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Plant Selection: Right Plant, Right Place, Right Purpose!

Saturday, April 27 150-04-27-19
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Julie Weisenhorn
, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

After a long, cold, winter it's easy to go a bit wild at the garden center, but proper plant selection is critical to sustainable landscapes and the overall success of a design. University of Minnesota Extension educator, Julie Weisenhorn, will teach you proper plant selection starting with understanding the site itself - its soil, light, moisture, exposure, size, etc. - and the importance of choosing plants with that will thrive in your site. Then you will work in the new Plant Elements of Design plant selection database, developed by Extension, to try out your new knowledge on your own landscape. You will leave the class with increased confidence to make plant choices in your 2019 garden, and an understanding of tools such as the Plant Elements of Design. Required Equipment: a wifi-ready device, such as a laptop or tablet. Smartphones will also work, but not preferred!
Limit 12 Oswald Visitor Center

Sold out, add your name to thecwaitlist
Saturday, April 27
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NEW Location: Oswald Visitor Center - Carlson Dining Room
$41 member/$56 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

Ornamental Grasses for your Garden

Tuesday, May 21
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Ornamental grasses can offer so much to your landscape- from texture and movement to habitat for native insects. Learn more about adding these wonderful plants to your garden and growing them successfully. 
  • Discuss the wide variety of species and cultivars hardy to Minnesota
  • Receive tips and techniques on how to care for ornamental grasses
  • Visit the Arboretum ornamental grass collection- one of the largest in the country
  • Learn & practice dividing grasses with hands-on instruction
You'll leave with an increased interest in these wonderful plants, and a few grasses to start at home! 

Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a few take-home grasses


Conscientious Gardening

Tuesday, June 11
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

What happens to the water, fertilizer and plant 'waste' in your yard? Should each of us attempt to manage all green matter or yard waste on our own property? What would a conscientious gardener do? You will learn: 
  • How to assess the environmental impact of your garden
  • How to conserve water and reduce runoff from your property
  • When and how to use fertilizer and pesticides, as well as alternative methods and materials
  • The benefits of planting a diversity of native plants
  • Available options for composting green material
You will leave with new insights and a veritable tool box of ideas to garden more conscientiously!

Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$15 member/$30 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Born in the Wild: Building Rock Gardens with Alpine Plants

Saturday, June 22
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Betty Ann Addison, Owner of Gardens of Rice Creek Nursery and Landscape

Have you ever admired the Rock Garden at the Arboretum, and wondered what it would take to build one in your own backyard? Whether on steep slopes, stone troughs on your patio, raised beds or tucked into a niche, these gardens are fun to build and a great addition to your landscape! This class includes: 
  • Inspiring introduction to rock gardens designed by Betty Ann
  • Overview of alpine plants that can be grown in this setting
  • Information on where and how these plants grow in the wild
  • A step-by-step explanation of how a rock garden is built and planted
  • A tour of the Arboretum Rock Garden
  • A trio of alpine plants to grow at home, plus a comprehensive handout
Limit 25, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and take-home alpine plants

The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Speaker Series
Thursday, June 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ken Druse, Award-winning garden writer and photographer 

Twenty years after the publication of his best seller, The Natural Shade Garden, it's time to reconsider shade gardening to tackle the challenges that have arisen due to our changing climate. The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us. Considering the challenges of a changing climate, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns, Ken details new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process: 
  • Designing your garden
  • Choosing and planting trees
  • Preparing soil
  • Selecting from a vast array of flowers and foliage
Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat - he says, "The garden of the future will be in the shade." 
Limit 200, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


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