Gardening & Horticulture Classes
General Gardening ClassesGeneral Gardening Classes
Behind the Scenes at the U of MNBehind the Scenes at the U of MN
Flower ArrangingFlower Arranging
Science of Plant PropagationScience of Plant Propagation
Your Sustainable YardYour Sustainable Yard

 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

canceled. $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, Visitor Center

Waitlist This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a the November session, below.
Saturday, August 22 (morning class)
9:30 a.m. - noon 
(200-08-22-15)
$42 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

Register This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a the November session, below.
Saturday, August 22 (afternoon class)
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 

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Ornamental Grasses for Minnesota (150-09-12-15-03)
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Dr. Mary Meyer, Professor of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota

Ornamental grasses not only give the garden or landscape year-round beauty, but they also require few inputs (e.g., water or fertilizer). They grow quickly toward a showy peak in late summer and early fall and stand tall in the snow, offering winter cover and food for birds and other critters. The Arboretum has one of the largest collections in the U. S., with more than 200 ornamental and native species and cultivars. Join Dr. Meyer to view the grass collection at its peak, learn about the different varieties and their attributes, and consider which varieties or cultivars would work in your home landscape. Start with classroom instruction at the Learning Center, then walk or drive up to the collection. Copies of Dr. Meyer's book, Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates, are available for sale in the Arboretum Gift Store. Limit 20, meet 2nd floor Classroom in the Snyder Visitor Center 

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

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Outside In: Overwintering Plants Clinic (150-09-19-15)
Saturday, September 19, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

You purchased it, planted it, watered it, fed it, and watched it bloom into peak beauty at summer's end - you can't let it freeze to death, can you? If you have a favorite plant that you just can't part with, but you lack a porch or greenhouse, you might be able to bring it right into the house and keep it growing over the winter. Jessica will show you how to prepare plants for a winter indoors and make suggestions for which plants can handle 5-6 months at the kitchen window. Jessica will bring some plants and tools to demonstrate techniques, but you may bring in your favorite potted plant, or (carefully) dig up your favorite garden plant and bring it with the container in which it will spend the winter. Consult the list below to determine if your favorite plant is a good choice for overwintering. Bring gardening gloves.

  • N0N-HARDY HERBS: lavender, lemon verbena, lemongrass, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme
  • TROPICALS & ANNUALS: alocasia, begonia, brugsmansia ("angel's trumpet), caladium, calla lilly, coleus, ferns, fuchsia, geranium, ginger, lantana, mandevilla, New Guinea impatiens, salvia, succulents/cacti, vinca
  • FRUITS & OTHER WOODY PLANTS: banana, citrus, fig, jasmine, non-hardy rose, olive, papaya

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 members/$55 non-members. Includes Arboretum admission and planting materials. 

 home landscape  

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy (150-­09­-26­-15)
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. ­ 12:30 p.m., September 26, October 10 and 24, and November 7 (Learning Center)
OR
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. ­ 4:30 p.m., January 9 and 23, February 6 and 20 (Visitor Center Fireplace Room)
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

Design your home landscape exactly the way you want it! In this 4-­part series, your own yard is your class project. With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principles of sustainable landscape design and soil analysis, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection - and more - to develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-­effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your setting. Hands-­on, take-­home assignments will have you putting pencil to paper and applying what you've learned, with time for personalized critique of your ideas. Limit 16, Learning Center (Autumn 2015) Visitor Center Fireplace Room (Winter 2016)


register

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. ­ 12:30 p.m.
September 26, October 10 and 24, and November 7
$139 member/$155 non-­member
, includes Arboretum admission
$189 member couples working on same project/$219 non-­member couples working on same projectincludes Arboretum admission

register Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. ­ 4:30 p.m.
January 9 and 23, February 6 and 20 2016
$139 member/$155 non-­member
, includes Arboretum admission
$189 member couples working on same project/$219 non-­member couples working on same projectincludes Arboretum admission

ecosystems

Photo credit:R. Smallbeck

 

Ecosystems of the Arboretum: Woodlands (150­-09-­26­-15)
Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Julia Bohnen, acclaimed horticulturist who was instrumental in the creation of the Arboretum's Spring Peeper Meadow Restoration

Forests and woodlands define Minnesota as much as our 10,000 lakes. Learn about the ecology of the Arboretum's woodlands through classroom and field exploration. Gain an
understanding of how historical and current land uses impact the forest, how plants and animals of the Big Woods ecosystem adapt, and how they organize themselves and utilize the available resources to optimize their productivity. Examine the ways fragmentation and invasive species are changing the forest. You'll experience our local forest ecosystems with new insight after this informative walk in the woods! This class will be divided between classroom and walking field trip.

