Edible Gardening
Classes & Workshops

Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning, & Storing Seeds

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9 a.m.-noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director - MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

Learning how to save and germinate seeds is a very useful gardening skill. You'll be able to grow and share your garden through seeds from your trees, perennials, vegetables, and more! Join Jim to learn: 
  • Which seeds are worth collecting
  • Proper techniques needed to collect quality seeds
  • How to store seeds to ensure they are healthy and viable when you are ready to plant
  • How to germinate your own seeds successfully
You will collect seeds from a variety of unique species growing at the Arboretum (weather permitting)
Limit 20, Learning Center Garden Lab

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

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

Online Module: Growing Fruit in Minnesota

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 16
Christy Marsden, Extension Educator, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

Learn to grow: apples, pears, grapevines, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, stone fruits (such as plums, cherries, apricots, and peaches), and other fruit such as currants, gooseberries, kiwiberries, elderberry, aronia, and serviceberry.

Growing your own fruit is a rewarding hobby, whether for fresh eating, canning, or sharing. Developed through the 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 fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season. 
Learn the online content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. 
Learning objectives include:

  • Climate, management needs, and pest control
  • The importance of proper site selection, including hardiness zones, micro-climates, and soil needs of growing fruit in Minnesota
  • How to choose and recommend successful varieties and cultivars for growing fruit in Minnesota using University of Minnesota resources
  • Basic care for Minnesota fruit varieties, including establishment, maintenance, pruning, and winter protection
  • Explain proper harvesting time and techniques, as well as post-harvest management of fruit
How it Works:
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 16
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
  • The optional in-person session is October 24, and registrants who have elected this option should have the course completed by this time
Optional Add-on: In-Person Session
Thursday, October 24th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Learning Center

Add an in-person class to your experience to meet with the instructor and fellow students. You can bring your own fruit growing plans and learn how to best bring them to life through group exercises and Q&A. 
$35 for online registration 
$50 online registration PLUS in-person October 24 session 
Limit 60

$35 for online; $50 for online PLUS in-person October 24 session 
includes Arboretum admission


Get Growing: A Day of Garden Workshops

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beginner to Intermediate Gardeners
Cabin fever has hit and you are dreaming of your best yard yet for 2020, but who has time to learn everything? This day-long buffet of classes is the answer - you will get "Cliffs Notes" on a wide range of gardening topics! You'll finish the day motivated and educated for the best garden season yet! 
Choose any 5 sessions
Custom-select your perfect day filled with your choice of available presentations and workshops on topics from soil and compost to trees and turf!
All-inclusive pricing
$95 member/$110 non-member, includes your custom choice of sessions, coffee, breakfast refreshments, lunch and take-home bag filled with gardening goodies
Garden Goodie Bags
All participants receive reusable bag filled with take-homes from your selected sessions--a binder of handouts and an assortment of plants, seeds, and other garden goodies!

Limit 80, Visitor Center

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$95 member/$110 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Kitchen Gardening: A Bountiful Edible Landscape

Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:30 a.m.-noon

Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Author, Photographer, Gardener, Magazine Contributor

Kick your vegetable garden aesthetic up a notch! In this class, you will: 
  • Learn about the history of "Potager-style" kitchen gardens from French Medieval times, and their resurgence into modern garden trends
  • Hear about the basic design of a potager, including symmetrical geometrical beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled
  • See how you can incorporate some or all of these ideas into your landscape that are useful for you
  • Learn Rhonda's tips for growing successful and bountiful kitchen gardens
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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


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