Botanical Design & Crafts
Classes & Workshops

Flowers and natural materials inspire botanical creations

Rebecca's Bird Gardens

Make a Grapevine Wreath Bird Bath

Saturday, April 21
9:30 a.m. - noon

Reba Berge, Owner: A Precious Petals Florist, floral designer, graduate of North Dakota State University

Hanging grapevine bird baths are attractive and practical! This eco-friendly project is a great way to create bird baths for birds to drink from and to take a dip in. All birds will appreciate this additional water source and you will be happy with its natural look and feel in your garden all season long. You can hang it from a tree or shepherd hook in any outdoor space. Materials provided will be grapevine, a hanger, permanent saucer, artificial berries, seeded eucalyptus, other permanent botanicals, and an "S" hook to hang the bird bath.
Limit 30, Bee Center

$75 member/$90 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

photo Dwight Sipler/Flikr


A Living Herb Wreath to Grow and Use

Select a session

Wednesday, April 25 (150-04-25-18)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 SOLD OUT
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Mary Beth Gullickson, Cedar Brook Garden Center, Horticulture Major in floral culture and landscape design.

Capture the magic of spring with a colorful, living wreath that is a symbol of great gardening, creativity and imagination. Display it on the deck or patio where it is easily accessible from the kitchen area and benefit from clipping fresh herbs from your wreath for cooking all season along. All materials are included for the wreath including an 18" wire base, soil, sphagnum moss and the plants. Makes a great Mother's Day gift!
BRING TO CLASS: pruning shears and optional gloves.
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$65 member/$80 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Sold out, register for the April 25 session, above

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (150-05-09-18)
$65 member/$80 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

photo Gergely Hideg/Flickr 

Create-Your-Own Kokedama: A Drop-in Mini Workshop 

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Are you interested in enhancing your "Origami in the Garden" exhibit experience? Drop by the Great Hall Balcony on select Saturday afternoons for a mini workshop! Kokedama is a Japanese variant of bonsai, in which live moss is essentially used as a container for another plant. These moss balls can hold many types of houseplants, from ferns to orchids. They are equally beautiful displayed on a table or suspended by your window and are easy to care for. Join Arboretum staff to learn more about this unique display technique, and then follow along step-by-step in creating your own kokedama to take home. 

The drop-in workshop will take a half hour or less and you can arrive anytime within the time frames listed below. 

$15 fee per 4" kokedama and includes a helpful care sheet. Does not include Arboretum admission.

First come first served- limit 12 participants at a time.


Same-Day Walk-In
Walk-in and pay in person at the project location

Reserve Online
Pre-Register your spot online (select from options belo) by 9am Friday prior to session and come any time between 2 and 4pm


Saturday, May 12
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 90 total, 12 participants at a time, Picnic Shelter Area by the Learning Center


Saturday, June 9
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony


Saturday, July 14
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony


Saturday, September 15
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 

Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony


Saturday, October 13
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per Kokedama 
Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center - Visitor Center Balcony

photo: Valerie/Flikr 

Birdcage Succulent Planter 

Thursday, May 17
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Theresa Mieseler, Mieseler, Herb Grower and Consultant, Shady Acres Herb Farm

We're obsessed with succulents! They require little water and can be planted almost anywhere. With little more than succulents, a birdcage (old or new), sphagnum moss and soil, you can add a unique, whimsical splash of greenery to your garden. Class will include an overview of succulents, proper care and maintenance, and then enjoy filling your birdcage with delightful succulents selected by Theresa. Take your completed birdcage home to hang outdoors in your garden or on your patio. You can even keep the door open and watch the black capped chickadees perch on it! Bring your own birdcage to class, preferably one that opens from the top, measuring 14" or less in height and 10" in diameter. Birdcages can be found in vintage shops, garage sales, on, eBay, Craigslist,, Michaels stores (call first to check) and,, to name a few. All supplies are provided except the birdcage.

BRING TO CLASS: your birdcage, pruning shears and optional gardening gloves. 

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except for birdcage 

Photo: mm 201/Shutterstock 

Plant a Window Box of Herbs 

Wednesday, May 23
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Mary Beth Gullickson, Cedar Brook Garden Center, horticulture Major in floral culture and landscape design. 

