Many Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled

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

Home, Health & Beauty
Classes & Workshops

Explore fun and fascinating ways nature can enhance our home, health, and well-being*

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people per session

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Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Luminary & Candle

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Friday, November 13, 10:30 a.m -noon
Friday, November 13, 1:30-3 p.m.

Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Create your own beeswax luminary and matching tealight candle - a unique gift or centerpiece for holiday gatherings. Ping will guide you each step along the way, so just come prepared to have fun!
  • Learn fascinating information about honey bees and beeswax
  • Step-by-step, create your own luminary and tealight candle (to illuminate your luminary from within)
  • Include embedded natural materials like pressed leaves and flower petals to enhance your final product
You'll leave with instructions and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

MORNING SESSION-10:30 a.m -noon
$23 member/$38 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


AFTERNOON SESSION-1:30 p.m -3 p.m.
$23 member/$38 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Winter Wonders Wreath

Saturday, November 14, 2020
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Level: No experience necessary! 
Supplies: All supplies are included in the fee for a ~14" diameter wreath (varies slightly based on the wreath maker) 

Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Enjoy a fun, casually-festive Arboretum atmosphere as you custom create your own wreath...great for your own seasonal decor, or as a gift!

  • Learn why evergreens are so well-suited for winter outdoor display
  • Follow step-by-step guidance to create a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame
  • Add unique botanical touches such as cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even citrus!
You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future! 
Bring from home: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your wreath, and dress for sap!

Limit 24, Hort & Ops Multipurpose Room (directions will be emailed prior to class)

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

Growing and Repotting Orchids at Home

Saturday, February 13, 2021
9-11 a.m.

Steve Gonzalez, American Orchid Society judge, presenter, and internationally known orchid expert

Are you inspired by the beautiful tropical orchids in the Arboretum Flower Show, and want to grow them at home? Join Steve for an introduction to this gorgeous plant family and how to successfully care for them, as he covers: 
  • Basic growing conditions needed, from light and water to fertilizer and growing medium
  • Popular orchid species that adapt well to growing indoors, and are readily available
  • How to get your orchids to rebloom
  • Demonstration of when and how to repot your orchid
  • Troubleshooting pests and common problems
At the end of class, Steve will pull names out of a hat to give some of his orchids to the students!

Limit 30, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Growing Tillandsias and Bromeliads at Home

Saturday, February 13, 2021
noon-2 p.m.

Steve Gonzalez, American Orchid Society judge, presenter, and internationally known orchid expert

Tillandsias, or "air plants" and bromeliads are commonly seen at garden centers, but have unique growing needs that require a little more knowledge. In this class, you will learn: 
  • The interesting growing habits of epiphytic plants (plants that commonly do not require soil to grow)
  • Some of the most beautiful species and cultivars that you can grow indoors
  • Tips and tricks for insuring your tillandsias and bromeliads stay healthy and blooming
  • Troubleshooting pests and common problems
At the end of class, Steve will pull names out of a hat to give some of his tillandsias and bromeliads to the students!

Limit 30, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room
register $20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Promise of Spring: Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

Saturday, February 27, 2021
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

After a long Minnesota winter, it's nice to be rewarded with some early spring blooms by hoodwinking tree and shrub branches to bloom indoors through a technique called forcing. In this class, you'll: 
  • Learn how to successfully coax tree and shrub branches to bloom indoors months ahead of normal
  • Learn where to get branches for forcing, or how to wisely harvest them from your own plants
  • Take home some branches from a variety of woody species to force at home
  • Admire spring bud-break and the blooming process more than ever!
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register $41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


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