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stone balance

read an article about Peter Juhl in Midwest Living Magazine

Watch a clip about Peter Juhl in Kare11 Land of 10,000 Stories with Boyd Huppert

View a photo gallery of Peter Juhl's Work in the Star Tribune

 

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden 
Saturday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16) Visitor Center
OR
Saturday, July 30, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-30-16-02)  Visitor Center
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but is closer to meditation or art. Peter will show you 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 of "coaxing a rock into position" using principles of physics (and some patience) to create your own sculpture. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden. 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. An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class. Limit 24, Snyder Auditorium

register Saturday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16) 
Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
 includes Arboretum admission
 
Saturday, July 30, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-30-16-02) 
Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
 includes Arboretum admission

bee lawns
Credit: LuckyImages/Shutterstock
 

Bee Lawns: How to Have an Insect Haven in your Lawn (150-08-20-16)
Saturday, August 20, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

In honor of the new Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center, join Professor Mary Meyer in an interactive discussion and "how to get started" tutorial for Minnesotans who would like to make their yard a more welcoming place for beneficial pollinators...and humans, too! Class will feature 1 hour of informational lecture including topics such as biodiversity, location, grass selection, flowering plants that provide pollen, herbicide and pesticide use, mowing and maintenance practices, and how to make your lawn more resistant to disease, insect or drought damage. Then class will move out to view the Arboretum's Bee Lawn with commentary, insights and insider stories from Dr. Meyer, who was instrumental in its creation. You'll leave inspired and ready to take actionable steps towards a lawn that the pollinators will love and the neighbors will envy. Limit 40, Visitor Center

register $29 member/$41 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

Grass  

Grass Identification & Ecology 2-Day Professional Level Workshop (150-08-25-16)
Thursday, August 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. AND Friday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

LEVEL: Advanced students, professionals, and Master Gardeners/Master Naturalists
A crucial component of our planet's biodiversity, grasses make up the fourth largest plant family on earth, with nearly 11,000 different species. Gain professional-level knowledge in this 2-day intensive workshop that will focus on teaching students to identify a multitude of grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape. Being able to identify grasses will enable participants to read the landscape and landscape conditions, including soils, habitat, disturbance and past land uses. This workshop will provide an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study, utilizing the 1,200 acres of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a living laboratory and classroom. Identify warm season grasses in the field and lab, learn specialized terminology and distinguishing features, discuss the ecology of grasses, and practice identifying species from keys. Note that this class will include outdoor time; dress for the weather each day. Students will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the second day of class. Limit 20, Snyder Building 2nd Floor Classroom
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Bring a water bottle, a hand lens, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for walking over uneven terrain. Bring your own lunch or purchase from the Arboretum Café

register $169 members/$193 non-members, includes Arboretum admission both days
 

Please pardon our dust!
Below here we are planning our fall/winter classes.
Please check back soon to learn more and register!
 Creating a Home Landscape  

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy  (150-­09-­24-16)
Saturdays, September 24, October 8, October 22, and November 5, 9 a.m. ­- noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Design your home landscape exactly the way you want it! In this 4-­part series, 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 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

$139 member/$155 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission

$189/$219 couples working on the same project 


 winterizing  

Autumn Houseplant Clinic (150-­09-­17­-16)
Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Those potted beauties have grown lush with summer sun, perhaps enjoying your porch or deck, but how do you give your houseplants the best start for the long winter ahead? Bring along a few of your favorite houseplants for an informative, practical morning that will give you confidence and your plants a boost for the months indoors. Julie will start with an overview of houseplant basic needs, species-­based special considerations, and troubleshooting. Afterward, you will transition to a "plant lab" for repotting, assessing your plants, and scouting for insects. You'll leave with handouts and healthy, repotted plants. Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $41 member/$55 non-­member, Arboretum admission included 

 seed collecting  

Seed Collecting, Cleaning and Storing (150-­10-­01-­16)
Saturday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. ­- 12:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and former University of Minnesota instructor

'Tis the season... for seed collecting. By this time of year most plants are producing seeds, and whether you wish to harvest a bit of natural bounty or get ready for next year's garden, it's important to get the details right! Using the Arboretum's late­-summer grounds and gardens, Jim Calkins will show you what seeds are worth collecting and demonstrate proper techniques to ensure that you have healthy, vital seeds that will sprout when you plant them next spring. Note: If you are interested in seeds, see Jim's class on seed propagation (The Science of Plant Propagation) Limit 15, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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

stone  

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon (100­-10-­22­-16)
OR
Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m. (100­-10­-22-­16­-02)

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

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but 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 get plenty of hands-­on time and coaching to help you develop your new­-found abilities and overcome obstacles. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, and learn about design, composition, and helpful tips on more advanced balancing. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden. 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. An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class. Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register

Saturday, October 22, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

register

Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission


 Creating a Home Landscape  

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy (150-­01-­07-­17)
Saturdays, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18, 1:30 p.m. -­ 4:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Design your home landscape exactly the way you want it! In this 4­-part series, 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 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

