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.


 

Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning, & Storing Seeds

150-08-24-19
Saturday, August 24, 2019
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Learning how to save and germinate seeds is a very useful gardening skill. You'll be able to grow and share your garden through seeds from your trees, perennials, vegetables, and more! Join Jim to learn:
  • Which seeds are worth collecting
  • Proper techniques needed to collect quality seeds
  • How to store seeds to ensure they are healthy and viable when you are ready to plant
  • How to germinate your own seeds successfully
You will collect seeds from a variety of unique species growing at the Arboretum (weather permitting)
Limit 20, Learning Center Garden Lab
register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

Select a session
  • Saturdays Sept 14 & 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov 9: 9 a.m.-noon (150-09-14-19)
  • Saturday AFTERNOONS Sept 14 & 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov 9: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (150-09-14-19-01) This session is canceled.
  • Saturdays January 4 & 18, February 1, 15 & 29, 2020: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (150-01-04-20)
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

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, five-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! Learn in class and through take-home assignments: 
  • Theory and principles of landscape design
  • How to analyze soils and other site characteristics
  • Proper plant selection for your site
  • How to develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting
In addition to class group learning, there will be time for the instructor to check-in and provide advice specific to each participant's project. 

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center

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Saturdays Sept 14 & 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov 9
9 a.m.-noon (150-09-14-19)
$200 member/$250 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Couples Price! $225 member couple/$280 non-member couple for couples working together on the same project

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Saturdays January 4 & 18, February 1, 15 & 29, 2020
1:30-4:30 p.m. 
(150-01-04-20)
$200 member/$250 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Couples Price! $225 member couple/$280 non-member couple for couples working together on the same project

 

Online Module: Growing Fruit in Minnesota

150-09-16-19
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 16
Christy Marsden, Extension Educator, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

Learn to grow: apples, pears, grapevines, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, stone fruits (such as plums, cherries, apricots, and peaches), and other fruit such as currants, gooseberries, kiwiberries, elderberry, aronia, and serviceberry.

Growing your own fruit is a rewarding hobby, whether for fresh eating, canning, or sharing. Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this brand new hybrid class (including online instruction and optional in-person activities) will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season.
Learn the online content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way.
Learning objectives include:
  • Climate, management needs, and pest control
  • The importance of proper site selection, including hardiness zones, micro-climates, and soil needs of growing fruit in Minnesota
  • How to choose and recommend successful varieties and cultivars for growing fruit in Minnesota using University of Minnesota resources
  • Basic care for Minnesota fruit varieties, including establishment, maintenance, pruning, and winter protection
  • Explain proper harvesting time and techniques, as well as post-harvest management of fruit
How it Works:
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 16
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
  • The optional in-person session is October 24, and registrants who have elected this option should have the course completed by this time
Optional Add-on: In-Person Session
Thursday, October 24th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Learning Center

Add an in-person class to your experience to meet with the instructor and fellow students. You can bring your own fruit growing plans and learn how to best bring them to life through group exercises and Q&A.
$35 for online registration
$50 online registration PLUS in-person October 24 session
Limit 40
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$35 for online; $50 for online PLUS in-person October 24 session 
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walk with Mary: Ornamental Grasses

150-09-19-19
Thursday, September 19, 2019
4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Ornamental grasses provide year-round beauty, are low maintenance and provide fabulous habitat! Join Dr. Meyer for an introduction to the grass collection at its peak, and learn:
  • More about the 200+ species in the Arboretum's collection- one of the largest in the country!
  • The seasonal peaks of beauty for various cultivars
  • The important habitat and forage grasses provide for local birds and insects
  • How to select varieties or cultivars for your home landscape
Dr. Meyer's book, Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates, is available in the Arboretum Gift Store. NOTE Be sure to come dressed for the weather and ready to spend time outdoors!

Limit 25, Maze Parking Lot
register

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

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Saturday, September 21 
Select a session
9:30 a.m. - noon (125-09-21-19)
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (125-09-21-19-01)
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

This session is sold out. Register for the afternoon session, below!
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9:30 a.m. - noon (125-09-21-19)
$42 member/$57 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Learning Center - Tree Place
 

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1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(125-09-21-19-01)
$42 member/$57 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Learning Center - Tree Place 

Wild & Neat: Bridging the Gap between Design and Ecology

Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Speaker Series
150-10-10-19
Thursday, October 10
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Claudia West, Principal Landscape Architect at Phyto Studio, Co-Author of "Planting in a Post Wild World." She holds a master's degree of landscape architecture and regional planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. West is a sought after speaker on topics such as plant community based design and the application of natural color theories to planting design.

