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 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

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$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

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

 
photo: Bill Johnson
 

Insect Pollinators - Beyond the Honeybee (750-01-21-17)
Saturday, January 21, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bill Johnson, National Director for Region V, Garden Writers' Association and Charter Member of the North American Nature Photographers' Association

Honeybees are incredibly important pollinators for our agricultural system, and often dominate the conversation about pollination. This, however, is not the full story. With the guidance of an expert Minnesotan writer and photographer, discover the beautiful and diverse spectrum of insect pollinators outside the genus Apis. Bill is a contributing columnist with Horticulture Magazine where he writes the monthly column, ‘Insect ID' (2016 marks its 6th year) about insects and their interrelationships with garden plants. His photography work often focuses on plant and insect photography, from full specimen to macro, and has been exhibited in gardens across the country. You will be inspired by his beautiful macro insect photography and grow in awareness and appreciation of the thousands of insect species that pollinate our region's plants. You will leave with the confidence to identify common insect pollinators in your own backyard. Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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$29 member/$41 nonmember
$5 member/$17 nonmember,
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 pruning trees  

Pruning Young Trees: Success Stories Start at Planting!(150-­02-­04-­17­-02)
Saturday, February 4, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon

NOTE: This class has changed from the original description. New instructor and description below.

UPDATED 1/18/17 Chad Giblin, Research Fellow and ISA Certified Arborist in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota

UPDATED 1/18/17 Timely pruning of young trees is critical to their long-term success! Our backyards, streets, and parks are full of newly-planted trees that require judicious maintenance - just like their mature neighbors. Proper pruning of fast-growing trees is even more important. Species like American and hybrid elms, Freeman maple, and many others require unique levels of pruning to ensure long life. This seminar will cover the basics of developmental pruning from the nursery through the first few years in the landscape. Weather permitting, you will spend time out in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction. Come dressed to spend time outdoors. Limit 40, Visitor Center

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

 pruning shrubs
photo: Shutterstock
 

Shrubs: Pruning Essentials (150-­02-­11­-17-­02)
Saturday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon

Sorry, the instructor for this class is no longer available. This class has been cancelled. $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission 

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

photo: wewon31/Flickr
 

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
 

 Stone Balance
photo: Peter Juhl
 

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-05-06-17)
OR
Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-05-06-17-02)
OR
Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-07-29-17)
OR
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-29-17-02)

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

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and 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, learn about design and composition, and receive 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, Snyder Building

register  Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Houseplant Clinic
photo: DeMoHuyC/shutterstock
 

Spring Houseplant Clinic (150-05-06-17)
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

You have sheltered those potted beauties all winter long, but after months of low light and dry air, how do you ease your houseplants' transition into the warm seasons? 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 spent on sunny balconies and patios. 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, Learning Center

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


 pollinators
photo: USDA/Flikr
 

Landscaping for Pollinators (150-06-03-17)
Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Pollinators are responsible for two thirds of the food we enjoy, and gardeners of all levels can help encourage pollinators to thrive by providing much needed food and shelter in the form of plants. Choosing plants that provide food and shelter, creating transitional landscapes, and considering bee lawns all help lessen "bee sterile" landscapes. Join fellow gardeners as Julie gives you a "pollinator perspective" on landscaping, and shares practical ways you can transform your yard to support these important insects. You will be inspired to help and will leave with the confidence to make simple changes in your own backyard.
Limit 40, Snyder Building

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

 edible landscape
photo: UCDavisArboretum/Flikr
 

Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty (150-06-17-17)
Saturday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Do you enjoy growing food, but tire of hiding your humble vegetable garden in the back? There is another way: edible landscaping combines both ornamental and edible plants and results in a completely beautiful, completely delicious property! After an introduction to the concept, Julie will show you and your fellow gardeners how to make good plant choices for this type of garden, how to creatively mix and match for your desired garden look, and of course how to plan for sustainability and healthy long-lived plants. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and the confidence to create an edible landscape on your own property.
Limit 40, Snyder Building

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

 climate change  

Plant Selection for a Changing Climate (150-07-08-17)
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Dry spells, violent storms, late falls, and bitter winters...how is a garden supposed to keep up? University of Minnesota Extension educator, Julie Weisenhorn, will provide guidance for gardening in our increasingly unpredictable climate. Along with fellow gardeners, you will learn how to maximize the health and steadiness of your garden, from soil to plant selection. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and practical ways to make your landscaping more resilient to extreme weather.
Limit 30, Visitor Center