$139 member/$155 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission

$189/$219 couples working on the same project 

 edible garden  

The Edible Garden Year (150-­01­-14­-17)
Saturdays, January 14, February 4, May 13, June 24, and August 19, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager

Would you like to grow some of your own vegetables and herbs, but hesitate due to past bad luck, failures, or the amount of work? Join a cohort of fellow gardeners to learn and grow through a season together! Laura has gardened in six states and is passionate about homegrown food; she will lead you on an encouraging journey from plans on paper to meals on the table. Each time we meet, we'll focus on the next important step in the journey, sometimes with the help of experts from the Arboretum or Extension.Visits to the Home Demonstration Garden will also be incorporated. In January, we will start with the basics and put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape. February will focus on ordering and starting seeds. Come May, soil and transplants will be the theme. June, the time of summer vacation, we'll talk about water conservation, weeds and pest management. Finally, in August, we'll come together and celebrate the fruits of our labor. Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $150 member/$200 non-­member, Arboretum admission included 

 pruning trees  

Trees: Pruning Essentials (150-­02-­04-­17­-02)
Saturday, February 4, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Kathy Zuzek, Extension educator, research scientist at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center

Proper and timely pruning is essential to the health of your trees and shrubs; winter is the best time to prune to ensure their long-­term health and productivity. With Kathy's expert guidance, you will learn theory and practical application for pruning and training your woody plants. Instruction will cover both deciduous and coniferous cultivars. Other topics covered will be based on class interest and could include maximizing longevity, minimizing maintenance, easy fruit harvesting, and applying pesticides correctly. Weather permitting, you will spend time out in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-­site instruction. Come dressed to spend time outdoors. Limit 22, Visitor Center

register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 bundle Bundle and save! Pruning Essentials Trees and Shrubs 2-­class bundle: $74 member/$99 non-member

 pruning shrubs  

Shrubs: Pruning Essentials (150-­02-­11­-17-­02)
Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Kathy Zuzek, Extension educator, research scientist at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center

Proper and timely pruning is essential to the health of your trees and shrubs; winter is the best time to prune to ensure their long-­term health and productivity. With Kathy's expert guidance, you will learn theory and practical application for pruning and training your woody plants. Instruction will cover both deciduous and coniferous cultivars. Other topics covered will be based on class interest and could include maximizing longevity, minimizing maintenance, easy fruit harvesting, and applying pesticides correctly. Weather permitting, you will spend time out in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on­-site instruction. Come dressed to spend time outdoors. Limit 22, Visitor Center

register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 bundle Bundle and save! Pruning Essentials Trees and Shrubs 2-­class bundle: $74 member/$99 non-member

stones  

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon (100-­02­-11­-17)
OR
Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m. (100-­02­-11-­17-­02)

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

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but 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 get plenty of hands-­on time and coaching to help you develop your new­-found abilities and overcome obstacles. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, and learn about design, composition, and helpful tips on more advanced balancing. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden. 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. An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class. Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, February 11, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m. 
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission

 winter garden  

Plant Selection for the Winter Garden (150-02-25-17-02)
Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and former University of Minnesota instructor

As much as we love our gardens in the summer, there is an undeniably long winter season in which we still wish to enjoy them. When you purchase plants, garden center staff always assure you that they will add "winter interest", but how do you know whether such plants will actually enhance the view from your kitchen window or just disappear under yet another snowdrift? Come take a walk with Jim, who will guide you around the Arboretum in winter and show you our very best cold weather beauties, from woody and herbaceous to flowering and fruiting. Inside, Jim will also explain what steps you can take during the growing season to help them look their best in winter. You will leave with inspiration, plant lists, and a renewed motivation to enjoy your winter garden. Dress for the weather! Limit 15, meet at the Visitor Center

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

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CARNIVOROUS PLANTS CLASSES

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is pleased to announce Savage Gardens, an exhibit featuring carnivorous and other "dangerous" plants from May through August 2016. There will be larger-than-life statues of carnivorous plants on display which will render viewers bug-size in scale! Four plant-sculptures featured include the American pitcher plant, tropical pitcher plant, sundew and the Venus fly trap.


venus fly trap 

Venus Fly Trap: An Hour with the Carnivorous Plant Expert (200-06-11-16)

Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Join the expert for Part One of three lecture-style sessions, providing scientific information and trivia about how and where the specific types of carnivorous plants are found, their unique evolutionary adaptations and varieties, and what systems they employ to lure, trap, and devour prey. Few plants' attributes captivate the imagination more than the rapid trapping mechanism of the Venus fly trap. But did you know that the Venus fly trap, or Dionaea, is only native to North Carolina?! In this one-hour, lecture-style presentation, learn about the unique evolutionary adaptation of its hungry jaws, the multitude of cultivated mutant varieties, and how its magnificent traps function. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Pair this lecture with "Backstage Pass: Carnivorous Plants!" (see below) for a comprehensive experience.
Limit 100, Snyder Building

register $15 members/$27 non-members, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle Bundle And Save! Carnivorous Plants Expert 3-Class Bundle (Venus Fly Trap 6/11, Pitcher Plants 7/9, & Sundew 7/23)
$36 members/$65 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

