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 plant walkaboutPhoto credit: Don Olson

 

 

Plant Walkabout: The Winter Perspective (150-02-27-16)
Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Jim Calkins, a landscape and production horticulturist, is the Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association as well as a former University of Minnesota instructor

When you purchase plants, especially perennials, garden center staff always assure you that they will add "winter interest" - dogwood stems will turn red, grasses will produce gorgeous seeds.... But how do you know whether such plants will actually enhance the view from your kitchen window or just disappear under yet another snowdrift? Come take a walk with Jim, who will guide you around the Arboretum in winter and show you exactly what your woody and herbaceous, flowering and fruiting plants will look like once they've lost their leaves and blossoms. Jim will also explain what steps you can take during the growing season to help them look their best in winter. Dress for the weather! Limit 15, meet 2nd floor Classroom in the Snyder Visitor Center  

register $41 members/$55 non-members, includes Arboretum admission 

stone balance

read an article about Peter Juhl in Midwest Living Magazine

Watch a clip about Peter Juhl in Kare11 Land of 10,000 Stories with Boyd Huppert

View a photo gallery of Peter Juhl's Work in the Star Tribune

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden (200-­2-­27­-16)
Saturday, February 27 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-02-27-16)
Learning Center - Tree Place
OR
Saturday, May 21 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16)
Visitor Center
OR
Saturday, July 30 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16) 
Visitor Center
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic, but is closer to meditation or art. Peter will show you 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 of "coaxing a rock into position" using principles of physics (and some patience) to create your own sculpture. You'll leave grounded, refreshed, and able to repeat your balancing act in your own garden. You'll never look at stones in the same way again! This workshop is designed for adults; because a general understanding of gravity and physics is discussed, suggested minimum age for this class is 12. An assortment of practice rocks will be available to use during class. Limit 24, Snyder Auditorium

register This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist and/or register for a different session, below!
Saturday, February 27 9:30 a.m. - Noon 
(100-02-27-16)
Learning Center - Tree Place
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
 includes Arboretum admission
 
 
register Saturday, May 21 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-05-21-16)
Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
register Saturday, July 30 9:30 a.m. - Noon (100-07-30-16) 
Visitor Center
$42 member/$55 non-­member,
 includes Arboretum admission

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Plant a Miniature Fairy Garden (150-03-05-16)
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

class cancelled $80 members/$95 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and class supplies for one fairy garden 


 

Pollinator Friendly Gardening
Meet the Author: Rhonda Fleming Hayes

Thursday, April 7th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join us for an evening to celebrate Rhonda Hayes and her powerful gift that will change gardens everywhere! Award-winning garden writer and columnist for the Star Tribune, Rhonda Fleming Hayes inspires gardeners of all levels to contribute to the growing pollinator movement through her latest book, "Pollinator Friendly Gardening". A vibrant, all-purpose instrument, gardeners will treasure it as both as a resource and a sonnet to our friends the pollinators. Hayes encourages gardeners through valuable plant lists for specific species, scientific experts Q & A, habitat essentials and gives hope to a changing world. No matter the size of your garden or the location of your sunlight, Hayes gives you the tools to make a difference through this groundbreaking book. 
Limit 200, Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium 

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$10 Member/$22 Non-Member Registration, includes Arboretum admission 


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The Chicken And The Egg: Backyard Chicken-Keeping Basics (850-04-16-16)
Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lindsey Zemanek, Nature-Based Therapeutics: Animal Assisted Interactions Specialist, chicken keeper, mental health practitioner

Level: Novice to Beginner chicken keepers of all ages (Children under 16 should register with an adult at the duo rate)
Backyard chicken coops are springing up everywhere, are you ready to join in the fun? The Arboretum's Nature-Based Therapeutic Services program offers this class as a way to teach you how chickens can enhance your relationship to the food you eat...and bring you joy in the process! In this class you will discuss the joys of keeping chickens, and realize that the benefits will be more than just fresh eggs. Here you will learn what chicken-keeping entails through examples, handouts and images of 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! During this informative presentation, find out what to do for chicken illness, injury and backyard safety. Learn tricks, shortcuts and examples for the best watering, feeding, and care for your brood. Leave with shelter designs, lists of breeds, and other resources-just in time for ordering your flock. You'll leave feeling prepared and confident to begin keeping chickens in your backyard!
NOTE: Many Minnesota cities allow backyard chickens, including Minneapolis, St Paul, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Shakopee, Richfield, Eagan and many others. Check with your local city government for restrictions, ordinances and permits.
Limit 25, Learning Center

register INDIVIDUAL: $32 member/$44 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and handouts
DUO: $51 member/$70 non-member, includes class registration + Arboretum admission for 2 people and handouts (all participants must register, regardless of age)

