Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled through August 31

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

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Classes & Workshops


A Tasty Love Story: Plant Sex and Our Food at the Farm

Saturday, September 5
5-7 p.m
Instructor: Reba Luiken, Arboretum Staff

(Ages 21+) 

As you bite into a Honeycrisp apple, you might wonder "Where do apples come from?" Just like babies, apples come from sex-wierd and wacky plant sex. Join us for a tour of the new Farm at the Arb where you'll:
  • Learn about birds, bees, and other ways plants make babies
  • Explore the sexy history of new varieties of apples, wheat and more
  • Taste the fruit of these sexual efforts in the form of food and alcohol
Wear comfortable footwear for a 1/2 mile stroll and dress for the weather. Tastings are small light nibbles, not a full portion or meal.

Limit 20, Farm at the Arb - Summer Kitchen

$25 member/$40 non-member,includes Arboretum admiss

Apple Breeding in Minnesota
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Lecture Series

Thursday, October 22
6:30-8 p.m.

David Bedford, Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Apple Breeding Program; part of the team that created the Honeycrisp apple

Apples are in the Arboretum's roots... literally! Join David Bedford, one of the creators of the Honeycrisp, to learn more about this delicious fruit and its past, present and future in Minnesota... including: 
  • A quick history of apple evolution and domestication
  • How and why the apple breeding program began over a century ago
  • The current apple breeding process and how new varieties are developed
  • Some exciting new up and coming research

Based on seasonal availability, apples from the Apple House may be available for sale.

Limit 300, Visitor Center

register $10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Winter Squash Magic

Saturday, October 31, 2020
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Winter Squash season is upon us, let the Arboretum help you expand your repertoire for delicious ways to use squash! Hands-on class participation and tastings will include preparation techniques for using winter squash and sampling of different squash varieties in several different recipes. Topics will include 
  • How to select the right squash
  • How to prepare squash for use in salad, soup and pies
  • The best techniques for a simple, yet elegant stuffed squash
  • How to roast squash and creative ways to use in salads, soups and sandwiches
  • Flavor enhancers and ingredient additions
  • Recipes may include: Squash Risotto, Moroccan Stuffed Squash, Roasted Squash with Spinach, onions & Craisins, and Pumpkin Pancakes
You will leave with recipes, and more confidence in choosing and preparing winter squash in unique ways.

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen


$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!


Discovering Your Root... Vegetables!

Saturday, January 16, 2021
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Historically, throughout the winter months, people survived on the root vegetables that they were able to store in their root cellars. Today, root vegetables are readily available at grocery stores, but have we overlooked the opportunity to use them in new ways? In this workshop, we will explore easily stored root vegetables such as carrots, rutabaga, beets, potatoes, turnips, onions, and parsnips. Hands-on participation, tastings and topics will include: 
  • Knife skills for preparation of the roots
  • Cooking techniques including roasting, sautéing, and boiling
  • Flavor combinations and enhancements for root veggies
  • Ways to use roots in soup, salad, side and main dishes
  • Recipes may include: Carrot & Ginger Soup, Rutabaga Stew, Roasted Roots with Maple Glaze, and Root Vegetable Chips
You will leave with recipes, samples and knowledge of creative ways to look at that bag of carrots and potatoes!

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies, plus recipes!

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