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

Saturdays January 4 & 18, February 1, 15 & 29, 2020: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (150-01-04-20)

Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center

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Registration for this class is CLOSED.
Saturdays January 4 & 18, February 1, 15 & 29, 2020
1:30-4:30 p.m. 
(150-01-04-20)
$200 member/$250 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
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!

Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 150-02-22-20
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! 
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Optional Add-on Session: 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

register Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
$41 member/$56 non-member, 
without add-on session
$56 member/$71 non-member, 
includes Optional Plant Sourcing add-on session
all fees include Arboretum admission and all supplies

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. 150-03-14-20
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
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Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission 

lawn mower, photo BrianAJackson/Shutterstock

Online Module: Sustainable Lawns

Deadline to Register: Monday, March 16
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Turfgrass occupies the largest irrigated acreage of any plant type across the United States, according to many estimates, outranking corn or soybeans. That is a lot of grass! However, lawns come with their own unique set of challenges, from choosing species best for your goals to mowing and wear and tear. If you need help having your best turf this season, this new module is for you! Learn online at your own pace starting in March, with the ability to ask your instructor questions along the way. 
In this module, you will learn: 
  • How lawns grow in Minnesota compared to other regions
  • The science of grass plants, as well as common species used as turf
  • Best management practices and discussing common pest, disease and abiotic issues
  • Explore how to implement low-maintenance strategies
How it Works: Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Tuesday March 16. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. Online course materials will be available for the duration of the 2020 growing season.
Limit 60

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Online Modules and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register $35 member/$50 non-member

 

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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$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!

Kitchen Gardening: A Bountiful Edible Landscape

150-04-18-20
Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30 a.m.-noon

Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Author, Photographer, Gardener, Magazine Contributor

Kick your vegetable garden aesthetic up a notch! In this class, you will: 
  • Learn about the history of "Potager-style" kitchen gardens from French Medieval times, and their resurgence into modern garden trends
  • Hear about the basic design of a potager, including symmetrical geometrical beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled
  • See how you can incorporate some or all of these ideas into your landscape that are useful for you
  • Learn Rhonda's tips for growing successful and bountiful kitchen gardens
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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

 

Woody Plants for Pollinators
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Lecture Series

Thursday, June 11
7-8:30 p.m.

Guy Sternberg, Author of "Native Trees for North American Landscapes," Director of Starhill Forest Arboretum and Illinois State Museum Adjunct Research Associate, Botany

When someone says, "pollinator garden" the image that most often comes to mind is of flowering annuals and perennials. However, trees and shrubs do play an essential and fascinating role in habitat and forage for pollinators. Join Guy to learn more about: 
  • The intricate biological connections between woody plants and pollinators (as well as other organisms)
  • The impact of planting native versus non-native woody plants on local pollinators and organisms
  • Which trees and shrubs would be the most useful additions to your garden for your pollinators
After the presentation, Guy will be available to sign his book, "Native Trees for North American Landscapes," in the Gift Shop.

Limit 300, Visitor Center
register $10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

man planting woody shrubs in a garden, photo michaeljung/Shutterstock

Online Module: Woody Ornamentals

Deadline to Register: Monday, June 15
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Trees and shrubs are long-lived, key features of our landscapes and neighborhoods that are essential to our local ecosystems and even our health and well-being. Because they're so important, it makes sense to take time to understand not only how to work, but how to help them grow and thrive. If you maintain trees in your yard or community, or plan to plant trees or shrubs, the research-based information in this module is just for you! Learn online at your own pace starting in June, with the ability to ask your instructor questions along the way. 
Objectives include:
  • Learning the science of woody ornamentals and how they differ from other plants
  • Understanding how to choose the right tree or shrub for the right space, including mature size, soil and light requirements
  • Getting an overview of how to care for newly planted trees and shrubs
  • Learning proper ongoing maintenance and pruning basics
  • Scratch the surface of woody plant identification!
How it Works: Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, June 15. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. Online course materials will be available for the duration of the 2020 growing season.
Limit 60
COUPON
Register for 2 or more Online Modules and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $35 member/$50 non-member

 

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.
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

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

 


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