Note: The walk will take place in the Arboretum woodlands on and off trail, on uneven ground. Dress for the weather. Limit 16, Learning Center - Garden lab

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

 seed collecting  

Seed Collecting, Cleaning, and Storing (150-10-03-15)
Saturday, Saturday, October 3, 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

'Tis the season - for seed collecting. By this time of year most plants are producing seeds, and whether you wish to harvest a bit of natural bounty or get ready for next year's garden, it's important to get the details right. Using the Arboretum's late-summer grounds and gardens, Jim Calkins will show you what seeds are worth collecting and demonstrate proper techniques to ensure that you have healthy, vital seeds that will sprout when you plant them next spring. Note: If you are interested in seeds, see Jim's class on seed propagation (The Science of Plant Propagation) on January 23, 2016. Limit 15, meet 2nd floor Classroom in the Snyder Visitor Center  

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

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Botanical Latin (150-10-03-15-02)
Saturday, October 3, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Alex Eilts, Ph.D., greenhouse collection curator and research associate, University of Minnesota Department of Biological Sciences

Ever wonder why we use those often tongue twisting Latin binomial names for plants? Though common names often seem easier, Latin names are the standard - and yes, there is a method to the seeming madness. Learn the reasons why Latin names are used along with some of the common elements of those names. Practice your knowledge in a walk around the Arboretum, and decide what you would have named plants instead (!). Make the foreign familiar with some basic Latin - i.e., with a vocabulary that will translate to the similarly pesky names of any living creature. Limit 24, Learning Center

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

 stone balance

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden(200-­11-­07­-15)
Saturday, November 7, 1:00 p.m. ­ 3:30 p.m.
Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Back by popular demand! Stone­sculpture artist Peter Juhl will dazzle you with what looks like magic, but is closer to meditation or art. He 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" 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. (Peter will bring rocks to practice with in class). Limit 24, Visitor Center

register $42 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

 terrariumsPhoto credit: Sonny Abesamis/Flikr

 

 

Terrariums: Gardens for all Seasons (150-12-12-15)
Saturday, December 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Jessica Heimer, horticulturist, Assistant Manager and Plant Buyer at Mother Earth Gardens

Jessica will help you build your own little ecosystem that will sustain itself with a minimum of care year-round. The terrarium is enclosed and can sit on a table top to create an intriguing focal point for your living room, porch or deck, and it would definitely make an attractive holiday gift! You are invited to bring a child or grandchild - terrariums are suited to small hands and can introduce children to plant ecology (without anyone realizing that it's science...). Containers with lids, three plants, moss, gravel, charcoal, gravel, decorative river rock, and a small accessory will be provided. Bring shears, gloves, a small hand trowel and, if you wish, your own special accessory, and dress for greenhouse work. Learning Center

register $75 members/$90 non-members. Includes Arboretum admission and class supplies for one terrarium 

 tree pruning  

Trees - Pruning Essentials for the Health of Your Woody Plants (150-01-23-16)
Saturday, January 23, 9:30 a.m.-12 noon
Kathy Zuzek, Extension educator, research scientist at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center

Proper and timely pruning is essential to the health of your trees, and winter is the best time to prune to ensure their long-term health and productivity. With Kathy's expert guidance, you will learn theory and practical application for pruning and training your trees. Instruction will cover plant varieties from deciduous to conifer and, based on class questions, might also include such topics as maximizing tree longevity, minimizing maintenance, easy harvesting, and applying pesticides correctly. Weather permitting, you will spend time out in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction. Come dressed to spend time outdoors. Limit 22, Visitor Center

