Science of Plant Propagation
Classes & Workshops

Plants are intricate, fascinating organisms: this series will open your eyes to their amazing biology and transform your gardening capabilities. Each Science of Plant Propagation class is designed to provide valuable information on its own, and a complete foundation of knowledge and skills when bundled together. Through a combination of hands-on lab and classroom presentation, you will take home your "experiments" and be ready to embark on additional projects. Classes in this series are designed for a range of abilities, from new gardeners to master gardeners, hobbyists, professionals, and students looking to bolster their college-science savvy.


Seeds: Science of Plant Propagation

Saturday, January 19, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

$41 member/$56 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies

Don Olson 

Cuttings: Science of Plant Propagation

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Grafting: Science of Plant Propagation

Saturday, February 2, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Soils: Science of plant Propagation

Saturday, February 9, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Make this your best growing season yet by really knowing and understanding the soil in which you grow your plants. What are the components of soil? What lives in it? What do you need to do to enhance and manage your soil to grow better plants? What about watering, compost and mulch? Jim will explain everything you need to know to give your plants the most nourishing environment possible. Recommended (but optional): Have your soil tested prior to class for additional insight during class. See testing information and fees online (link:

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$41 member/$56 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies


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