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 Eco Print

Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum (125-09-17-16)
Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jean Manrique, natural dye/eco print fiber artist and instructor whose work can be found throughout Twin Cities galleries and gift shops including the Arboretum, MIA and the Guthrie.

Using a natural hand dyed scarf, learn how to impress foliage: leaving the colors and shapes of the plant material intact on the scarf. This process is possible due to the unique anatomy of the leaves and requires no external dyes, inks or paints. You will delve into biology and explore the chemistry of the plants you choose to use. Class begins with a search for your custom combination of leaves, or bring some of your own from home. Back in the classroom, Jean will introduce the artistic elements of composition, design and color as you create your wearable masterpiece: The plants are bundled and steamed to extract pigment, then washed and ironed to produce your finished product. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through the unique project. All materials are included in the fee. Come dressed for a nature walk and prepared to have fun. Limit 10, Learning Center

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$62 member/ $74 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies including a natural hand-dyed silk scarf.
 

Graphite

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Graphite: Drawing the Honeybee (125-09-24-16)
Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels

Discover how to use graphite to draw realistic renditions of the honeybee by translating what is seen in three dimensions onto paper. Design and composition principles will be covered, including line, color, texture and values. Become familiar with a variety of graphite forms, from soft putty-like material to hard pencil. Carlyn provides personal attention and step-by-step demonstrations to teach you tricks of the trade as you build layers for the darkest darks and correct handling for the lightest lights. As you work through the morning, learning and using techniques such as blending, shading and introducing light sources, you will bring your pollinator to life. At the completion of each of this supportive, enjoyable session, leave with a a beautiful work of art as well as a greater understanding of the artistic process and uses of graphite. Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center Classroom
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$74 member / $87 non-member  for each class, includes Arboretum admission

register $74 member / $87 non-member for each class, includes Arboretum admission
bundle Bundle and Save! Bundle both Drawing the Honeybee Classes (Graphite in the morning and Colored Pencil in the afternoon) for $126 member/$146 non-member

Colored Pencil

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Colored Pencil: Drawing the Honeybee (125-09-24-16-02)
Saturday, September 24, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels

Discover the amazing possibilities of colored pencils to draw realistic renditions of the honeybee by translating what is seen in three dimensions onto paper.  Design and composition principles will be covered, including line, color, texture and values. This session allows the student an opportunity to try this versatile artistic medium which allows for great diversity.  Carlyn provides personal attention and step-by-step demonstrations to teach you tricks of the trade as you discover how bright highlights and deep shadows are achieved to mix colors and render details in a whole new way. Gain a new appreciation for the vivid colors of pollinators as your work captures the bright beauty of nature. At the completion of each of this supportive, enjoyable session, leave with a a beautiful work of art as well as a greater understanding of the artistic process and uses of colored pencils. 
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center Classroom
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register $74 member  / $87 non-member for each class, includes Arboretum admission

 Bundle Bundle and Save! Bundle both Drawing the Honeybee Classes (Graphite in the morning and Colored Pencil in the afternoon) for $126 member/$146 non-member

Bountiful Harvest

Photo credit: Georgia Kandiko

Watercolor: Paint the Bountiful Harvest (4-Class Series) (125-10-04-16)
Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: October 4, 11, 18 and 25
Georgia Kandiko, Signature member MN Watercolor Society with 30 years of teaching and painting experience
Level: Beginner

Celebrate the harvest with watercolor! Whenever you come across still life paintings depicting subjects like bread, fruits and vegetables, you're actually seeing the results of a long tradition of food in art. Archaeologists have found drawings of food on the walls of Egyptian pyramids and Greeks and Romans prided themselves in the realistic depiction of food in art. The exquisite realism produced by the 17th century Dutch artists' helped create a new genre. Join this long tradition by producing four complete 12" x 12" watercolors which capture the bountiful harvest. Juicy MN apples, vibrant pumpkins, sumptuous grapes and classic corn will serve as your muse.
In this 4-class series, you will produce a different fruit or vegetable each week. Georgia will provide a guided framework while also allowing your natural creativity to come forth. There is no need to frame this finished product. The watercolor paper is affixed to canvas using archival materials, then sprayed with a UV protectant and finished with a coat of wax for durability and a fresh contemporary look. Hang your completed together in a grid, or give individual pieces away as special gifts. The weekly format ensures friendships and fun. You will see your skills advance week to week in this supportive atmosphere. Limit 16, Learning Center

register $139 member/$152 non-member, includes all four sessions, Arboretum admission and all supplies for each class.
 


