All About Herbs
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A Living Herb Wreath to Grow and Use

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Wednesday, April 25 (150-04-25-18)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 SOLD OUT
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Mary Beth Gullickson, Cedar Brook Garden Center, Horticulture Major in floral culture and landscape design.

Capture the magic of spring with a colorful, living wreath that is a symbol of great gardening, creativity and imagination. Display it on the deck or patio where it is easily accessible from the kitchen area and benefit from clipping fresh herbs from your wreath for cooking all season along. All materials are included for the wreath including an 18" wire base, soil, sphagnum moss and the plants. Makes a great Mother's Day gift!
BRING TO CLASS: pruning shears and optional gloves.
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$65 member/$80 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Sold out, register for the April 25 session, above

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (150-05-09-18)
$65 member/$80 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Photo: mm 201/Shutterstock 

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mary Beth Gullickson, Cedar Brook Garden Center, horticulture Major in floral culture and landscape design. 

Here's an easy way to garden even without a garden: Grow a good supply of tasty herbs in a window box! Filled with herbs, these containers are welcome partners for the kitchen, so you'll want to keep it nearby! Spend the evening creating and planting a movable garden using a window box--perfect for the balcony or an outdoor table. Receive care tips from a professional, and fill your window box with edible flowers and herbs including basil, rosemary, and thyme. Plants and planting materials will be provided, but not the containers. 
Your own favorite container, clay or plastic, measuring approximately 20"x8"
12" pot (make sure it has drainage holes), either clay or plastic
pruning shears 
garden gloves (optional).
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

24" plastic window boxes will be available for purchase at the class for  $15.99

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

  More Medicinal Plants of the Midwest (100-06-03-18)
Sunday, June 3, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

Whether you were at Matt's class last fall and are hankering for more information, or are new to medicinal plants of the Midwest, you will not want to miss this expert as he shares more on the fascinating connection between plants and medicine. Although many of us are familiar with herbal superstars like echinacea, ginkgo, hawthorn, garlic, turmeric and ginger, other wild plants found in the Midwest, even your backyard, possesses remarkable healing powers. Learn how to separate fact from fiction, and see how the experts effectively use wild plants, from plant identification to proper collection and preparation methods. You and other plant enthusiasts will be captivated as you delve into the art and science of medicinal plants, and will leave with a deeper respect for the positive impact plants have on our lives. 
Limit 22, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

  The Herb Garden Salon: Gathering to Celebrate the Herbal Harvest with Friends (100-08-18-18)
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. 
Limit 40, Learning Center, Harvest Kitchen 

9:00 a.m.
Herbal Tea and Lemon Verbena Cookies

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
"Lemon Scented Herbs to Grow and Use" 
Susan Betz and Theresa Mieseler
Ramp up your lemony dishes and crafts with an abundant variety of lemon scented herbs! Touch and smell plants such as lemon grass, lemon basil, lemon thyme and balm, lemon-scented geraniums and of course, lemon verbena. Learn about the plants, how to grow and harvest them, then create an herbal tea mix, potpourri and an herbal lemon syrup. Both Susan and Theresa are members of the International Herb Association and Herb Society of America. Susan has been involved in herbs since 1970 as an herb gardener and teacher and is the author of two books. Most recently she is the 2018 recipient of the Helen De Conway Little Medal of Honor, Herb Society of America. Theresa is the owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm where she and Jim grew herbs, held classes and events for 39 years and is the recipient of the Herb Society of America, Nancy Putnam Howard Award for Excellence in Horticulture, 2010.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
"Drink Your Herbs" 
Pat Crocker
Tinctures, shrubs and switchels- these drinks are not just for mixologists! Learn all about herb tonics and how to combine them into these trusted, traditional beverages. Discover the fascinating history of these drinks as you craft your own honey-ginger switchel and also a shrub to take home, along with a recipe handout. Pat has been honored twice by the International Herb Association and she received the 2009 Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature from the Herb Society of America. Her books, The Juicing Bible and The Vegan Cook's Bible attained ‘Best in the World' awards from the International Gourmet and Culinary Guild. Now a regular writer for food and garden magazines.

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Herbal Lunch
Along with a seasonal herbal-inspired salad buffet, lunch will include samples from the day's agenda.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
"Herbal Gifts from the Garden"
Veronica Malone
Did you grow great herbs all summer, but are looking for ways to preserve their goodness into the cold seasons? Pesto, dry herb blends, rubs and vinegars are a few ways to use or gift your herbs all year long. Veronica will begin with an introduction to the harvest and use of fresh herbs. She will also cover best practices for preserving each kind of herb for the winter. You will leave with recipes, a small jar of a dried herb blend and an herbal vinegar that you will make in class. Veronica has been growing, using and teaching herbs for many years in the Minneapolis area. She is an avid gardener and her beautifully landscaped wall gardens show it.

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-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies  

Herbal and Goat Milk Soap Making (100-08-26-18)
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 

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