Edible Gardening
Classes & Workshops


The Edible Garden Year

5 Thursday sessions, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.:
January 24, 2019
February 21, 2019
May 9, 2019
July 11, 2019
August 22, 2019

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Would you like to grow some of your own vegetables and herbs, but hesitate due to past bad luck, failures, or the amount of work? Join a cohort of fellow gardeners to learn and grow through a season together! Laura has gardened in six states and is passionate about homegrown food; she will lead you on an encouraging journey from plans on paper to meals on the table. Each time we meet, we'll focus on the next important step in the journey, with the help of experts from the Arboretum or Extension.

  • January
    Start with the basics and put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape. 
  • February
    Focus on ordering and starting seeds with Extension Master Gardener Education Manager Christy Marsden. You'll leave with some seeds to start indoors!
  • May
    Soil and transplants will be the theme, and we'll have a seedling swap!
  • July
    Talk about water conservation, weeds and pest management with Fruit and Vegetable Extension Educator Annie Klodd.
  • August
    Cover best harvesting and preservation practices, while sharing and celebrating the fruits of our labor. 
This series will also offer access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!
Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$160 member/$200 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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


Online Module: Growing Vegetables in Minnesota

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (course login will be sent after the registration deadline)
Christy Marsden, Extension Educator, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

If you've ever been daunted by the idea of growing vegetables, or have tried in the past but become overwhelmed with weeds, then the new Growing Vegetables in Minnesota online module is for you! Developed through University of Minnesota Extension, this brand new hybrid class- including online instruction and optional in-person activities- will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage your vegetable garden for success throughout the growing season. Learn the online content at your own pace starting in March, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. 
Learning objectives include: 
Preferred components including light requirements, soil, and soil preparation 
Successful vegetable varieties and cultivars for growing in Minnesota 
Growing Practices 
Proper planting and plant management practices for vegetable growing including: crop rotation, mulching, pruning, water, pest scouting, soil nutrient management 
Proper harvesting time and techniques, as well as post-harvest management of produce 
Pests & Diseases 
Best management practices in the garden to prevent pest and disease problems 
Unique spaces 
Vegetable gardening basics for containers, raised beds, and other non-traditional growing locations 

You also have the option to add an in-person class to your experience (Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. - noon, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum) to meet with the instructor and fellow students. You can bring your own vegetable garden plans and learn how to best bring them to life through group exercises and Q&A.

How it Works:
Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Tuesday March 19. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. The optional in-person session is April 13, and registrants who have elected this option should have the course completed by this time. Online course materials will be available for the duration of the 2019 growing season.

Limit 60

$35 for online-only registration
$50 online registration PLUS in-person April 13 session

Grow and Maintain Your Own Grapevines

Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Annie Klodd, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

In the spring, grapevines are at the entrance of every big box store- are they difficult to grow? Find out by joining us to learn the basics of grape growing! Annie will start with a sample of regionally grown grape products, and chat with the class about the first decision of grape growing: intended use. Whether you plan to make wine, eat fresh grapes, make jam, or just have a bit of shade impacts how you plant and manage your vines. Then the class discussion will move on to how you site the plants in your yard, where to find good quality grapevines and select the cultivar, how to properly plant a grapevine, and trellis options. Annie will end by discussing maintenance such as pruning, pest control, and steps to take in the first and second year. You'll leave with a grapevine to plant at home, and the knowledge you need to plant and maintain it for shade, fresh grapes, wine, or jam!
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

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

Garden Harvest and Preservation 101

Thursday, August 29, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

It's nearing the peak of vegetable harvest time, and successfully grown vegetable plants can often mean you now have bushels of beautiful produce on your hands- what to do with them? You will learn the basics of proper harvesting: when to pick, what to refrigerate, how to cure, and more. Then we'll be joined by University of Minnesota Extension experts to learn more about safe preservation techniques, from canning to drying. There will be samples, of course, and students are encouraged to bring surplus produce to share with one another at the end of class! 
Limit 20Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$35 member/$50 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Frank Meuschke

Growing Garlic: From Field to Fork

Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/owner of Hudson Clove, grows nine varieties of heirloom garlic

Are you interested in expanding your garlic options? There's no better way than growing your own! Join Frank to discover the many varieties that are just not available at the grocery store. In the fall, learn the basics of garlic culinary uses, taxonomy (variety and strain), soil preparation, choosing healthy seed stock, popping cloves, planting, and more. When spring comes, you will cover what to do when you see the first shoots, fertilization and watering, weeding, and diseases to watch for. Finally when summer comes, you'll discuss how and when to harvest, labeling and bundling, curing and storage, and best of all- when to eat your garlic! By the end, you will have experienced a full season of garlic growing and be motivated to try it again! 
Limit 24Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

Registration is closed. To inquire about registration mid-series, call 612-301-1210 or email ArbEdu@umn.edu
$79 member/$95 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

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