Gardening & Horticulture - General
Classes & Workshops

Grow your green thumb with helpful advice from industry experts, researchers and professionals! Learn best practices, useful tips, and proven techniques for keeping your yard and garden healthy and sustainable in Minnesota.


 
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Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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 64

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Mark MacLennan/APS

Plant Selection: Right Plant, Right Place, Right Purpose!

Select a session
Saturday, April 20
   150-04-20-19
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
OR
Saturday, April 27   150-04-27-19
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

After a long, cold, winter it's easy to go a bit wild at the garden center, but proper plant selection is critical to sustainable landscapes and the overall success of a design. University of Minnesota Extension educator, Julie Weisenhorn, will teach you proper plant selection starting with understanding the site itself - its soil, light, moisture, exposure, size, etc. - and the importance of choosing plants with that will thrive in your site. Then you will work in the new Plant Elements of Design plant selection database, developed by Extension, to try out your new knowledge on your own landscape. You will leave the class with increased confidence to make plant choices in your 2019 garden, and an understanding of tools such as the Plant Elements of Design. Required Equipment: a wifi-ready device, such as a laptop or tablet. Smartphones will also work, but not preferred!
Limit 12Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

This session is sold out, add your name to the waitlist
Saturday, April 20
   150-04-20-19
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom
$41 member/$56 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
Sold out, add your name to thecwaitlist
Saturday, April 27
   150-04-27-19
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bee Center - Honey House
$41 member/$56 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission


Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Select a session:
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19-02)
9:30 a.m. - noon
OR
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19-03)
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
OR
Saturday, September 21 (125-09-21-19)
9:30 a.m. - noon

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

Level
No experience necessary
Supplies
An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and 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 also gain insights on photographing your creations, learn about design and composition, and receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden or anywhere with stones. 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. 
Limit 24
register Sold out, register for the afternoon session, below!
Saturday, April 27 (125-04-27-19-02)
9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

NEW SESSION, just opened due to demand!
Saturday, April 27
(125-04-27-19-03)
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register Saturday, September 21 (125-09-21-19)
9:30 a.m. - noon

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
McVay Learning Lab - Bee & Pollinator Center
NEW LOCATION! Learning Center - Tree Place

 

Ornamental Grasses for your Garden

150-05-21-19
Tuesday, May 21
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Ornamental grasses can offer so much to your landscape- from texture and movement to habitat for native insects. Learn more about adding these wonderful plants to your garden and growing them successfully.
  • Discuss the wide variety of species and cultivars hardy to Minnesota
  • Receive tips and techniques on how to care for ornamental grasses
  • Visit the Arboretum ornamental grass collection- one of the largest in the country
  • Learn & practice dividing grasses with hands-on instruction
You'll leave with an increased interest in these wonderful plants, and a few grasses to start at home!

Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a few take-home grasses


 

Special Access: Minnesota Native Orchids

150-06-01-19
Saturday, June 1
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

David Remucal, curator of endangered plants and the Native Orchid Conservation Program at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The lady's slipper is not Minnesota's only orchid- far from it! Our 48 orchid species can be found in forest, wetland and prairies, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flower colors.
Discuss In the classroom
  • Ongoing conservation efforts- especially the 10 species listed as endangered
  • Fascinating lessons about orchids' complex biology
Explore In the Gardens
  • "Special access" knowledge of the best locations for orchids at the Arboretum. You'll likely see some of the Arb's showy and yellow lady's slippers in bloom!
  • Get a first-hand view of some of the new beds and orchids introduced in 2018 and 2019

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$15 member/$30 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission


 

Create-Your-Own Kokedama Mini Workshop

Select a Session
Saturday, June 1, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
150-06-01-19-01
Saturday, June 1, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 150-06-01-19-02
Saturday, July 20, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 150-07-20-19
Saturday, July 20, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 150-07-20-19-01
Saturday, July 20, 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. 150-07-20-19-02
Saturday, July 20, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 150-07-20-19-03
Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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 decorative houseplants. They are equally beautiful displayed on a table or suspended by your window and are easy to care for. The experience will take a half-hour or less. You will:
  • Learn more about this unique display technique
  • Choose from an assortment of small (approx 2 inch) decorative plants, specially selected for ideal kokedama conditions (indoor, indirect light, intermittent watering, etc) 
  • Follow along step-by-step as you create your own kokedama (approx 4 inches) to take home
  • Receive a helpful care sheet and instructions how to make more at home 
NOTE that adult hand strength and hand-size is required to create a kokedama. Minimum age suggested is 12 to work independently on a kokedama.
Limit 8, Visitor Center
$20 per project, does not include Arboretum admission. Walk-in registration based on availability; first-come, first-served

Saturday, June 1, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
$20 per project,
does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, June 1, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 
$20 per project,
does not include Arboretum admission.
 

Saturday, July 20, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
$20 per project,
does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, July 20, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
$20 per project,
does not include Arboretum admission.

 
Saturday, July 20, 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
$20 per project
, does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, July 20, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 
$20 per project,
does not include Arboretum admission.


