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 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 

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


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

Register

$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

ARTIST INTERACTIONS

 Sculpture Garden

Conversation with the Artist: René Küng
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10 a.m.-Noon (100-10-25-14)

Acclaimed Swiss artist René Küng will talk about his work, life as an artist, and views about nature during “Conversation with the Artist." Music in nature is a vital theme in Küng’s work, as underscored in “Stone Harp (Euridice and Orpheus)” and “Stone Arch," two pieces joining his other works at the Harrison Sculpture Garden this autumn. Along with French artist Antoine Poncet’s “Fugue Procession,” this installation completes the world-class Harrison Sculpture Garden of 26 works, generously donated by philanthropists Alfred Harrison and Ingrid Lenz Harrison of Wayzata. This is a rare opportunity to hear insights and stories about his work set within the glorious autumn season at the Arboretum. Coffee and light refreshments are included in this special event. MacMillan Auditorium.

Register
$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
SCULPTURE GARDEN TOURS

 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
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Register  $99 members/$115 non-members, 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 Fall/Winter 2014-2015 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.