Plants serve as the very foundation of life on our planet. Planting more native plants in our gardens is ecologically important for a more sustainable future. However, many native plant gardens suffer aesthetically and fail to inspire the public. Great planting design is an essential part of the solution and can be achieved! Dig deeper with Claudia in this lecture as you:
  • Understand the aesthetics and functional challenges surrounding native planting
  • Learn inspiring design principles derived from wild plant communities
  • Understand how to translate classic landscape design into smaller garden spaces to help you create the ecological plant oasis of your dreams
Limit 150, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium
register

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

 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Wreath

150-11-09-19
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Level
No experience necessary!
Supplies
All supplies are included in the fee for a ~14" diameter wreath (varies slightly based on the wreath maker)
Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Enjoy a fun, casually-festive Arboretum atmosphere as you custom create your own wreath--great for your own seasonal decor, or as a gift!
  • Learn why evergreens are so well-suited for winter outdoor display
  • Follow step-by-step guidance to create a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame
  • Add unique botanical touches such as cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even citrus!
You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future!
Bring from home: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your wreath, and dress for sap!

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register

$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Swag

150-11-09-19-01
Saturday, November 9, 2019
noon-2 p.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Level
No experience necessary!
Supplies
All supplies are included in the fee for a ~12" wide by 20" long swag (varies slightly)
Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen swag for your front door than an Arboretum? Enjoy a fun, casually-festive Arboretum atmosphere as you custom create your own swag--great for your own seasonal decor, or as a gift!
With Laura's help, you will:
  • Learn the unique properties that make evergreens so well-suited for winter outdoor display
  • Follow step-by-step instructions to create a full, botanically diverse, handmade swag
  • Add unique botanical touches such as cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even citrus!
You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more swags in the future.
Bring from home: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your creation, and dress for sap!

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register

$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

2020 Extension ProHort Core Course

Choose how you learn!

  • Online Class
    At-Your-Own-Pace starting January 6, 2020
  • In-Person Classes
    Fridays & Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., January 10th through February 1st
    Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - MacMillan Auditorium

ProHort is for industry professionals, homeowners, educators and anyone looking for comprehensive horticulture foundation education from University of Minnesota Extension. The ProHort Core Course includes the same online and in-person classes offered for the Master Gardener Volunteer Core Course. Receive the same instruction without the obligation of volunteering or continuing education!

This course consists of 14 modules

  1. Botany & Horticulture
  2. Soils, Composting & Fertilizers
  3. Herbaceous Plants
  4. Woody Plants
  5. Lawn Care
  6. Weed Management
  7. Growing Vegetables
  8. Growing Fruit
  9. Indoor Plants
  10. IPM
  11. Plant Pathology
  12. Plant Diagnostics
  13. Entomology
  14. Living with Wildlife

How it works - online
Registered participants will be automatically enrolled in the online course. You will receive course login information and details by email on January 6, 2020. and The online course consists of 14 modules, each with a knowledge quiz at the end. The online course is self-paced, and you will have access to all the online information, modules, and quizzes starting January 6, 2020. You will have until December 2020 to work through any or all of the material. A reference manual will be sent to you prior to the course start date, approximately mid-December.

Time Commitment
Expect an average of 40 - 60 hours to complete all the course material and quizzes.

Choose how you learn!
Course fee includes your choice of learning options. You may complete all the material online at your own pace, OR choose to attend any or all of the in-person sessions with University experts at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Registered participants will receive an email with a calendar of dates that each module will be covered in person at the Arboretum (in-person dates: Jan. 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25, Jan 31st & Feb 1st). You can mix-and-match online and in-person modules as desired to suit your schedule and learning preferences.

Certificates of Completion
Earn a Certificate of Completion by passing each of the 14 online knowledge quizzes that are available after each module.

Cancellation policy$50 refund for cancellations on or before December 15, 2019. No refunds after December 15. Course registration is transferable through January 2, 2020.