Inspiration photo by Lester Hughes-Seamans

Paint & Pairings: Autumn Trees & Beer Pairings(125-10-06-16)
Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  
Georgia Kandiko, professional award-winning artist and educator.
LEVEL: All Levels

Paint a seasonal scene with the Arboretum as your muse and inspired pairings as a fun way to make new friends. Join others in a relaxed indoor setting as you are guided step-by-step through the painting process in a fun, friendly atmosphere...from blank canvas to completed masterpiece! These classes are always filled with lots of laughter and learning as Georgia ensures you leave not only with a beautiful scene but also enhanced knowledge of painting with acrylics. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required!

"Tap" into your creative side as you paint an autumnal Arboretum scene! The golds and yellows provide a wonderful contrast to the monumental trunks in the foreground. The same colors can be found in the delicious local craft brews you will be sampling and learning about in this popular class.
Limit 20, Learning Center 

register $69 member/$89 non-memberincludes beer, snacks, Arboretum admission, all art supplies, conducted in an entertaining, creative atmosphere. 

Fall

Photo credit: Pat Witherow

Watercolor Landscape Fundamentals: Paint the Arboretum in Fall (125-10-08-16)
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LEVEL: All levels
David Smith, signature member of the MN Watercolor Society and Northstar Watermedia Society with over 20 years of teaching, awarded Best in Show at the MN Watercolor Society Spring 2016 Juried Show.

Join popular instructor David Smith for a comprehensive watercolor workshop featuring the Arboretum's fall landscapes as your muse. All areas of the watercolor painting process will be covered, with emphasis throughout the workshop on organization and simplification of darks and lights, value and color relationships, edges, movement and mass to create a dynamic, coherent composition. The class begins with a walk into the Arboretum where David will do a plein air (open air) demonstration to help students understand what makes a great landscape painting, the importance of color choice, values, and how to unify the work. Then the Arboretum, ablaze with autumn color, will inspire the creation of your own unique painting back in the classroom, using photographs provided by the instructor. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual coaching to ensure all students take their work to the next level. David's relaxed style of painting and teaching will encourage your artistic creativity. See supply list 
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: Bring an iPad or Smartphone to use during the plein air demonstration in order to capture your own fall landscape for future at-home painting.
OPTIONAL: During the lunch break, bring your own picnic, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the line and pre-order a boxed lunch. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center

register $89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$101 member with lunch/$111 non-member with lunch
 

Beeswax

Photo credit: Clare O'Neill

Where Photographs meet Beeswax: Contemporary Photo Encaustic (125-10-29-16)
Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. each day
Clare O'Neill, nationally renowned artist and teacher, featured photo encaustic exhibitor in the Reedy Gallery this August
Level: Beginners; for anyone with interest in photography and/or interest in creating a new art form

Encaustic, or hot wax, art dates back to the Greeks, was revived by Jasper Johns, and has enjoyed a steady gain in popularity. Contemporary Photo Encaustic is a method in which photography meets hot beeswax, pigments and playfulness. Using molten beeswax, texture and translucency are added to create mysterious elements in the art piece, drawing the viewer further into the work in a remarkable, seductive, and intoxicating manner. This two-day workshop is designed for beginners to learn the basic techniques of Contemporary Photo Encaustic. Limited class size permits Clare to give each student a tremendous amount of attention in this fun and, supportive environment. Day one begins by learning which types of photographs benefit most from the encaustic process, then photographing an Arboretum subject (using a digital camera or Smartphone), printing, and mounting the image onto 8"x10" wooden panels. On day two, you will transform the photographic image into a work of art with molten beeswax. Release your creativity by playing with pigments, using brush techniques, and manipulating drips to create a unique image full spontaneity. Leave class with a completed work of art and a re-awakened sense of creativity and self-expression. Novices and photographers alike will enjoy exploring the creative possibilities of taking photographs to new dimension! Limit 10, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center
OPTIONAL: The Bee and Pollination Discovery Center does not have food on-site. During the lunch breaks, bring your own picnic, drive over to the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the line and pre-order a boxed lunch for both days! $24 includes a box lunch on both days with choice of sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.

