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2019 Schoolyard Gardens Conference
Essential Growth

Friday, March 1, 2019 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

SCHOOLYARD GARDENS provide an incomparable, hands-on opportunity for Educators to learn how to meet academic standards, engage with community partners, learn about agriculture, healthy eating, and cultural competency, and connect with natural systems. Whether you're a beginner or a schoolyard garden veteran, join us to learn innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging diverse learners in a thriving schoolyard garden.

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$70 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$80 General Registration 
Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch and coffee break

     Schoolyard Garden Conference
            Friday, March 1st 
     Garden-To-Plate Food Conference
            Saturday, March 2nd
$110 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$130 General Registration 
Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunches and coffee breaks

2019 Garden-To-Plate Food Conference

Saturday, March 2, 2019 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

From schools and religious organizations to senior living centers and food shelves, many Minnesotans are growing food for their communities. While incredibly beneficial, these food gardens take significant work!

Explore how to grow food for others non-commercially, focusing on topics such as Food Safety, Horticultural Best Practices, Nutrition, Legal Restrictions and improving your yield to impact your community.

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$70 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$80 General Registration 
Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch and coffee break

     Schoolyard Garden Conference
            Friday, March 1st 
     Garden-To-Plate Food Conference
            Saturday, March 2nd
$110 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$130 General Registration 
Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunches and coffee breaks

Get Growing: A Day of Garden Workshops

Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Level: beginner to intermediate
Cabin fever has hit and you are dreaming of your best yard yet for 2019, but who has time to learn everything? This day-long buffet of classes is the answer. In just one Saturday, you will get "Cliffs Notes" to get you started on the right foot with useful tips, tricks, and inspiration in a wide range of gardening topics. Customize your own schedule by choosing any 5 sessions!

You'll leave with a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies- motivated and educated for the best garden season yet!

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register $95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, coffee and breakfast treats, box lunch, a binder of handouts and bag full of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies!


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

Spring Vineyard Workshop

Grape Grower & Wine Maker workshop
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hosted by The Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance (SMWGA) and University of Minnesota Extension

Grape growers, wine makers and hobbyists of all levels are welcome to attend. This hands-on workshop will include:
1) A walk in the vineyard to learn how to manage winter injury when pruning, and how to re-train vines between VSP and high cordon systems. 
2) An interactive activity on designing a vineyard pest management program
3) A tour of Chankaska's wine cellar

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$30 SMWGA members /$35 for non-members

(Registration not available through the Arboretum)

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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