All About Herbs
Classes & Workshops


The Herb Garden Salon: Gathering to Celebrate the Herbal Harvest with Friends 

Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Explore the world of herbs and learn how to harvest and enjoy the herbal bounty- whether it be in your garden, containers or herbs from the farmer's market! Join other herb enthusiasts to learn, taste, and experience fun and exciting new ways to utilize these aromatic plants.. Enjoy fun presentations and experiential hands-on sessions including: "Lemon Scented Herbs to Grow and Use", "Drink Your Herbs", "Herbal Gifts from the Garden", and featuring a delicious herbal salad luncheon! Take-home herbal goodies include:a bouquet garni, herbal vinegar, lemon potpourri, herbal lemon tea, honey-ginger switchel and a shrub, and a dried culinary herb blend. CLICK TO LEARN MORE
Limit 40, Learning Center, Harvest Kitchen 

NOTE: This class will take place during the Arboretum Art Crawl. Allow extra time to enter the Arboretum as traffic may be slow to pass the Gatehouse area. Be sure to shop the unique vendor booths after class!

$65 member/$80 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies  
Sold out, add your name to the waitlist

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

Sold out, Add your name to the waitlist and/or register for the October 20 soapmaking class, below
$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

The Herbal Home: Make-and-Take Herbal Cleaning Products

Saturday, September 15
9:30 a.m. - noon

Mary Taylor, Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and owns an Herb and Aromatherapy business in Marshall, MN.

You don't have to walk down a cleaning aisle to find your best options for cleaning your home. Just open your pantry! Vinegar, baking soda and essential oils do a fabulous job of cleaning and freshening your home Mary will cover the antibacterial and antiviral properties of essential oils. Learn more about what's in your cleaning products, how to read those labels, and know what cleaning ingredients are safe for your family -and- effective at cleaning. Hands-on class portion will guide you step-by-step as you create a collection of herbal cleaning products to try at home, including a countertop spray, laundry products & herbal air fresheners for your home and car. 
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$40 member/$55 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies 


Saturday in the Kitchen: Japanese Teas...Steeped in Tradition

Saturday, September 22
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, and its source is a single evergreen shrub species- Camellia sinensis. In Japan, this beverage is elevated to an art form through harvesting, processing, and tea rituals. Join other tea enthusiasts as you taste a variety of exquisite teas from Japan as Kris discusses the connection between tea ceremonies and mindfulness. Then work together in small groups to prepare simple Japanese appetizers such as onigiri (molded rice balls) and chilled soba in cucumber cups. You will take home samples to share and a comprehensive handout with detailed recipes, historical information, folklore and health benefits of tea. After class, complete your morning with an exploration of the new Origami in the Garden Summer Exhibit and our Japanese Garden! 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$45 member/$60 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/Photographer

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

$79 member/$95 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


Medicinal Plants of the Midwest

Sunday, October 21, 2018
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Matthew Alfs, Clinical Herbalist (R.H.), Founder of Midwest Herbs and Healing, Author

Plants have been prized for their medicinal properties for thousands of years, and modern medicines are still often derived from botanical sources. Although many of us are familiar with herbal superstars like Echinacea, Ginkgo, hawthorn, garlic, turmeric, and ginger, many wild plants also possess remarkable healing powers. Some such plants can be found in your backyard: the Midwest has a plethora of native plants that have healing benefits! Matt will introduce you to plants such as boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), blue vervain (Verbena hastata), catnip (Nepeta cataria), bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis), pineapple-weed (Matricaria matricarioides), wild mint (Mentha arvensis [canadensis]) and more. You will leave with a new appreciation of native plants and perhaps a desire to grow some of your own!

Limit 22Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$35 member/$50 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission


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