Gardening & Horticulture - General
Classes & Workshops


 herbs
photo: Oliver Hoffmann/Shutterstock

Indoor Herbs: Pot up Your Own to Grow Over the Winter (150-10-26-17)
Thursday, October 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm and herb expert

It can be so tempting to pick up herb plants at the grocery over the winter, but what herbs grow best indoors and how do you take care of them? Learn from the very best: Theresa of Shady Acres Herb Farm will discuss everything you need to know to grow herbs over the winter, from varieties and plant selection to soil, light, fertilizer and containers. The class will conclude with time to pot up a handful of fragrant and delicious herb plants for you to take home. You will leave with five herbs, a comprehensive handout, and the confidence to grow these flavorful plants through the cold season to be able to cook with them year-round! Bring pruning shears and gardening gloves.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

 register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$45 member/$57 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

native grasses
photo Mary Meyer 

Using Native Grasses in your Landscape (150-10-28-17)
Saturday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Mary Hockenberry Meyer, Professor and Extension Horticulturist - U of M, Author

Are you interested in a landscape with color, deer resistance, texture, and winter interest? Consider using native grasses! Mary will share her wealth of knowledge on the topic as you and other home gardeners consider the species that are best for your property. You will learn how these grasses support native butterflies, and how you can grow these plants in your gardens. Mary will share a comprehensive list of species and cultivars to choose from, with differing color, texture, and size. Weather permitting, the class with conclude with a tour of the Arboretum's grass collection to see the plants in person.
Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

home landscape
photo Scott E Feuer/shutterstock  

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy  (150-01-06-18)
Saturdays, January 6, 20 and February 3, 17, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota 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 principles 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, Learning Center

register 3 spots left
$139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

$189/$219 couples working on the same project


lawn future

Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky Bluegrass to Low Maintenance Options (150-01-20-18)
Saturday, January 20 9:30 a.m. - noon
Douglas Owens-Pike, Author of "Beautifully Sustainable"

Tired of mowing, watering, fertilizing, raking to keep up with your neighbors? Learn how the lawn of the future will free you from those chores while staying within the rough conventions of lawn appearance. Douglas will share examples of "No Mow" conversions, and discuss the considerations, planning, and implementation it took to get there. He will then discuss how you can design, convert, and care for a "No Mow" lawn in your own yard. You will leave with a comprehensive handout complete with a list of resources, and the knowledge you need to get started this spring.
Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

creating habitats
photo Kelly Colgan Azar/Flikr

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden (150-02-03-18)
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
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 22, Oswald Visitor Center

register $30 member/$42 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 starting seeds

Edible Garden Year: Ordering and Starting your own Seeds (150-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


It's the season for seed catalogs, and boy are they tantalizing... glossy images of ruby tomatoes, piles of watermelon, bundles of carrots. Before you bite off more than you can chew, join Christy and Laura to learn more about the basics of seed starting. They will cover seed/cultivar selection for Minnesota, what seeds can be started inside, needed materials and tips for trickier plants. The Andersen Horticulture Reference Library will be on hand to share information about their massive seed catalog collection. You will leave with a collection of starter seeds, and a catalog or two to peruse. 
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

REGISTER $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
  Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

perennial
photo Michael Heger 

Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens (150-02-10-18)
Saturday, February 10, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Michael Heger, Lecturer and Co-Author of "Growing Perennials in Cold Climates", Owner of Ambergate Horticultural Consulting

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 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

trees 

Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees (150-02-10-18-03)
Saturday, February 10, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Proper and timely pruning is a fundamental horticultural practice essential to the health and performance of many landscape plants, including deciduous and coniferous trees. With Jim's expert guidance, you will come to understand the basic principles of pruning that are essential for the long-term health, vigor and productivity of your trees. You will learn the process of carefully planning a pruning job, when and how to prune, and how to train the trees that are already growing in your landscape as well as the pruning requirements of new trees you might plant. Weather permitting, you will also spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques- be sure to come dressed and ready to spend time outdoors!
Limit 22, Visitor Center

COUPON 
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 10 & 17 and receive $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. 
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

shrubs
photo barockschloss/Flickr 

Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines, and Herbaceous Species (150-02-17-18-02)
Saturday, February 17, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Proper and timely pruning is a fundamental horticultural practice essential to the health and performance of many landscape plants, including shrubs, woody vines and even most herbaceous species. With Jim's expert guidance, you will learn when and how to prune and train these landscape plants for long-term health, vigor, and beauty. You will also learn how to avoid common mistakes that can cause physiological and aesthetic damage. After you discuss the planning process, weather permitting, you will also spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques- be sure to come dressed and ready to spend time outdoors!
Limit 22, Visitor Center

