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Celebrate the seasons with floral expressions from the Arboretum. Ashley Fox Designs provides the flowers and materials, the instruction, and the inspiration. YOU create the masterpiece to take home! Advance registration strongly suggested, these workshops sell out. With Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

 holiday wreath

Make-­and­-Take: Holiday Wreath (100-­12­-05-­15)
Saturday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer

Level: all levels
It wouldn't be December without a fresh, fragrant wreath to grace your front door. Learn how to design and create your own stunning statement from a professional florist, then dive in with plenty of fresh materials and hands-on time to create your own masterpiece! Using a pre-made wreath form of spruce and cedar, infuse your design with the elements you love like eucalyptus, pods, berries, etc. for a one of a kind statement piece for your holiday decor. We love it when families sign up to take these classes together! Your wreath will help you create a warm welcome for your guests that lasts well into winter.
Learning Center, Limit 24

register  1 spot left
$89 member/$99 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class materials

 mantlepiecePhoto credit: Emily J. Followill
Southern Living Magazine 


Make-and-Take: Holiday Mantlepiece Design and Garland Construction (100-12-12-15)
Saturday, December 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed floral designer, educator, owner of Ashley Fox Designs

An evergreen garland or elegant mantelpiece can give your holiday decor an extra flourish. Using natural, organic, and long-lasting materials chosen for their color, texture, fragrance and beauty, Ashley will help you create a stunning 6-foot garland, suitable for placing on your mantle or railing, around a door frame or light post, or along the length of an oblong table. Limit 24, Learning Center

register $125 members/$140 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for your own take-home garland 

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summer dance

Hike the Sculpture Garden in Winter (125-01-03-16)
Sunday, January 3, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wendy DePaolis, Curator, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
This event will bring together individuals to experience the beauty and wonder of the arboretum sculptures in winter. Let Wendy help you discover the drama mother nature adds to the artworks during this season. Hike in sturdy boots or come in snowshoes for this guided walk. Participants will change how they view the intersection of art and nature seeing both in a whole new way.
Participants should be able to walk or snowshoe comfortably in a hilly environment. Please allow forty-five minutes to arrive and walk on your own from the Visitor Center to the Harrison Sculpture Garden where the tour will begin promptly at 10am. Dress warm with sturdy boots or snowshoes. Pre-registration required, no walk-ins.
Limit 20, Harrison Sculpture Garden

register $5 member/$12 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Japanese Weaving SAORI class

Japanese Weaving: SAORI (125-01-16-16)
Saturday January 16, 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Chiaki O'Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor. Chiaki worked as an instructor for the SAORI head office in Japan before moving to Minnesota.

Sit, relax and let go. Your natural creativity is brought forth in this gentle, mindful and meditative hand weaving process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. This contemporary weaving class called SAORI is a contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1913. SAORI literally means weaving with individual dignity. A meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The instructor helps to facilitate the vibrant community which is created in each class as individuals embrace natural beauty and are encouraged to pursue the unknown. The end result is a one of kind textile perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging filled with humanity that no machine could duplicate.
No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Optional: bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks.
Limit 9, Learning Center Tree Room


1 spot left $89 member/ $99 nonmember, includes a Arboretum admission and all materials to create a take-home completed piece.

Paint and Pint

Paint and Pint: Paint an Arboretum Winter Scene While Tasting Local Craft Beer (125-02-12-16)
Friday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, professional award-winning artist and educator

Tap into your creative side as you join others for this fun painting class with a twist. Follow Georgia as she guides you through the painting process step by step to produce a beautiful arboretum winter scene. At the same time you will get a greater understanding of local craft beer as Enki brewery will be on hand to provide tastes of their delicious brews. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $59 member / $69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, instruction, canvas, paint, brushes easel, paint smock and laughter. 

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Books in the Garden


Books in the Garden AUTUMN SERIES with Toni McNaron: Nature As Character (100-10-14-15)

Second Wednesdays October - December, noon - 1:30 p.m.

     * October 14: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
     * November 11: Renascence by Edna St Vincent Millay
     * December 9: Home by Marilynne Robinson

Toni McNaron, Award-winning University of Minnesota professor emerita of English

Landscape and setting have such an influence on our lives they often stand as their own characters in the literature we love to read. Join our thriving "book club" to expand your mind and meet new people. Read and explore several titles chosen by Toni that offer fascinating views of nature and how it affects several beloved characters in books familiar as well as new. Consider how the land has an impact on our lives and how we as humans have both tried to tame it and have been tamed by it. You'll delve into why the author decided to put nature at the heart of the writing. You'll leave refreshed by the congenial spirit of book lovers and keen
insights into the words and images. 

These books are easily available in libraries or can be custom ordered for you by the Arboretum Bookstore. 
Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room


Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, or sign up for the spring series, below!
$49 member/$65 non-member for the 3 sessions
 includes Arboretum admission

books in the garden


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
     * May 11:  Writing the Garden PART 2
     * June 8: The Botany of Desire 
     * July 13:  The Botany of Desire PART 2
     * August 10: The Morville House 
     * September 14: 
The Morville House 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 House by Katherine Swift

Limit 24, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

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

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 stone balance

Read an article about Peter Juhl in Midwest Living Magazine

Watch a clip about Peter Juhl in Kare11 Land of 10,000 Stories with Boyd Huppert

View a photo gallery of Peter Juhl's Work in the Star Tribune

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden 
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-02-27-16)
Learning Center - Tree Place
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16)
Visitor Center
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16) 
Visitor Center

Peter Juhl
, stone balancing artist,
Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but is closer to meditation or art. Peter will show you how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps of "coaxing a rock into position" using principles of physics (and some patience) to create your own sculpture. 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, Snyder Auditorium

register Saturday, February 27 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-02-27-16) Learning Center - Tree Place
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
 includes Arboretum admission


Saturday, May 21 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16) Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

register Saturday, July 30 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16)  Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission

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 the Spring/Summer 2015 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

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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
All 2015 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum's
Artistry of Nature Student Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, December 5, 2015: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m
Students, visit the Exhibitor Information page to register for your table at the show!
Exhibitor registration for this event is closed. We hope to see you at the show!