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

 Tomato
photo: casanisa/shutterstock
 

How to Save Tomato Seeds (150-08-10-17)
Thursday, August 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tim Johnson, Head of Preservation, Seed Savers Exchange

Tomatoes are a gardener's favorite vegetable, with infinite varieties, which makes them a perfect introduction to the art and science of seed saving. Join other beginner seed savers and learn from national expertise based in our very own upper Midwest: Seed Savers Exchange is based in Iowa just a few hours away! Tim, an accomplished seed saver and educator, will guide you in understanding the theory and importance of seed saving. You will leave this workshop fully able to produce your own true-to-type tomato seeds while also learning the basics of seed saving: isolation, population size, seed cleaning, and seed storage.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register  $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies
 

 seed school  

Seed School Two-Day Workshop (150-08-11-17)
Friday, August 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. AND Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tim Johnson, Head of Preservation, Seed Savers Exchange

When you save seeds, you are able to preserve a specific type of vegetable, fruit or flower for seasons to come. Not only does this pastime save you money on seed and seedling purchases in the spring, you will be working toward greater genetic diversity in our food system! Join Tim Johnson, Head of Preservation at Seed Savers Exchange, and local Seed Savers Exchange members for a two-day immersion into the world of seed saving. Saturday will include a day with Tim at the Arboretum, discussing seed biology, flower anatomy, and trying your hand at various seed harvesting methods. On Sunday, travel together to see what local seed savers are growing and harvesting firsthand. After the weekend, you will be equipped with a diverse array of vegetable, herb and flower seeds for the spring, basic supplies for seed saving, and an understanding of how to get started in your own backyard! NOTE that there is no food/beverage at the Bee Center, bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register  $130 member/$145 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

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FUNGI CULTIVATION CLASSES

Fungi Cultivation: Growing Mushrooms for Food, Medicine, & Bio-Remediation
Whether you are a mushroom aficionado or looking to add a different kind of edible to your homegrown efforts, this series is for you! Join Cody for an introduction to fungi and its cultivation: both indoor and outdoor. You and fellow fungi enthusiasts will learn through a balance of presentation and hands-on activities, and leave with your own to grow at home after each session. Whether you attend only one or all workshops, you will gain a broad understanding of the biology, history, cultivation and application of a diverse array of fungi, and will be sure to impress your friends and family alike with your mycological know-how and new edible "gardens".


fungi
photo: Land by Hand

Growing Mushrooms Outdoors via Log Inoculation (200-05-20-17)
Saturday, May 20, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

If you have ever taken a walk in the woods, chances are you've seen fungi growing on fallen logs. Wood is a natural medium to grow mushrooms, and has been used for centuries! Cody will start with an introduction to the biology and historical background of this cultivation method. Then you and your fellow mushroom aficionados will inoculate your own hardwood logs by drilling holes and introducing mushroom mycelium, such as shiitake and oysters, to the openings. Once the wood is fully colonized after 5-10 months, the log will begin to fruit naturally. Cody will discuss ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. You will leave with an inoculated log and a comprehensive handout.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials
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Bundle and save! Fungi Cultivation 3-class series: $180 member/$216 non-member


indoor buckets

Growing Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets (200-07-08-17)
Saturday, July 8, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

Growing mushrooms inside allows you to have better control over the environment, and grow these delicious fungi year-round in our Minnesota climate. Cody will start with an introduction to the biology of mushrooms and the theory of indoor mushroom cultivation. You will then drill holes in a five gallon bucket, sterilize and prepare the straw medium, and inoculate with oyster, reishi, or lion's mane mushrooms. Cody will discuss ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. You will leave with an inoculated bucket and a comprehensive handout.
Limit 24, Bee Center

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$65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials

 
bundle Bundle and save! Fungi Cultivation 3-class series: $180 member/$216 non-member

wine cap fungi

Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation (200-07-22-17)
Saturday, July 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, Wine Cap mushrooms have a beautiful burgundy cap and have a nutty flavor that works well for braising, grilling, and sautéing. It is also grows naturally on outdoor beds of woody debris. Learn how to properly locate a small bed in your own backyard (4'x4'), what substrates to use, how to prepare the site, and when to harvest. Cody will explain the biology and cultivation of this species as you and other mushroom enthusiasts watch demonstrations of techniques, and see the finished product. You will leave with wine cap inoculant to try at home, as well as a comprehensive handout.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials
 
bundle Bundle and save! Fungi Cultivation 3-class series: $180 member/$216 non-member

