Keeping Chickens: The Chicken AND the Egg! (150-01-11-14)Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Learning CenterTanya Bailey, MSW, LICSW, Animal-Assisted Interaction Program Specialist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Backyard chicken coops are springing up everywhere, and you're ready to join in the fun. Bring this fascinating aspect of urban agriculture to your home with guidance from long-term chicken keeper Tanya Bailey. Tanya will reveal the best breeds and shelters for an urban setting, where to obtain your chicks, and what to have ready and to expect when you're...expecting! Find out what to do for chicken illness, injury and backyard safety. Learn tricks and short cuts for the best watering, feeding, and care for your brood. Discuss the joys of keeping chickens, and realize that the benefits will be more than just fresh eggs. Leave with shelter designs, lists of breeds, and other resources-just in time for ordering your flock!
$40 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Pruning Essentials for the Health of Your Trees and Shrubs (150-02-22-14)Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Learning CenterJeffrey L. Johnson, expert horticulturist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Winter is the time to learn when to be the best friend of your shrubs and trees. Proper pruning of your shrubs and trees now helps to ensure their long-term health and productivity. In this class, you will learn the latest theories and practical applications for pruning and training from expert Arboretum landscape gardener Jeffrey Johnson. Address issues of fruit production, tree longevity optimization, maintenance minimization, ease of harvest, and pesticide applications. Weather permitting, you will spend time in the collections for outdoor demonstrations and practice sessions. Be prepared to work with hand pruners, handsaws, pole saws, loppers, and spreaders. All materials provided.
$38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Growing Grapes in Minnesota (150-03-01-14)Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Horticulture Reseach CenterJohn and Jenny Thull, Vineyard managers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Welcome to the vineyard! Join vineyard keepers at the University of Minnesota's Horticulture Research Center where cold-climate grape history is being made! Delve into the winding journey of cold climate grapes and find out about how University of Minnesota varieties are creating such excitement in the wine making industry. There are grapes for eating and grapes for making wine, and you'll discover which are best for your garden and table. Learn which cultivars to grow, how to grow them, what to do about diseases and pests, and more. You'll head into the vineyard to learning about pruning techniques during this critical time for vines. Take home your own cutting of a cold hardy grape vine to plant this spring!
$40 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission (can visit after class) and cutting of cold-hardy grape vine
Each Science of Gardening class is designed to be valuable on its own. When bundled together, all four classes will give you the foundation of skills and understanding to take your gardening to the next level! The classes are designed to make sense of the sometimes daunting college-level science of plants, making lessons accessible to a full range of skill levels. Through a combination of hands-on lab and classroom presentation, you will take home your “experiments” and be ready to embark on additional projects. Classes in this series are appropriate for ability levels from new gardeners to master gardeners, hobbyists, professionals, and students looking to bolster their college science savvy. With Jim Calkins, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and former U of M Horticulture instructor
The Science of Gardening: Plants from Plants—Seeds (150-01-25-14)Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Learning Center
Understand the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more. Work with experienced horticulturist Jim Calkins, an acclaimed expert in propogation, to de-mystify how to use seeds to grow your plants. Take home several seed-based promises for spring growth.
The Science of Gardening: More Plants from Plants—Cuttings (150-02-01-14)Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Learning Center
You can successfully create a new plant from another plant, if you know what you're doing! Learn from expert horticulturist Jim Calkins to learn how to propagate plants asexually (without seeds) using a variety of fascinating techniques. Through Jim's clear and easy-to-understand presentation, you will learn how to prepare cuttings and layers, and the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. You will then take what you've learned and immediately put it into practice in the Learning Center's greenhouse and take home a personal "greenhouse-in-a-pot" that will hopefully be the start of many new plants for your home and garden. All materials provided.
The Science of Gardening: Even More Plants from Plants—Grafting (150-02-08-14)Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Learning Center
Grafting is one of the more mysterious and difficult methods of plant propagation. In this class you will learn all about the different methods of grafting and why some grafts work and some don't. You will then have the opportunity to immediately apply what you've learned in the Learning Center greenhouse by practicing grafting techniques and making a number of grafts. This will be a great opportunity to try your hand at grafting and take home the results! All materials provided.
The Science of Gardening: It's All About the Soil (150-02-15-14)Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Learning Center
If you know your soil, you will know your garden and yard and have a greener thumb. Make this your best growing season yet, from the soil up! Work with horticulturist and acclaimed Arboretum instructor Jim Calkins to learn the essentials of the earth in which you grow your plants. You'll be surprised by what you learn and how much you didn’t know. What are the components of soil? What lives in it? What do you need to do to enhance and manage your soil to grow better plants? What about watering, compost, and mulch? Although optional for this class, everyone should have their soil tested; consider having your soil tested prior to class for additional insight. (See testing information and fees online.)
