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!

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.


 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



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

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, August 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission


The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden

Saturday, August 29, 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 Saturday, August 29, 2020
$42 member/$57 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.

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

 

Online Module: Soils, Fertilizers and Compost

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager


Soil is an incredibly important part of gardening, providing our plants an anchor, water, and nutrients. Because soil type and quality varies based on our location, topography, and many other variables, knowing how to make the most of your soil will help you to succeed as a gardener! Learn content online at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Learning objectives include:

  • The basics of how soil is formed and what this means for Minnesota soils
  • Soil composition, texture, structure, soil organic matter and relate these properties to soil quality
  • Define pH and its significance to plants and soil health
  • Essential nutrients required by plants for growth and the significance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
  • Fertilizer options available to gardeners and best management practices for application
  • How to get a soil test and interpret soil test results
  • Benefits of using compost and the basic requirements for creating compost
How it Works 
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 14
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • As available, live Q&A sessions with the teaching assistant (Laura) and an expert will be included
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
OPTIONAL: Introductory Online Session for Registered Participants
Monday, September 14, 9 a.m.
There will be an optional introductory meet-and-greet with your teaching assistant and fellow students! We will go over how to log in, share our burning questions we're hoping to learn from the course, and talk about live learning opportunities along the way. The meeting is optional and will be pre-recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Please check your email: a link to this optional online meeting was sent in your class registration confirmation. Please contact us at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 if you need us to re-send you the link.
Limit 40, Online

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 $41 member/$56 non-member

 

Online Module: Introduction to Botany and Horticulture

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Whether you love houseplants, growing vegetables in your community garden, or maintaining a beautiful flower garden, understanding the basics of plants can help you succeed! Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this online class will teach you about the science of plants (botany) and gardening (horticulture). Learn content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Learning objectives include:

  • How a plant grows, including photosynthesis, transpiration, energy storage, and respiration
  • Identify and label the parts of a plant
  • Plant life cycles, including seed germination, plant development, and reproduction
  • Plant classifications according to botanical characteristics, life cycle, use and growth characteristics
How it Works 
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 14
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • As available, live Q&A sessions with the teaching assistant (Laura) and an expert will be included
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
OPTIONAL: Introductory Online Session for Registered Participants
Monday, September 14, noon
There will be an optional introductory meet-and-greet with your teaching assistant and fellow students! We will go over how to log in, share our burning questions we're hoping to learn from the course, and talk about live learning opportunities along the way. The meeting is optional and will be pre-recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Please check your email: a link to this optional online meeting was sent in your class registration confirmation. Please contact us at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 if you need us to re-send you the link.
Limit 40, Online

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 $41 member/$56 non-member

 

Online Module: Growing Fruit in Minnesota

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Growing your own fruit is a rewarding hobby, whether for fresh eating, canning, or sharing. Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this online class will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season. Learn content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Learning objectives include:

  • Climate, management needs, and pest control
  • The importance of proper site selection, including hardiness zones, micro-climates, and soil needs
  • How to choose and recommend successful varieties and cultivars
  • Basic care including establishment, maintenance, pruning, and winter protection
  • Proper harvesting time and techniques
  • Post-harvest management of fruit
How it Works 
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 14
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • As available, live Q&A sessions with the teaching assistant (Laura) and an expert will be included
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
OPTIONAL: Introductory Online Session for Registered Participants
Monday, September 14, 5 p.m.
There will be an optional introductory meet-and-greet with your teaching assistant and fellow students! We will go over how to log in, share our burning questions we're hoping to learn from the course, and talk about live learning opportunities along the way. The meeting is optional and will be pre-recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Please check your email: a link to this optional online meeting was sent in your class registration confirmation. Please contact us at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 if you need us to re-send you the link.
Limit 40, Online

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 $41 member/$56 non-member

 

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
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
 
 

Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning, & Storing Seeds

Saturday, September 26, 2020
9 a.m.-noon

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

Learning how to save and germinate seeds is a very useful gardening skill. You'll be able to grow and share your garden through seeds from your trees, perennials, vegetables, and more! Join Jim to learn:
  • Which seeds are worth collecting
  • Proper techniques needed to collect quality seeds
  • How to store seeds to ensure they are healthy and viable when you are ready to plant
  • How to germinate your own seeds successfully
You will collect seeds from a variety of unique species growing at the Arboretum (weather permitting)!