 Earth Day 2016: Getting to the Root of Water Conservation  

Earth Day at the Arboretum
Getting to the Root of Water Conservation
Friday, April 22nd, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn about wise watering practices for a healthy planet, starting with your own backyard.
Limit 140, Snyder Auditorium  

register

$15 member
$20 Master Gardener/Master Naturalist/Master Water Steward
$25 non-members
all fees include Arboretum admission 


bee lawns
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Bee Lawns: How to Have an Insect Haven in your Lawn (150-08-20-16)
Saturday, August 20, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

In honor of the new Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center, join Professor Mary Meyer in an interactive discussion and "how to get started" tutorial for Minnesotans who would like to make their yard a more welcoming place for beneficial pollinators...and humans, too! Class will feature 1 hour of informational lecture including topics such as biodiversity, location, grass selection, flowering plants that provide pollen, herbicide and pesticide use, mowing and maintenance practices, and how to make your lawn more resistant to disease, insect or drought damage. Then class will move out to view the Arboretum's Bee Lawn with commentary, insights and insider stories from Dr. Meyer, who was instrumental in its creation. You'll leave inspired and ready to take actionable steps towards a lawn that the pollinators will love and the neighbors will envy.
Limit 40, Visitor Center

register $29 member/$41 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

Grass  

Grass Identification & Ecology 2-Day Professional Level Workshop (150-08-25-16)
Thursday, August 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. AND Friday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

LEVEL: Advanced students, professionals, and Master Gardeners/Master Naturalists
A crucial component of our planet's biodiversity, grasses make up the fourth largest plant family on earth, with nearly 11,000 different species. Gain professional-level knowledge in this 2-day intensive workshop that will focus on teaching students to identify a multitude of grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape. Being able to identify grasses will enable participants to read the landscape and landscape conditions, including soils, habitat, disturbance and past land uses. This workshop will provide an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study, utilizing the 1,200 acres of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a living laboratory and classroom. Identify warm season grasses in the field and lab, learn specialized terminology and distinguishing features, discuss the ecology of grasses, and practice identifying species from keys. Note that this class will include outdoor time; dress for the weather each day. Students will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the second day of class.
Limit 20, Snyder Building 2nd Floor Classroom
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Bring a water bottle, a hand lens, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for walking over uneven terrain. Bring your own lunch or purchase from the Arboretum Café

register $169 members/$193 non-members, includes Arboretum admission both days
 

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SCIENCE OF PLANT PROPAGATION SERIES

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 knowledge, skills and understanding to transform your gardening capabilities. The classes are designed to make sense of the sometimes daunting college-level science of plants, making lessons accessible to all. 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 a range of abilities, from new gardeners to master gardeners, hobbyists, professionals, and students looking to bolster their college science savvy.


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Science of Plant Propagation: Seeds (150-­01-­23-­16)
Saturday, January 23, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, a landscape and production horticulturist, is the Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association as well as a former University of Minnesota instructor

Understand the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more. Jim will lift the veil of scientific mystery and show you how to grow plants from seeds. Take home several seed-­based promises for spring growth. Limit 24, Learning Center


$41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
  Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4­-class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-member

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Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings (150-­01-­30-­16)
Saturday, January 30, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, a landscape and production horticulturist, is the Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association as well as a former University of Minnesota instructor

Create new plants from existing ones! Jim will show you how to propagate plants asexually (without seeds) using a variety of fascinating techniques. Through his clear and easy­-to-understand presentation, you will learn correct preparation of cuttings and layers, as well as the role of specialized structures in propagating specific plants. Then take what you've learned and immediately put it into practice in the Learning Center's greenhouse. Participants will take home a personal "green-house-­in-­a­pot" that will be the start of many new plants for your home and garden. Limit 24, Learning Center


$41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
  Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4-­class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-member

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Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting (150-­02-­06­-16)
Saturday, February 6, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, a landscape and production horticulturist, is the Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association as well as a former University of Minnesota instructor

Why do some grafts work - and others don't? Grafting remains one of the more mysterious and difficult methods of plant propagation, but with Jim's expert guidance, you will remove the mystery and learn all about the different methods of grafting. You'll have the opportunity to immediately apply what you've learned by practicing techniques to make a number of grafts in the Learning Center greenhouse - and take home the results! Limit 24, Learning Center


$41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
  Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4-­class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-member

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Science of Plant Propagation: Soil (150-­02-­13-­16)
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, a landscape and production horticulturist, is the Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association as well as a former University of Minnesota instructor

Make this your best growing season yet by really knowing and understanding the soil in which you grow your plants. 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? Jim will explain everything you need to know to give your plants the most nourishing environment possible.

