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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, May 21, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16) Visitor Center
OR
Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-05-21-16-02) Visitor Center
OR
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 Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a different session, below! Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16)
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$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
Register Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-05-21-16-02)
Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
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) 
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$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
 

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EVOLUTION OF THE ENGLISH GARDEN 3-PART SERIES

Gardens are beautiful sources of inspiration, restoration, and healing that man has endeavored to prefect over the centuries. These "remarkable indicators of civilization" (Bisgrove, 1992) teach us what was and is meaningful to the culture at the time they were made specific to the economic, historical, cultural, social, and political environment. Garden history can help us learn about ourselves, our perception of beauty, our use of resources, our values and relationship with nature, and how this relationship has changed through the centuries.

This 3-part series, presented in University-level lecture format, will be an examination of the garden in England from Medieval times through the Tudor, formal, English landscape, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, and modern movements. English garden styles will be compared and discussed from an historical perspective and in relation to garden development in the United States.


 Medieval

Evolution of the English Garden: Medieval & Medicinal Gardens, Tudor/Stuart & Formal Gardens (150-04-16-16) 
Saturday, April 16, 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

The first half of this lecture will delve into the intriguing history of early Roman and Moorish gardens, medieval, castle and medicinal gardens. Professor Mary Meyer will discuss and compare medieval and monastery gardens like Queen Eleanor's garden, Winchester; and cloister gardens such as Chelsea Physics garden. The second half of class will dive into an exclusive an in-depth look at Tudor and Elizabethan/Stuart Gardens, providing an understanding of Dutch, Italian and French influences on English gardens.
Limit 60, Snyder Building


$35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
  Bundle and save!  Evolution of the English Garden 3-class bundle
$84 member/$112 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Landscape

Evolution of the English Garden: English Landscape Garden (150-04-30-16)
Saturday, April 30, 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

Dig into the world of English Garden styles! With a focus on English Landscape Garden influences, this University-lecture format class will take participants on a verdant journey to uncover the cultural, social, political, and environmental factors that influenced the evolution of the English garden (and human culture) throughout history. The development of the landscape or naturalistic style of garden design that evolved in the 1700's has been recognized as England's most outstanding contribution to the arts. Explore the concept of "improving" nature into a stylized idyllic landscape. Learn more about the definition of an English landscape garden, including the evolution of the early, middle and late styles with examples such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Painshill Park. Class will also discuss how 16 and 17th century English gardens influenced US gardens with respect to values, design and appreciation.
Limit 60, Snyder Building


$35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
  Bundle and save!  Evolution of the English Garden 3-class bundle
$84 member/$112 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Arts and Crafts

Evolution of the English Garden: 19th Century, Victorian Gardens, Arts and Crafts & Modern Gardens (150-05-14-16)
Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. New Time! 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 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

Dig into the world of English Garden styles! With gardens from the most recent centuries as examples, this University-lecture format class will take participants on a verdant journey to uncover the cultural, social, political, and environmental factors that influenced the evolution of the English garden (and human culture) throughout history. Get introduced to the Arts & Crafts and naturalistic gardening styles developed by British Gertrude Jekyll, Edwin Luytens, and William Robinson with American designers Beatrix Ferrand, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Jens Jensen. The social, political and literary influences that shaped garden styles in England and in the US will also be discussed. Compare and contrast these gardens like Sissinghurst and Hidcote Manor to the newest US garden styles such as the HighLine and Lurie Garden in Chicago.
Limit 60, Snyder Building

Register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
  Bundles are no longer available online. 
If you attended the first session of this serises and would still like to 
bundle, call 612-301-1210.
Bundle and save!  Evolution of the English Garden 3-class bundle
$84 member/$112 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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