Many Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

Mixed Media
Classes & Workshops

Create art inspired by nature using a variety of natural materials and products.


Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Luminary & Candle

Select a session
Friday, November 13, 10:30 a.m -noon
Friday, November 13, 1:30-3 p.m.

Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Create your own beeswax luminary and matching tealight candle - a unique gift or centerpiece for holiday gatherings. Ping will guide you each step along the way, so just come prepared to have fun!
  • Learn fascinating information about honey bees and beeswax
  • Step-by-step, create your own luminary and tealight candle (to illuminate your luminary from within)
  • Include embedded natural materials like pressed leaves and flower petals to enhance your final product
You'll leave with instructions and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 11, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

SOLD OUT! Add your name to the waitlist.
10:30 a.m -noon
$23 member/$38 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


SOLD OUT! Add your name to the waitlist.
1:30 p.m -3 p.m.
$23 member/$38 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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)

SOLD OUT! Add your name to the waitlist.
$75 member/$90 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Kiln Glass Discovery: Holiday Ornaments

Select a session
Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m.-noon
Saturday, November 21, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Trisch Gardiner, Glass Artist and Instructor with her art pieces in collections around the world

Level No previous experience necessary
Supplies All supplies and firing included ($45 value)

Get a jump start on your holiday gifts by joining this festive ornament-making workshop! You'll receive instruction and supplies to complete 2-3 unique glass ornaments.
  • Learn about the various forms of glass including: frit, stringers, and sheet glass
  • Select from a variety of provided patterns or create your own custom free-form designs
  • Explore basic cutting and assembling skills and design techniques
Projects will be kiln fired and returned to the Arboretum for pickup within 7 days of class. All materials and tools will be supplied.

Please review these safety protocols for attending this in-person program.

Limit 10, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen


1 Spot Left!
Morning Session- 10 a.m.-noon
$69 member/$89 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies will be waiting for you in class.


Afternoon Session- 1-3 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies will be waiting for you in class.


Eco-Print Scarf: Wear the Arboretum

Saturday, March 20, 2021
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Jean Manrique, Experienced high-end fiber artist and instructor specializing in natural dyes and eco printing

Level: No experience necessary 
Supplies: All materials are included to make and bring home a natural hand dyed silk scarf 

Learn how to imprint foliage, leaving a permanent imprint of the plant material intact on the silk scarf. Explore the chemistry of the plants and learn sustainable methods of harvesting materials for this art form. This process requires no external dyes, inks or paints. 
  • Understand the history, process and outcomes of eco-printing
  • Select your custom combination of foliage
  • Create your design using elements of composition, shape, and color
  • Bundle and steam to extract pigment
  • Unroll your piece to reveal a one-of-a kind gift from nature!
After a final wash and iron you'll have a beautiful scarf to wear or give as a gift. This small class ensures one-on-one attention as you work through your project from start to finish. 

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab and Tree Place

$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies which will be waiting for you in class.

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