—Valentine Cuisine for Cupids. Thursday, February 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Learning Center. $50 member $60 non-member. Indulge yourself this Valentine's week by letting Le Cordon Bleu Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard entice you with delicious cuisine and fine wine pairings. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and a five-course, small plates French menu with Latin flair, followed by Mexican warm chocolate with strawberry skewers. Register here.
—Saturdays in the Kitchen. "Chocolate: The Decadent Journey" Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-Noon. $35/$45. Learning Center. Why do we love chocolate so? Learn about—and taste—cacao and chocolate in its various forms and even create a chocolate delight of your own! Instructor Anna Bonavita,Ph.D., is a scientist with a passion for chocolate, quality and environment. Click here to register or call 952-443-1422.
—Interior Gardens. Anyone looking for low maintenance interior plants with unique forms and foliage colors should consider growing Tillandsias. Tillandsia is a genus in the Bromeliad family and includes 540 species of epiphytic plants. If you have traveled to the US Gulf Coast you have seen Tillandsia usneoides, Spanish Moss, hanging from live oaks and telephone wires. Epiphytes grow on other plants, don't have roots in soil and are sometimes called "Air Plants." In nature, Tillandsias obtain moisture from rain, fog and humid air. They obtain nutrients from dust in the air and from minerals leached out of tree leaves and bark and from debris that accumulates where the plants are anchored to a tree or some other structure.
Many Tillandsias have attractive gray, silver, red or green foliage and often the leaves are twisted or curled in interesting ways. Most are only 4-6" tall and grow very well in terrariums, anchored to a piece of bark or driftwood or just sitting in pebbles in a decorative bowl. They need bright light and should be within 6 feet of a window.
—Top 10 Plants. Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today? The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum wants to know, and is encouraging the public to nominate specific plant(s) for a state's Top 10 list. The program is being spearheaded by Professor Mary Meyer, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science and former interim director of the Arboretum. Nominations will be accepted through April 15 and may be entered here or in person at the Oswald Visitor Center.
—Tiny Treasures: Fairies & Gnomes at the Arboretum. Catch this whimsical display of miniature gardens and the fairies, sprites and gnomes that inhabit them. Look for special fairyland story times too. Read more. On display Jan. 28-March 4. Presented by Tonkadale Greenhouse.
—Asexual Reproduction: Grafting. Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $35/$45. Gain an understanding of the different methods of grafting from expert horticulturalist Jim Caulkins. Register here.
—Inside the Collection: Gone to the Birds. Wednesday, February 15, Noon-1 p.m. $7.50/$10. The Andersen Horticultural Library head Kathy Allen shares illustrated ornithological works. Register here.
—Music in the Garden: Vivaldi, Winter, and More. Thursday, February 16, 7-9 p.m. $35/$45, Oswald Visitor Center. Learn from acclaimed musicologist Daniel Freeman, Ph.D. who teaches courses in music history at the many universities and the Smithsonian Institution. Register here.
—Breathe Deeply: Tea and Aromatherapy. Saturday, Feb. 18, 9-11 a.m. $35/$45, Learning Center. Instructor: Kris James stresses the therapeutic and calming properties of both. Register here.
—Introduction to Winemaking. Saturday, February 18, 9:30 a.m.-Noon. $90/$95, Learning Center. Work with University Enologist Katie Cook, who has an advanced enology degree from the University of Burgundy. Register here.
—Walks for the Curious: Snowshoe Trek. Wednesday, February 22, 10 a.m.- Noon. $5/$7.50, Ordway Parking Lot. Arboretum naturalist Matt Schuth will lead a tromp...with snowshoes or with hiking boots...around the Arboretum's Wood Duck Pond. Register here.
—Pea Pods for Preschoolers. Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11 a.m. Fee: $100/$120.00 for 10 week series. Play, discover and learn about the natural world in these hands-on preschool sessions. There is still room to join us! Register at the Learning Center office to receive a prorated fee for the remaining sessions. Register here or call 952-443-1422