Floral Design
Classes & Workshops


Ikebana

Japanese Sogetsu Ikebana (125-09-16-17)
Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Sensei Yoshie Suzuki Babcock and her Minneapolis-St. Paul Sogetsu Study Group, in conjunction with the Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition at the MN Landscape Arboretum September 9 and 10th, 2017 we are pleased to announce a rare opportunity to enjoy the centuries-old Japanese art of Ikebana from Sensei Yoshie Suzuki Babcock.

LEVEL: Introductory/Beginner
Explore the meditative, artistic Sogetsu School style of flower arrangement as you unique create a 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. All take-home supplies included: seasonal floral materials, a suiban-style vase, and Kenzan (needle holder) to take home. SUGGESTED: Bring your own garden/flower scissors to cut materials and a box to bring your creation home.
Limit 30, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off your total order! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials (valued at $40) 

rustic fall
photo Todd Mulvihill 

This program features wine tastes!

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Rustic Fall Arrangement (200-09-28-17)
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Where better than the Arboretum to learn the art of floral design while sampling local wine? Join Nina and Channing, of Bloomfield Floral Designs, to learn how to capture wistfulness and wildness of fall in a beautiful autumnal arrangement. Start the class with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as instruction begins. Nina and Channing will guide you through the basics of creating a low, wide arrangement through use of a grid, including care and prepping of flowers, color composition and unique palettes, plus natural floral arranging techniques. Then roll up your sleeves and begin creating! You will leave with a gorgeous arrangement including 20 blooms plus autumn fruits in dusky pinks, pale oranges, and bronze- as well as the skills needed to create more in the future.
SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off your total order! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $89 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one medium-sized arrangement
 

 Ice Globe
Jennifer Shea Hedberg 

Ice Globe: Uniquely Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece (125-11-16-17)
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, "The Ice Wrangler" and founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist and author whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice creations.

Level: For All Ages - 16 and up!
Discover the magic of ICE! Make this unique centerpiece for Thanksgiving using all natural materials! The glitter and sparkle of illuminated ice surrounded by flowers and greens make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind centerpiece that will last through your Thanksgiving festivities with no mess. You will leave with a finished centerpiece including an ice globe and seasonal botanicals to keep for yourself or give as an extra special hostess gift. The skills you learn will allow you to make more memorable pieces for inside and out in the months to come. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up).
Limit 30, Learning Center

REGISTER $59 member/$82 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies ($30 value)
 

pineappls
Theresa Mieseler 

Williamsburg Pineapple Centerpieces (200-12-09-17)
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. - Noon 
Theresa Mieseler, Arboretum Horticulture and Botanical Workshop Specialist, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm

Pineapples can be found on doorknockers, in foyers, and on welcome mats... they have been a symbol of hospitality for centuries. Learn more about their history and symbolism, while also making a cheerful centerpiece to greet your holiday dinner guests in style. Theresa will begin with a history of this tradition, straight from Colonial Williamsburg. You will then watch and participate, step by step, as Theresa leads you in creating a beautiful 18th-century centerpiece using fresh evergreens, boxwood, ivy, crabapples, small cones, ribbon and a fresh pineapple. Please bring a pruning shears and a pair of gardening gloves to this session.
SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off your total order! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies to make one centerpiece
 

holiday wreathe


This program features wine tastes!

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Holiday Wreath Making (200-12-07-17)
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Come to the Arboretum to create a show-stopping holiday wreath and sample local wines! You will begin with a quick introduction to local wines, then sip and snack as Nina and Channing instruct you in how to prep the foliage and elements for the wreath, wreath construction techniques, and how to use unique natural elements for holiday decor beyond pinecones and holly. Then it's time to begin creating your masterpiece from silvery materials such as fir, cotton bolls, lunaria and snow berries. You will go home with a beautiful creation perfect for welcoming holiday visitors, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future. A fun annual tradition! SUGGESTED: Bring gloves and pruners, and a box to bring your creation home.
Limit 36, Bee Center

COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off your total order! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $89 members/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, wine tasting and light appetizers, and all supplies for one grapevine-based wreath
 


Photo Nina Wiskus

This program features wine tastes!

Wine and The Art of Floral Design: Floral Crown Workshop(200-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Nina Wiskus and Channing Baker, Bloomfield Floral Designs

Enjoy some pre-Valentine's Day fun with a friend or two by learning the on-trend art of flower crowns. These deceptively simple arrangements are not just for little girls, but are a valuable skill to have for parties, gifts, or a fun way to celebrate the floral bounty of the garden later in the year. Begin with a quick introduction to some local wines, and sip and snack as Nina and Channing talk about the process and demonstrate the methods. Then gather flowers such as jasmine, waxflower and ranunculus to begin creating your own crown, with hands-on assistance from the instructors. You'll leave with a beautiful crown to wear or display at home, plus the skills needed to make more in the future. SUGGESTED: bring a box to safely bring your creation home
Limit 36, Bee Center
$65 members/$75 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies
COUPON: Register for three or more Floral Arranging classes and receive $20 off your total order! Use coupon code 20OFF 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.
register $65 members/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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