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SMART GARDENING
A healthy yard and garden provides sanctuary and beauty while impacting the surrounding environment in a positive way. But not all gardening practices lead to a healthy landscape, and some can do more harm than good. "Smart Gardening" isn't mysterious, but it does require knowledge and, more importantly, how to put that knowledge into practice. This new series of three classes focuses on identifying common problems in home landscapes, and learning about smart solutions. Classes can be taken individually, or bundled together for a comprehensive "Smart Gardening" experience.

 troubleshooting

Smart Gardening - Troubleshooting Common Problems in Your Yard and Garden (150-04-18-15)
Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Level: novice to intermediate gardeners

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Extension Educator and Sam Bauer, Turf Grass Extension Educator, both frequent guests on WCCO's Smart Gardens show.

Whether you're a beginner or avid gardener, the easiest way to a healthy yard and garden is to learn about common problems many people experience in their home landscape, and become smart about the solutions! Bare patches? Dying flowers? Bring your own tales of woe to share, and leave as a "Smart Gardener", feeling confident that you know the first steps to take towards a healthy and sustainable landscape.
Limit 40, Visitors Center

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Register for a different Smart Gardening session, below!  
$41 member/$55 Non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 plant selection

Smart Gardening - Plant Selection (150-04-25-15)
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Level: novice to intermediate gardeners

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Extension Educator and Sam Bauer, Turf Grass Extension Educator, both frequent guests on WCCO's Smart Gardens.

Learn how to be a "Smart Gardener" who selects the oh-so-perfect plant for the perfect spot! Both novice and avid gardeners will benefit from a better understanding the basics behind plant selection, website tools to help in the process, and the best way to install your plants once you have them. As a "Smart Gardener", when it comes to plant selection, your brown thumb will turn lush and green like your plants!
Limit 40, Visitors Center

register  $41 member/$55 Non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 maintenance

Smart Gardening - Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance! (150-05-02-15)
Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Level: novice to intermediate gardeners

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Extension Educator and Sam Bauer, Turf Grass Extension Educator, both frequent guests on WCCO's Smart Gardens.

While location is key, a healthy yard and garden really comes down to maintenance, maintenance, maintenance! Whether you're a novice or avid gardener, be smart about season-long maintenance needs of a healthy and sustainable landscape. From pruning to tilling to watering, leave with a better understanding of maintenance tools, tips and practices that will make you a "Smart Gardener" and make your lawn and landscape thrive!
Limit 40, Visitors Center

register  $41 member/$55 Non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 Mediterranean Herbs

 

Cultivating Mediterranean Herbs in the Garden and in Containers (200-04-23-15)
Thursday, April 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

In this fun social class, you'll make your own take-home herb container and do some culinary tasting! Cooks who love the flavor that fresh herbs lend should consider wearing two hats - the chef's toque hat and the gardener's sun hat - to enjoy the rewards of both endeavors. Learn how easy it is to grow Mediterranean herbs and be rewarded throughout the growing season. Explore how their leaves can be used to flavor everything from meats, soups and stews to pizza and pasta. Delight in learning how the subtle textured gray and green herbs native to the Mediterranean are favorites in the herb garden. Learn how to grow these tolerant and container-garden-friendly herbs that include some old favorites such as parsley and thyme as well as Italian oregano and many of the new basils. You'll receive several plants, soil mix, container (non-container option available) and the inspiration to create a fragrant and beautiful Mediterranean container to take home. Tasty samples will be served. Limit 30, Learning Center

register

$60 member/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, all supplies, and sample-size tastes

Non-container option: take home plants for garden $50 member/$62 non-member


 Pollinators3 Bee with water drop on its back  

Pollinators3
What You Need to Know and How to Make a Difference

Pollinators3 is a three-part series: choose an individual session, or bundle them all!

Session 1: Plants & People (200-11-06-14)
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Session 2: Pesticides & Other Problems (200-03-26-15)
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Session 3: Policies & Politics (200-05-21-15)
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and register at the Pollinators3 web page

 The Power of Balance  

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden (200-05-30-15)
Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

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.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

register $42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 creative summer containers

 

Creative Summer Container with Flowers and Herbs (200-06-04-15)
Thursday, June 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

Perfect for a small garden, patio or balcony, containers can be easily moved to create new displays so this year why not try something new! Learn about plant varieties, soil types, containers, watering, fertilizing and care. Create a container garden of herbs and flowers for yourself or a perhaps for a friend. This is an easy way to get someone interested in gardening, and when you share your love of gardening, you are giving someone a gift that offers a lifetime of enjoyment. Herbs and flower plants, soil mix, container and a handout will be provided--along with loads of inspiration. Limit 30, Learning Center

register $60 member/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

 eat your flowers
Photo Credit: Askabiron (Flikr)
 

Eat Your Flowers (200-08-06-15)
Thursday, August 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

With gardens blooming in the warm summer months, it's a great time to experiment with edible flowers! Edible flowers make everything tasty and eye appealing to eat and you'll relish learning how to use them in appetizers, salads, entrees, drinks and desserts. How about some nasturtiums--which have a peppery flavor similar to watercress and their seed pods can be pickled and used in place of capers. Or maybe a salad with blue borage, which tastes like cucumber, with pansies, which have a lettuce flavor. From salads, teas, garnishes and sorbets, learn about which edible flowers to grow that will brighten up the flavors from your kitchen. We'll prepare culinary delights with flowers for tasting. Limit 30, Learning Center

register $39 member/$51 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and light sample-sized tastes 

 The Power of Balance  

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden (200-08-22-15)
Saturday, August 22, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

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.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

register $42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 lemon herbs
Photo Credit: Barney Bishop (Flikr)
 

Lemon Herbs - For the Body and Soul (200-09-12-15)
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

It is difficult in Minnesota for us to grow a lemon tree--but we can have lemon scent and flavor in our garden by planting lemon scented herbs such as lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemon basil and lemon verbena as well as unique lesser known varieties. Learn about the myriad varieties and tips for selection, care and maintenance of these "lemon" herbs. Next, discover how they can be harvested and used in just about any culinary dish from tea to seafood, pesto and dessert. You'll even learn how lemon herbs can be used to create a spa-like experience for the body. Aromatic lemon herbs are always welcome at any time year and are a must for both the cook and gardener! Samples of herbal treats will be served. Limit 30, Learning Center

register $39 member/$51 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, light sample-sized tastes of herbal treats, and lemon bath melts

 The Power of Balance  

Stone Balance Master Class: Intermediate to Advanced (200-09-12-15-02)
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

New, by request! Take your rock balancing to the next level. You'll increase your confidence and skills with additional rocks, new base configurations, and an intermediate level of instruction. Prerequisite: The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden or equivalent novice balancing experience. (Practice rocks included.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

register $42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

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


 Flowers for Mom

Flowers for Mom: Made with Love (100-05-07-15)
Thursday, May 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer www.ashlexfoxdesigns.com

Create an arrangement that exudes the ideals of motherhood: energy, patience, grace and humor. You'll learn what is needed to create a flower arrangement that will dazzle and delight all who see it. Perhaps enroll in the class with your mother, so the two of you can spend a memorable evening together creating something beautiful to take home. Or take the class yourself as a way to honor that greatest matron of all...Mother Earth! Included are the flowers, container, and inspired instruction needed to create an arrangement with a florist value of around $100. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

register $69 member/$81 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers, and other class materials. 

 Garden Bounty

Garden Bounty Centerpiece: Herbs and Flowers (100-07-18-15)
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer www.ashlexfoxdesigns.com

canceled    $69 member/$81 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers, and other class materials. 

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 view the Spring/Summer 2015 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.