Gardening tools and watering can in a basket.

Get Growing: A Day of Garden Workshops

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Level
Beginner to intermediate

Cabin fever has hit and you're dreaming of your best yard yet for 2020, but who has time to learn everything? This day-long buffet of classes is the answer- in just one Saturday, you will get "Cliffs Notes" in a wide range of gardening topics to get you started on the right foot!

You'll leave with a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies- motivated and educated for the best garden season yet!

Choose any 5 sessions
Custom-select your perfect day filled with your choice of available sessions and tours!

Tip
Register early, sessions have limited enrollment!

Limit 200, Visitor Center, Check-in to receive your schedule and light breakfast in the Reedy Gallery

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, light breakfast (coffee/tea, pastries, yogurt, fruit), sandwich and salad buffet lunch, a binder of handouts and a bag full of plants, seeds & garden goodies, and 10% off any day-of purchases at the Arboretum Gift & Garden Store!

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Registration Note
Our specialty registration system is being used for this program. It requires a different login and registration from our {new} main Arboretum registration system. If you have any questions or troubles with registration, we're here to help!
          Arboretum Learning Center Office
          612-301-1210
          ArbEdu@umn.edu

Choice of 5 Sessions

Customize-Your-Own-Schedule
Reference the agenda grid below to create your own custom schedule when you register!


VISITOR CENTER
Teaching Classroom

VISITOR CENTER
MacMillan B/D

VISITOR CENTER
MacMillan A/C

VISITOR CENTER
Azalea Classroom

TOURS

REGISTRATION
8:15 - 9 a.m.
Registration Check-in
Light breakfast located in the Visitor Center: Reedy Gallery

9 a.m.

Sustainable Turf

Growing Food 101

How to Deal with Pests

"Bee" Pollinator Friendly

Special Access: Director Tour

10:10 a.m.

Growing Food 101

Backyard Composting

"Bee" Pollinator Friendly

7 Top Vegetable Seeds

 

11:20 a.m.

Backyard Composting

Sustainable Turf

7 Top Vegetable Seeds

How to Deal with Pests

Special Access: Director Tour

LUNCH
12:20 p.m.

Lunch buffet
Networking
{OPTIONAL} Drop-in: PlantMaker Studio at the Learning Center


1 p.m.

Water Wisely

Plant Shopping: Choose the Right Plants

Container Gardening 101

Math in the Garden

Horticulture Library Resources


2:10 p.m.

Plant Shopping: Choose the Right Plants

Water Wisely

Math in the Garden

Container Gardening 101

Horticulture Library Resources

Session Details

Morning Sessions

Sustainable Lawn
Session Times
  • 9 a.m.
  • 11:20

Sustainable Turf

David Tobelmann, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener

Do you want a healthier, lower maintenance lawn but aren't sure where to start? Join David to learn how to have your best lawn yet. This class will cover:
  • Grass species suggested for Northern climates
  • Low-growing, flowering plants that can be incorporated into your lawn for pollinators
  • Best practices for watering and mowing that are better for the environment, and often less work for you
  • How to deal with common pests and problems

Basket of garden vegetables and produce, photo Alicja Neumiler/shutterstock
Alicja Neumiler/shutterstock

Session Times

  • 9 a.m.
  • 10:10 a.m.

Growing Food 101

Courtney Tchida, Student Program Coordinator, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Learn the basics of growing edibles in Minnesota with Courtney, who oversees "Cornercopia," the Student Organic Farm at the University of Minnesota! This class will cover:
  • Arugula to Zucchini of vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers that you can grow in Minnesota
  • Using a cold climate, permaculture context, learn both the easiest and the hardest crops to grow- with tips for every crop along the way
  • Discuss which tools may be waste of money and which ones you can't live without
  • Get an introduction to pest and weed control strategies for the beginning grower
  • By the end of class, you'll be ready to start planning your own food garden for spring!

looking at a garden pest under a magnifying glass, photo CatherineEckert/shutterstock
photo: Catherine Eckert/shutterstock

Session Times

  • 9 a.m.
  • 11:20 a.m.