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SCIENCE OF PLANT PROPAGATION SERIES

Plants are intricate, fascinating organisms: this series will open your eyes to their amazing biology and transform your gardening capabilities. Each Science of Gardening class is designed to provide valuable information on its own, and a complete foundation of knowledge and skills when bundled together. 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 designed for a range of abilities, from new gardeners to master gardeners, hobbyists, professionals, and students looking to bolster their college-science savvy.


seeds 

Science of Plant Propagation: Seeds (150-­01-­21-­17)
Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and former University of Minnesota instructor

Seed catalogs are starting to flood the mailbox­--so tempting! Make the most of your purchase by understanding the science of seed propagation. Jim will cover the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more. You will learn tried and true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds. Take home several seed­-based projects for spring growth.

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies 
bundle Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4-­class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-member

cuttings

Photo credit: Hardworkinghippy/Flikr

Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings (150­-01-­28-­17)
Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and former University of Minnesota instructor

Create new plants from existing ones! Jim will show you how to propagate plants asexually (without seeds) using a variety of fascinating techniques. Through his clear and easy-­to-understand presentation, you will learn correct preparation of cuttings and layers, as well as the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. Then take what you've learned and immediately put it into practice in the Learning Center's greenhouse. Participants will take home a personal "greenhouse-­in­-a-­pot" that will be the start of many new plants for your home and garden.

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies 
bundle Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4-­class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-member

 grafting
photo: shutterstock

Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting (150-­02-­04­-17)
Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and former University of Minnesota instructor

Why do some grafts work - and others don't? Grafting remains one of the more mysterious and difficult methods of plant propagation, but with Jim's expert guidance, you will remove the mystery and learn all about the different methods of grafting. You'll have the opportunity to immediately apply what you've learned by practicing techniques to make a number of grafts in the Learning Center greenhouse - and take home the results!

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
bundle Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4­-class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-
member 

 soil

Science of Plant Propagation: Soil (150-­02-­11­-17)
Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and former University of Minnesota instructor

Make this your best growing season yet by really knowing and understanding the soil in which you grow your plants. 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? Jim will explain everything you need to know to give your plants the most nourishing environment possible. Recommended (but optional): Have your soil tested prior to class for additional insight during class. See testing information and fees online (link: https://soiltest.dl.umn.edu/sites/g/files/pua891/f/media/lawn_and_garden_2016_0.pdf)

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
bundle Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4-­class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-member

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YOUR SUSTAINABLE YARD SERIES

Sustainability may seem cliche these days, but it is an important term to apply in your garden. By growing native and low-maintenance plants, selecting the right plants for your particular needs and growing conditions, and learning from real-life illustrations of fabulous design, your yard and garden will provide greater rewards for your labor: more beauty, environmental benefits, and a lot of good food! This practical series includes five sessions that are valuable on their own, but when bundled together, they will give you all the skills you need to transform your growing practices - and get better, longer lasting results.


intro
photo: Shutterstock 

Planning & Implementing a Sustainable Yard: An Introduction (150-01-28-17)
Saturday, January 28, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Don't get overwhelmed by the details of a sustainable yard and garden! Julie will give you a practical overview of the elements to be considered when planning and implementing sustainable design. From water flow on your property to soil testing and existing and conditions, you will learn how to consider layers of information in siting your garden areas: lawn, hardscape, rain gardens, trees, and more. After the class, you will feel ready to tackle a sustainable yard design of your own!
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
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Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-member


 fruit

Sustainable Fruit Growing: Shrubs and Vines (150-02-18-17)
Saturday, February 18, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Karl Foord, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

You'll hardly need to shop for fruit again once Karl has shown you how to grow a wide variety of shrub and vine fruits: raspberries, blueberries, juneberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, and more. You will learn to identify the best species and cultivars for your home garden and how to prepare planting areas to successfully grow fruits. Pest control, pruning and winter protection will be covered as well.
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 bundle Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-member
 
perennials

Photo credit: Mark MacLennan

Sustainable Perennials (150-02-25-17)
Saturday, February 25, 9:30 a.m. - noon
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, non-invasive perennial plant species. Through illustrations and discussion, she will show you her favorite plants and guide you in making the best choices for your own setting. In addition, she will identify techniques to help you make your perennial garden more sustainable, providing benefits beyond aesthetics.
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
 bundle Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-member