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$195 member NO LUNCH (includes $160 Tuition + $35 Materials)/$240 non-member NO LUNCH (includes $205 Tuition + $35 Materials), includes two days Arboretum admission and all supplies.

$219 member WITH LUNCH (includes $160 Tuition + $35 Materials + $24 for 2 box lunches)/$264 non-member WITH LUNCH (includes $205 Tuition + $35 Materials + $24 for 2 box lunches), includes two days Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

charms

Photo credit: Sarah Bober

The Nature of Charms: Creating Silver Jewelry Sustainably (125-11-05-16)
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Level: Beginner
Sarah Bober started creating jewelry in 2007 and teaching in 2009. She specializes in metal clay and is a certified Clay and Resin instructor.

Create fine silver charms for bracelets, earrings, or necklaces using a variety of design materials and the sustainable medium, Precious Metal Clay (PMC). PMC was created in the early 1990's as a way to recover silver, gold and platinum from discarded computers, medical instruments and photography supplies. In this class Sarah provides a fun, interactive setting to explore this new art form. Learn how to use this flexible medium which can be rolled, stamped, cut, and manipulated like traditional clay. Finished pieces are kiln or torch fired to become 99.9% pure silver. In this class you will try two techniques for making metal clay charms: creating reusable molds and circular pressed seal designs. The molds you create will go home with you and can be used again and again. All materials will be provided by the instructor. At the end of class you will have created pieces of exquisite jewelry to keep or give as gifts. Pieces will be fired after class and available for pickup at the Arboretum within 1 week. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be included. Limit 12, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$115 nonmember, includes Arboretum admission and all materials (value $60): 25 grams of Art Clay Silver, embeddable fine silver jump rings, cubic zirconias, two-part silicone mold compound, jump rings, and clasp
 

Resin

Photo credit: Sarah Bober

Create Your Own Resin Jewelry (125-11-12-16)
Saturday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Level: Beginner
Sarah Bober started creating jewelry in 2007 and teaching in 2009. She specializes in metal clay and is a certified Level One Clay and Resin instructor.

Join us in learning one of the hottest trends in jewelry today - Resin. UV resin is a versatile medium for making individual wearable pieces with a quick cure time, unlike traditional 2-part epoxies. Learn how to use resin to create unique charms that can be turned into earrings, bracelets, or pendants. With a focus on nature-inspired designs, students will learn how to properly prep design materials, correctly use UV resin, create color and texture. Sarah will guide you each step of the way, and her contagious enthusiasm will ensure you leave with confidence, excitement, and multiple pendants ready for earrings and necklace (chain provided). Start your journey through the endless possibilities of resin! All materials included. Class Limit 16, Learning Center

register  $69 member / $89 non-member, includes bezels, UV resin, design materials and Arboretum admission

Open Studio

Photo credit: Seregam/Shuttestock

Arboretum Art Open Studio: Your place to create and converge! (125-01-03-17)
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 3, 2017 through Tuesday March 28, 2017
All levels, mediums and abilities are welcome

Do you need a beautiful and inspiring space to practice your art? Do you enjoy the community of other artists for support and encouragement? There is no better place than the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to continue your artistic journey! Set in the exquisite Edwin Lundee-designed Tea Room, you will find inspiration inside and out all year around. As you gaze through the windows or step onto the Tea Room Outdoor Terrace, you encounter one-of-a-kind observational nature opportunities. Simply bring your own supplies; tables, chairs and easy water access are available for your convenience. On those chilly mornings be greeted by the warmth of the fireplace and fellow artists busy at their craft. Whether you are just beginning or have been practicing your art for many years, everyone benefits from this supportive welcoming environment. One fee allows admittance for all Tuesdays listed above. Limit 20, Snyder Tearoom - Visitor Center

register $39 member/$155 non-member, includes rental room space and Arboretum admission
 