Limit 24, Hort & Ops Multipurpose Room (directions will be emailed prior to class)

register $41 member/$56 non-memberincludes 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


Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Winter Wonders Wreath

Saturday, November 14, 2020
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Level: No experience necessary!
Supplies: All supplies are included in the fee for a ~14" diameter wreath (varies slightly based on the wreath maker)

Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Enjoy a fun, casually-festive Arboretum atmosphere as you custom create your own wreath...great for your own seasonal decor, or as a gift!

  • Learn why evergreens are so well-suited for winter outdoor display
  • Follow step-by-step guidance to create a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame
  • Add unique botanical touches such as cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even citrus!
You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future!
Bring from home: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your wreath, and dress for sap!

Limit 24, Hort & Ops Multipurpose Room (directions will be emailed prior to class)

register $75 member/$90 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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

Select a session
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


 

Science of Plant Propagation: Seeds

Saturday, January 23, 2021
9 a.m.-noon

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

Seed catalogs are starting to flood the mailbox-so tempting! Make the most of your purchases by understanding the science of seed propagation. You will learn about:
  • Biology and practice of sexual propagation through seeds
  • Basic seed collection and storage methods
  • How to overcome seed dormancy
  • Tried-and-true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds
  • You will take home several seed-based projects for spring growth!
Science of Plant Propagation is a 4-part series. Take one class or multiple classes to build your science foundation!
Seeds - Saturday, January 23, 9 a.m.-noon
Cuttings - Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-noon
Grafting - Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Soils - Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.-noon

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

register $41 member/$56 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings

Saturday, January 30, 2021
9 a.m.-noon

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

Create new plants from existing ones! Jim will show you how to propagate plants asexually (without seeds) using a variety of fascinating techniques. Learn:
  • Basics of asexual propagation and biology
  • How and when to divide plants, take cuttings, use layers, and more
  • How cuttings are used for commercial production
  • You will prepare your own cuttings and take home a personal "greenhouse-in-a-pot"
Science of Plant Propagation is a 4-part series. Take one class or multiple classes to build your plant science foundation!
Seeds - Saturday, January 23, 9 a.m.-noon
Cuttings - Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-noon
Grafting - Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Soils - Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.-noon

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

register $41 member/$56 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

Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting

Saturday, February 6, 2021
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 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!
Science of Plant Propagation is a 4-part series. Take one class or multiple classes to build your plant science foundation!
Seeds - Saturday, January 23, 9 a.m.-noon
Cuttings - Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-noon
Grafting - Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Soils - Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.-noon

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
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

 

Science of Plant Propagation: Soils

Saturday, February 13, 2021
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.dl.umn.edu/sites/soiltest.dl.umn.edu/files/media/lawn_and_garden.pdf)
Science of Plant Propagation is a 4-part series. Take one class or multiple classes to build your science foundation!
Seeds - Saturday, January 23, 9 a.m.-noon
Cuttings - Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m.-noon
Grafting - Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Soils - Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.-noon

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

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

Growing and Repotting Orchids at Home

Saturday, February 13, 2021
9-11 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 30, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

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

 

Growing Tillandsias and Bromeliads at Home

Saturday, February 13, 2021
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 30, 
Snyder Building - Fireplace Room
register $20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees

Saturday, February 13, 2021
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)
  • Be sure to come dressed for the weather (layers are recommended for indoor classroom time) and ready to spend time outdoors!
Pruning Essentials is a 2-part series. Take one class or both to build your pruning prowess!
Deciduous & Coniferous Trees - Saturday, February 13, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Shrubs, Woody Vines, & Herbaceous - Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m.-noon
COUPON 
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes 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 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

 

Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines, & Herbaceous Species

Saturday, February 20, 2021
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)
  • Be sure to come dressed for the weather (layers are recommended for indoor classroom time) and ready to spend time outdoors!
Pruning Essentials is a 2-part series. Take one class or both to build your pruning prowess!
Deciduous & Coniferous Trees - Saturday, February 13, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Shrubs, Woody Vines, & Herbaceous - Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m.-noon

COUPON 
Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes 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

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

 

Promise of Spring: Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

Saturday, February 27, 2021
9 a.m.-noon

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 by hoodwinking tree and shrub branches to bloom indoors through a technique called forcing. In this class, you'll:
  • Learn how to successfully coax tree and shrub branches to bloom indoors months ahead of normal
  • Learn where to get branches for forcing, or how to wisely harvest them from your own plants
  • Take home some branches from a variety of woody species to force at home
  • Admire spring bud-break and the blooming process more than ever!
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

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

 

Houseplant Patrol: Basic Care, Problem-Solving & Resources

Saturday, March 6, 2021
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

 

 


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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


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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


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