Recommended (but optional): Have your soil tested prior to class for additional insight during class. (See testing information and fees online.) Limit 24, Learning Center

Register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Science of Plant Propagation 4-­class bundle: $139 member/$189 non-member

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YOUR SUSTAINABLE YARD SERIES

By growing native and low-maintenance plants, selecting the right plants for your particular needs and growing conditions, and learning from real-life illustrations of fabulous design, your yard and garden will provide greater rewards for your labor: more beauty, environmental benefits, and a lot of good food! This practical series includes five sessions that are valuable on their own, but when bundled together, they will give you all the skills you need to transform your growing practices - and get better, longer lasting results.


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Sustainable Home Fruit Growing 1: Apples (150-­02-­13-­16-02)
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Pete C. Moe, Assistant Director for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Pete will help you convert your own back yard into a "local food" source and incorporate some new flavors at the same time. In this class on apples, he will focus primarily on growing apples for crunch­-filled joy, explaining which varieties perform best, from Wealthy to Honeycrisp, and why dwarf trees are the best choice for home gardeners. Pete will also offer instruction on how to properly plant, prune, and maintain the health of these bounty-­providing plants. Limit 40, Snyder Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5-­class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-­member

 perennials

Sustainable Perennials (150-­02-­20-­16)
Saturday, February 20, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Julia 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. Julia will share the wisdom of her extensive experience gardening with native, non-invasive perennial plant species. Through illustrations and discussion, she will show you her favorite plants and guide you in making the best choices for your own setting. In addition, she will identify techniques to help you make your perennial garden more sustainable, providing benefits beyond aesthetics. Limit 40, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5­-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-­member

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Sustainable Home Fruit Growing 2: Other Tree Fruits, Berries, and Nuts (150­-02-­27-­16)
Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. ­- noon
Karl Foord, Extension Educator, Consumer Horticulture

You'll hardly need to shop for fruit again once you learn how to grow a wide variety of non­apple tree fruits: pears, plums, cherries, apricots and mulberries; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, juneberries, currants, gooseberries, and grapes; and nut­bearing trees and shrubs - hazelnuts, walnuts, butternuts and hickories. You will learn to identify the best species and cultivars and how to prepare planting areas to successfully grow fruits and nuts. Pest control, pruning and winter protection will be covered as well. Limit 40, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5­-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-­member

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Sustainable Trees and Shrubs (150-­03-­05-­16)
Saturday, March 5, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Julia 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 design and creation of a truly sustainable yard and garden. Julia will demonstrate how sustainable landscapes reduce your time commitment and benefit the environment by using fewer limited resources. Together you will discuss the trees and shrubs you already have in your current landscape, and explore the effective use of varieties that add dimension and beauty to your existing setting. You will learn how trees and shrubs can make your home more sustainable, too, by modifying the environment around it. Limit 40, Visitor Center

Register $41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5­-class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-­member

 lawns

Sustainable Lawn & Turf (150-­03-­12-­16) 
Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Sam 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 bluegrass varieties! Examine plant specimens from the greenhouse and learn to identify them. Discuss the best practical products to use for fertilizer, seed, and pest control, and consider other possible ground covers. Learn about the benefits of creating a sustainable lawn, and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices. Limit 40, Visitor Center

register $41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Your Sustainable Yard 5-­class bundle: $154 member/$206 non-­member

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EVOLUTION OF THE ENGLISH GARDEN 3-PART SERIES

Gardens are beautiful sources of inspiration, restoration, and healing that man has endeavored to prefect over the centuries. These "remarkable indicators of civilization" (Bisgrove, 1992) teach us what was and is meaningful to the culture at the time they were made specific to the economic, historical, cultural, social, and political environment. Garden history can help us learn about ourselves, our perception of beauty, our use of resources, our values and relationship with nature, and how this relationship has changed through the centuries.

This 3-part series, presented in University-level lecture format, will be an examination of the garden in England from Medieval times through the Tudor, formal, English landscape, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, and modern movements. English garden styles will be compared and discussed from an historical perspective and in relation to garden development in the United States.