COUPON 
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 10 & 17 and receive $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. 
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

woodland wildflowers
photo Steve Kelly 

Early Spring Beauties: Woodland Wildflowers and How to Grow Them in Minnesota (150-02-17-18)
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. - noon
Steve Kelley, Owner, Kelley and Kelley Nursery

Isn't it amazing how we northern gardeners eagerly anticipate the first welcome blooms of spring? Much of the earliest color in our landscape is courtesy of the woodland wildflowers that are trained to bloom extra early, taking advantage of spring sunshine before the trees above them leaf out. Join Steve of Kelley and Kelley Nursery for a refresher on wildflowers- both native and non-native- as well as some that might not be so familiar. You will discuss their culture and propagation, and best practices for including them in your own garden.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

Prairie
pohoto Beth Markhart 

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities (150-02-24-18)
Saturday, February 24, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Beth Markhart, Outreach & Training Coordinator for Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Learn how to bring an important ecosystem onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will learn how to mimic native prairie plant communities for their natural ecological processes of soil building and carbon storage, beneficial insect habitat, and pollination support brought about by observing biological diversity and stewarding the earth. You will engage with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning through the use of internet real-time group activities during class. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and list of resources, plus the knowledge you need to establish your own prairie community in the spring. Bring an internet accessible device such as a laptop or a smart pad.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

herbs
photo Oakley Originals/Flickr

Edible Garden Year: 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden (150-03-01-18)
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm; and
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager


Herbs are a must for your edible garden, and who is better qualified to help you know what and how to grow than Theresa from the renowned Shady Acres Herb Farm? She will take you on a fascinating global journey discussing the history of herbs, then discuss what implications this has for what herbs grow well in our northern region. You will learn buying tips receive fascinating information on organic, non-gmo, and/or heirloom seeds and plants. Discover how to grow, store, dry and preserve the harvest. You will even do some sampling! By the end of the program, you'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to grow delicious herbs all season long. 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission   
  Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

permaculture
photo Land by Hand 

Permaculture Design for Your Property (200-03-03-18)
Saturdays, March 3, 10 and 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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: bring a basic blueprint of your property, a notebook and pencil
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $105 member/$140 non-member; includes Arboretum admission and all materials
 

kitchen gardening
photo Rhonda Fleming Hayes 

Kitchen Gardening: A Bountiful Edible Landscape (150-03-24-18)
Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Author, Photographer, Gardener, Magazine Contributor

Kick your vegetable garden aesthetic up a notch! "Potager-style" kitchen gardens are historically from French Medieval times but have made a resurgence into modern garden trends by incorporating symmetrical geometrical beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled. Through gorgeous photographs and from her wealth of knowledge, Rhonda will walk you through the basic design of a potager. In this class, you will see how you can incorporate some or all of these ideas into your landscape that are useful for you. The garden can be compact or large as well as attractive. Rhonda will also share her tips for growing a successful and bountiful kitchen garden. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and inspiration to begin design improvements to your vegetable garden this spring!
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

soil

Edible Garden Year: Soils and Spring Planting (150-05-10-18)
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


Before planting seeds and transplants in your garden, why not take a little time to consider the soil that needs to be nourishing these plants all season long? Begin with pre-class information on taking soil samples, if desired (tests available $17/sample at http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/testing-services/lawn-garden). During the class, Christy and Laura will discuss how to interpret soil test results, and different strategies for amending your garden beds to provide everything your edible plants need. You will then learn about how to harden off and properly plant transplants, as well as tips and tricks for direct-sowing seed. At the end of class, there will be a fun opportunity to exchange seedlings and seeds with classmates!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
  Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

 pests

Edible Garden Year: Water, Weeds and Pests (150-06-21-18)
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


It's summer time and perhaps that vegetable garden is getting away from you... join Christy and Laura to learn some handy tips on how to best manage the hot, weedy, buggy part of the season. Prior to class, make sure to document (with notes, photos, or samples) any bug or disease problems you have noticed with your vegetable plants. Class will begin with an introduction to some common insect and disease damage and their solutions, then move into Q&A with your particular challenges. Afterward, you will learn some great techniques to suppress weeds and manage moisture. You will depart with a boost of knowledge that should carry you straight through to the harvest time!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
  Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

harvest 

Edible Garden Year: Harvest and Preservation (150-08-23-18)
Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


Successfully grown vegetable plants can often mean you now have bushels of beautiful produce on your hands- what to do with them? Christy and Laura will talk you through the basics of proper harvesting: when to pick, what to refrigerate, how to cure, and more. Then we'll be joined by University of Minnesota Extension experts to learn more about safe preservation techniques, from canning to drying. There will be samples, of course, and students are encouraged to bring surplus produce to share with one another at the end of class!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!


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