 lawn

Sustainable Lawn & Turf (150-03-11-17)
Saturday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. - noon
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! Examine plant specimens from the greenhouse and learn to identify them. Discuss the best practical products to use for fertilizer, seed, and pest control, and consider other possible ground covers. Learn about the benefits of creating a sustainable lawn, and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices.
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
 bundle Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-member

trees and shrubs

Photo credit: Don Olson

Sustainable Trees & Shrubs (150-03-18-17)
Saturday, March 18, 9:30 a.m. - noon
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 design and creation of a truly sustainable yard and garden. Julia will demonstrate how sustainable landscapes reduce your time commitment and benefit the environment by using fewer limited resources. Together you will discuss the trees and shrubs you already have in your current landscape, and explore the effective use of varieties that add dimension and beauty to your existing setting. You will learn how trees and shrubs can make your home more sustainable, too, by modifying the environment around it.
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
 bundle Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-member

PLANT CRAFTS


 Terrariums

photo: amygizienski/Flickr

Terrariums: An Ecosystem in Miniature (100-­02-­18-­17)
Saturday, February 18, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Jessica will help you build your own little ecosystem that will sustain itself with a minimum of care year­-round. The terrarium is enclosed and can sit on a tabletop to create a welcome, verdant focal point for your home! You are invited to bring a child or grandchild (suggested age 5 and up)-- terrariums are suited to small hands and can introduce children to plant ecology (without anyone realizing that it's science...). Containers with lids, three plants plus cuttings, moss, gravel, charcoal, gravel, decorative river rock, and a small accessory will be provided.
Bring shears, gloves, a small hand trowel and, if you wish, your own special accessory, and dress for greenhouse work.

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $75 member/$90 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies for one terrarium 

 Kokedama

photo: GergelyHideg/Flickr

Creating Kokedama (100­-03-­11-­17)
Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. ­- 11:30 a.m.
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Kokedama is a Japanese variant of bonsai, in which live moss is essentially used as a container for another plant. These moss balls can hold many types of houseplants, from ferns to orchids. They are equally beautiful displayed on a table or suspended by your window and are easy to care for. Join Jessica to learn more about this unique display technique, and then follow along step by step in creating your own kokedama to take home. Includes handout with background, instructions and directions for care. Bring gloves and scissors, if desired.

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $75 member/$90 non­member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

SPECIAL OFFERING! ONE-DAY ONLY! 

Bim Bim Willow Furniture
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author
Saturday, August 26


Level: All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had. Prices listed are per project, which means you're welcome to bring along a family member or friend (age 12 and up) and work on the project together at no additional charge. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards).
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: loppers, wire cutters, and a brown bag lunch

HOW IT WORKS
Projects are offered at three price points, and each project takes a different amount of time. You will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. Images of each project are available on the website.
  garden bench

Garden Bench (200-08-26-17-01)
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - noon
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $160, includes Arboretum admission and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
 
  coffee table 

Coffee Table (200-08-26-17-02)
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - noon
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $160, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' willow coffee table
 
   bakers rack

Baker's Rack or Potting Bench (200-08-26-17-03)
Saturday, August 26, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $325, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 5' tall baker's rack/potting bench
 
  willow chair 

Willow Chair (200-08-26-17-04)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 4 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $325, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow chair
 
  garden arbor 

Garden Arbor (200-08-26-17-05)
Saturday, August 26, 8 a.m. - noon
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 7' tall garden arbor
 
   willow loveseat

Willow Loveseat (200-08-26-17-06)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow loveseat
 
  willow rocker

Willow Rocking Chair (200-08-26-17-07)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow rocking chair
 

BEES AND BEEKEEPING IN NORTHERN CLIMATES 

 
photo: Bill Johnson
Insect Pollinators - Beyond the Honeybee (750-01-21-17)
Saturday, January 21, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Bill Johnson, National Director for Region V, Garden Writers' Association and Charter Member of the North American Nature Photographers' Association

Honeybees are incredibly important pollinators for our agricultural system, and often dominate the conversation about pollination. This, however, is not the full story. With the guidance of an expert Minnesotan writer and photographer, discover the beautiful and diverse spectrum of insect pollinators outside the genus Apis. Bill is a contributing columnist with Horticulture Magazine where he writes the monthly column, ‘Insect ID' (2016 marks its 6th year) about insects and their interrelationships with garden plants. His photography work often focuses on plant and insect photography, from full specimen to macro, and has been exhibited in gardens across the country. You will be inspired by his beautiful macro insect photography and grow in awareness and appreciation of the thousands of insect species that pollinate our region's plants. You will leave with the confidence to identify common insect pollinators in your own backyard. Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register