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class materials 
 bundle Bundle and save! Pruning Essentials Trees(1/23/15) AND Shrubs(1/30/15) 2-class bundle: $74 member/$99 non-member

 shrub pruning  

Shrubs - Pruning Essentials for the Health of Your Woody Plants (150-01-30-16)
Saturday, January 30, 9:30 a.m.-12 noon
Kathy Zuzek, Extension educator, research scientist at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center

Proper and timely pruning is essential to the health of your shrubs, and winter is the best time to prune to ensure their long-term health and productivity. With Kathy's expert guidance, you will learn theory and practical application for pruning and training your shrubs. Instruction will cover plant varieties from deciduous to conifer and, based on class questions, might also include such topics as maximizing tree longevity, minimizing maintenance, easy harvesting, and applying pesticides correctly. Weather permitting, you will spend time out in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction. Come dressed to spend time outdoors. Limit 22, Visitor Center

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class materials
 bundle Bundle and save! Pruning Essentials Trees(1/23/15) AND Shrubs(1/30/15) 2-class bundle: $74 member/$99 non-member

 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 

fairy gardenPhoto credit: Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop/Flikr

 

 

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

It's time to plant something green, and what could be better, in mid-winter, than these charming, whimsical, mini-landscapes that enchant young and old alike? Jessica will help you customize a plant-based fairy garden that will thrive year-round in your living room, porch or deck. You are invited to bring a child or grandchild - fairy garden components are suited to small hands, and building these tiny "vignettes" can stimulate imaginative play and storytelling. Containers, two plants, polished gravel, decorative stone, exotic glass, soil, one fairy and one accessory will be provided. Bring shears, gloves, a small hand trowel and, if you wish, your own special accessory, and dress for greenhouse work. Limit 24, Learning Center

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

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CLASSES

This special series will highlight the botanical diversity of our planet, the methods used to catergorize and describe it, the ways plants evolved to survive in different climates, and the role of conservation. Tour the greenhouses of the University's College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, get exclusive access to spend time with the curator of Minnesota's most diverse collection of plants, and get better acquainted with botanical wonders from around the world.

plant adaptations  Plant Adaptation to Diverse Climates ­ Behind the Scenes at the U of MN St. Paul Campus (150­-11-­07­-15)
Saturday, November 7, 9:30 a.m. -­ 12:30 p.m.
Alex Eilts, Greenhouse Collection Curator & Research Associate, University of MN Department of Biological Sciences

Vascular plants are found growing from cold tundra, to steamy rainforests. They are found on mountain tops, and even below ocean waves. What allows plants to survive in such varied conditions? Why do many unrelated plants look so similar in particular locations, like succulent plants in deserts? This class will use the diverse collections at the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory to explore examples of unique and extraordinary plant adaptations to wide-­ranging conditions by plants from around the globe. With instruction from the collections' curator, you will observe the amazing and diverse adaptations of living plants in the greenhouses through microscopes. Knowing how a plant lives in its native environment goes a long way to growing it well. Limit 16, CBS Greenhouse - U of M St. Paul campus

Directions: https://www.cbs.umn.edu/research/resources/cbs­conservatory/directions

REGISTER $41 member/$55 non­-member; parking on St. Paul campus available for an additional fee
bundle Bundle and save! Behind the Scenes at the U of MN St. Paul Campus 2-­class bundle: $74 member/$99 non-­member; parking on St. Paul campus available for an additional fee 

 plant rarity

Plant Rarity and Conservation at the University of Minnesota ­ Behind the Scenes at the U of MN St. Paul Campus (150­-11-­14­-15)
Saturday, November 14, 9:30 a.m. -­ 12:30 p.m.
Alex Eilts, Greenhouse Collection Curator & Research Associate, University of MN Department of Biological Sciences

Most plants that we see are common. They are success stories, abundant in nature, and often far ranging. So why are the rare species so interesting? And if common species are the successes, why are we so worried about saving the failures? As it turns out, most of the species in the world are not common. Most of the diversity on our planet consists of rare species. This class will use the diverse collections at the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory to explore why we seem endlessly fascinated by rare species - and why keeping rare species alive and well should matter to us. Led by the collections' curator, you will take a look at plants you are unlikely to see anywhere else, and participate in a discussion about the factors that influence conservation decisions here in Minnesota and at conservation sites around the world. Limit 16, CBS Greenhouse - U of M St. Paul campus