Registration Deadline
Core course registration deadline: December 1, 2019

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$590.00
includes Arboretum admission for in-person sessions, course fee and materials

 

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

Choose a session
Tuesday, January 14, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 150-01-14-20
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
150-02-22-20
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. Learn proper plant selection by:
  • Understanding the site itself - its soil, light, moisture, exposure, size, etc.
  • Choosing plants that will thrive in your specific site
  • Work in Extension's Plant Elements of Design plant selection database to try out your new knowledge on your own landscape
You will leave the class with increased confidence to make plant choices in your 2020 garden, and an understanding of tools that are available to help!
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
A wifi-ready device, such as a laptop or tablet. Smartphones will also work, but not preferred!
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Optional Add-on Session: Plant Sourcing
Same day as class, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Stay for an optional Plant Sourcing add-on to learn: 
  • How to find sources for specific species and cultivars, from local garden centers to mail in catalogs
  • Tips and tricks for choosing healthy plants
  • Leave with a list of resources so you can plan your garden with confidence

register
Tuesday, January 14, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
$41 member/$56 non-member,
without add-on session
$56 member/$71 non-member,
includes Optional Plant Sourcing add-on session
all fees include Arboretum admission and all supplies

register
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
$41 member/$56 non-member,
without add-on session
$56 member/$71 non-member,
includes Optional Plant Sourcing add-on session
all fees include Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Science of Plant Propagation: Seeds

150-01-18-20
Saturday, January 18, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Seed catalogs are starting to flood the mailbox-so tempting! Make the most of your purchases by understanding the science of seed propagation. You will learn about:
  • Biology and practice of sexual propagation through seeds
  • Basic seed collection and storage methods
  • How to overcome seed dormancy
  • Tried-and-true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds
You will take home several seed-based projects for spring growth!
COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $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.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab
register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings

150-01-25-20
Saturday, January 25, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Create new plants from existing ones! Jim will show you how to propagate plants asexually (without seeds) using a variety of fascinating techniques. Learn:
  • Basics of asexual propagation and biology
  • How and when to divide plants, take cuttings, use layers, and more
  • How cuttings are used for commercial production
You will prepare your own cuttings and take home a personal "greenhouse-in-a-pot!"
COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $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.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting

150-02-01-20
Saturday, February 1, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Grafting is the technique of combining two different plants so that they grow together. It is an art and science that is used in the production of many plants. In this class, you will learn:

  • Biology of grafting as a form of asexual propagation
  • Different grafting techniques used to propagate plants
  • Appreciation for the skill and experience grafting takes
  • How to make a graft through hands-on practice
  • How to take care of the grafted plants you get to take home!
COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $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.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities

150-02-01-20-01
Saturday, February 1, 2020
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beth Markhart, Prairie Restorations

Bring your laptop and learn how to bring an important native plant community onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will:
  • Discover the benefits of prairie communities, from soil-building to attracting beneficial insects
  • Learn how to model native prairie plant communities on a scale that works for your property
  • Interact with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning using internet real-time activities during class
  • Leave with a site-planning handout and list of resources, plus an understanding of how to establish your own prairie community in the spring.
Bring from home: an internet-accessible laptop (Sorry, no smart pads or phones)

Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register

$47 member/$62 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Science of Plant Propagation: Soils

150-02-08-20
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Make this your best growing season yet by really knowing and understanding the soil in which you grow your plants. In this class, you will learn:
  • How soil is formed
  • What you need to know as a gardener about soil texture and structure
  • Role played by organic content like compost
  • How to maintain good drainage, aeration, and fertility
  • What you need to know about the differences between soil in the field and in containers and how to choose container soils

Recommended (but optional): Have your home soil tested prior to class for additional insight during class. See testing information and fees online (link: http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/sites/g/files/pua891/f/media/lawn_and_garden_2018.pdf)

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $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.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 tropical orchids, photo APS

Growing & Repotting Orchids at Home

150-02-08-20-02
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Steve Gonzalez, American Orchid Society judge, presenter, and internationally known orchid expert

Are you inspired by the beautiful tropical orchids in the Arboretum Flower Show, and want to grow them at home? Join Steve for an introduction to this gorgeous plant family and how to successfully care for them, as he covers:
  • Basic growing conditions needed, from light and water to fertilizer and growing medium
  • Popular orchid species that adapt well to growing indoors, and are readily available
  • How to get your orchids to rebloom
  • Demonstration of when and how to repot your orchid
  • Troubleshooting pests and common problems
At the end of class, Steve will pull names out of a hat to give some of his orchids to the students!

Limit 28, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

$35 member/$50 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Growing Tillandsias & Bromeliads at Home

150-02-08-20-03
Saturday, February 8, 2020
noon-2 p.m.

Steve Gonzalez, American Orchid Society judge, presenter, and internationally known orchid expert

Tillandsias, or "air plants" and bromeliads are commonly seen at garden centers, but have unique growing needs that require a little more knowledge. In this class, you will learn:
  • The interesting growing habits of epiphytic plants (plants that commonly do not require soil to grow)
  • Some of the most beautiful species and cultivars that you can grow indoors
  • Tips and tricks for insuring your tillandsias and bromeliads stay healthy and blooming
  • Troubleshooting pests and common problems
At the end of class, Steve will pull names out of a hat to give some of his tillandsias and bromeliads to the students!