Tropical Pastel

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Pastel: The Art of Tropical Birds (125-01-28-17)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels
Choose one session or all three to explore pastels, watercolors and/or acrylics. A different bird will be rendered in each of the three separate classes, using photographs (or if luck permits, the possibility of live tropical birds). The brilliant, saturated color palette of these exquisite creates will be an important focus of each class and are sure to cure your cabin fever. By closely examining how feathers display color, your understanding of these creatures and ability to render them more accurately is enhanced. Allow yourself to relax and be expertly guided through these mediums with step-by-step instruction as you experience the joy-filled art process. Your take-home work will reflect your own unique style. Come to the Arboretum with friends, or make new ones, at these unique tropical getaways in the middle of Minnesota's winter - shorts and flowered shirts optional. Supply list

The pastel class offers the artist luscious velvety textures. The deep rich colors achieve a splendid luminosity perfectly suited to tropical birds. Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center
OPTIONAL: During the lunch break, bring your own, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the line and pre-order a boxed lunch. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.
 

register $74 member (no box lunch)/ $87 non-member (no box lunch), includes Arboretum admission
$86 member includes box lunch/ $99 non-member includes box lunch
 
bundle Bundle and save! Bundle all three Art of Tropical Birds: Watercolor, Pastel and Acrylic for $199 member/ $235 nonmember

Tropical Watercolor

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Watercolor: The Art of Tropical Birds (125-02-04-17)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels
Choose one session or all three to explore pastels, watercolors and/or acrylics. A different bird will be rendered in each of the three separate classes, using photographs (or if luck permits, the possibility of live tropical birds). The brilliant, saturated color palette of these exquisite creates will be an important focus of each class and are sure to cure your cabin fever. By closely examining how feathers display color, your understanding of these creatures and ability to render them more accurately is enhanced. Allow yourself to relax and be expertly guided through these mediums with step-by-step instruction as you experience the joy-filled art process. Your take-home work will reflect your own unique style. Come to the Arboretum with friends, or make new ones, at these unique tropical getaways in the middle of Minnesota's winter - shorts and flowered shirts optional. Supply list

Feel the energy and immediacy of this paint process. Light shoots through your brushstroke of color dissolving forms and offering the most serendipitous of moments. Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center
OPTIONAL: During the lunch break, bring your own, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the line and pre-order a boxed lunch. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie. 

register $74 member (no box lunch)/ $87 non-member (no box lunch), includes Arboretum admission
$86 member includes box lunch/ $99 non-member includes box lunch
 
bundle Bundle and save! Bundle all three Art of Tropical Birds: Watercolor, Pastel and Acrylic for $199 member/ $235 nonmember


Inspiration photo by Al Whitaker

Paint & Pairings: Winter Splendor & Chocolate Pairings (125-02-10-17)
Friday, February 10th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, professional award-winning artist and educator.
LEVEL: All Levels

Paint a seasonal scene with the Arboretum as your muse and inspired pairings as a fun way to make new friends. Join others in a relaxed indoor setting as you are guided step-by-step through the painting process in a fun, friendly atmosphere...from blank canvas to completed masterpiece! These classes are always filled with lots of laughter and learning as Georgia ensures you leave not only with a beautiful scene but also enhanced knowledge of painting with acrylics. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required!

Paint a crisp winter day at the Arboretum while surrounded by new friends and sampling chocolate! As Georgia guides you step-by-step to create your masterpiece, you will also be educated and inspired as you learn the history and legend surrounding chocolate. Please your palette with paint and your palate with chocolate for a fun night to remember! 
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes several types of chocolate, Arboretum admission, all art supplies, encouraging setting.
Tropical Acrylic

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Acrylic: The Art of Tropical Birds (125-02-11-17)
Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels
Choose one session or all three to explore pastels, watercolors and/or acrylics. A different bird will be rendered in each of the three separate classes, using photographs (or if luck permits, the possibility of live tropical birds). The brilliant, saturated color palette of these exquisite creates will be an important focus of each class and are sure to cure your cabin fever. By closely examining how feathers display color, your understanding of these creatures and ability to render them more accurately is enhanced. Allow yourself to relax and be expertly guided through these mediums with step-by-step instruction as you experience the joy-filled art process. Your take-home work will reflect your own unique style. Come to the Arboretum with friends, or make new ones, at these unique tropical getaways in the middle of Minnesota's winter - shorts and flowered shirts optional. Supply list

