Gardening & Horticulture - General
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 yard and garden healthy and sustainable in Minnesota.


Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy

THE JAN 18 SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO SNOW.
Registered participants are being contacted.

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

 

Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting

150-02-01-20
Saturday, February 1, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

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

Grafting is the technique of combining two different plants so that they grow together. It is an art and science that is used in the production of many plants. In this class, you will learn:

  • Biology of grafting as a form of asexual propagation
  • Different grafting techniques used to propagate plants
  • Appreciation for the skill and experience grafting takes
  • How to make a graft through hands-on practice
  • How to take care of the grafted plants you get to take home!
COUPON
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.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities

150-02-01-20-01
Saturday, February 1, 2020
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beth Markhart, Prairie Restorations

Bring your laptop and learn how to bring an important native plant community onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will:
  • Discover the benefits of prairie communities, from soil-building to attracting beneficial insects
  • Learn how to model native prairie plant communities on a scale that works for your property
  • Interact with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning using internet real-time activities during class
  • Leave with a site-planning handout and list of resources, plus an understanding of how to establish your own prairie community in the spring.
Bring from home: an internet-accessible laptop (Sorry, no smart pads or phones)

Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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$47 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Science of Plant Propagation: Soils

150-02-08-20
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

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

Make this your best growing season yet by really knowing and understanding the soil in which you grow your plants. In this class, you will learn:
  • How soil is formed
  • What you need to know as a gardener about soil texture and structure
  • Role played by organic content like compost
  • How to maintain good drainage, aeration, and fertility
  • What you need to know about the differences between soil in the field and in containers and how to choose container soils

Recommended (but optional): Have your home soil tested prior to class for additional insight during class. See testing information and fees online (link: http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/sites/g/files/pua891/f/media/lawn_and_garden_2018.pdf)

COUPON
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.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

 tropical orchids, photo APS

Growing & Repotting Orchids at Home

150-02-08-20-02
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Steve Gonzalez, American Orchid Society judge, presenter, and internationally known orchid expert

Are you inspired by the beautiful tropical orchids in the Arboretum Flower Show, and want to grow them at home? Join Steve for an introduction to this gorgeous plant family and how to successfully care for them, as he covers:
  • Basic growing conditions needed, from light and water to fertilizer and growing medium
  • Popular orchid species that adapt well to growing indoors, and are readily available
  • How to get your orchids to rebloom
  • Demonstration of when and how to repot your orchid
  • Troubleshooting pests and common problems
At the end of class, Steve will pull names out of a hat to give some of his orchids to the students!

Limit 28, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Growing Tillandsias & Bromeliads at Home

150-02-08-20-03
Saturday, February 8, 2020
noon-2 p.m.

Steve Gonzalez, American Orchid Society judge, presenter, and internationally known orchid expert

Tillandsias, or "air plants" and bromeliads are commonly seen at garden centers, but have unique growing needs that require a little more knowledge. In this class, you will learn:
  • The interesting growing habits of epiphytic plants (plants that commonly do not require soil to grow)
  • Some of the most beautiful species and cultivars that you can grow indoors
  • Tips and tricks for insuring your tillandsias and bromeliads stay healthy and blooming
  • Troubleshooting pests and common problems
At the end of class, Steve will pull names out of a hat to give some of his tillandsias and bromeliads to the students!

Limit 28, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
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$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees

150-02-08-20-01
Saturday, February 8, 2020
1:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Pruning is an important gardening practice that is essential for long-term health and vigor of your deciduous and coniferous trees. With Jim's expert guidance, you will:
  • Learn when and how to prune and train these types of trees
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes that can cause damage
  • Learn how to train newly planted trees
  • Visit the Arboretum collections for on-site demonstrations of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting)

NOTE Be sure to come dressed for the weather (layers are recommended for indoor classroom time) and ready to spend time outdoors!

COUPON
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 8 & 15 and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

    

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

125-02-15-20
Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:30 a.m.-noon

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Level 
No experience necessary 
Supplies 
Use an assortment of the instructor's practice rocks during class 
Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. 
  • Create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones!
  • Learn and practice simple techniques using shape, weight and friction
  • Gain insights on photographing your creations including design and composition
  • Receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing
You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden or anywhere with stones. 
NOTE This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, suggested minimum age for this class is 12. 

Limit 24, Learning Center - Tree Place
register $42 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Select a session
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon 150-02-15-20-02
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, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
$25 member/$40 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

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

 

Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines & Herbaceous Species

150-02-15-20
Saturday, February 15, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

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

Pruning is an important gardening practice that is essential for long-term health and vigor of landscape plants such as shrubs, woody vines and even most herbaceous species. With Jim's expert guidance, you will:
  • Learn when and how to prune and train these landscape plants
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes that can cause damage
  • Visit the Arboretum collections for on-site demonstrations of proper pruning techniques (weather permitting)
NOTE Be sure to come dressed for the weather (layers are recommended for indoor classroom time) and ready to spend time outdoors!