Savor the satisfaction of growing your own food. Skills learned in these classes can be applied to almost any living environment, from an urban yard to a deck or patio! Each Grow Food in Any Space class is designed to be valuable on its own. When bundled together for a full-day intensive, both classes will give you everything you need to bring fresh garden produce to your plate year-round. With Tim Kenny, Director of Arboretum Education and horticulturist
Grow Lights: Jump Start Your Gardening! (150-01-18-14-01)Saturday, January 18, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Learning Center
Learn how use grow lights to maximize your growing season. With the use of a simple, book-case-sized grow light structure, you can produce a year-round source of herbs and salad greens. Expert horticulturalist Tim Kenny will provide his best grow-light structure design, his favorite places to purchase materials, and will reveal his favorite plants to grow in such a way. He'll even outline the potential cost savings in starting your plants from seed with grow lights. You'll head home with information you can put to action right away.
It's in the Bag! Creating Your Pop-Up Garden of Edibles (150-01-18-14)Saturday, January 18, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Learning Center
Don’t let space, time or bad soil limit gardening hopes! Whether you're a beginning or experienced gardener, pop-up gardens offer new levels of enjoyment to growing plants. Learn which plants are best suited to a small configuration. Explore combinations to provide beauty and food in less than a four-foot circle of space! The "bag" approach to gardening brings the joy of growing plants to countless settings, from a balcony to a schoolyard. Expert horticulturalist Tim Kenny provides the essentials of pop-up gardening, reveals his favorite plants to grow in such a way, and shares a recipe or two of some tasty veggies you can harvest from your own garden-in-a-bag.
Create a yard and garden that provides more rewards for your labor. Through native and low maintenance plants, the right plant selection for your particular needs and growing conditions, and real-life illustrations of fabulous design, your yard and garden will produce beauty, environmental benefits, and a lot of good food. This new series includes sessions valuable on their own, but when bundled together, will give you all the skills needed to completely transform your growing practices. You will have the opportunity to stay connected with faculty and fellow class members as you test and try your new approaches.
Sustainable Perennials (150-03-08-14)Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Learning CenterJulia Bohnen, acclaimed horticulturist who was instrumental in the creation of the Arboretum's Spring Peeper Meadow Restoration.
Increase the diversity and beauty of your landscape with a sustainably designed perennial garden. Work with renowned horticulturist Julia Bohnen, who will share the wisdom of her extensive experience gardening with native plant species. She will show you her favorites, and guide you in making the best plant choices for your own setting. Along with how to make plant choices for your garden, you will identify techniques that make the perennial garden more sustainable. Through illustrated presentation and discussion, you'll focus on native and non-invasive perennials that provide benefits beyond aesthetics.
Sustainable Trees and Shrubs (150-03-15-14)Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Learning CenterJulia Bohnen, acclaimed horticulturist who was instrumental in the creation of the Arboretum's Spring Peeper Meadow Restoration.
Trees and shrubs play a leading role in the creation of a truly sustainable yard and garden. You will discuss tree and shrubs you already have in your current landscape, and explore varieties that add dimension and beauty to your setting. Explore how to use trees and shrubs effectively in sustainably designed plantings. Learn how sustainable landscapes reduce your time and commitment and benefit the environment by using fewer limited resources. You will learn how trees and shrubs can make your home more sustainable, too, by modifying the environment around the home.
Sustainable Edible Landscape (150-03-22-14)Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Learning CenterEmily Tepe, Horticultural research associate at the University of Minnesota and author of "The Edible Landscape"
Create a landscape that tastes as good as it looks! You will discover how to create the edible landscape with a variety of plants, from traditional to the unusual. Instructor Emily Tepe believes it's unfair that tomatoes, kale and their savory companions are so often relegated to a hidden corner of the garden. And she advocates for a glorious blending of fruit bearing plants for a symphony of colors, textures, and the rewarding flavors. Be inspired to grow more than your own food, no matter how small your space, and do so in a way that is spectacular! Tepe's book will be available for sale and signing after class.
Sustainable Lawns and Turf (150-03-29-14)Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Learning CenterSam Bauer, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension
Are you ready to give up serving your tyrannical lawn with what seems to be constant watering, chemical treatments, and mowing? There are many alternatives to those traditional Kentucky blue grass varieties! Learn about the benefits in creating a sustainable lawn and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices. Examine plant specimens from the greenhouse and learn to identify them. You will also discuss the best practical products to use for fertilizer, seed, and pest control, and even touch on other possible ground covers.
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 Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Learn Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.
Questions? Call 952-443-1422 or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu