Landscaping & Design
Classes & Workshops


 Bridge over water in a Japanese Garden, image credit David Cobb
David Cobb

Through the Lens: Capturing the Art of the Japanese Garden

750-08-22-18
Wednesday, August 22
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - presentation
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Japanese Garden exploration (optional)

David Cobb, professional nature, travel and garden photographer, author of multiple Japanese garden books

Art within art: Japanese gardens are an exquisite form of art that have been developed through the centuries, and lend themselves well to another form of art- photography! Join photographer David Cobb for an hour presentation as he discusses the art and design of Japanese gardens throughout North America through a virtual tour of his beautiful images. He'll also share the elements of style and finer points of photographing Japanese gardens. You'll learn how to really see the Japanese garden- from a unified whole down to the smallest details- and how to best capture their unique beauty through the seasons. OPTIONAL: After the talk and time for questions, join David, garden guides, and other Japanese garden aficionados at 7p.m. to explore and photograph the Arboretum's own Japanese Garden with new eyes.
Limit 150, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

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


FREE CLASS! 

Planting for Pollinators

Master Gardener, University of Minnesota Extension

Extend your visit at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center with a FREE class! Are you interested in creating healthy pollinator habitats in your community, yard, or on your patio? Join other environmental enthusiasts as you dive into the science of pollination with U of M Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and discover what types of flowers, plants, and habitat bring pollinators to the garden. You will learn how to identify the pollinators you will see in the neighborhood, and develop an understanding of the threat they face in our communities. At the end of the presentation, you'll leave feeling empowered and inspired to create pollinator-friendly habitats in your community! 
Free; registration required. 
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: pen and paper

This session is full. Register for a different session, below
(150-06-23-18)
Saturday, June 23
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-06-23-18-01)
Saturday, June 23
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-07-28-18)
Saturday, July 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-07-28-18-01)
Saturday, July 28
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-08-25-18)
Saturday, August 25
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-08-25-18-01)
Saturday, August 25
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-09-22-18)
Saturday, September 22
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-09-22-18-01)
Saturday, September 22
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register


Scott E Feuer/Shutterstock 

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

Fall Series
150-10-06-18
Saturdays 9 a.m. - noon
October 6, 2018
October 13, 2018
October 27, 2018
November 10, 2018

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Do you dream about having a beautiful home landscape or have a specific landscape project in mind, but don't know how to get started? In this progressive, four-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principle of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection and more. Throughout the series, you will develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting. Hands-on, take-home assignments will have you putting pencil to paper and applying what you've learned, with time for personalized critique of your ideas. 
Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Couples Price! $189 member couple/$219 non-member couple for couples working on the same project


Indigo Bunting, credit John Pennoyer 

It's For the Birds: Inviting Migratory Birds into our Landscapes

150-10-11-18-01
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Speaker Series
Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home," national speaker and researcher

Birding is a popular Minnesota pastime, and we see many migrating species in the fall. Unfortunately, a number of these species are in steep decline, in part because our gardens and managed landscapes occupy more space than natural areas and we have not designed them with birds in mind. Join us to learn more about this challenge, and how we can take action in our own backyard, from renowned author, speaker and researcher Doug Tallamy. Shift your perspective from ornamental to ecological landscape design as Tallamy discusses what birds need from the land for food, shelter and breeding. Landscaping in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.You will leave inspired and motivated to make real change in your landscape- because, after all, it's for the birds!
Limit 200, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$25 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission



Scott E Feuer/Shutterstock 

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

Winter Series
150-01-05-19
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
January 5, 2019
January 19, 2019
February 2, 2019
February 16, 2019
March 2, 2019


Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Do you dream about having a beautiful home landscape or have a specific landscape project in mind, but don't know how to get started? In this progressive, four-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principle of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection and more. Throughout the series, you will develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting. Hands-on, take-home assignments will have you putting pencil to paper and applying what you've learned, with time for personalized critique of your ideas.
Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Couples Price! $189 member couple/$219 non-member couple for couples working on the same project



Mark MacLennan/APS

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

150-01-12-19
Saturday, January 12
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 12Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

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



Beth Markhart 

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities

150-02-02-19
Saturday, February 2, 2019
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Beth Markhart, Prairie Restorations

Learn how to bring an important native plant community onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will learn how to model native prairie plant communities with benefits such as soil-building and carbon storage, attracting beneficial insects including native pollinators, and enhancing human health and well-being. You will interact with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning using internet real-time activities during class. You will leave with a site-planning handout and list of resources, plus an understanding of how to establish your own prairie community in the spring.
Bring from home:an internet-accessible laptop
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$47 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies



Mike Heger

Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens

150-02-09-19
Saturday, February 9, 2019
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mike Heger, Lecturer and Author of "Perennials A to Z", Retired Owner Ambergate Gardens

One of the most enjoyable things about designing with perennials is the myriad of combination possibilities in the landscape. Be inspired as Michael walks you through his selection process, including flower shape, foliage color and texture along with plant form. You will see exciting examples that illustrate these principles to get you thinking about other possible combinations in your garden. This presentation includes new and recent perennial introductions that have proven to be good performers in the North. You will leave with a comprehensive list of new perennials and combinations to try.
Limit 40Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Sustainable Lawn & Turf

150-02-23-19
Saturday, February 23, 2019
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Sam Bauer, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Are you ready to give up serving your tyrannical lawn with what seems to be constant watering, chemical treatments, and mowing? There are many alternatives to those traditional Kentucky bluegrass varieties! Examine plant specimens from the greenhouse and learn to identify them. Discuss the best practical products to use for fertilizer, seed, and pest control, and consider other possible ground covers. Learn about the benefits of creating a sustainable lawn, and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices.
Limit 40Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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


 
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Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

150-03-09-19
Saturday, March 9
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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 50Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

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



Land by Hand 

Permaculture Design for Your Property

200-03-09-19
Three Saturdays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
March 9, 2019
March 16, 2019
March 30, 2019

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.
SUGGESTED
: 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



 


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Program Quick Links

FREE & LOW COST
          PlantMaker Studio
          NaturePlay for Wee Ones
         
Garden Fun Stops
         
1-Hour Tram Tour
          Guided Walking Tours

         
StoryTime
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Together Programs
          Ages 0-5 with adult
          Ages 3-5 with adult
          Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
          Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
          Ages 5-7 Day Camps
          Ages 7-11 Day Camps
          Ages 5-10 Groups/Summer Field Trips

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
          Gardening - General
          Landscaping & Design
         
Pruning Essentials
          Science of Plant Propagation
          Pollinator-Theme
          Edible Gardening
          Fungi & Mushrooms
          Herbs
         
Trees
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Master Gardener Regional Conference
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Theme
          Beekeeping
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts
          Botanical/Floral Design
         
Willow Furniture
          Gifts from the Garden - Holiday
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
          Wine
          Herbs
Health & Home

          Home & Beauty
          Healthy Living
          Herbs
          
Shinrin-yoku
          Book Club
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
          Birds
          Trees

          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          1-Hour Tram Tour
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          Animal-Assisted Interventions Trainings
          
Shinrin-yoku


 

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