Classes & Workshops

Grow your green thumb with helpful advice from industry experts, researchers and professionals! Learn best practices, useful tips, and proven techniques for keeping your houseplants healthy and sustainable in Minnesota.


Promise of Spring: Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

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 like pussy willows and forsythia! Brighten your home space with these beautiful blooming branches or gift them to a friend. In this class, you'll learn:
  • What kinds of tree and shrub branches can be forced
  • Where to get branches for forcing, or how to wisely harvest them from your own plants
  • How to coax tree and shrub branches to bloom early and indoors
  • Take home several branches to practice what you've learned
Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

Houseplant Patrol: Basic Care, Problem-Solving & Resources

Saturday, March 7, 2020
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Long winters encourage outdoor gardeners to also be indoor gardeners! In this class, you will learn:
  • How to grow flowers, tropicals and herbs inside
  • The basics of seed starting
  • How to refresh overwintering plants in time for spring
  • Best practices of indoor gardening and the science behind it
  • Explore the Greenhouse as you talk about pests, repotting, fertilizing and more
  • Take a few cuttings from our Greenhouse to start at home!
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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


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 are 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" to get you started on the right foot with useful tips, tricks, and inspiration in a wide range of gardening topics. Customize your own schedule by choosing any 5 sessions!

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!

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register $95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, coffee and breakfast treats, lunch buffet, a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies!



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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.

The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.

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