Work with a brilliant, fast drying medium that can be applied in the thinnest of glazes or layered thickly like oil paints. In addition to a rainbow of vibrant colors, this paint is very durable and doesn't crack or fade. Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center
OPTIONAL: During the lunch break, bring your own, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the line and pre-order a boxed lunch. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.

register $74 member (no box lunch)/ $87 non-member (no box lunch), includes Arboretum admission
$86 member includes box lunch/ $99 non-member includes box lunch
 
bundle Bundle and save! Bundle all three Art of Tropical Birds: Watercolor, Pastel and Acrylic for $199 member/ $235 nonmember

 sketchbooks
credit Pam Luer

Nature Sketchbooks: A Visual Journal (125-02-16-17)
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 16 & 23
Pam Luer, artist and instructor for nearly 20 years; her art has been licensed onto products sold at Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other retailers.
All levels encouraged to attend

Held in the lush oasis of the Arboretum's Meyers-Deats Conservatory, this 2-session workshop is for anyone who wants to take their art with them-from their backyard, to the park, or on their next vacation. In the spirit of John James Audubon, the sketchbook has long been favored as a visual journal by natural artists for its portability, flexibility and the freedom to experiment. All you need is a love of nature, an inquisitive eye, and a few carefully selected drawing tools. Under Pam's expert guidance, participants will learn to observe and draw in new ways while expanding their understanding of the natural world and sharpening observation skills. Unique to this class will be time spent with the Arboretum's orchid specialist Ricky Garza as he reveals some of the mysteries and history of these beloved flowering plants. Put skills to use right away and enjoy the rewards of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around. Limit 12, Snyder Building: Meyers-Deats Conservatory and Tea Room
Supply list 

register $64 member/$89 non-member, includes both sessions and Arboretum admission
 

 Watercolor Spring

Watercolor: Early Spring Bloomers (125-02-18-17)
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 18, February 25, March 4 and March 11
Georgia Kandiko, Signature member MN Watercolor Society with 30 years of teaching and painting experience
Level: Beginner
Celebrate the coming spring in this 4-class series that will guide you through the process of creating a series of four uniquely beautiful 12" x 12" watercolor paintings of early blooming plants featuring snow drops, siberian squill, daffodils and tulips. Georgia is known for being able to coax the best out of every student by giving insights and direction to assist each individual. You will discover your own artistic talent, be encouraged, and meet new, artistic friends through the series. There is no need to frame this finished product. The watercolor paper is affixed to canvas with archival materials, then sprayed with a UV protectant and finished with a coat of wax for durability for a fresh contemporary look. Hang the four together in a grid, or give individual pieces away as special gifts. Limit 16, Snyder Building (Fireplace Room)

register All four classes for $139 member/$152 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies for each class  

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WRITING AND LITERATURE

books in the garden

SPRING/SUMMER 2016 

Books in the Garden SPRING/SUMMER SERIES 2016: Digging Deeper into Gardens and Gardening (100-04-13-16)
Second Wednesdays April - September, noon - 1:30 p.m.
April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

     * April 13: Writing the Garden
PART 1
     * May 11:  Writing the Garden PART 2
     * June 8: The Botany of Desire 
PART 1
    * July 13:  The Botany of Desire PART 2 
     * August 10: The Morville Year 
PART 1
     * September 14: 
The Morville Year PART 2 

Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

In these meetings, we will explore in a leisurely fashion three books about the intricacies of garden-making and plant/flower life. We'll read approximately half of each book for each month's session before having our usual lively and productive discussions.

April and May: Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

June and July: The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

August and September: The Morville Year by Katherine Swift

Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register 5 spots left
$98 member/$130 non-member
for the 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission 

 Books in the Garden

Books in the Garden: Fall Potpourri (100-­10­-12­-16)
Second Wednesdays October ­ December, noon ­ 1:30 p.m.
October 12, November 9, December 14
Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-­winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

Relax and enjoy three books different from one another and all worth our attention. In October, read Sara Stein's immensely influential book, Noah's Garden, in which she gives advice on how to make our backyard gardens more environmentally friendly. In November, enter a fanciful world based in a garden, written by Peter Reynolds and entitled Rose's Garden. And in December, as our weather begins to turn colder, we'll listen to Tara Heavey tell us about a resplendent winter garden in her book entitled Winter Bloom. Then this class will hibernate until next April when we and the world around us once again blooms.