COUPON
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 8 & 15 and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

 

New Perennials & Exciting Combinations for MN Gardens

150-02-15-20-01
Saturday, February 15, 2020
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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

One of the most enjoyable things about designing with perennials is the myriad combination possibilities in the landscape. Explore:
  • Selection process including flower shape, plant form, foliage color and texture
  • Exciting examples that illustrate these principles
  • Other unique possible combinations for your garden(s)
  • New and recent perennial introductions that have proven to be good performers in the North
You will leave with a comprehensive list of new perennials and combinations to try!

Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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

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
$41 member/$56 non-member, without add-on session
$56 member/$71 non-member, includes Optional Plant Sourcing add-on session
Fees include Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Promise of Spring: Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

150-02-29-20
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
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$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

2020 Schoolyard Gardens Conference

Friday, March 6, 2020 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

SCHOOLYARD GARDENS provide an incomparable, hands-on opportunity for Educators to learn how to meet academic standards, engage with community partners, learn about agriculture, healthy eating, and cultural competency, and connect with natural systems. Whether you're a beginner or a schoolyard garden veteran, join us to learn innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging diverse learners in a thriving schoolyard garden.

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Register SCHOOLYARD GARDENS CONFERENCE ONLY
$70 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$80 General Registration 

Bundle BUNDLE BOTH CONFERENCE + WORKSHOPS
     Schoolyard Garden Conference
            Friday, March 6
     Garden-To-Plate Food Workshops
            Saturday, March 7
$90 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$100 General Registration 

Garden-To-Plate: A Day of Food Workshops

Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

Featured Sessions & Topics

  • Plant a Seed for Food Security: Be a Catalyst for Food System Change
  • Lessons from Little Falls Community Schools
  • The Good Acre and Family and Consumer Sciences
  • High Production Site Design and Production Planning
  • In the Kitchen with Minneapolis Public Schools
  • The Farm at the Arb Sustainable Horticulture Program
  • Growing Vegetables in a Changing Climate

View Full Agenda & Details

Register GARDEN-TO-PLATE WORKSHOPS ONLY
$70 Arboretum Members & Workshop Affiliates
$80 General Registration 

Bundle BUNDLE BOTH CONFERENCES
     Schoolyard Garden Conference
            Friday, March 6 
     Garden-To-Plate Food Workshops
            Saturday, March 7
$90 Arboretum Members & Workshop Affiliates
$100 General Registration 

Houseplant Patrol: Basic Care, Problem-Solving & Resources

150-03-07-20
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

register $41 member/$56 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

gardener holding box of vegetables, photo Rawpixel.com/shutterstock

Online Module: Growing Vegetables in Minnesota

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

If you've ever been daunted by the idea of growing vegetables, or have tried in the past but become overwhelmed with weeds, then the Growing Vegetables in Minnesota online module is for you! Developed through University of Minnesota Extension, this online class will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage your vegetable garden for success throughout the growing season. Learn online at your own pace starting in March, with the ability to ask your instructor questions along the way.
Learning objectives include:
  • What your growing site needs, from light to soil
  • How to choose vegetable varieties for Minnesota
  • Proper planting and plant management practices
  • Harvesting time and techniques
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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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!

 

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

Special Access: Minnesota Native Orchids

Saturday, June 6
9-11 a.m.

David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The lady's slipper is not Minnesota's only orchid- far from it! Our 48 orchid species can be found in forest, wetland and prairies, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flower colors. In this program: 
  • Learn about ongoing conservation efforts- especially the 10 species listed as endangered
  • Hear fascinating facts about orchids' complex biology
  • Head out to the gardens for "special access" knowledge of the best locations for orchids at the Arboretum
  • You'll likely see some of the Arb's showy and yellow lady's slippers in bloom!
  • Get a first-hand view of some of the new beds and orchids introduced to the Arboretum grounds.


Limit 20, Snyder Building - Classroom I

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

10 Plants that Changed Minnesota

Tuesday, June 9
10 a.m.-noon

Mary Meyer, Co-author "Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota," University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Plants are powerful- whether through their ecosystem services, ability to feed people, cultural importance, or even overabundance. Which ones have been the most important to our state? After considering more than 100 different plants, a panel of experts met in 2012 to determine the final top ten. Plants were judged by their impact - both positive and negative - in six areas: environmental; economic or industrial; cultural/spiritual; historical; sustenance; and landscape.This insightful and fascinating presentation will explore these "top 10" plants that changed Minnesota: 
  1. Wild rice
  2. White pine
  3. American elm
  4. Corn
  5. Soybeans
  6. Alfalfa
  7. Wheat
  8. Apples
  9. Turf
  10. Purple loosestrife
Purchase Dr. Meyer's "Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota" book in advance at the Arboretum Gift Shop in the Visitor Center, there will be an opportunity at the end to have your copy of the book signed by Mary

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register $14 member/$29 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

Japanese beetles eating a plant and being a garden pest 

Online Module: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Your Garden

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

The garden season is in full swing, and you've spent hours planting, watering, and mulching... only to be invaded by pesky insects, weeds and diseases. University of Minnesota Extension has developed this class that will guide you through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a research-based approach to managing insect, weed and disease pests in the garden.
This course includes:
  • An introduction to IPM and its steps
  • What kind of pests and problems can be dealt with using IPM
  • An overview of knowledge as the core of IPM, and what resources to use to learn more about your pests
  • How to make decisions about pests in IPM, using mild solutions first and reserving chemical control as a last resort to be used with caution
  • Practical examples of IPM used on common garden pests and problems
How it Works: Learn the online content at your own pace starting in June, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday June 15. 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

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms: Introduction & Take-Home Log

Select a session
Saturday, June 20, 9-11 a.m.
OR
Saturday, June 20,1-3:30 p.m.

