Crafts
Classes & Workshops

Whatever your skill level or ability, there's a class at the Arboretum that can teach you a new, creative skill.



Rebeccas Bird Gardens

Make a Grapevine Wreath Bird Bath

(150-04-21-18)
Saturday, April 21
9:30 a.m. - noon

Reba Berge, Owner: A Precious Petals Florist, floral designer, graduate of North Dakota State University

Hanging grapevine bird baths are attractive and practical! This eco-friendly project is a great way to create bird baths for birds to drink from and to take a dip in. All birds will appreciate this additional water source and you will be happy with its natural look and feel in your garden all season long. You can hang it from a tree or shepherd hook in any outdoor space. Materials provided will be grapevine, a hanger, permanent saucer, artificial berries, seeded eucalyptus, other permanent botanicals, and an "S" hook to hang the bird bath.
Limit 30, Bee Center

$75 member/$90 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

 

Fresh Natural Spring Soap Making

(100-04-28-18)
Saturday, April 28
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Raulla Mitchell, Founder Red Note Botanica, LLC. Trained as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and a Certified Aromatherapist

Craft and create your own beautiful, moisturizing, sulfate-free soaps in a variety of fragrances and shapes. Join other Do-It-Yourselfers as you use nutrient-rich natural oils and pure essential oils to make your own springtime soaps. To customize your creations, Raulla will bring along a bouquet of fun floral molds and luscious, phthalate-free fragrances such as lemon, orange, mango, melon, coconut, jasmine, peony, sage, grapefruit, lavender, and more. Register together with a friend for a very special day - especially perfect for the gardeners in your life! You will leave with a collection of gently moisturizing and fragranced soaps for some everyday luxury at home, plus tips, source lists, and recipes to make more.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

1 spot left
$60 member/$75 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

register



Sarah Bober

Origami Earrings

(125-05-03-18)
Thursday, May 3
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

No experience necessary
To usher in the spectacular summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," join us for a fun, educational evening that will allow you show off your new-found (or long held) origami skills. You will learn the folding techniques as you work on pieces from origami and chiyogami paper. To finish the project, seal the earrings with a durable coating and attach the jewelry wires. Wear these beautiful one-of-a-kind earrings or give as gifts (Mother's Day is right around the corner). Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a unique pair of origami earrings. 
Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

$29 member/$59 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register


Dwight Sipler/Flikr

A Living Herb Wreath to Grow and Use

Select a session

Wednesday, April 25 SPOTS AVAILABLE (150-04-25-18)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
OR
Wednesday, May 9 SOLD OUT
(150-05-09-18)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Mary Beth Gullickson, Cedar Brook Garden Center, Horticulture Major in floral culture and landscape design.

Capture the magic of spring with a colorful, living wreath that is a symbol of great gardening, creativity and imagination. Display it on the deck or patio where it is easily accessible from the kitchen area and benefit from clipping fresh herbs from your wreath for cooking all season along. All materials are included for the wreath including an 18" wire base, soil, sphagnum moss and the plants. Makes a great Mother's Day gift!
BRING TO CLASS: pruning shears and optional gloves.
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

ADDITIONAL SESSION, JUST ADDED!
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(150-04-25-18)
$65 member/$80 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


Sold out, register for the April 25 session, above

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (150-05-09-18)
$65 member/$80 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


Nancy Sheridan

Origami for Adults at the Arboretum

(125-05-12-18-01)
Saturday, May 12
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kathleen Sheridan, Highly sought-after international Origami artist and instructor

No experience necessary
Discover the magic of paper. People of all ages can benefit from learning the art of Japanese paper folding. Traced back to monks from 6th Century Japan and made popular as an art form in the Edo Period (1603-1868) , this mentally and physically stimulating practice involves hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and mental coordination. Join experienced instructor and professional artist Kathleen Sheridan as she helps you create a number of nature-inspired works. Whether you have never folded paper before or are looking for a new challenge, you will love this class! Kathleen will not only give you step-by-step instruction for in-class works but she will also provide inspiration to ensure you can continue your paper folding adventure outside of the classroom walls. With a greater appreciation for the folded paper process, step outside and enjoy the monumental sculptures in the Arboretum's summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," derived from the same techniques learned in this class! Simply show up ready for fun as all supplies are included; you will leave with a variety of origami art works and inspiration to do more. Watch WCCO's Natalie Nyhus and Mike Augustyniak try their hands at origami with instructor Kathleen Sheridan at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/3393628-express-yourself-with-origami/
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Classroom 1 