Limit 28, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register

$35 member/$50 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees

150-02-08-20-01
Saturday, February 8, 2020
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Pruning is an important gardening practice that is essential for long-term health and vigor of your deciduous and coniferous trees. With Jim's expert guidance, you will:
  • Learn when and how to prune and train these types of trees
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes that can cause damage
  • Learn how to train newly planted trees
  • Visit the Arboretum collections for on-site demonstrations of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting)

NOTE Be sure to come dressed for the weather (layers are recommended for indoor classroom time) and ready to spend time outdoors!

COUPON
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 8 & 15 and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

    

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

125-02-15-20
Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:30 a.m.-noon

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

Level 
No experience necessary 
Supplies 
Use an assortment of the instructor's practice rocks during class 
Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. 
  • Create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones!
  • Learn and practice simple techniques using shape, weight and friction
  • Gain insights on photographing your creations including design and composition
  • 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. 
NOTE 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, Learning Center - Tree Place
register

$42 member/$57 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Select a session
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon 150-02-15-20-02
Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. 150-03-14-20
Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Come learn everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary!
  • Food, water and shelter
  • Which plants will best fit your location to provide food or shelter
  • Which species are attracted to different plants
  • Simple non-plant additions are helpful to meet the needs of birds and butterflies
Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register

Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
$25 member/$40 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission 

 

Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines & Herbaceous Species

150-02-15-20
Saturday, February 15, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Pruning is an important gardening practice that is essential for long-term health and vigor of landscape plants such as 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
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes that can cause damage
  • Visit the Arboretum collections for on-site demonstrations of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting)
NOTE Be sure to come dressed for the weather (layers are recommended for indoor classroom time) and ready to spend time outdoors!

COUPON
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 8 & 15 and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

New Perennials & Exciting Combinations for MN Gardens

150-02-15-20-01
Saturday, February 15, 2020
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Mike Heger, Lecturer and Author of "Perennials A to Z", Retired Owner Ambergate Gardens

One of the most enjoyable things about designing with perennials is the myriad combination possibilities in the landscape. Explore:
  • Selection process including flower shape, plant form, foliage color and texture
  • Exciting examples that illustrate these principles
  • Other unique possible combinations for your garden(s)
  • 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 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Promise of Spring: Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

150-02-29-20
Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

After a long Minnesota winter, it's nice to be rewarded with some early spring blooms like pussy willows and forsythia! Brighten your home space with these beautiful blooming branches or gift them to a friend. In this class, you'll learn:
  • What kinds of tree and shrub branches can be forced
  • Where to get branches for forcing, or how to wisely harvest them from your own plants
  • How to coax tree and shrub branches to bloom early and indoors
  • Take home several branches to practice what you've learned
Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Houseplant Patrol: Basic Care, Problem-Solving & Resources

150-03-07-20
Saturday, March 7, 2020
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Long winters encourage outdoor gardeners to also be indoor gardeners! In this class, you will learn:
  • How to grow flowers, tropicals and herbs inside
  • The basics of seed starting
  • How to refresh overwintering plants in time for spring
  • Best practices of indoor gardening and the science behind it
  • Explore the Greenhouse as you talk about pests, repotting, fertilizing and more
  • Take a few cuttings from our Greenhouse to start at home!
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$41 member/$56 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Get Growing: A Day of Garden Workshops

150-04-04-20
Saturday, April 4, 2020
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beginner to Intermediate Gardeners
Cabin fever has hit and you are dreaming of your best yard yet for 2020, but who has time to learn everything? This day-long buffet of classes is the answer - you will get "Cliffs Notes" on a wide range of gardening topics! You'll finish the day motivated and educated for the best garden season yet!
Choose any 5 sessions
Custom-select your perfect day filled with your choice of available presentations and workshops on topics from soil and compost to trees and turf!
All-inclusive pricing
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Kitchen Gardening: A Bountiful Edible Landscape

150-04-18-20
Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30 a.m.-noon

Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Author, Photographer, Gardener, Magazine Contributor

Kick your vegetable garden aesthetic up a notch! In this class, you will:
  • Learn about the history of "Potager-style" kitchen gardens from French Medieval times, and their resurgence into modern garden trends
  • Hear about the basic design of a potager, including symmetrical geometrical beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled
  • See how you can incorporate some or all of these ideas into your landscape that are useful for you
  • Learn Rhonda's tips for growing successful and bountiful kitchen gardens
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
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$41 member/$56 non-member
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