How to Deal with Pests

Erin Buchholz, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Manager

Once you begin to garden, it doesn't take too long for pest problems to arise... how do you deal with them safely and effectively? Join Erin, the Arboretum's Integrated Pest Manager, to learn more:

  • What Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is and how the Arboretum uses the technique for healthy plants and gardens
  • Learn the basic types of "pests" in the garden- from insects and disease to soil deficiencies
  • Understand steps that can resolve common problems in the garden
  • Hear Erin's "forecast" on what pests to look out for in 2020
  • You'll leave with a greater appreciation for the careful attention and expertise behind the Arboretum's treatment of garden pests, and some tips and tricks for your own garden


monarch butterfly on flower, credit Scott Costello/Flickrphoto: Scott Costello/Flikr

Session Times

  • 9 a.m.
  • 10:10 a.m.

"Bee" Pollinator Friendly: Growing Healthy Landscapes for Bees, Butterflies and other Pollinators

Bonny Siegford, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener

Bees and other pollinators can face a "food desert" when living in a community without flowering plants and the habitat they need. Learn how to create healthy pollinator habitats in your landscape and your community in this class by:
  • Diving into the science of pollination and its direct relationship to our food security
  • Discover what types of flowers bring different pollinators to the garden
  • Learn how to identify the pollinators you may see in your neighborhood
  • Understanding some of the threats faced by pollinators, and some of the ways you can help
  • You will leave this presentation empowered, inspired and ready to create beautiful pollinator-friendly habitats in your landscape/neighborhood


Compost bin with kitchen scraps, photo HollyHarry/Shutterstock
photo: HollyHarry/Shutterstock

Session Times

  • 10:10 a.m.
  • 11:20 a.m.

Backyard Composting

Gavin Watt, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener

Composting is a great way to "recycle" in your yard, and if done properly results in rich organic matter that can be added back into your garden! In this class, you will learn:
  • The basic science of composting
  • Best locations to site a compost pile in your yard
  • Recommended containers for composting
  • Which materials can and cannot be composted
  • The "recipe" for successful compost, from "greens and browns" to water and turning


Direct sowing seeds into garden soil, photo amenic181/Shutterstock
photo: amenic181/Shutterstock

Session Times

  • 10:10 a.m.
  • 11:20 a.m.

Seven Top Seeds: Vegetable Varieties for Minnesota Gardens 

Tim Kenny, Director: Director, Arboretum Education; Director: Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program 

Seed variety matters! Tim experiments with different vegetable varieties every year in his own gardens, and has kept a list of his top performers. Get the insider scoop on his top picks for easy to grow seeds that can be direct-sown into the garden (no transplanting!), produce a high yield, have minimal insect and disease problems, and a flavorful taste. He'll share:
  • Information about each variety and why he chose it
  • Growing tips each variety
  • Best practices for harvesting
  • Techniques for preparation in the kitchen

Home Demonstration Garden, photo APS MarkMacLennan
photo: Mark MacLennan/APS

Session Times

  • 9 a.m.
  • 11:20 a.m.

Special Access with the Director: Arboretum Inspiration & Resources For Your Garden

Pete Moe, Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

When you are trying to decide on a new tree or shrub to add to your garden, perhaps you look online or at a garden center. But why not take a look at the Arboretum? Enjoy "special access" time with Pete, the Arboretum Director as he takes you on a bus tour:
  • Learn how the Arboretum is a living library and horticultural laboratory with more than 5,000 plant species, 32 gardens and nearly 50 collections
  • Stop by some of Pete's favorite collections and learn how you can use the Arboretum to help design your own yard
  • Hear more about the Arboretum's history and mission
  • Get the inside scoop on Pete's favorite plants, collections and gardens 
Afternoon Sessions


Plant Shopping, credit l i g h t p o e t Shutterstock
photo: l i g h t p o e t/Shutterstock

Session Times

  • 1 p.m.
  • 2:10 p.m.

