety of surfaces. 
  • Understand what dye sublimation is - how and why it works
  • Follow the instructor's guidance step-by-step
  • Use specialized software and printers to transform your photographs
  • Complete three 120-piece puzzles with matching gift bags
If you'd like to continue the process at home, you'll also receive helpful resources for purchasing the equipment, software, printers, and tips on making the best products. 
Bring from Home
3-5 of your favorite images sized to 8" x 11.5" on a USB flash drive or your computer. 

Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
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Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot (or a new session) opens!
$45 member/$65 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Felted Luminarias

125-11-16-19
Saturday, November 16, 2019
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor, www.fiberenvy.net

Level 
All levels, No experience necessary 
Supplies 
All fibers and materials included for 2 luminarias ($20 value)
Add a warm glow to any room with pretty, felted luminarias. The perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs a little soft illumination. These make lovely gifts as well!
Learn and practice traditional wet felting techniques
Assemble your luminaria using wool and a little soapy water
Add texture and other design embellishments
Use a variety of natural materials from plants like rose stems and bamboo 
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, Scissors, plastic bag to carry home wet items, apron (optional) 

Limit 15, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

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Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$79 member/$109 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Arboretum Winter Lights Display: Photographers' Special Access Evening

750-12-05-19
Thursday, December 5, 2019
4 p.m.-9 p.m. (Arrive and depart as desired between these times)

Avoid pesky crowds that are always in the way of your dazzling shot! The Arboretum's mesmerizing Winter Lights display will be opened this evening (normally closed on Thursdays) for a special-access opportunity just for photographers! Bring-your-own equipment, explore the displays at your own pace, and photograph at your leisure as you: 
  • Have ample "photographers-only" time and space to get beautiful pictures of our winter light show, as well as the beautifully lit plants and displays inside
  • Interact with Arboretum photography instructors as well as the Arboretum Photographers' Society to get tips and tricks for just the right shot
  • Meet other photographers and photography enthusiasts
  • Delicious treats and drinks will be available for purchase
  • Submit your favorite image from the evening to win a prize!
  • NOTE This unstructured program will be open between 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.. You can arrive and depart as desired within these times.
Limit 300, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall

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$20 member/$35 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Make Coasters from Photographs: Dye Sublimination

125-12-07-19
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dan Fenner, former Operations Manager for Mpls Photo Center, founder of Print Arts Midwest, a non-profit dedicated to helping those interested in the printed arts thrive

Level
No experience necessary 
Supplies
All supplies included, bring your own images (see details below)
Transform your favorite photographs into stunning puzzles using dye sublimination! This process transfers photographs onto a wide variety of surfaces. In this class you will turn those favorite photographs into 4 coasters to personalize any home décor or give as gifts. 
  • Understand what dye sublimation is - how and why it works
  • Follow the instructor's guidance step-by-step
  • Use specialized software and printers to transform your photographs
  • Complete 4 coasters in class
TIP: Bring several photos for a variety of coaster images!
If you'd like to continue the process at home, you'll also receive helpful resources for purchasing the equipment, software, printers, and tips on making the best products.
Bring from Home
4-7 different images sized to 4"x 4" on a USB flash drive or your computer

Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
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$29 member/$49 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Create & Take Art Experience

125-12-14-19
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Level
No experience required 
Supplies 
All supplies included to complete 2 projects
You-Choose-Two
Join our most popular Arboretum instructors for a day of create-and-take art, perfect for treating yourself or giving as gifts! Custom-select your perfect day with your choice of 2 projects listed below. 
Each project lasts 2 hours; 30 minutes for lunch.

Bengala Dyed Scarf 
Chiaki O'Brien, awarded the Jerome fiber artist grant in 2013 to study the Bengala process in Japan. She is the only person in Minnesota teaching this technique.
Bengala is a natural Japanese dye made from soil, ‘environmentally safe' and fun to use! All materials are included as well as a dozen of dye colors and tools to play with.
  • Learn about the history and cultural significance bengala
  • Pre-fix the material by kneading
  • Create the scarf's patterns by knotting, folding and tie-dyeing
  • Open the dyed bundle to see your finished scarf
The final reveal of your completed scarf is the most fun--you'll feel like you are opening an unexpected present!
NOTE: this dye has natural rubber latex in it, so this is not a good class for people who have latex allergy. 

Felted Ball Bracelet 
Jean Manrique, instructor with a passion for transforming natural materials into clothing & jewelry
Make a fun, colorful and unique bracelet out of wool fibers for yourself or as a gift! Receive detailed instructions and guidance while allowing lots of room for creativity!
  • Practice using needle-felting and wet-felting
  • Use your skills to create a beautiful set of felted balls
  • String the balls together with elastic string to make a bracelet
  • Accent your bracelet with a selection of decorative beads
Once you learn this technique, you'll be able to use your skills to make necklaces, earrings, cat toys, stress balls, dryer balls and more. This will be your "go to" accent piece all winter long. 

Nature Notecards
Ann Solyst, professional artist and illustrator 
Have you ever just wanted to relax and let your artistic impulses emerge? This is the session for you. Learn the basics of watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil in this fun, relaxed card making workshop. 
  • Receive instruction on mixing colors, composition and design
  • Explore properties of each medium: watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil
  • Create several designs with inspiration and guidance from instructor
  • Complete your own assortment of notecards & matching envelopes and/or gift tags
There will be a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a lunch from home, plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe, or pre-order an Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Optional Box Lunch (add $14)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration) Thai Beef Wrap; Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta; Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta

Limit 60, Check-in at Snyder Building- Fireplace Room (2nd floor)

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
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Promise of Spring: Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

150-02-29-20
Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

After a long Minnesota winter, it's nice to be rewarded with some early spring blooms like pussy willows and forsythia! Brighten your home space with these beautiful blooming branches or gift them to a friend. In this class, you'll learn: 
  • What kinds of tree and shrub branches can be forced
  • Where to get branches for forcing, or how to wisely harvest them from your own plants
  • How to coax tree and shrub branches to bloom early and indoors
  • Take home several branches to practice what you've learned
Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 
 

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