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Classes & Workshops

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Saturday in the Kitchen: Beeswax Beauty

Saturday, July 21
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Beeswax has long been used in beauty products and is a natural, toxin-free way to add protective, emolliating, and softening elements to skincare. Come with your friends to try a variety of beeswax-based beauty treatments, and create your own spa products in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting! You won't have to book an appointment at a spa to enjoy luxurious products such as Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash, Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream and Happy Heel Lemon Foot Salve. You will leave feeling refreshed, carrying samples to share at home as well as a comprehensive handout with recipes!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Herbal and Goat Milk Soap Making

Sunday, August 26
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Join acclaimed herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun full-day, hands-on soap-making workshop! Start out learning the basics of herbs and soapmaking, then dive into a hands-on experience, making two styles of traditional soap with herbs and fresh goat's milk. Linda will discuss other soap skills, such as felting soap and working with loofah (a natural gourd product). Take home an appreciation for the natural world, nine bars of soap made in class, plus instructions and recipes for making soap at home. NOTE: Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 


Botanical Soap Making

Saturday, October 20
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Raulla S. Mitchell, Founder of Eden Prairie-based Red Note Botanica, fresh natural skincare for the bath is trained as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and a Certified Aromatherapist. She loves sharing how to make fun, easy and beautiful DIY skincare products.

Craft and create your own beautiful super moisturizing sulfate-free shea butter and glycerin soaps in a variety of fragrances and charming shapes. Join other Do-It-Yourselfers making soaps with nutrient rich natural oils, pure essential oils, and luscious phthalate-free fragrance oils, to bring the outside in, as the weather turns. To customize your creations, Raulla will bring lots of autumn- and holiday-themed soap molds (gingerbread boys, trees, ornaments, snowflakes, stockings, candy canes, snowmen, & more), essential oils (lavender, orange, lemongrass, grapefruit, lemon, & more), and warm fragrance oils (almond, vanilla, brown sugar, mulberry, citrus ginger, sugar plum, chestnuts, vanilla hazelnut, buttercream & more). Register together with a friend for a very special day. You'll leave with a collection of gentle moisturizing soaps for everyday luxury at home and lovely handmade gifts for the holidays, recipes and tips, and source lists to make more.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$60 member/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Gifts from the Hive: Winter Skincare Products

Thursday, November 15
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of hive-based skincare products. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:

  • beeswax lip balm
  • salve and 
  • unique bar lotion in creative shapes

Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to customize your creations with natural scents and tints. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive 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.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Houseplant Patrol: Basic Care, Problem-Solving and Resources

Saturday, February 9
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Long winters encourage outdoor gardeners to also be indoor gardeners! Flowers, tropicals, herbs, seed starting and overwintering plants keep gardeners in the upper Midwest engaged in growing things indoors while snow covers our landscapes. University of Minnesota Extension educator, Julie Weisenhorn, covers best practices of indoor gardening and the science behind it. In the second half of class, explore the Learning Center Greenhouse as you talk about pests, repotting, fertilizing and more. Finish up the class by taking a few cuttings to start at home!
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

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

Put your Best Face Forward, Naturally!

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Certified in Aromatherapy

Many top salons feature healthy organic components in their products. The beauty buzz claims that honey is a humectant, coriander soothes, cucumbers are a gentle astringent and yogurt conditions the delicate skin of your face. Learn these tips and more as Kris demonstrates the potential skin-nurturing properties of plant-based ingredients, like pumpkin, rose hip oil, rice and more. Work together to create several of your own facial products to take home, such as apple granola face mask, rooibos and lavender scrub, as well as a natural gentle toner and anti aging serum. You'll leave with a suite of treats for your face, as well as recipes to make more!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$39 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Plant-Based Body Scrubs for Glowing Skin

Saturday, February 23, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator, Certified in Aromatherapy

Your skin is a remarkable organ -- your body's largest! Your skin sheds thousands of cells every minute, and grows a new outer layer regularly depending on how you treat it. With a little TLC, nature-based skin scrubs can stimulate cell turnover and help your skin glow with health and vitality. You'll create fresh and customizable recipes using lavender, green tea, lemongrass, cocoa and more - recipes that smell positively heavenly and refresh your skin. Plant-based recipes will be featured, such as coffee scrub, sugar chai honey scrub, herb garden body scrub, and gentle oatmeal chamomile scrub! You'll leave with multiple scrubs to try at home, recipes to make more, and new ways to take care of your skin through the rest of the winter.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$39 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies





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