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.


 

Walks with Alan: Oak and Nut Tree Collection

960-09-26-19
Thursday, September 26, 2019
2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

The days are growing shorter, the nights are cooling- we've reached the end of the summer. For oaks and other nut trees, it means dropping thousands of seeds to grow next spring! On this walk: 
  • Discover the distinctive botany behind these trees
  • Enjoy an evening walk through a lesser known collection
  • Soak in the beautiful architecture of the oaks and nut trees
  • Learn about the best species and cultivars to grow yourself
Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits. 
Park and meet in the Old Azalea Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).

Limit 25, Old Azalea Parking Lot
register

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

 Walks with Alan: A Blaze of Autumn

960-10-10-19
Thursday, October 10, 2019
2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Pop quiz: why do some trees and shrubs turn brilliant colors in the fall? Learn this and more as you appreciate the gorgeous warm hues on this walk: 
  • Discover our "Big Woods" Maple Collection and Bailey Shrub Walk
  • Be amazed by the diversity of cultivars, colors, textures and shapes in these collections
  • Gain inspiration and information for your landscape and future Arboretum visits

Limit 25, Wildlife Garden Parking Lot

register

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

 

 Walks with Alan: Crabapples in Fall

960-10-31-19
Thursday, October 31, 2019
2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Forget the jack-o-lanterns, crabapples are our most colorful garden fruit after the leaves fall! On this walk: 
  • Appreciate the colorful punch these trees add to the fall landscape
  • Get a botanical overview of this tree and its relative, the hawthorn
  • Learn about the 60+ cultivars grown at the Arboretum, the research and history behind the trees
  • Understand the ecological role these trees play
  • Learn 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! 
Park and meet at the Wildlife Garden Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).

Limit 25, Wildlife Garden Parking Lot
register

$14 member/$29 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
$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

register

$41 member/$56 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

register

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

 

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