WOW! Special BUZZ-worthy price!$29 member/$41 nonmember
$5 member/$17 nonmember,
 includes Arboretum admission


pollinator policy

photo: EmmaFreeman/PollinateMN

Pollinators and Politics: An Overview of Minnesota Pollinator Policy (200-04-08-17)
Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. - noon
Erin Rupp, Director of Pollinate Minnesota, advocate at the local, state and federal level for pollinator-friendly policies

Policy is an important part of caring for our environment, but keeping up with it can be overwhelming! And from an executive order on neonicotinoids to a bill on solar sites as pollinator habitat, there is a lot of focus on Minnesota pollinators in particular these days. Join Erin Rupp, a veteran beekeeper, informal science educator, and director of Pollinate Minnesota, for an overview on recent pollinator policy changes and why they matter to you. The complexities of each policy will be laid out in a clear, engaging manner. Meet other policy, environment, and pollinator enthusiasts at your table as you discuss the issues with Erin in this informal class. You will leave with a new grasp on the issues, and be better able to understand future policies as well.
Limit 40, Bee Center

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$30 member/$42 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 


 pollinators
photo: USDA/Flikr
 

Landscaping for Pollinators (150-06-03-17)
Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Pollinators are responsible for two thirds of the food we enjoy, and gardeners of all levels can help encourage pollinators to thrive by providing much needed food and shelter in the form of plants. Choosing plants that provide food and shelter, creating transitional landscapes, and considering bee lawns all help lessen "bee sterile" landscapes. Join fellow gardeners as Julie gives you a "pollinator perspective" on landscaping, and shares practical ways you can transform your yard to support these important insects. You will be inspired to help and will leave with the confidence to make simple changes in your own backyard.
Limit 40, Snyder Building

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

Bee Squad Mentoring Apiary Classes
The best way to advance your beekeeping skills is through mentoring from an experienced beekeeper. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will provide this invaluable teaching experience in the Arboretum Apiary at the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. These clinics are designed for students that already own honey bees or have taken an introductory beekeeping class. Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.

 spring divide
photo: Elaine Evans/University of Minnesota

Spring Divide Clinic (200-05-13-17)
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. - noon
University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations

Learning how to properly divide a hive will increase your population and honey production. The Bee Squad will begin with a review of honey bee biology and how it relates to spring management needs. Then you and other beekeepers will visit the Arboretum Apiary to learn how to evaluate and divide a spring colony. You will leave with the confidence to evaluate and, if conditions are right, divide one of your own hives. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary. IMPORTANT NOTE: this class takes place on the same day as the popular annual Arboretum Plant Sale! To avoid lines and hassle, do not enter the Arboretum through the main entrance! Instead, gain direct entry to the Bee Center parking area via the 82nd street entrance. Take advantage of the great plant sale finds after class!
Limit 10, Bee Center

registration button $70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 mite management

Mite Management Clinic (200-06-03-17)
Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. - noon
University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations

Varroa destructor is one of the biggest problems you will need to manage in your hive. Learn from the experts how to properly deal with these pests. In the first half of the class, you and other beekeepers will learn about this parasitic mite, including its biology, and review your management options. The second half of class will take place in the Arboretum Apiary where you will observe how mites are monitored via the powdered sugar roll test. Management techniques, including drone comb replacement and organic miticide use, will also be demonstrated. You will leave equipped with practical ways to deal with this destructive pest. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.
Limit 10, Bee Center

registration button $70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

colony winterizing 

Colony Wintering Preparation Clinic (200-08-05-17)
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. - noon
University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations

Winter in Minnesota can be bitter, especially if you are a honey bee. Proper preparation for honey bee colony wintering begins in the late summer. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will review the wintering needs of a colony and the biological basis for them. You and your fellow beekeepers will learn how to evaluate whether your colony has enough winter stores and the importance of winter preparation steps. This class starts in the classroom and transitions to the Arboretum Apiary for a demonstration of wintering a hive. You will leave with the confidence to prepare your own hives for a healthy and well-managed winter. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.
Limit 10, Bee Center

registration button $70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 

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. 

Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

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.

 

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