Gardening & Horticulture Classes
General Gardening ClassesGeneral Gardening Classes
Science of GardeningScience of Gardening
Flower ArrangingFlower Arranging
Your Sustainable YardYour Sustainable Yard

 The Power of Balance The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden
Saturday, August 23, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-08-23-14)
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Back by popular demand! Turn rocks pulled from a garden plot into works of art and garden features. Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl's magical and exquisite balanced stone sculptures will dazzle you. He will demonstrate how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps to create your own balanced rock sculpture. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act at home in your garden and elsewhere. (Practice rocks included.) Limit 24, Snyder Building

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Sold out. Add your name to the Waitlist! Saturday, August 23 (100-08-23-14)
$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 autumn garden maintenance

Essential Autumn Garden Maintenance (150-09-13-14)
Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jeffrey L. Johnson, expert horticulturist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Get your plants ready for autumn and winter so they’ll be at their best next spring! Learn gardening maintenance milestones critical for the health of your plants during the burnished days of autumn in Minnesota’s Zone 4. You’ll gain proven season-specific tricks and methods to save you time, energy, and money, including whether or not to fertilize, how to protect plants for the winter, and what to do with your equipment now so it will be ready to go in the spring. Jeffrey will reveal his favorite varieties, techniques, and tools, with opportunities to watch and try-out techniques with hands-on examples for the autumn. You’ll feel ready to head into winter at ease knowing you’ve done your best for your plants. Limit 30, Visitors Center

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 


 Creating a Home Landscape

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love & Enjoy (150-09-27-14)
Saturdays, September 27, October 11, 25, and November 8, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and former U of M Horticulture instructor

It's time to realize your dream of having a beautiful home landscape! In this intensive, use your own front or back yard as a class project and apply techniques learned directly to your home landscape. With attentive instruction from acclaimed horticulturalist and designer Jim Calkins, you will learn the principles and theory of sustainable landscape design and soil analysis, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection, and more to develop functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective, and visually pleasing designs for your setting. Hands-on, take-home assignments will have you putting pencil to paper and applying the techniques, with time for personalized critiques of your ideas. Limit 12, Learning Center

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$139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$189 member couples working on same project/$219 non-member couples working on same project 


 Fundamentals

Fundamentals of Seasonal Garden Maintenance (150-01-24-15)
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jeffrey L. Johnson, expert horticulturist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Set your gardening and yard care maintenance milestones based on the expert guidance of the Arboretum's own esteemed horticulturalist Jeffrey Johnson. You'll learn the "secrets" of Minnesota's Zone 4 plant systems and gain season-specific insights about soils, planting, watering, weed control, and dealing with pests. In addition, you'll discover the best equipment maintenance techniques to keep everything running as smooth as possible! Jeffrey will reveal his favorite varieties, management methods, and tools. You'll have opportunity to watch and try-out techniques with hands-on examples that will have application throughout our four seasons. Limit 22, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Pruning

Pruning Essentials for the Health of Your Trees and Shrubs (150-02-28-15)
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jeffrey L. Johnson, expert horticulturist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Winter is the time to learn when to be the best friend of your shrubs and trees. Proper pruning of your shrubs and trees now helps to ensure their long-term health and productivity. In this class, you will learn the latest theories and practical applications for pruning and training from expert Arboretum landscape gardener Jeffrey Johnson. Instruction will cover varieties from deciduous to evergreen. Based on class questions, additional topics may address issues of tree longevity optimization, maintenance minimization, fruit production, ease of harvest, and pesticide applications. Weather permitting, you will spend time in the collections for outdoor demonstrations and practice sessions. Be prepared to work with hand pruners, handsaws, pole saws, loppers, and spreaders. All materials provided. Limit 22, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

SCIENCE OF GARDENING SERIES

Each Science of Gardening class is designed to be valuable on its own. When bundled together, all four classes will give you the foundation of skills and understanding to take your gardening to the next level! The classes are designed to make sense of the sometimes daunting college-level science of plants, making lessons accessible to a full range of skill levels. Through a combination of hands-on lab and classroom presentation, you will take home your "experiments" and be ready to embark on additional projects. Classes in this series are appropriate for ability levels from new gardeners to master gardeners, hobbyists, professionals, and students looking to bolster their college science savvy.


