Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Canceled through July 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!

Landscaping & Design
Classes & Workshops


 computer in relaxing home garden setting, photo Yulia Grigoryeva/shutterstock

Minnesota Plants: A Webinar Series

Live every Thursday, May 14 - September 10, 7-8 p.m. CST
Register & Join at this link: https://z.umn.edu/MNPlantWebinarSeriesJOIN

Calling all gardeners, landscapers, and nature enthusiasts- this FREE weekly webinar series is for you! Join local horticultural experts for a closer look at the plants that grow in Minnesota. You'll get to explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, houseplants and more! Each expert will have a unique perspective to share, from ecological to commercial. You'll gain a greater appreciation of the green that makes Minnesota so beautiful, and get tips and tricks for your own garden.

Bee Lawns
Thursday, July 9, 7-8 p.m. CDT

Mary Meyer, Extension Horticulturist and Professor

Pines for Minnesota
Thursday, July 16, 7-8 p.m. CDT
Pete Moe, Director, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Gardening for Pollinators
Thursday, July 23rd, 7-8 p.m. CDT
Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota Extension Educator and Bee Researcher

Plants for Specific Landscape Uses: Groundcovers and low-growing plants
Thursday, July 30, 7-8 p.m. CDT

Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator, Horticulture

Webinar Details, Descriptions & Schedule


 

Walk with Mary: Ornamental Grasses

Monday, September 14
10 a.m.-noon

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Ornamental grasses provide year-round beauty, are low maintenance and provide fabulous habitat! This session begins with a classroom overview, then we will caravan together to tour the grass collection at its peak! 
  • View the 200+ species in the Arboretum's collection- one of the largest in the country!
  • Get an overview of the seasonal peaks of beauty for various cultivars
  • Understand the importance of habitat and forage that grasses provide for local birds and insects
  • Learn how to select varieties or cultivars for your home landscape

Dr. Meyer's book, Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates, is available in the Arboretum Gift Store.

Watch an interview with Dr. Meyer on Kare11 (1min 45sec)
NOTE:  Be sure to come dressed for the weather and ready to spend time outdoors!

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

Select a session
Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon: September 19, October 3, 17 & 31, November 14, 2020
OR
Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m.: January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20, March 6, 2021

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

Do you dream about having a beautiful home landscape or have a specific landscape project in mind, but don't know how to get started? In this progressive, five-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! Learn in class and through take-home assignments:

  • Theory and principles of landscape design
  • How to analyze soils
  • Proper plant selection for your site
  • How to develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home setting

In addition to class group learning, there will be time for the instructor to check-in and provide advice specific to each participant's project.

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon: September 19, October 3, 17 & 31, November 14, 2020
$200 member/$250 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Couples price! $225 member couple/$280 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project
register Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m.: January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20, March 6, 2021
$200 member/$250 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Couples price! $225 member couple/$280 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project

 


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Questions?

Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at
          arbedu@umn.edu
Call Arboretum Education at
          612-301-1210


Helpful Info

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy
COVID-19 Class Cancellations & Updates

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.

Waitlist
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.


YOUTH & FAMILIES

Summer 2020 Kids ProgramsUpdate

Drop-in Activities

ONLINE!PlantMaker Studio@Home
ONLINE!StoryTime@Home
Youth+Adult Programs

     PeaPods for Preschoolers
     Family Programs
     Homeschool Days
     Scouts
Youth Programs
     Summer Activity Kits To-Go
     Kids Night Out

ADULTS
Special Access Experiences
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Special Access Photography
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
ONLINE!Online & @Home Classes
       
Gardening - General
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
     Special Access Experiences
Pollinators
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Pollinators
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
     
Painting & Drawing

     Jewelry & Wearable Art
     Fiber Arts
     Mixed Media
     Stone Balancing & Sculpture
     Open Art Studio
     Furniture
     Book Club & Literature
Photography Classes
     Photography
     Special Access Photography
Food & Wine Classes
     Dine with a Chef
     Cooking Classes
     Edible Gardening
Healthy Living

     Book Club & Literature
     Mindfulness
     Shinrin-yoku
Nature Appreciation
     Birds
     Signature Guided Walks

Nature-Based Therapeutics


Bios
     Instructors
     Arboretum Staff
     Education Department Statistics


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