Here's an easy way to garden even without a garden: Grow a good supply of tasty herbs in a window box! Filled with herbs, these containers are welcome partners for the kitchen, so you'll want to keep it nearby! Spend the evening creating and planting a movable garden using a window box--perfect for the balcony or an outdoor table. Receive care tips from a professional, and fill your window box with edible flowers and herbs including basil, rosemary, and thyme. Plants and planting materials will be provided, but not the containers. 

Your own favorite container, clay or plastic, measuring approximately 20"x8"
12" pot (make sure it has drainage holes), either clay or plastic
pruning shears, garden gloves (optional).

24" plastic window boxes will be available for purchase at the class for  $15.99

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


Make Your Own Fairy Garden 

Thursday, June 7
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Noelle Mortensen, Southview Garden Center, Owner

Enjoy gardening in miniature! Once you've mastered the art, you can continue the fun at home as you explore nature and engage your imagination. Noelle is an expert in the fairy world since she has been conducting fairy classes and festivals for many years. She will walk you through the basics of making and caring for a fairy garden, then guide you step-by-step as you make a garden of your own. Included in the fee will are the raw materials you need to make a 12" diameter container fairy garden, including miniature plants and garden accessories. With proper care your fairy garden will continue to grow and last a long time enjoyed outdoors on the deck or a patio table. See link for all that is included in this fairy garden project! As an option there will be fairies for sale and if you choose to do so you can purchase your own fairy ($9.99). 
Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

BRING TO CLASS: your own favorite fairy garden container, clay or plastic, measuring approximately 12" (make sure it has drainage holes)

SUGGESTED (optional): pruning shears, garden gloves, trinkets, fairies, or other miniature accents from your own collection

View included materials

$65 member/$80 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies except for the container ($9.99 fairy purchase optional)

Frank Meuschke

Japanese Sogetsu Ikebana

Saturday, June 23
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Yoshie Suzuki Babcock, Head of Minneapolis St. Paul Sogetsu Study Group

No experience required
Explore the meditative, artistic Sogetsu School style of flower arrangement as you create a unique design to take home and enjoy long after class concludes. This revered art form brings a sense of serenity along with an appreciation of Japanese artistic expression. Come away with new skills to capture nature in a one-of-a-kind floral sculpture. Before or after class, you are invited to enjoy a walk in the Arboretum's Japanese Garden to immerse yourself in Japanese plant aesthetics and/or explore the "Origami in the Garden" exhibit to enhance your appreciation Japanese-inspired art.

SUGGESTED: Bring your own garden/flower scissors to cut materials.

Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$69 member/$89 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all take-home supplies including seasonal floral materials, a suiban-style vase, and genuine Japanese Kenzan (needle holder) to take home

Don Olson

Floral Foraging: Creating Arrangements from Local Sources

Saturday, July 21
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Co-owners, Bloomfield Floral Designs

It's the peak of bloom-time in your garden; so ditch those high carbon-footprint exotic flowers from the grocery store in favor of local, more sustainable blooms! Join other floral aficionados for a class on Minnesota cut flowers- from the ground up! Robin Trott, owner and grower at Prairie Garden Farm, will start by discussing her local cut flower business, and share a few tips and tricks for growing your own. Then you will learn how to create spontaneous, innovative arrangements from your own backyard, while working with Channing and Nina of Bloomfield Floral Design, and cut material from Prairie Garden Farm and the Arboretum! Flowers may include amaranthus, bells of Ireland, zinnias, and celosia, but will depend on the season. You will leave with new ideas to enjoy your garden's blooms, a comprehensive handout, and a vibrant summer table arrangement (~24" long x 18" wide) in a container to keep.

SUGGESTED: gloves, floral snips, and a box to carry the arrangement home in.

Limit 24, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

$89 member/$105 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Linda Conroy

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn

Friday, August 24
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, educator for 20 years, speaker throughout the U.S.

Gain a greater appreciation for native natural materials, and the artistry by which they are transformed into baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket with a variety of natural materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels- Linda will provide plenty of individualized attention to ensure you succeed. You will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. You will leave with a completed coiled ~5" diameter basket, and the skills to make more baskets at home. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own to class or dine in the Arboretum Cafe. 

BRING FROM HOME: small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses (if needed), bag lunch (optional).

Limit 20, Snyder Building - Tea Room 

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies except those noted above 



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