 Seeds

The Science of Gardening: Seeds (150-01-31-15)
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and former U of M Horticulture instructor

Understand the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more. Work with experienced horticulturist Jim Calkins, an acclaimed expert in propagation, to de-mystify how to use seeds to grow your plants. Take home several seed-based promises for spring growth. Limit 15, Learning Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and project supplies 
 Register for the Bundle Button

Bundle and save! Science of Gardening 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member


 Cuttings

The Science of Gardening: Cuttings (150-02-07-15)
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and former U of M Horticulture instructor

You can successfully create a new plant from another plant, if you know what you're doing! Learn from expert horticulturist Jim Calkins to learn how to propagate plants asexually (without seeds) using a variety of fascinating techniques. Through Jim's clear and easy-to-understand presentation, you will learn how to prepare cuttings and layers, and the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. You will then take what you've learned and immediately put it into practice in the Learning Center's greenhouse and take home a personal "greenhouse-in-a-pot" that will hopefully be the start of many new plants for your home and garden. All materials provided. Limit 15, Learning Center

Register  $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and project supplies
Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Science of Gardening 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member

 Grafting

The Science of Gardening: Grafting (150-02-14-15)
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and former U of M Horticulture instructor

Grafting is one of the more mysterious and difficult methods of plant propagation. In this class you will learn all about the different methods of grafting and why some grafts work and some don't. You will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what you've learned in the Learning Center greenhouse by practicing grafting techniques and making a number of grafts. This will be a great opportunity to try your hand at grafting and take home the results! All materials provided. Limit 15, Learning Center

Register  $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and project supplies
Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Science of Gardening 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member

 Soil

The Science of Gardening: Soil (150-02-21-15)
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and former U of M Horticulture instructor

If you know your soil, you will know your garden and yard and have a greener thumb. Make this your best growing season yet, from the soil up! Work with horticulturist and acclaimed Arboretum instructor Jim Calkins to learn the essentials of the earth in which you grow your plants. You'll be surprised by what you learn and how much you didn't know. What are the components of soil? What lives in it? What do you need to do to enhance and manage your soil to grow better plants? What about watering, compost, and mulch? Although optional for this class, everyone should have their soil tested; consider having your soil tested prior to class for additional insight. (See testing information and fees online.) Limit 15, Learning Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and project supplies 
Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Science of Gardening 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member

FLOWER ARRANGING 

Celebrate the seasons with floral expressions from the Arboretum. Ashley Fox Designs provides the flowers and materials, the instruction, and the inspiration. YOU create the masterpiece to take home! Advance registration strongly suggested, these workshops sell out. With Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum


 Garden Bounty

Create a Garden Bounty Centerpiece: From the Arboretum Gardens to Your Table (100-07-26-14)
Saturday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator

Using cuttings you gather from the Arboretum and a premium selection of locally grown flowers and vegetables, you'll create a fitting centerpiece for a relaxed dinner with friends or one to simply enjoy on your own. This class will give you invaluable tips on the care of processing flowers from your garden to get them ready for design work, including when and how to clip and what to do with them when you bring them inside to keep them fresh for many days. All supplies included in this make-and-take class. Leave with new floral preparations tricks and hints, a refined sense of layering and form, and confidence in being able to create additional arrangements at home. You'll receive everything you need to create a finished arrangement with a florist value around $100! All materials provided. Limit 20, Learning Center

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$80 member/$100 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers and supplies


Thanksgiving

Holiday Special! Receive $20 off when you register for
Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece AND a session of
Holiday Wreath
Use coupon code 
DECORATE2014 at checkout.
(limit 1 per customer) 

Make a Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece (100-11-22-14)
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

Create your own Thanksgiving centerpiece that goes way beyond the pumpkin! Be inspired by acclaimed flora designer Ashley Fox (www.ashleyfoxdesigns.com) while creating a fresh, lush, and long-lasting design certain to impress your guests on Thanksgiving. You'll use artichokes and pears, along with fresh cut flowers and trailing vines in a footed, dark container. Discover the balance between using fresh cuts and real fruits and vegetables to create a low, dramatic and inviting design to enjoy during your favorite meal of the year. You'll learn how to freshen your piece, if necessary, before Thanksgiving and how to extend the life of your arrangement beyond the life of leftovers. Your finished masterpiece will have a florist value around $100. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

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 $89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Holiday Wreath

Holiday Special! Receive $20 off when you register for
Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece
AND a session of 
Holiday Wreath 
Use coupon code 
DECORATE2014 at checkout.
(limit 1 per customer) 

Make a Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-12-06-14)
OR
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:30 - 4 p.m. (100-12-06-14-02)

Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

Nothing welcomes your guests into your home during the holidays like a breathtaking holiday wreath. Go beyond a few fir branches in this special holiday workshop with acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox. Ashley will share with you a number of holiday styling tips and show you how to create a whimsical wreath on a honeysuckle vine base using materials from the Arboretum and a floral wholesaler, including dark feather-leaf myrtle, tiny spruce cones, aromatic cedar, and more. You will be dazzled by what you will create, and the experience is certain to put you into the holiday spirit. This wreath (with a florist value of $100) will last through the holidays...the memories of time spent with other creating beauty will last even longer. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

Register Saturday, December 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-12-06-14)
$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Register Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:30 - 4 p.m. (100-12-06-14-02)
$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Citrus