Directions: https://www.cbs.umn.edu/research/resources/cbs­conservatory/directions

Register online now $41 member/$55 non-­member, parking on St. Paul campus available for an additional fee
BUNDLE Bundle and save! Behind the Scenes at the U of MN St. Paul Campus 2-­class bundle: $74 member/$99 non-­member; parking on St. Paul campus available for an additional fee 

FLOWER ARRANGING 

Celebrate the seasons with floral expressions from the Arboretum. Ashley Fox Designs provides the flowers and materials, the instruction, and the inspiration. YOU create the masterpiece to take home! Advance registration strongly suggested, these workshops sell out. With Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former horticulture educator at the Arboretum


 Garden Bounty

Garden Bounty Centerpiece: Herbs and Flowers (100-07-18-15)
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer www.ashlexfoxdesigns.com

canceled    $69 member/$81 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers, and other class materials. 

 thanksgiving centerpiece

Make-­and-­Take: Long­-Lasting Thanksgiving Centerpiece (100-­11­-21-­15)
Saturday, November 21, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer

Level: all levels
Create a flower, fruit and vegetable long-lasting centerpiece to enjoy all week leading up to your day with family and friends. Ashley will provide instruction and hands-on personal coaching to help you strike the right balance of fresh-cut flowers, fruits or vegetables. She will also share important tips on how to keep your arrangement looking bright and beautiful up through Thanksgiving and well past the leftovers. As an added class bonus, participants will see ideas to create many different types of table decor for the entire holiday season and view a final, glowing, delicious table design by Ashley.
 (Florist value of arrangement: $100) Learning Center, Limit 24

register $89 member/$99 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class materials
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Bundle both Thanksgiving Centerpiece and Holiday Wreath Make-­and­-Take classes for $160 member/$178 non-­member

 holiday wreath

Make-­and-­Take: Holiday Wreath (100­-12-­05-­15)
Saturday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. -­ noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed Minnesota floral designer

Level: all levels
It wouldn't be December without a fresh, fragrant wreath to grace your front door. Learn how to design and create your own stunning statement from a professional florist, then dive in with plenty of fresh materials and hands-on time to create your own masterpiece! Using a pre-made wreath form of spruce and cedar, infuse your design with the elements you love like eucalyptus, pods, berries, etc. for a one of a kind statement piece for your holiday decor. We love it when families sign up to take these classes together! Your wreath will help you create a warm welcome for your guests that lasts well into winter.
Learning Center, Limit 24

register $89 member/$99 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class materials 
 Register for the Bundle Button Bundle and save! Bundle both Thanksgiving Centerpiece and Holiday Wreath Make­-and­-Take classes for $160 member/$178 non-­member

 mantlepiecePhoto credit: Emily J. Followill
Southern Living Magazine 

 

Make-and-Take: Holiday Mantlepiece Design and Garland Construction (100-12-12-15)
Saturday, December 12, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Ashley Fox, acclaimed floral designer, educator, owner of Ashley Fox Designs

An evergreen garland or elegant mantelpiece can give your holiday decor an extra flourish. Using natural, organic, and long-lasting materials chosen for their color, texture, fragrance and beauty, Ashley will help you create a stunning 6-foot garland, suitable for placing on your mantle or railing, around a door frame or light post, or along the length of an oblong table. Limit 24, Learning Center

register $125 members/$140 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and all materials for your own take-home garland

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.


 seeds

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

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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Photo credit: Hardworkinghippy/Flikr

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

Waitlist $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

 grafting

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

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

 soil

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

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.


apples 

Sustainable Home Fruit Growing 1: Apples (150-­02-­13-­16)
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

 fruit

Sustainable Home Fruit Growing 2: Other Tree Fruits, Berries, and Nuts (150­-02-­27-­16)
Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. ­- noon
Pete C. Moe, Assistant Director for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

You'll hardly need to shop for fruit again once Pete has shown you 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

treesPhoto credit: Mark MacLennan

 

 

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

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.