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Landscaping & Design
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Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

FALL Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon
September 19, October 3, 17 & 31, November 14, 2020

For this in person class, please review these COVID Guidelines prior to registering.

Limit 13, Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

Registration is closed, register for the winter session, below! FALL 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

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

WINTER 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.

HOMEWORK FOR REGISTERED STUDENTS
Read this letter from your instructor
Please bring the following information to the first workshop session:

  • A dimensioned sketch of your site (the entire property) that includes all existing buildings, structures, and hardscapes (e.g., house, garage, driveway, walkways, patios, decks, utilities, play sets, outbuildings, fencing, dog kennel, etc.) that will be retained. Existing trees and other plants that will be retained should also be included. Again, note this is just a dimensioned sketch, not a to-scale drawing.
  • A plot plan of your site if available on hand or if you can get one from your city or county
  • Pictures of your site - at minimum, you should have photos of all four elevations of the residence (front, back, and each side) and any other views that provide context and information that might be helpful to you and help others understand your site; pictures may also be stored and shared electronically with an iPad, laptop computer, or other electronic device (the minimum size for printed images should be 5" x 7").
  • A Completed Client Interview Form (provided separately).
  • A Completed Site Survey Form (provided separately).

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register WINTER 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

Plant Selection: Right Plant, Right Place, Right Purpose!

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Saturday, January 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

After a long, cold winter it's easy to go a bit wild at the garden center, but proper plant selection is critical to sustainable landscapes and the overall success of a design. Learn proper plant selection by:

  • Understanding the site itself - its soil, light, moisture, exposure, size, etc.
  • Choosing plants that will thrive in your specific site
  • Work in Extension's Plant Elements of Design plant selection database to try out your new knowledge on your own landscape
You will leave the class with increased confidence to make plant choices in your 2020 garden, and an understanding of tools that are available to help! 
Required Equipment
A wifi-ready device, such as a laptop or tablet. Smartphones will also work, but not preferred!

Optional Add-on: Plant Sourcing 
Same day as class, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Stay for an optional Plant Sourcing add-on to learn: 
  • How to find sources for specific species and cultivars, from local garden centers to mail in catalogs
  • Tips and tricks for choosing healthy plants
  • Leave with a list of resources so you can plan your garden with confidence
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register Saturday, January 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Class Only $41 member /$56 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission
Class + Plant Sourcing Add-on $56 member/$71 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

register Saturday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Class Only $41 member /$56 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission
Class + Plant Sourcing Add-on $56 member/$71 non-member,includes Arboretum admission

The New Perennial Movement

Saturday, January 30, 2021
1-3 p.m.

Mike Heger, Lecturer and Author of "Perennials A to Z", Retired Owner Ambergate Gardens

Learn about the latest planting design trend for perennials, dubbed "the new perennial movement." Beyond short-lived showy flowers, learn how to appreciate perennials' foliage and functional benefits that bring beauty and joy year-round. Join Mike and other gardening enthusiasts for beautiful images and engaging discussion as you learn:
  • The origin and inspiration for this style
  • How to find beauty in natural plant communities, patterns and rhythms found in nature
  • How landscapes in this style require less inputs and create habitats that benefit all fauna
  • Appreciate structural, architectural, seasonal qualities
  • Explore functional use of perennials for green infrastructure
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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

 

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Saturday, February 6, 2021
10:30 a.m.-noon

Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Come learn everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary! 
  • Food, water and shelter
  • Which plants will best fit your location to provide food or shelter
  • Which species are attracted to different plants
  • Simple non-plant additions are helpful to meet the needs of birds and butterflies
Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register $25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

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Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
arbedu@umn.edu
612-301-1210*
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