Plant Shopping: How to Choose the Right Plants for Your Landscape

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director for the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA)

So, you have a blank spot in your garden and, with hope and anticipation, go to a garden center to fill it... only to find yourself overwhelmed by choice and confusion. It happens to the best of us! Let Jim help you build your confidence:
  • Learn simple tips and tricks for knowing how to select the right plants for the spaces in your landscape
  • Understand the basics of labels and garden center categories, from plant type and size to soil and light requirements
  • Get the scoop on the best times to shop and how to buy healthy plants
  • Learn about some of Jim's favorite, easy-to-grow landscape plants

measuring tools about papers outside on a lawn and garden, photo Africa Studio/Shutterstock
photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Session Times

  • 1 p.m.
  • 2:10 p.m.

Math: It Does a Garden Good

Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Horticulture Extension Educator

Have you ever tried to calculate how many bags of mulch you needed for a flower bed? Gardening includes a lot of math! Join Julie to learn answers to challenges like:
  • How many cubic feet of soil do I need to order for my new raised bed?
  • How do I plan a square foot vegetable garden?
  • How do I know how many perennials I need to buy to fill my new flower bed?
  • How do I know I'm planting a new tree the right distance from my house?
 
assorted plants in pots making a Container Garden, photo Steve Cymro/Shutterstock
photo: Steve Cymro/Shutterstock

Session Times

  • 1 p.m.
  • 2:20 p.m.

Container Gardening 101

Mary Mason, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener

Container gardens can add beautiful pops of color on a front porch, or provide gardening space for an apartment resident... but they can also present challenges! Join Mary in this class to learn:
  • How to select the right containers for the plants you want to grow- from size to material to drainage holes and "bottom watering"
  • The importance of soil selection, including drainage and fertility
  • How to plan the number and combination of plants in a container for a successful season
  • Tips and tricks for common container pests and problems

gardener filling up a watering can, photo DJ Taylor/shutterstock
photo: DJ Taylor, Shutterstock

Session Times

  • 1 p.m.
  • 2:20 p.m.

Water Wisely- Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Kate Netwal, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener

Even though we're the land of 10,000 lakes, water is still an issue to be considered when gardening. In this class, you will learn:
  • The science and interaction between water, soils, and plants
  • How to take preventive measures to lessen your garden's need for watering
  • Steps to consider taking to prevent storm water flooding in your yard and garden
  • You'll leave with practical advice on how to water for a healthier garden and planet

Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape ArboretumSession Times

  • 1 p.m.
  • 2:20 p.m.

Resource Revelations: Using the Arboretum’s Horticulture Library

Kathy Allen, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Librarian

Not only is the Arboretum itself a living library, we also have the largest horticultural library in the Midwest! Learn more about this wonderful resource from Kathy:
  • How you can use the library, and library staff, to answer your gardening questions
  • See the massive inventory of seed catalogs that you can use for your garden planning
  • Get an introduction to the library's online resource for sourcing specific plants at local or online retailers
  • Get a "special access" glimpse of the library's rare book collection, including beautiful botanical illustrations, vintage seed catalogs, and more

Breakfast

  • Assorted muffins, scones & danishes
  • Yogurt cups
  • Fresh whole fruit
  • Coffee: regular & decaf, hot tea and ice water

Lunch Buffet

  • Make your own sandwich:
    • Turkey, ham, roast beef or tuna
    • Sliced cheddar or swiss cheese
    • Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles
    • Condiments
    • Assorted bread & rolls
  • Salads
    • White Bean Herb Salad with bell peppers, green onions, fresh basil and parsley tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette
    • Traditional Garden Salad with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Potato chips
  • Craveworthy Cookies®
  • Iced tea & ice water

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