Botanical Design & Crafts
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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" experience? Drop by the Great Hall Balcony on select Saturday afternoons for a mini 30-minutes-or-less 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 workshop will take a half hour or less and you can arrive at any of the times 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.

PURCHASE OPTIONS: 

Same-Day Walk-In
Walk-in and pay in person at the project location.
Sessions start at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
First come first served- limit 12 participants at a time.

Reserve Online
Pre-Register your 30-minute time slot online by 9am Friday prior to the workshop and arrive at workshop at your chosen time.

(150-09-15-18)
Saturday, September 15
Select a 30-minute timeslot at checkout:
Sessions start at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
$15 per Kokedama 
Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center
register
(150-10-13-18)
Saturday, October 13
Select a 30-minute timeslot at checkout:
Sessions start at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
$15 per Kokedama 
Does not include Arboretum admission
Limit 60, 12 participants at a timeOswald Visitor Center
register

 

Create Your Own Fall Container

150-09-08-18
Saturday, September 8, 2018
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Heidi Heiland, CEO: Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens and Heidi's GrowHaus, Professional Master Gardener, Certified Professional with the MNLA

Your containers greet friends and family to your home all year round- how do you make sure they're looking their seasonal best in autumn, after your summer plants start to tire? Join Heidi Heiland to learn the latest trends for fall planting. You will learn tips and tricks of container gardening including design, preparation and management. Then roll up your sleeves and begin repotting your own container (~14", or liners will be available for purchase) with a creative selection of cool season plants such as flowering kale, snapdragons, herbs, sedge and more! You'll leave with a beautiful finished container (or liner to place in your container at home), plus fascinating ideas for trying new tips and techniques with future containers! Bring garden gloves if desired.
Bring from home:
Your own decorative container (approx 14"), or simple liners will be available for purchase in-class.

Limit 25Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

ONE CONTAINER
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies to plant a 14" container

TWO CONTAINERS
$110 member/$140 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies to plant two 14" containers



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Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Natural Winter Container

150-11-17-18-02
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn how to make your own spruce top pot to festoon your porch or deck this winter. After a fun botanical introduction to evergreens, you'll learn the basic recipe for making a spruce top pot as Laura walks you through each step. You'll enjoy the festive atmosphere while working alongside others, and stretch your creativity while adding unique botanical touches such as dogwood, willow, cones, and berries! You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more spruce top pots in the future. All supplies are included in the fee for one or two (see registration options) 14" liner(s) that you can place in a decorative pot when you get home. Dress for sap! 

BRING: gloves, pruners, a garbage bag and a mallet

NOTE: Consider making enough space in your vehicle to bring the container(s) home; bring a tarp or a garbage bag to protect your car.

TIP: Pair this workshop with the Wreath and/or Garland Workshops for a full day (and home!) of Make-and-Take Evergreen projects

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more select classes
Register for (2) or more Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

ONE CONTAINER
$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

TWO CONTAINERS
$149 member/$159 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Winter Wonders Wreath

150-11-17-18
Saturday, November 17, 2018
noon - 2 p.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Where better to create a show-stopping evergreen wreath than an Arboretum? Laura will introduce you to the unique properties that make evergreens so well-suited for winter outdoor display, then show you the steps to creating a full, botanically diverse wreath on a wire frame. You'll enjoy the festive atmosphere while working alongside others, and stretch your creativity while adding unique botanical touches such as cones, pods, fruit, and perhaps even citrus! You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more wreaths in the future. All supplies are included in the fee for a ~14" diameter wreath (varies slightly based on the wreath maker).

BRING: gloves and pruners, a garbage bag to safely transport your wreath, and dress for sap!

TIP: Pair this workshop with the Natural Winter Container and/or Garland Workshops for a full day (and home!) of Make-and-Take Evergreen projects

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more select classes
Register for (2) or more Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take: Six-Foot Decorative Garland

150-11-17-18-01
Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Add a welcoming touch to your doorway, mantle, or stairway by making your own evergreen garland. Laura will begin discussing the unique properties that make evergreens so well suited for winter outdoor display, and the challenges and solutions for bringing them inside. You'll then learn how to make a garland through step-by-step instruction. You'll enjoy the festive atmosphere and chance to use your creativity as you select from a diversity of botanical materials. You will go home with a beautiful creation that will welcome visitors throughout the holiday season, and the skills needed to make more garlands in the future. All supplies are included in the fee for a 6-foot garland.

BRING: gloves and pruners, one or two garbage bags to safely transport your garland, and dress for sap!
TIP: Pair this workshop with the Natural Winter Container and/or Wreath Workshops for a full day (and home!) of Make-and-Take Evergreen projects

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more select classes
Register for (2) or more Seasonal Evergreen Make-and-Take classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 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.

$89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

 


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