All About Trees
Classes & Workshops

If you're not already in love with the awe, majesty, and mystery of trees, you will be after one of these unique experiences focusing on trees of Minnesota and at the Arboretum.

Grow and Maintain Your Own Apple Trees

Saturday, January 26
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Annie Klodd, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Just imagine picking delicious apples from your own backyard- for eating, baking or applesauce. Growing your own apple tree is rewarding, but takes a little know-how. Annie will guide you through all the aspects of growing apple trees, starting with a tasting sampler of apples that can be grown in Minnesota. Then you will learn how to select the right site in your yard, choose a variety, what to look for when buying a sapling, and proper planting. Annie will cover maintenance as well: from pruning to pests and watering. You will leave with the confidence to select and plant your own apple tree this spring.
Limit 40Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

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


Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees

Saturday, February 9, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Proper and timely pruning is a fundamental horticultural practice essential to the health and performance of many landscape plants, including deciduous and coniferous trees. With Jim's expert guidance, you will come to understand the basic principles of pruning that are essential for the long-term health, vigor and productivity of your trees. You will learn the process of carefully planning a pruning job, when and how to prune, and how to train new trees you might plant. Weather permitting, you will also spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques. Be sure to come dressed and ready to spend time outdoors!

Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 9 & 16 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.
$41 member/$55 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and supplies

photo: Don Olson/APS

Evening Walks with Alan: Crabapples and Hawthorns

Thursday, May 9
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

There's nothing better than springtime in our crabapple collection- the hill is awash with shades of pink, magenta, and creamy white! Alan will give you a botanical overview of this tree and its relative, the hawthorn, before you begin to meander through the collection. As you walk, you'll learn more about the 60+ cultivars grown at the Arboretum, the research and history behind the trees, the ecological role they play, and how to grow these trees successfully in your own backyard. You'll leave feeling refreshed, inspired, and perhaps motivated to plant a crabapple at home! 
  • As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. 
  • Park and meet at the Wildlife Garden Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).
Limit 20, Meet at Wildlife Garden Parking Lot

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

The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Speaker Series
Thursday, June 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ken Druse, Award-winning garden writer and photographer 

Twenty years after the publication of his best seller, The Natural Shade Garden, it's time to reconsider shade gardening to tackle the challenges that have arisen due to our changing climate. The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us. Considering the challenges of a changing climate, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns, Ken details new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process: 
  • Designing your garden
  • Choosing and planting trees
  • Preparing soil
  • Selecting from a vast array of flowers and foliage
Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat - he says, "The garden of the future will be in the shade." 
Limit 200, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

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

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