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FLOWER ARRANGING 

Celebrate the seasons with floral expressions from the Arboretum. Ashley Fox Designs provides the flowers and materials, the instruction, and the inspiration. YOU create the masterpiece to take home! Advance registration strongly suggested, these workshops sell out. With Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum


 Garden Bounty

Create a Garden Bounty Centerpiece: From the Arboretum Gardens to Your Table (100-07-26-14)
Saturday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator

Using cuttings you gather from the Arboretum and a premium selection of locally grown flowers and vegetables, you'll create a fitting centerpiece for a relaxed dinner with friends or one to simply enjoy on your own. This class will give you invaluable tips on the care of processing flowers from your garden to get them ready for design work, including when and how to clip and what to do with them when you bring them inside to keep them fresh for many days. All supplies included in this make-and-take class. Leave with new floral preparations tricks and hints, a refined sense of layering and form, and confidence in being able to create additional arrangements at home. You'll receive everything you need to create a finished arrangement with a florist value around $100! All materials provided. Limit 20, Learning Center

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$80 member/$100 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers and supplies


Thanksgiving

Holiday Special! Receive $20 off when you register for
Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece
AND a session of
Holiday Wreath
Use coupon code
DECORATE2014 at checkout.
(limit 1 discount per customer)

Make a Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece (100-11-22-14)
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

Create your own Thanksgiving centerpiece that goes way beyond the pumpkin! Be inspired by acclaimed flora designer Ashley Fox (www.ashleyfoxdesigns.com) while creating a fresh, lush, and long-lasting design certain to impress your guests on Thanksgiving. You'll use artichokes and pears, along with fresh cut flowers and trailing vines in a footed, dark container. Discover the balance between using fresh cuts and real fruits and vegetables to create a low, dramatic and inviting design to enjoy during your favorite meal of the year. You'll learn how to freshen your piece, if necessary, before Thanksgiving and how to extend the life of your arrangement beyond the life of leftovers. Your finished masterpiece will have a florist value around $100. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

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$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Holiday Wreath

Holiday Special! Receive $20 offwhen you register for
Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece
AND a session of 
Holiday Wreath 
Use coupon code 
DECORATE2014 at checkout.
(limit 1 discount per customer)

Make a Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-12-06-14)
OR
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:30 - 4 p.m. (100-12-06-14-02)

Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

Nothing welcomes your guests into your home during the holidays like a breathtaking holiday wreath. Go beyond a few fir branches in this special holiday workshop with acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox. Ashley will share with you a number of holiday styling tips and show you how to create a whimsical wreath on a honeysuckle vine base using materials from the Arboretum and a floral wholesaler, including dark feather-leaf myrtle, tiny spruce cones, aromatic cedar, and more. You will be dazzled by what you will create, and the experience is certain to put you into the holiday spirit. This wreath (with a florist value of $100) will last through the holidays...the memories of time spent with other creating beauty will last even longer. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

Register

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-12-06-14)
$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

Register

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1:30 - 4 p.m. (100-12-06-14-02)
$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 Citrus

Citrus in Floral Arrangements: A Spring Break for the Senses (100-02-21-15)
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

Drink in bright spots of citrus and sherbet colored flowers and fruit in the middle of winter. Just as your spirits are flagging, you enter the room to meet the fresh fragrance of oranges, limes, lemons and kumquats on the branch and armfuls of fresh flowers from which to choose to create a floral arrangement that will perk up your senses. With acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox, you will spend a few hours in floral play creating a spirit-brightening design that will serve as a fragrant reminder of the warmer seasons to come. Ashley will offer up design tips through three samples of luscious arrangements and then you will get to choose which one you will create yourself. You'll head home refreshed and invigorated. Your finished arrangement will have a florist value around $75. All materials provided. Limit 24, Learning Center

Register $69 member/$81 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers and all supplies 

 Creating

Creating Breathtaking Flower Designs from Your Corner Market Kiosk (100-03-14-15)
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum

You'll feel as if you've entered acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox's personal design studio in this class focused on taking the ordinary and turning it into the extraordinary. You will learn the FUN-damentals of floral design as only Ashley can present them. You'll receive your own clipper that is her personal favorite, along with countless tips on how to use easily obtained "supplies" from your grocery store, household plant cuttings, and those sleeves (bunches) of supermarket flowers. Bring along a favorite dish, footed pedestal candy dish, low ceramic bowl, vase, or antique find that measures about 9" tall and 7" wide. Ashley will supply the rest---including a pair of her favorite clippers to take home along with your amazing creation! Limit 24, Learning Center

Register  $69 member/$81 member, includes Arboretum admission, flowers and a new take-home pair of florist clippers

CRAFTS


 balance

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden
Saturday, August 23, 9:30 a.m. - noon  FULL
Saturday, August 23, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
JUST ADDED!
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Back by popular demand! Turn rocks pulled from a garden plot into works of art and garden features. Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl's magical and exquisite balanced stone sculptures will dazzle you. He will demonstrate how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps to create your own balanced rock sculpture. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act at home in your garden and elsewhere. (Practice rocks included.) Limit 24, Snyder Building

waitlist

 

Saturday, August 23 (100-08-23-14-02)
$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Register   Saturday, August 23 (100-08-23-14-03)
$35 member/$55 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

SCULPTURE GARDEN TOURS
 Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden Tour with the Curator

Susan Thurston-Hamerski, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum manager of adult education and curator of sculpture

Jump on the super-sized golf cart for an exclusive, limited-seating tour of sculpture treasures at the Arboretum. You'll meet the sculpture collection curator at the Visitors Center entrance and then make your motorized-way to the acclaimed Harrison Sculpture Garden to learn the fascinating details and stories about the sculptures and the artists. There will be additional stops to view and discuss some of the other art treasures throughout the collections. Because of the limited size of the group, you'll have opportunity to ask questions and talk with other art lovers in the midst of the warm-weather glory of the Arboretum. After having delved deep into the works, you'll never look at public art or sculpture in the same way again. Limit 11, Visitors Center

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Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. - noon (100-08-23-14)
$20 member/$40 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission


 Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden in Magical Winter
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (100-01-10-15)
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (100-02-07-15)

Susan Thurston-Hamerski, author, adult education manager and curator of sculpture at the Arboretum

Grab a pair of snowshoes and join the curator of sculpture for a winter-wonderland walk to the Harrison Sculpture Garden. You'll be dazzled by the world-class sculpture collection that includes work by Louise Nevelson, Barbara Hepworth, and Mimo Paladino. Winter adds her own embellishments to the amazing sculptures created out of materials including a variety of stone and metal. With the addition of three sculptures in the autumn, this collection is now complete and promises to change how you view nature and sculpture. When you return, head up to the café for a warm beverage and the chance to discuss the works with fellow art-lovers. Limit 24, Meet at the Main Desk of the Visitors Center

Register Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (100-01-10-15)
$29 member/$39 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and beverage voucher. Bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair for a nominal fee at the Main Desk
Register Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (100-02-07-15)
$29 member/$39 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and beverage voucher. Bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair for a nominal fee at the Main Desk

ART
 Field Sketching

Field Sketching: From Colored Pencil to Carbon Dust (100-03-28-15)
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

This hands-on intensive workshop for artists of all experience levels will bring details of nature into breathtaking focus in your work. You'll be inspired by the "tricks" demonstrated by accomplished artist and illustrator Carlyn Iverson. She'll show you how to capture the dimensions and textures of botanical specimens as you learn how to create field sketches...from the tropical warmth of our lush conservatory! You'll spend some rejuvenating time in our blooming and green interior collections for the "field" portion of the class, and use colored pencils to sketch your impressions. Then return to the classroom and immerse yourself in the magic of carbon dust illustration. This technique of using graphite and charcoal as you paint is unequaled and wonderful for rendering detail and three dimensional form! Learn additional details about the process, materials, and the tools needed to create a work of art in the medium of carbon dust. Pack a lunch (or purchase on own in the cafe) to make certain you will waste not a second of time. Limit 20, Visitors Center
Supply List

Register  $99 members/$115 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

BOOKS


 Books in the Garden

Books in the Garden with Toni McNaron: Gardens Real and Imagined (100-04-09-14)
Wednesdays, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, noon - 1:30 p.m.

Toni McNaron, Award-winning University of Minnesota professor emeritus of English

Join our thriving "book club" to expand your mind and meet new people. Read and explore several titles chosen by Toni that offer fascinating views of gardens and our lives. Consider how the garden works in the book, as well as why the author decided to put it at the heart of her writing. You'll leave refreshed by the congenial spirit of book lovers and keen insights into the words and images. Price includes six Wednesday sessions. Limit 24, Snyder Building

Apr 9 & May 14: The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Jun 11: Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi
Jul 9: The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Aug 13: In the Garden with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson
Sep 10: The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

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$85 member/$105 non-member for the 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission   


 Nature Writing

Nature Writing (100-11-01-14)
Saturdays, November 1 and 8, 2014, 10 a.m. - Noon
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer and writing coach

Become inspired on your writing journey surrounded by the views and sights at the Arboretum! This class will explore, in its two sessions, the writing of nature haiku poetry and the writing of personal nature prose. In the classroom, you'll get writing tips, samples, and lots of inspiration. Then get writing...right away! If you choose, you'll have a chance to share your writing with other class participants and receive constructive responses from the instructor. Everybody will leave with good drafts of two writings, each different expressions of interest in nature. Appropriate for all experience levels, but especially welcoming for those starting out or struggling to make time for writing. Limit 24, Visitor Center

Register  $33 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Books in the Garden 

Books in the Garden with Toni McNaron: Hurting and Healing Nature (100-10-08-14)
Wednesdays, October 8, November 12, and December 10, 2014, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Toni McNaron, Award-winning University of Minnesota professor emeritus of English

Join our thriving "book club" to expand your mind and meet new people. Read and explore several titles chosen by Toni that offer fascinating views of gardens and our lives. You'll consider how nature has an impact on our lives and how we as humans have both harmed and cared for this amazing planet. You'll delve into why the author decided to put nature at the heart of her writing. You'll leave refreshed by the congenial spirit of book lovers and keen insights into the words and images. Price includes three Wednesday sessions.

October 8: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
November 12: Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior
December 10: Robin Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass

These books are easily available in libraries or can be custom ordered for you by the Arboretum Bookstore. Limit 24, Snyder Building

Register $49 member/$65 non-member for the 3 sessions, includes Arboretum admission 

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also download the Spring/Summer 2014 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Art Exhibit and Sale: All 2014 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum Student Exhibit and Sale scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014. Details and registration.