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.

 


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Evening Walks with Alan: Pine Collection

(960-07-12-18)
Thursday, July 12
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Have you ever wandered through pines after a hot summer's day? The evening breeze carries the distinctive scent of the resin, and rustles through the needles... what better time to explore our nationally renowned pine collection! Alan will start by distinguishing pines from other conifers and evergreens, and why the distinction matters. As you meander through the trees, you will learn more about the geographic origins of the species, and how the Arboretum amassed such a spectacular collection. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits. NOTE: 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 Chinese Garden Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).
Limit 20, Meet at Hsiao Chinese Garden

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$10 member/$25 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission 
register

 

Evening Walks with Alan: Oak and Nut Tree Collection

(960-09-13-18)
Thursday, September 13
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
UPDATED TIME! 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 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 us, that means bringing the houseplants back inside, winterizing the garden... for oaks and other nut trees, it means dropping thousands of seeds to grow next spring! Join Alan and other nature enthusiasts as he shares more about the distinctive botany behind these trees- what evolutionary tactic lies behind such large seeds? Enjoy an evening walk through a lesser known collection, soak in the beautiful architecture of the oaks and nut trees, and learn more 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. NOTE: 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 in the Old Azalea Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).
Limit 20, Meet at Old Azalea Parking Lot

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

 

Walks with Alan: A Blaze of Autumn

960-10-11-18
Thursday, October 11
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 of our "Big Woods" Maple Collection and Bailey Shrub Walk. You'll be amazed by the diversity of cultivars, colors, textures and shapes in these collections. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees and shrubs, as well as inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits! Park and meet in the Wildlife Parking Lot.
Limit 25, Wildlife Garden Parking Lot

$10 member/$25 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission


 

Walks with Alan: Exploring Late Fall Color

960-11-01-18
Thursday, November 1
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

As winter begins to set in and the color fades from other deciduous trees such as the maple, there's still color to be found at the Arboretum! Join Alan to explore late fall color in our elm, willow, larch and winterberry collections. From the bright yellow needles of the larch to the red berries of the winterberry, you'll enjoy a glimpse of color before the snow sets in, and perhaps be inspired to plant your own come spring. 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 Dahlia Parking Lot, directions will be sent closer to the class date.
Limit 25Dahlia Parking Lot

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


 

Walks with Alan: Winter Beauty in the Spruce and Birch Collections

960-11-29-18
Thursday, November 29
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Spruce and birch are some of the most commonly planted trees (and shrubs, depending on species!) in Minnesota, but there are so many cultivars and species to choose from! Alan will introduce you to some of his favorites that are particularly striking in the winter landscape. You'll leave with a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits. 
Limit 25, park at the Small Trees "stone wall" lot or Prairie Garden lots; walk participants will receive special instructions via email

$10 member/$25 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission
 


Grow and Maintain Your Own Apple Trees

150-01-26-19-01
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


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Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees

150-02-09-19-01
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

COUPON 
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

 

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