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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


 peonies

Make an Arrangement of Peonies for Mom or You! (100-05-08-14)
Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator

Few flowers herald spring better than the beloved peony. And what better flower with which to honor mom! In yet another of Ashley Fox's popular floral design class, you will use peonies and other spring favorites to create a low-design arrangement in a beautiful dish, perfect for Mom and others to admire on any table. 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, dish, flowers and supplies


 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


 Cottage Garden in a Vase

Floral Arrangement See-and-Learn: Cottage Garden in a Vase a la Gertrude Jekyll (100-07-12-14)
Saturday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shauna Moore, professional designer and owner of Shauna Moore Designs

Gertrude Jekyll's love for flowers expanded well beyond designs for lush perennial borders. An artist, gardener and craftswoman, Jekyll was also an influential floral designer, bringing her living palette of outdoor blooms indoors. Consistent with her garden designs, her floral arrangements likewise focused on color, texture, and shape. Drawing from years of experience with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts "Art in Bloom" program and her love of Jekyll's work, Shauna will share images of Jekyll-style arrangements, and then demonstrate how to create such designs as you watch. Learn about the flowers to cut from the garden and consider the painterly technique Jekyll used in creating floral decor for indoors, and then head home with a list of ingredients and techniques to replicate on your own. We recommend pairing this class with "The Arboretum Display Garden Up-Close: Gertrude Jekyll from Hot to Cool," see July 12, above. Note: this class does not include a take-home floral arrangement.

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$20 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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  Buy all 3 and save! Gertrude Jekyll 3-Class Bundle: $75 member/$130 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

CRAFTS


fairy garden 

Planting a Fairy Garden (150-06-12-14)
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm of Chaska, Minnesota

Capture the magic and whimsy of youth with a fairy garden! Children and adults alike delight in planting and caring for these miniature gardens with charm and intrigue. Not only is the fragrance of herbs captivating, the flowers are striking as well. Create a delightful garden for your porch or deck that will enchant the fairy folk. In class plant a colorful garden that will be yours to enjoy all season long. Medium-sized container, plants, soil, small rocks, and pottery for decorative accents will be provided along with a fairy and an accessory. You are invited to bring a child or grandchild to help create your miniature fairy garden. Bring shears, gloves and dress for greenhouse work. Limit 30, Learning Center

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Price is per container: $70 member/$90 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all listed supplies


 balance The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden
Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-05-17-14)
Saturday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-06-28-14-02)
Saturday, August 23, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-08-23-14)

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

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Saturday, May 17 (100-05-17-14)
$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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Saturday, June 28, (100-06-28-14-02)
$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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


FIELD SKETCHING
 field sketching

Field Sketching at the Arboretum (100-05-31-14)
Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Spend a day at the Arboretum learning techniques of field sketching-one of the most engaging ways of taking your art into nature. The process of drawing subjects out of doors will bring a more intimate relationship between you and the natural world. Learn the techniques and about the tools that will allow you to capture the textures, colors and three dimensionality of your subjects. Through the sketch process, you can record the essential elements for developing a finished piece at a future time, or use sketches to build a diary of natural events and observations. We will work in graphite, carbon dust, and colored pencil. Supply list Limit 20, Visitors Center

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$80 member/$100 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, May 31, 10 a.m. - noon (100-05-31-14)
$20 member/$40 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

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Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. - noon (100-06-28-14)
$20 member/$40 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

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Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. - noon (100-07-19-14)
$20 member/$40 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

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


BOOKS


 Nature Writing

Nature Writing in Three Dimensions (100-04-05-14)
Saturdays, April 5, 12, and 26, 10 a.m. - noon
Jeannie Hanson, published nature and science writer and writing coach

Make time for nature and your personal writing this spring. In three writing-driven sessions, you'll explore writing haiku poetry, personal nature prose, and journalistic 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. Everyone will leave with new drafts of three different forms writings, and be motivated to continue your writing journey inspired by the beauty of the Arboretum. Appropriate for all experience levels, but especially welcoming for those starting out or struggling to make time for writing. 3 sessions. Limit 24, Visitors Center

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$60 member/$80 non-member for the 3 sessions, includes Arboretum admission   


 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   


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 952-443-1422 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 952-443-1422
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.