Gardening & Horticulture Classes
General Gardening ClassesGeneral Gardening Classes

 The Power of Balance  

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden 
Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. - noon OR 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

Back by popular demand! Turn rocks pulled from a garden plot into works of art and garden features. Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl's magical and exquisite balanced stone sculptures will dazzle you. He will demonstrate how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps to create your own balanced rock sculpture. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act at home in your garden and elsewhere. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

register Sold out. Register for the 8/22 session, below!
9:30 a.m. - noon 
(200-05-30-15)
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 
 
Register Sold out. Register for the 8/22 session, below! 
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 creative summer containers

 

Creative Summer Container with Flowers and Herbs (200-06-04-15)
Thursday, June 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

Perfect for a small garden, patio or balcony, containers can be easily moved to create new displays so this year why not try something new! Learn about plant varieties, soil types, containers, watering, fertilizing and care. Create a container garden of herbs and flowers for yourself or a perhaps for a friend. This is an easy way to get someone interested in gardening, and when you share your love of gardening, you are giving someone a gift that offers a lifetime of enjoyment. Herbs and flower plants, soil mix, container and a handout will be provided--along with loads of inspiration. Limit 30, Learning Center

register $60 member/$72 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

 eat your flowers
Photo Credit: June Marie Sobrito
 

Eat Your Flowers (200-08-06-15)
Thursday, August 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

With gardens blooming in the warm summer months, it's a great time to experiment with edible flowers! Edible flowers make everything tasty and eye appealing to eat and you'll relish learning how to use them in appetizers, salads, entrees, drinks and desserts. How about some nasturtiums--which have a peppery flavor similar to watercress and their seed pods can be pickled and used in place of capers. Or maybe a salad with blue borage, which tastes like cucumber, with pansies, which have a lettuce flavor. From salads, teas, garnishes and sorbets, learn about which edible flowers to grow that will brighten up the flavors from your kitchen. We'll prepare culinary delights with flowers for tasting. Limit 30, Learning Center

register $39 member/$51 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and light sample-sized tastes 

 The Power of Balance  

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden 
Saturday, August 22, 9:30 a.m. - noon OR 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

Back by popular demand! Turn rocks pulled from a garden plot into works of art and garden features. Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl's magical and exquisite balanced stone sculptures will dazzle you. He will demonstrate how to balance three or more rocks in seemingly impossible fashion without the aid of bolts, duct tape, or glue. Then he'll guide you through the steps to create your own balanced rock sculpture. You'll never look at stones in the same way again. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act at home in your garden and elsewhere. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

register 9:30 a.m. - noon (200-08-22-15)
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

Register 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. (200-08-22-15-02)
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 lemon herbs
Photo Credit: Barney Bishop (Flikr)
 

Lemon Herbs - For the Body and Soul (200-09-12-15)
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

It is difficult in Minnesota for us to grow a lemon tree--but we can have lemon scent and flavor in our garden by planting lemon scented herbs such as lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemon basil and lemon verbena as well as unique lesser known varieties. Learn about the myriad varieties and tips for selection, care and maintenance of these "lemon" herbs. Next, discover how they can be harvested and used in just about any culinary dish from tea to seafood, pesto and dessert. You'll even learn how lemon herbs can be used to create a spa-like experience for the body. Aromatic lemon herbs are always welcome at any time year and are a must for both the cook and gardener! Samples of herbal treats will be served. Limit 30, Learning Center

register $39 member/$51 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, light sample-sized tastes of herbal treats, and lemon bath melts

 The Power of Balance  

Stone Balance Master Class: Intermediate to Advanced (200-09-12-15-02)
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist

New, by request! Take your rock balancing to the next level. You'll increase your confidence and skills with additional rocks, new base configurations, and an intermediate level of instruction. Prerequisite: The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden or equivalent novice balancing experience. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class.)  Includes Arboretum admission, Limit 24

register $42 member/$55 non-member, 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 view the Spring/Summer 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.