NOTE: This class takes place during the annual Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale!You may want to make time after class to shop the sale. Although the Plant Sale is located at the Bee Center, we do expect heavier traffic than normal at the Arboretum Gatehouse as well. Please allow extra time for Arboretum entry and parking. More details

$39 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


photo Gergely Hideg/Flickr 

Create-Your-Own Kokedama: A Drop-in Mini Workshop 

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Are you interested in enhancing your "Origami in the Garden" experience? Drop by the Great Hall Balcony on select Saturday afternoons for a mini workshop! 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 Arboretum staff to learn more about this unique display technique, and then follow along step-by-step in creating your own kokedama to take home. 

The drop-in workshop will take a half hour or less and you can arrive anytime within the time frames listed below.

$15 fee per 4" kokedama and includes a helpful care sheet. Does not include Arboretum admission.
First come first served- limit 12 participants at a time.

PURCHASE OPTIONS: 

Same-Day Walk-In
Walk-in and pay in person at the project location 

OR

Reserve Online
Pre-Register your spot online (select from options below) by 9am Friday prior to the session and come any time between 2 and 4pm.

(150-05-12-18)
Saturday, May 12
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 
Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 90 total, 12 participants at a time, Bee Center (find us at the Plant Sale!)
register
(150-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register
(150-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register
(150-09-15-18)
Saturday, September 15
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register
(150-10-13-18)
Saturday, October 13
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony
register


photo: Valerie/Flikr 

Birdcage Succulent Planter 

(150-05-17-18)
Thursday, May 17
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Theresa Mieseler, Mieseler, Herb Grower and Consultant, Shady Acres Herb Farm

We're obsessed with succulents! They require little water and can be planted almost anywhere. With little more than succulents, a birdcage (old or new), sphagnum moss and soil, you can add a unique, whimsical splash of greenery to your garden. Class will include an overview of succulents, proper care and maintenance, and then enjoy filling your birdcage with delightful succulents selected by Theresa. Take your completed birdcage home to hang outdoors in your garden or on your patio. You can even keep the door open and watch the black capped chickadees perch on it! Bring your own birdcage to class, preferably one that opens from the top, measuring 14" or less in height and 10" in diameter. Birdcages can be found in vintage shops, garage sales, on Amazon.com, eBay, Craigslist, orientaltrading.com, Michaels stores (call first to check) and Michaels.com, homedepot.com, to name a few. All supplies are provided except the birdcage.
BRING TO CLASS: your birdcage, pruning shears and optional gardening gloves. 
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except for birdcage 
register


Sheryl Tuorila

Agate Landscapes - Glass-on-Glass Mosaics Weekend Workshop

(125-06-02-18-01)
Saturday, June 2
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
AND
Sunday, June 3
noon - 4:00 p.m.

Sheryl Tuorila, Professional artist and instructor whose work can be found in countless private homes as well as many hospitals, libraries, and the MSP Airport

No experience necessary
Glass is an incredibly diverse medium for mosaic work! Join other art enthusiasts for a two-day weekend workshop that will result in your own beautiful 9"x11" framed window hanging featuring a stunning Brazilian agate slice. On the first day, award winning instructor Sheryl Tuorila will present an introduction to glass-on-glass mosaic, and walk you through designing your mosaic. You will finish out the day by cutting and adhering design onto the glass. On the second day, you will grout and polish your project. This two-day class is filled with fun and laughter. You won't believe how the time flies as your creativity soars! Leave with a spectacular finished project and the enthusiasm and knowledge to continue working in this medium.
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

$175 member/$195 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

Saturday in the Kitchen: Beeswax Beauty

(801-07-21-18)
Saturday, July 21
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Beeswax has long been used in beauty products and is a natural, toxin-free way to add protective, emolliating, and softening elements to skincare. Come with your friends to try a variety of beeswax-based beauty treatments, and create your own spa products in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting! You won't have to book an appointment at a spa to enjoy luxurious products such as Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash, Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream and Happy Heel Lemon Foot Salve. You will leave feeling refreshed, carrying samples to share at home as well as a comprehensive handout with recipes!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

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


Bim

Bent Willow Furniture

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author

Level: All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming back to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had. Prices listed are per project, and include a box lunch or dinner. 

HOW IT WORKS
Images of each project are available on the website. Projects are grouped by similar construction techniques; you will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim and his assistants will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. The amount of time to complete a project varies based on the student; the times listed are an estimate.

ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Required Equipment
Bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards). 
Suggested Equipment
Loppers, wire cutters, and any snacks/drinks (drinking fountain available on-site)

Registration Deadline
All registrations must be received no later than Friday, August 3 at 3pm in order for Bim to harvest the required willow materials for your project.

 
MORNING SESSION: MISC PIECES
  birdhouse bench

"Birdhouse" Bench

(200-08-11-18-03)
YES! A Birdhouse is at the top of the bench!
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 48" x 40" x 14"

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
register
  coffee table 

Coffee Table

(200-08-11-18-04)
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 6, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 17" x 36" x 24"

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and and all raw materials to build a 4' willow coffee table
register
   bakers rack

Baker's Rack or Potting Bench

(200-08-11-18-05)
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 66" x 40" x 24"

$325 member/$360 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 5' tall baker's rack/potting bench
register
AFTERNOON SESSION: CHAIRS & LOVESEATS
  willow chair 

Willow Chair

(200-08-11-18)
Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

$325 member/$360 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow chair
register
   willow loveseat

Willow Loveseat

(200-08-11-18-01)
Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 4, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 50" 28"

$400 member/$440 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow loveseat
register
  willow rocker

Willow Rocking Chair

(200-08-11-18-02)
Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Limit 6, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 46" 32" 28"

$400 member/$440 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all raw materials to build a willow rocking chair
register


Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn

(200-08-24-18)
Friday, August 24
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Gain a greater appreciation for native natural materials, and the artistry by which they are transformed into baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket with a variety of natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels- Linda will provide plenty of individualized attention to ensure you succeed. You will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. You will leave with a completed coiled ~5" diameter basket, and the skills to make more baskets at home. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class or dine in the Arboretum Cafe. 
BRING FROM HOME: small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses (if needed), bag lunch (optional).
Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except those noted above
register 


Herbal and Goat Milk Soap Making

(100-08-26-18)
Sunday, August 26
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Join acclaimed herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun full-day, hands-on soap-making workshop! Start out learning the basics of herbs and soapmaking, then dive into a hands-on experience, making two styles of traditional soap with herbs and fresh goat's milk. Linda will discuss other soap skills, such as felting soap and working with loofah (a natural gourd product). Take home an appreciation for the natural world, nine bars of soap made in class, plus instructions and recipes for making soap at home. NOTE: Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register

 
Leslie Granbeck

Felted Slippers

(125-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Leslie Granbeck, Minneapolis-based feltmaker and instructor whose classes are full of color, creativity and adventure, www.fiberenvy.net

No experience necessary
Custom-made, cozy and warm, felted slippers are great for the colder months ahead!. Using fine, soft Corriedale wool provides long silky fibers that feel smooth next to your skin. Learn to layer colorful wool fibers over a custom pattern made from your own feet. Then, explore traditional wet felting techniques and transform the fibers into durable felted slippers. Perhaps you will want to decorate with a variety of plant fibers available such as bamboo, rose, corn and silk. You can even make them reversible! We're on our feet a lot in felting classes, some physical stamina is needed. All supplies included to create and take home one pair of slippers. 

BRING FROM HOME:2-3 hand towels, 2 old bath towels, sharp scissors, pair of flip flops (or similar) to wear between "fittings" and a plastic bag to carry home wet items. 
SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL): apron, bag lunch as the Bee Center has no food options on-site.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

$99 member/$139 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register


 

 


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