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Evolution of the English Garden: Medieval & Medicinal Gardens, Tudor/Stuart & Formal Gardens (150-04-16-16) 
Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

Dig into the world of English Garden styles! Starting with early examples, this University-lecture format class will take participants on a verdant journey to uncover the cultural, social, political, and environmental factors that influenced the evolution of the English garden (and human culture) throughout history. The first half of this lecture will delve into the intriguing history of early Roman and Moorish gardens, medieval, castle and medicinal gardens. Professor Mary Meyer will discuss and compare medieval and monastery gardens like Queen Eleanor's garden, Winchester; and cloister gardens such as Chelsea Physics garden. The second half of class will dive into an exclusive an in-depth look at Tudor and Elizabethan/Stuart Gardens, providing an understanding of Dutch, Italian and French influences on English gardens.
Limit 60, Snyder Building

Register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save!  Evolution of the English Garden 3-class bundle
$84 member/$112 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Landscape

Evolution of the English Garden: English Landscape Garden (150-04-30-16)
Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

Dig into the world of English Garden styles! With a focus on English Landscape Garden influences, this University-lecture format class will take participants on a verdant journey to uncover the cultural, social, political, and environmental factors that influenced the evolution of the English garden (and human culture) throughout history. The development of the landscape or naturalistic style of garden design that evolved in the 1700's has been recognized as England's most outstanding contribution to the arts. Explore the concept of "improving" nature into a stylized idyllic landscape. Learn more about the definition of an English landscape garden, including the evolution of the early, middle and late styles with examples such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Painshill Park. Class will also discuss how 16 and 17th century English gardens influenced US gardens with respect to values, design and appreciation.
Limit 60, Snyder Building

Waitlist $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save!  Evolution of the English Garden 3-class bundle
$84 member/$112 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Arts and Crafts

Evolution of the English Garden: 19th Century, Victorian Gardens, Arts and Crafts & Modern Gardens (150-05-14-16)
Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. New Time! 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

Dig into the world of English Garden styles! With gardens from the most recent centuries as examples, this University-lecture format class will take participants on a verdant journey to uncover the cultural, social, political, and environmental factors that influenced the evolution of the English garden (and human culture) throughout history. Get introduced to the Arts & Crafts and naturalistic gardening styles developed by British Gertrude Jekyll, Edwin Luytens, and William Robinson with American designers Beatrix Ferrand, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Jens Jensen. The social, political and literary influences that shaped garden styles in England and in the US will also be discussed. Compare and contrast these gardens like Sissinghurst and Hidcote Manor to the newest US garden styles such as the HighLine and Lurie Garden in Chicago.
Limit 60, Snyder Building

Register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save!  Evolution of the English Garden 3-class bundle
$84 member/$112 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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CARNIVOROUS PLANTS CLASSES

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is pleased to announce a "Savage Gardens" exhibit featuring carnivorous and other "dangerous" plants from May through July 2016. There will be larger-than-life statues of carnivorous plants on display which will render viewers bug-size in scale! Four plant-sculptures featured include the American pitcher plant, tropical pitcher plant, sundew and the Venus fly trap.


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Venus Fly Trap: An Hour with the Carnivorous Plant Expert (200-06-11-16)

Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Join the expert for Part One of three lecture-style sessions, providing scientific information and trivia about how and where the specific types of carnivorous plants are found, their unique evolutionary adaptations and varieties, and what systems they employ to lure, trap, and devour prey. Few plants' attributes captivate the imagination more than the rapid trapping mechanism of the Venus fly trap. But did you know that the Venus fly trap, or Dionaea, is only native to North Carolina?! In this one-hour, lecture-style presentation, learn about the unique evolutionary adaptation of its hungry jaws, the multitude of cultivated mutant varieties, and how its magnificent traps function. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Pair this lecture with "Backstage Pass: Carnivorous Plants!" (see below) for a comprehensive experience.
Limit 100, Snyder Building

register $15 members/$27 non-members, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle Bundle And Save! Carnivorous Plants Expert 3-Class Bundle (Venus Fly Trap 6/11, Pitcher Plants 7/9, & Sundew 7/23)
$36 members/$65 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

 Exclusive Access Exclusive Access: Carnivorous Plants!
Saturday, June 11, noon - 1 p.m. (200-06-11-16-02)
OR
Saturday, July 9, noon - 1 p.m. (200-07-09-16-02)

Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

The only chance to get a private, small-group tour of the "Savage Gardens" exhibit in the conservatory. Sign up for this unique chance to go behind-the scenes with a carnivorous plant expert! Join Alex for a walking tour of the live carnivorous plants that are featured in this summer's exhibit, learn fascinating facts, and gain more in-depth knowledge from an expert who is truly passionate about carnivorous plants. As part of the private tour, Alex will share the unique challenges of growing, propagating, and maintaining many varieties of carnivorous plants, and uncover the mysteries behind why we find them so fascinating. This walk-and-talk class will take place in the exhibit itself and feature 1 hour of exclusive access to the Arboretum's conservatory, where a variety of carnivorous plants have been carefully grown and selected to be featured in this exhibit. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Limit 20, Snyder Building: Meyer-Deats Conservatory

register Saturday, June 11, noon - 1 p.m. (200-06-11-16-02)
$29 members/$41 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and Savage Gardens Exhibit Admission

 

register Saturday, July 9, noon - 1 p.m. (200-07-09-16-02)
$29 members/$41 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and Savage Gardens Exhibit Admission

 Pitcher Pitcher Plants: An Hour with the Carnivorous Plant Expert (200-07-09-16)
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Join the expert for Part Two of three lecture-style sessions, providing scientific information and trivia about how and where the specific types of carnivorous plants are found, their unique evolutionary adaptations and varieties, and what systems they employ to lure, trap, and devour prey. Pitcher plants disguise their deadly pitfall traps as stately and colorful vessels that lure insects to their doom. The beauty of these pitchers has captured people's attention since the Victorian era, and continues to do so today. What seems a unique botanical oddity has in fact evolved multiple times as plants sought a ready source of nutrients. In this one-hour, lecture-style presentation, learn about the different types of pitcher plants including those from our own backyard as well as others from remote tropical sites, and the incredible variety of adaptations they employ to obtain the nutrients they seek. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Pair this lecture with "Exclusive Access: Carnivorous Plants!" (see above) for a comprehensive experience.
Limit 100, Snyder Building

register $15 members/$27 non-members, includes Arboretum admission (This program does not include admission to the Savage Gardens Exhibit)
bundle Bundle And Save! Carnivorous Plants Expert 3-Class Bundle (Venus Fly Trap 6/11, Pitcher Plants 7/9, & Sundew 7/23)
$36 members/$65 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

 sundew

Sundew: An Hour with the Carnivorous Plant Expert (200-07-23-16)
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Join the expert for Part Three of three lecture-style sessions, providing scientific information and trivia about how and where the specific types of carnivorous plants are found, their unique evolutionary adaptations and varieties, and what systems they employ to lure, trap, and devour prey. Sundew species, or Drosera, can be found worldwide...in fact, Minnesota is home to four native species of sundews! In this one-hour, lecture-style presentation, hear about the plant that so fascinated Darwin he once said "I care more about Drosera than the origin of all the species in the world." Learn why this sometimes humble, but always astounding plant has become perhaps the most successful group of carnivorous plants on Earth. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. There is no minimum registration age, however, this class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Pair this lecture with "Make-and-Take: Miniature Carnivorous Windowsill Garden" (see above) for a fun experience complete with a souvenir carnivorous mini-garden.
Limit 100, Snyder Building

register $15 members/$27 non-members, includes Arboretum admission (This program does not include admission to the Savage Gardens Exhibit)
 
bundle Bundle And Save! Carnivorous Plants Expert 3-Class Bundle (Venus Fly Trap 6/11, Pitcher Plants 7/9, & Sundew 7/23)
$36 members/$65 non-members, includes Arboretum admission

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Make-and-Take: Miniature Carnivorous Windowsill Garden (200-07-23-16-02)
Saturday, July 23, noon - 2:30 p.m.
Alex Eilts, founding member of the Minnesota Carnivorous Plant Society, former curator of plants at the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Greenhouse.

Sundews, butterworts and bladderworts, oh my! Yes, you too can plant and care for an ever-blooming garden of carnivorous plants, with minimal experience, knowledge, or maintenance. This hands-on workshop will invite participants to get peat moss under their nails by planting carnivorous plants in a decorative, windowsill-sized arrangement, and then take it home! Participants start for one hour in the classroom for background and insightful facts, and to learn about propagation, maintenance and care of these fascinating plants, then move to the potting room to create your own arrangement of plants. Although carnivorous plants come in a multitude of sizes, this class will focus on the miniature varieties with fun names like "angry bunnies." Participants will go home with the miniature garden of carnivores they created, ready to watch pesky houseflies and fruit flies fall victim to their sticky clutches. A great mini-conversation piece for any home! This class involves scientific discussion and is designed for adult learners 16 and up.
Limit 20, Learning Center

register $79 members/$94 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, peat moss, plant dish, and a variety of plants
 

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.