 

Conscientious Gardening

150-06-11-19
Tuesday, June 11
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

What happens to the water, fertilizer and plant 'waste' in your yard? Should each of us attempt to manage all green matter or yard waste on our own property? What would a conscientious gardener do? You will learn:
  • How to assess the environmental impact of your garden
  • How to conserve water and reduce runoff from your property
  • When and how to use fertilizer and pesticides, as well as alternative methods and materials
  • The benefits of planting a diversity of native plants
  • Available options for composting green material
You will leave with new insights and a veritable tool box of ideas to garden more conscientiously!

Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$15 member/$30 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Online Module: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Your Garden

150-06-17-19
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17
Christy Marsden, Extension Educator, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

The garden season is in full swing, and you've spent hours planting, watering, and mulching... only to be invaded by pesky insects, weeds and diseases. University of Minnesota Extension has developed this brand new hybrid class that includes online instruction and optional in-person activities. This class will guide you through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a research-based approach to managing insect, weed and disease pests in the garden. The online portion of the course includes
  • Introduction to IPM
  • Knowledge as the Core of IPM
  • Decision Making in IPM
  • Non-Chemical Control Tactics in IPM
  • Chemical Control in IPM
  • Practical Application: Activity and Q&A

How it Works
Learn the online content at your own pace starting in June, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday June 17. Students who have elected the optional in-person option should have the course completed by July 13. Online course materials will be available for the duration of the 2019 growing season.

Optional add-on in-person practicum
Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. - noon
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Learning Center - Garden Lab

Enhance your experience by adding this optional in-person session with the instructor and fellow students. Explore the Arboretum gardens together to identify pests and practice using Integrated Pest Management techniques to develop management plans.

$35 online-only registration Limit 60
$50 online registration PLUS in-person July 13th session, includes Arboretum admission  Limit 20


 

Born in the Wild: Building Rock Gardens with Alpine Plants

150-06-22-19-02
Saturday, June 22
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Betty Ann Addison, Owner of Gardens of Rice Creek Nursery and Landscape

Have you ever admired the Rock Garden at the Arboretum, and wondered what it would take to build one in your own backyard? Whether on steep slopes, stone troughs on your patio, raised beds or tucked into a niche, these gardens are fun to build and a great addition to your landscape! This class includes:
  • Inspiring introduction to rock gardens designed by Betty Ann
  • Overview of alpine plants that can be grown in this setting
  • Information on where and how these plants grow in the wild
  • A step-by-step explanation of how a rock garden is built and planted
  • A tour of the Arboretum Rock Garden
  • A trio of alpine plants to grow at home, plus a comprehensive handout
Limit 25, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and take-home alpine plants


Create-Your-Own Air Plants in Corks Mini Workshop

Select a session
Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 150-06-22-19
Saturday, June 22, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 150-06-22-19-01
Saturday, August 10, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 150-08-10-19
Saturday, August 10, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 150-08-10-19-01
Saturday, August 10, 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. 150-08-10-19-02
Saturday, August 10, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 150-08-10-19-03
Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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! The experience will take a half-hour or less. You will:
  • Visit to the nearby Conservatory for a quick introduction to air plants
  • Learn care guidelines- they still need water and light, even if they're not planted in soil!
  • Choose from an assortment of mini (approx 1 inch) Tillandsia
  • Follow along step-by-step as you build your own display of 3 Tillandsia mounted on corks, for display on an indoor magnetic surface or tabletop 
  • Receive a helpful care sheet 
Limit 8, Snyder Building - Snyder Lobby
$20 per project, does not include Arboretum admission. Walk-in registration based on availability; first-come, first-served.

Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$20 per project,
 does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, June 22, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
$20 per project,
 does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, August 10, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m
$20 per project, 
does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, August 10, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
$20 per project,
 does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, August 10, 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
$20 per project,
 does not include Arboretum admission.


Saturday, August 10, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m
$20 per project,
 does not include Arboretum admission.



The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Speaker Series
150-06-27-19
Thursday, June 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ken Druse, Award-winning garden writer and photographer

Twenty years after the publication of his best seller, The Natural Shade Garden, it's time to reconsider shade gardening to tackle the challenges that have arisen due to our changing climate. The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us. Considering the challenges of a changing climate, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns, Ken details new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process:
  • Designing your garden
  • Choosing and planting trees
  • Preparing soil
  • Selecting from a vast array of flowers and foliage
Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat - he says, "The garden of the future will be in the shade."
Limit 200, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Special Access Tour Behind-the-Scenes: Rare Plant Conservation at the Arb

150-06-29-19
Saturday, June 29
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn more about how a botanic garden can work to save rare plants during this tour of the current research! The Arboretum is a proud partner with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), an organization founded in 1984 that seeks to prevent the extinction of US native plants. As a partner in the CPC, the Arboretum is responsible for leading conservation efforts for nine species, which include
  • Orchids such as Platanthera praeclara, the western prairie fringed orchid
  • Dwarf trout lily endemic to Minnesota (Erythronium propullans)
  • Fassett's locoweed endemic to Wisconsin (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea)
In addition to an outline of the current research projects, you will receive special access to areas that are normally off-limits for public viewing:
  • Tour the research greenhouse
  • View the research plots
  • Visit the research hoop houses
Limit 20, Horticulture Research Center

4 spots left
$20 member/$35 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

 

 


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