Matt Ratliff, Owner & Educator, Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms

Have you heard about the new trend of growing your own mushrooms? Get started on the right foot by understanding the basics and concepts of mushroom cultivation: 
  • How to cultivate a variety of gourmet mushrooms at home
  • Basic materials and simple techniques needed
  • Understand the difference between growing indoors annually or outdoors perennially
Get hands-on guidance during class with your own take-home shiitake log (included in fee)
  • Prepare your own perennial Shiitake log
  • Drill holes in your log
  • Inoculate your log with mycorrhizae
  • Seal your log with wax
A great father's day gift- bring along a parent or child (age 12 and up) to work on the same project for just $10 more!

Limit 50, Red Barn at the Farm at the Arb
register Morning Session, 9-11 a.m.
$40 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Couples price! $50 member couple/$65 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project

register Afternoon Session, 1-3:30 p.m.
$40 member/$55 non-member, includes Aboretum admission
Couples price! $50 member couple/$65 non-member couple, for couples working together on the same project



Special Access Tour Behind-the-Scenes: What's "Growing On" at the Farm?

Select a session
Wednesday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tim Wilson, Arboretum Staff, Farm at the Arb Education Manager

The Farm at the Arb is in its first full growing season, and so much is already happening!
  • Learn more about the specially-selected edible crops that are growing
  • Discover what the Arboretum does with all this food when it is harvested
  • Tour the market garden and other areas of the Farm with Tim as he points out special highlights
  • Get an overview of the Arboretum's brand new Sustainable Horticulture Certificate, which offers hands-on training in market gardening
You'll leave with a greater understanding of what the Farm at the Arb is all about and excitement to come back and see how things are growing!
Note: While each session will give a different glimpse of the crops at various stages, much of the information on this tour will be the same for each session. We recommend selecting only 1 session to attend.

Limit 25, Red Barn at the Farm at the Arb

register Wednesday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Wednesday, August 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission


 

Special Access Tour Behind-the-Scenes: Rare Plant Conservation at the Arb

Saturday, June 27
9-11 a.m.

David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn more about how a botanic garden can work to save rare plants during this tour of the current research! The Arboretum is a proud partner with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), an organization founded in 1984 that seeks to prevent the extinction of US native plants. As a partner in the CPC, the Arboretum is responsible for leading conservation efforts for nine species, which include
  • Orchids such as Platanthera praeclara, the western prairie fringed orchid
  • Dwarf trout lily endemic to Minnesota (Erythronium propullans)
  • Fassett's locoweed endemic to Wisconsin (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea)
In addition to an outline of the current research projects, you will receive special access to areas that are normally off-limits for public viewing:
  • Tour the research greenhouse
  • View the research plots
  • Visit the research hoop houses
Limit 20, Horticulture Research Center

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$20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and guided special access to research areas

 

Pests at the Arboretum and What We Do About Them

Saturday, July 11
9-11 a.m.

Erin Buchholz, Arboretum Staff and IPM Manager

Have you ever wondered how the Arboretum deals with garden pests? When you have 1,200+ acres, it's important to think about and act on! Join Erin to learn more about Integrated Pest Management- or IPM- and how the Arboretum uses this technique to safely and successfully manage many garden problems.
  • Receive a helpful overview of IPM
  • Learn the basic types of "pests" in the garden- from insects and disease to soil deficiencies
  • Understand what steps Erin takes to resolve problems in the gardens
  • Go on a walk through the gardens with Erin to see the IPM process firsthand- from observation to treatments

You'll leave with a greater appreciation for the careful attention and expertise behind the Arboretum's treatment of garden pests, and some tips and tricks for your own garden!

Limit 20, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

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$14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

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

Apple Breeding in Minnesota
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Lecture Series

Thursday, October 22
6:30-8 p.m.

David Bedford, Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Apple Breeding Program; part of the team that created the Honeycrisp apple

Apples are in the Arboretum's roots... literally! Join David Bedford, one of the creators of the Honeycrisp, to learn more about this delicious fruit and its past, present and future in Minnesota... including:
  • A quick history of apple evolution and domestication
  • How and why the apple breeding program began over a century ago
  • The current apple breeding process and how new varieties are developed
  • Some exciting new up and coming research

Based on seasonal availability, apples from the Apple House may be available for sale.

Limit 300, Visitor Center

register $10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 

 


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