Gardening & Horticulture Classes
General Gardening ClassesGeneral Gardening Classes
Your Sustainable YardYour Sustainable Yard
Smart Gardening SeriesSmart Gardening Series
Flower ArrangingFlower Arranging

 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

 CreatingHomeLandscape   Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love & Enjoy (150-01-31-15-02)
Saturdays, January 31, February 14, 28, and March 14, 1:30 - 4:30 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

Please read Welcome Letter (& Homework!) for this workshop

Register

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


 North Shore
Photo credit: Justin Meissenon (Flikr)
 

Minnesota North Shore Natural History (200-04-04-15)
Saturdays, April 4, 11, and 18, 10 a.m. - Noon
Jeannie Hanson, nature writer and natural history instructor

Learn more about the trees found along Lake Superior's north shore here at the Arb! You'll explore the Arb's pine collection to gain an appreciation and learn more about what you see on your future trips to the north woods. In class-room sessions, you'll explore the most commonly encountered North Shore phenomena, sky, birds, butterflies, big lake features, fungi, lichen, and other aspects of its natural history. You'll leave inspired knowing your next trip "up north" will be enriched. An optional "North Shore" trip is available through the instructor May 1-4, details will be provided in class. Limit 30, Learning Center

register  $77 member/$97 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Earth Day 2015  

Earth Day 2015: Building Sustainable Lawns for a Better Planet
Wednesday, April 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Is your lawn earth-friendly? To honor Earth Day 2015, visit the Arboretum and hear from Minnesota experts about how to rethink and sustain a new ideal aesthetic for your lawn so that it is beneficial as well as beautiful. You'll gain insights into eco-friendly lawn design, maintenance practices, and easy actionable steps you can take to improve your own lawn (which might just save you money, too). Build a better lawn for yourself, your community and for the planet!

Learn more and register at the Earth Day 2015 web page $15 member/$20 Master Gardener/$25 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


 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
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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 

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

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

register  $41 member/$55 Non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
bundle Bundle and Save! Smart Gardening three-class series $99 members/$132 non-members

 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
 bundle Bundle and Save! Smart Gardening three-class series $99 members/$132 non-members

 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
 bundle Bundle and Save! Smart Gardening three-class series $99 members/$132 non-members

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


 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 Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, or try a different floral design class, below. $69 member/$81 member, includes Arboretum admission, flowers and a new take-home pair of florist clippers 

 Tulips

Dramatic Dutch Tulips Floral Arrangement Make-and-Take (100-04-04-15-02)
Saturday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer www.ashlexfoxdesigns.com

For hundreds of years, the tulip has been one of the most valued and treasured of flowers. Explore the amazing variety of different selections available and even learn a little about the history of the tulip during this flower design class with Ashley Fox. You start with hand-selected ingredients including some of Ashley's favorite varieties, from flousy-fringed to classic-smooth tulips. Then let those blooms take center stage in an arrangement you will make to take home. Learn how to design with tulips in mind and have an arrangement for your spring or Easter table. A stunning, spring-worthy container will display your pretty and gasp-worthy flowers. You'll receive everything you need to create a finished arrangement! All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

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

 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 download the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 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.