 Exclusive Access Backstage Pass: Carnivorous Plants!
Saturday, June 11, noon - 1 p.m. (200-06-11-16-02)
OR
Saturday, July 9, noon - 1 p.m. (200-07-09-16-02)

Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Sign up for this unique chance to go behind-the-scenes with a carnivorous plant expert! Join Alex in the Learning Center for a tour of the live carnivorous plants that are featured in this summer's exhibit, watch as he unearths and dissects to reveal the plants' distinctive anatomy, and gain more in-depth knowledge from an expert who is truly passionate about carnivorous plants. As part of the private tour, Alex will share the unique challenges of growing, propagating, and maintaining many varieties of carnivorous plants and uncover the mysteries behind why we find them so fascinating. This walk-and-talk class will take place in the Learning Center Greenhouse, where a variety of carnivorous plants have been carefully grown and selected to be featured in this exhibit. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register Saturday, June 11, noon - 1 p.m. (200-06-11-16-02)
$29 members/$41 non-members, includes Arboretum admission
register Saturday, July 9, noon - 1 p.m. (200-07-09-16-02)
$29 members/$41 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

 Pitcher
photo: Adlassnig et al, 2011
Pitcher Plants: An Hour with the Carnivorous Plant Expert (200-07-09-16)
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Join the expert for Part Two of three lecture-style sessions, providing scientific information and trivia about how and where the specific types of carnivorous plants are found, their unique evolutionary adaptations and varieties, and what systems they employ to lure, trap, and devour prey. Pitcher plants disguise their deadly pitfall traps as stately and colorful vessels that lure insects to their doom. The beauty of these pitchers has captured people's attention since the Victorian era, and continues to do so today. What seems a unique botanical oddity has in fact evolved multiple times as plants sought a ready source of nutrients. In this one-hour, lecture-style presentation, learn about the different types of pitcher plants including those from our own backyard as well as others from remote tropical sites, and the incredible variety of adaptations they employ to obtain the nutrients they seek. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Pair this lecture with "Backstage Pass: Carnivorous Plants!" (see above) for a comprehensive experience.
Limit 100, Snyder Building

register $15 members/$27 non-members, includes Arboretum admission
bundle Bundle And Save! Carnivorous Plants Expert 3-Class Bundle (Venus Fly Trap 6/11, Pitcher Plants 7/9, & Sundew 7/23)
$36 members/$65 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

 sundew
Photo: Petr Dlouhy

 

Sundew: An Hour with the Carnivorous Plant Expert (200-07-23-16)
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Join the expert for Part Three of three lecture-style sessions, providing scientific information and trivia about how and where the specific types of carnivorous plants are found, their unique evolutionary adaptations and varieties, and what systems they employ to lure, trap, and devour prey. Sundew species, or Drosera, can be found worldwide...in fact, Minnesota is home to four native species of sundews! In this one-hour, lecture-style presentation, hear about the plant that so fascinated Darwin he once said "I care more about Drosera than the origin of all the species in the world." Learn why this sometimes humble, but always astounding plant has become perhaps the most successful group of carnivorous plants on Earth. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Pair this lecture with "Make-and-Take: Miniature Carnivorous Windowsill Garden" (see above) for a fun experience complete with a souvenir carnivorous mini-garden.
Limit 100, Snyder Building

register $15 members/$27 non-members, includes Arboretum admission 
bundle Bundle And Save! Carnivorous Plants Expert 3-Class Bundle (Venus Fly Trap 6/11, Pitcher Plants 7/9, & Sundew 7/23)
$36 members/$65 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

 windowsill

Make-and-Take: Miniature Carnivorous Windowsill Garden (200-07-23-16-02)
Saturday, July 23, noon - 2:30 p.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Sundews, butterworts and bladderworts, oh my! Yes, you too can plant and care for an ever-blooming garden of carnivorous plants, with minimal experience, knowledge, or maintenance. This hands-on workshop will invite participants to get peat moss under their nails by planting carnivorous plants in a decorative, windowsill-sized arrangement, and then take it home! Participants start for one hour in the classroom for background and insightful facts, and to learn about propagation, maintenance and care of these fascinating plants, then move to the potting room to create your own arrangement of plants. Although carnivorous plants come in a multitude of sizes, this class will focus on the miniature varieties with fun names like "angry bunnies." Participants will go home with the miniature garden of carnivores they created, ready to watch pesky houseflies and fruit flies fall victim to their sticky clutches. A great mini-conversation piece for any home! This class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $79 members/$94 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, peat moss, plant dish, and a variety of plants
 

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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.