Science of Plant Propagation
Classes & Workshops

Plants are intricate, fascinating organisms: this series will open your eyes to their amazing biology and transform your gardening capabilities. Each Science of Plant Propagation class is designed to provide valuable information on its own, and a complete foundation of knowledge and skills when bundled together. Through a combination of hands-on lab and classroom presentation, you will take home your "experiments" and be ready to embark on additional projects. Classes in this series are designed for a range of abilities, from new gardeners to master gardeners, hobbyists, professionals, and students looking to bolster their college-science savvy.

 

Seeds: Science of Plant Propagation

150-01-19-19
Saturday, January 19, 2019
9 a.m. - noon


Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Seed catalogs are starting to flood the mailbox-so tempting! Make the most of your purchases by understanding the science of seed propagation. Jim will cover the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more. You will learn tried-and-true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds. Take home several seed-based projects for spring growth!

Limit 24, Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
$41 member/$56 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
register


Don Olson 

Cuttings: Science of Plant Propagation

150-01-26-19
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9 a.m. - noon


Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Create new plants from existing ones! Jim will show you how to propagate plants asexually (without seeds) using a variety of fascinating techniques. Through his clear and easy-to-understand presentation, you will learn correct preparation of cuttings and layers, as well as the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. Then take what you've learned and immediately put it into practice. Participants will take home a personal "greenhouse-in-a-pot" that will be the start of many new plants for your home and garden.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Grafting: Science of Plant Propagation

150-02-02-19-01
Saturday, February 2, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Why do some grafts work--and others don't? Grafting remains one of the more mysterious and difficult methods of plant propagation, but with Jim's expert guidance, you will remove the mystery and learn all about the different methods of grafting. You'll have the opportunity to immediately apply what you've learned by practicing techniques to make a number of grafts--and take home the results!

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


soil 

Soils: Science of plant Propagation

150-02-09-19-02
Saturday, February 9, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the MN Nursery and Landscape Association

Make this your best growing season yet by really knowing and understanding the soil in which you grow your plants. What are the components of soil? What lives in it? What do you need to do to enhance and manage your soil to grow better plants? What about watering, compost and mulch? Jim will explain everything you need to know to give your plants the most nourishing environment possible. Recommended (but optional): Have your soil tested prior to class for additional insight during class. See testing information and fees online (link: http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/sites/g/files/pua891/f/media/lawn_and_garden_2018.pdf)

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Inside a Plant Lab

COUPON
Register for 2 or more Science of Plant Propagation classes and save $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$41 member/$56 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
register


 

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Program Quick Links

FREE & LOW COST
          PlantMaker Studio
          NaturePlay for Wee Ones
         
Garden Fun Stops
         
1-Hour Tram Tour
          Guided Walking Tours

         
StoryTime
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Together Programs
          Ages 0-5 with adult
          Ages 3-5 with adult
          Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
          Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
          Ages 5-7 Day Camps
          Ages 7-11 Day Camps
          Ages 5-10 Groups/Summer Field Trips

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
          Gardening - General
          Landscaping & Design
         
Pruning Essentials
          Science of Plant Propagation
          Pollinator-Theme
          Edible Gardening
          Fungi & Mushrooms
          Herbs
         
Trees
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Master Gardener Regional Conference
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Theme
          Beekeeping
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts
          Botanical/Floral Design
         
Willow Furniture
          Gifts from the Garden - Holiday
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
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          Herbs
Health & Home

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          Healthy Living
          Herbs
          
Shinrin-yoku
          Book Club
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          Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
          Birds
          Trees

          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          1-Hour Tram Tour
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          Animal-Assisted Interventions Trainings
          
Shinrin-yoku


 

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