Limit 24, Snyder Building ­ Fireplace Room

register $49 member/$65 non-­member for the 3 sessions, includes Arboretum admission

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STONE BALANCING

stones

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon (100­-10-­22­-16)
OR
Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m. (100­-10-­22­-16-­02)
OR
Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon (100-­02­-11-­17)
OR
Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m. (100­-02-­11-­17-­02)

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Peter will explain simple techniques using shape, weight, and friction to create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones. You'll get plenty of hands-­on time and coaching to help you develop your new­-found abilities and overcome obstacles. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, and learn about design, composition, and helpful tips on more advanced balancing. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden. You'll never look at stones in the same way again! This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, suggested minimum age for this class is 12. An assortment
of practice rocks will be available to use during class.

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission

CRAFTS


Air Plant 

All About Air Plants (100­-10-­08-­16)
Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. -­ 11:30 a.m.
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Discover a unique gem to add to your houseplant collection. The genus Tillandsia, or air plants, are a specialized type of plant native to the Americas. They do not require soil to survive, making them a great conversation piece for your home and a suitable live subject for endless artistic displays! Jessica will guide you in building your own unique display with several different species of Tillandsia and driftwood and other natural materials. You will also learn how to best care for these unique plants­ they still need water and light, even if they're not planted in soil!

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $75 member/$90 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies for a take­home air plant display

 Leaf

Anatomy of a Leaf (100-­10­-15-­16)
Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. -­ 11 a.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager

In this season of fiery fall color, take a moment to reflect on the biology and intricacy of a leaf. Laura will demonstrate the process by which you can "skeletonize", or remove all but the veins, from certain types of leaves. You will be able to create some of your own skeletonized leaves, perfect for many crafts, while engaging in a discussion about photosynthesis, why and how leaves change color, and much more. Afterward, we'll try our hand at making autumn leaf roses using vibrantly colorful leaves of the season such as sugar maple. You'll leave with several skeletonized leaves, an autumn leaf rose, and a handout with instructions to make more.

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $39 member/$49 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

 Holiday Wreath

Holiday Wreath Making (100­-12-­03-­16)
Saturday, December 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager

Where better to create a show­-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Laura will show you the steps to creating a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame, using fresh materials cut just for you. While you make your masterpiece, learn about the beautiful shrubs and trees the branches came from to gain additional inspiration for your winter landscape. Give your wreath finishing touches with the addition of cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even a pomander ball! 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. Bring gloves and pruners, and dress for sap!

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $89 member/$99 non­member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies for one wreath plus one pomander
 
 Terrariums

Terrariums: An Ecosystem in Miniature (100-­02-­18-­17)
Saturday, February 18, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Jessica will help you build your own little ecosystem that will sustain itself with a minimum of care year­-round. The terrarium is enclosed and can sit on a tabletop to create a welcome, verdant focal point for your home! You are invited to bring a child or grandchild (suggested age 5 and up)-- terrariums are suited to small hands and can introduce children to plant ecology (without anyone realizing that it's science...). Containers with lids, three plants plus cuttings, moss, gravel, charcoal, gravel, decorative river rock, and a small accessory will be provided.
Bring shears, gloves, a small hand trowel and, if you wish, your own special accessory, and dress for greenhouse work.
Limit 24, Learning Center

register $75 member/$90 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies for one terrarium 

 Kokedama

Creating Kokedama (100­-03-­11-­17)
Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. ­- 11:30 a.m.
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Kokedama is a Japanese variant of bonsai, in which live moss is essentially used as a container for another plant. These moss balls can hold many types of houseplants, from ferns to orchids. They are equally beautiful displayed on a table or suspended by your window and are easy to care for. Join Jessica to learn more about this unique display technique, and then follow along step by step in creating your own kokedama to take home. Includes handout with background, instructions and directions for care. Bring gloves and scissors, if desired.
Limit 24, Learning Center

register $75 member/$90 non­member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view theSpring/Summer 2016 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

December Art Exhibit and Sale
Due to a special Exhibit, the "Artistry of Nature" student show and sale will not happen in 2016. Thank you for your understanding.