Citrus in Floral Arrangements: A Spring Break for the Senses (100-02-21-15)
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

Drink in bright spots of citrus and sherbet colored flowers and fruit in the middle of winter. Just as your spirits are flagging, you enter the room to meet the fresh fragrance of oranges, limes, lemons and kumquats on the branch and armfuls of fresh flowers from which to choose to create a floral arrangement that will perk up your senses. With acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox, you will spend a few hours in floral play creating a spirit-brightening design that will serve as a fragrant reminder of the warmer seasons to come. Ashley will offer up design tips through three samples of luscious arrangements and then you will get to choose which one you will create yourself. You'll head home refreshed and invigorated. Your finished arrangement will have a florist value around $75. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

Register  $69 member/$81 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers and all supplies

 Creating

Creating Breathtaking Flower Designs from Your Corner Market Kiosk (100-03-14-15)
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

You'll feel as if you've entered acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox's personal design studio in this class focused on taking the ordinary and turning it into the extraordinary. You will learn the FUN-damentals of floral design as only Ashley can present them. You'll receive your own clipper that is her personal favorite, along with countless tips on how to use easily obtained "supplies" from your grocery store, household plant cuttings, and those sleeves (bunches) of supermarket flowers. Bring along a favorite dish, footed pedestal candy dish, low ceramic bowl, vase, or antique find that measures about 9" tall and 7" wide. Ashley will supply the rest---including a pair of her favorite clippers to take home along with your amazing creation! Limit 24, Learning Center

Register $69 member/$81 member, includes Arboretum admission, flowers and a new take-home pair of florist clippers 

YOUR SUSTAINABLE YARD SERIES

Create a yard and garden that provides more rewards for your labor. Through native and low maintenance plants, the right plant selection for your particular needs and growing conditions, and real-life illustrations of fabulous design, your yard and garden will produce beauty, environmental benefits, and a lot of good food. This new series includes sessions valuable on their own, but when bundled together, will give you all the skills needed to completely transform your growing practices. You will have the opportunity to stay connected with faculty and fellow class members as you test and try your new approaches.


 Perennials

Your Sustainable Yard: Sustainable Perennials (150-03-07-15)
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Julia Bohnen, acclaimed horticulturist who was instrumental in the creation of the Arboretum's Spring Peeper Meadow Restoration

Increase the diversity and beauty of your landscape with a sustainably designed perennial garden. Julia will share the wisdom of her extensive experience gardening with native plant species. She will show you her favorites, and guide you in making the best plant choices for your own setting. Along with how to make plant choices for your garden, you will identify techniques that make the perennial garden more sustainable. Through illustrated presentation and discussion, you'll focus on native and non-invasive perennials that provide benefits beyond aesthetics. Limit 40, Visitor Center

Register  $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member

 Trees and Shrubs

Your Sustainable Yard: Trees and Shrubs (150-03-14-15)
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Julia Bohnen, acclaimed horticulturist who was instrumental in the creation of the Arboretum's Spring Peeper Meadow Restoration

Trees and shrubs play a leading role in the creation of a truly sustainable yard and garden. You will discuss the trees and shrubs you already have in your current landscape, and explore varieties that add dimension and beauty to your setting. Explore how to use trees and shrubs effectively in sustainably designed plantings. Learn how sustainable landscapes reduce your time commitment and benefit the environment by using fewer limited resources. You will learn how trees and shrubs can make your home more sustainable, too, by modifying the environment around the home. Limit 40, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member

 Apples

Your Sustainable Yard: Apples and Other Fruits (150-03-21-15)
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pete C. Moe, Assistant Director for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Discover how to incorporate some new flavors into your yard or garden! Be inspired to grow more than beautiful trees and shrubs, but bring a new level of meaning to "local food" right into your own back yard. Our own expert Pete Moe will focus on growing apples in your own yard for crunch-filled joy. You'll learn which varieties perform best, from Wealthy to Honeycrisp, and why dwarf trees are the best choice for home gardeners. In addition to apples, you'll spend time considering which other varieties will best serve your needs, including blueberries, apricots, cherries, plums, grapes...even walnuts! Gain insights on how to properly plant, prune, and maintain the health of these bounty-providing plants. Limit 40, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member

 Lawns and Turf

Your Sustainable Yard: Lawns and Turf (150-03-28-15)
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sam Bauer, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Are you ready to give up serving your tyrannical lawn with what seems to be constant watering, chemical treatments, and mowing? There are many alternatives to those traditional Kentucky bluegrass varieties! Learn about the benefits in creating a sustainable lawn and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices. Examine plant specimens from the greenhouse and learn to identify them. You will also discuss the best practical products to use for fertilizer, seed, and pest control, and even touch on other possible ground covers. Limit 40, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 4-class bundle $139 member/$189 non-member

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also download the Spring/Summer 2014 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.