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Fungi CultivationFungi Cultivation
Science of Plant PropagationScience of Plant Propagation
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Edible Garden Year 2018Edible Garden Year 2018

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 edible garden  

The Edible Garden Year (150-­01­-14­-17)
Saturdays, January 14, February 4, May 13, June 24, and August 19, 1 p.m. -­ 3:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager

In January, we will start with the basics and put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape. February will focus on ordering and starting seeds. Come May, soil and transplants will be the theme. June, the time of summer vacation, we'll talk about water conservation, weeds and pest management. Finally, in August, we'll come together and celebrate the fruits of our labor. Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$150 member/$200 non-­member,
Arboretum admission included 

 climate change  

Plant Selection for a Changing Climate (150-07-08-17)
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Dry spells, violent storms, late falls, and bitter winters...how is a garden supposed to keep up? University of Minnesota Extension educator, Julie Weisenhorn, will provide guidance for gardening in our increasingly unpredictable climate. Along with fellow gardeners, you will learn how to maximize the health and steadiness of your garden, from soil to plant selection. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and practical ways to make your landscaping more resilient to extreme weather.
Limit 30, Visitor Center

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

Stone Balance  

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-07-29-17)
OR
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-29-17-02)

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Peter will explain simple techniques using shape, weight, and friction to create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones. You'll get plenty of hands-on time and coaching to help you develop your new-found abilities and overcome obstacles. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, learn about design and composition, and receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing. 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 Building

register Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Tomato
photo: casanisa/shutterstock
 

How to Save Tomato Seeds (150-08-10-17)
Thursday, August 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Tomatoes are a gardener's favorite vegetable, with infinite varieties, which makes them a perfect introduction to the art and science of seed saving. Join other beginner seed savers and learn from an accomplished seed saver and educator who will guide you in understanding the theory and importance of seed saving. You will leave this workshop fully able to produce your own true-to-type tomato seeds while also learning the basics of seed saving: isolation, population size, seed cleaning, and seed storage.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register  $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies
 

 seed school  

Seed School Two-Day Workshop (150-08-11-17)
Friday, August 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. AND Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. - 
Limit 24, Bee Center

This class has been cancelled. We recommend the "How to Save Tomato Seeds" class, above! $130 member/$145 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

home landscape   

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy
Saturdays, September 9, 16, 30 and October 14, 9 a.m. - noon (150-09-09-17)
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Do you dream about having a beautiful home landscape or have a specific landscape project in mind, but don't know how to get started? In this progressive, four-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection and more. Throughout the series, you will develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home 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, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$189/$219 couples working on the same project 

Goldenrods   

A Closer Look: The World within a Patch of Goldenrods (150-09-16-17)
Saturday, September 16, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Larry Weber, Duluth, Teacher at State Parks and Nature Centers, Radio Personality, Author, Cofounder of the Minnesota Phenology Network

We all see beautiful, sunny patches of goldenrods in September, but rarely take a closer look. These large yellow spikes play host to myriads of insects and spiders- eating and being eaten, finding shelter and laying eggs. Join other environmental enthusiasts for an absorbing introduction to this world by Larry Weber, a Minnesota author and radio personality. After the presentation, you will take an exclusive-for-this-class tram journey out to the prairie (weather permitting), and put your newfound perspective to good use! You will leave will a comprehensive handout and new appreciation for the complex and dramatic insect world that exists because of a flowering patch of goldenrods. This program is perfect for anyone who has a scientific curiosity...from high school students to a unique date experience!
Limit 40, Oswald Visitor Center

register $45 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and exclusive Trumpet Creeper Tram ticket
 

garlic   

Growing Garlic: From Field to Fork (150-09-28-17)
Thursdays 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; September 28, 2017 AND Thursday, April 19, 2018
Frank Meuschke, Owner and Grower of Hudson Clove

Are you a interested in expanding your garlic options? There's no better way than growing your own! Join Frank to discover the many varieties that are just not available at the grocery store. In the fall, you will begin with a bit of garlic history and an introduction to a number of varieties from Frank's own summer harvest, including tasting of course. You will then learn the process for selecting cloves, preparing the bed, and growing garlic through the winter. In the spring, Frank will guide you through spring fertilization and cultivation, ordering next season's cloves, when and how to harvest, curing and storing. You might even get to sample some garlic scapes- the flower stalk of the plant. At the end of the fall class, you will leave with a collection of cloves to start at home. By spring, you will leave with the knowledge you need to grow garlic through a full season, and- most likely- garlic breath.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $52 member/$67 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

seeds  

Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning, & Storing Seeds (150-10-07-17)
Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. - noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

'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. Weather permitting, this is an exclusive opportunity to collect and bring home seeds from annuals, herbaceous perennials, and woody species at the Arboretum! Dress for the weather. Note: If you are interested in seeds, see Jim's class on seed propagation (The Science of Plant Propagation)
Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center

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

 herbs
photo: Oliver Hoffmann/Shutterstock
 

Indoor Herbs: Pot up Your Own to Grow Over the Winter (150-10-26-17)
Thursday, October 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm and herb expert

It can be so tempting to pick up herb plants at the grocery over the winter, but what herbs grow best indoors and how do you take care of them? Learn from the very best: Theresa of Shady Acres Herb Farm will discuss everything you need to know to grow herbs over the winter, from varieties and plant selection to soil, light, fertilizer and containers. The class will conclude with time to pot up a handful of fragrant and delicious herb plants for you to take home. You will leave with five herbs, a comprehensive handout, and the confidence to grow these flavorful plants through the cold season to be able to cook with them year-round! Bring pruning shears and gardening gloves.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $45 member/$57 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 

native grasses   

Using Native Grasses in your Landscape (150-10-28-17)
Saturday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Mary Hockenberry Meyer, Professor and Extension Horticulturist - U of M, Author

Are you interested in a landscape with color, deer resistance, texture, and winter interest? Consider using native grasses! Mary will share her wealth of knowledge on the topic as you and other home gardeners consider the species that are best for your property. You will learn how these grasses support native butterflies, and how you can grow these plants in your gardens. Mary will share a comprehensive list of species and cultivars to choose from, with differing color, texture, and size. Weather permitting, the class with conclude with a tour of the Arboretum's grass collection to see the plants in person.
Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

home landscape   

Creating a Home Landscape You Can Love and Enjoy  (150-01-06-18)
Saturdays, January 6, 20 and February 3, 17, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Do you dream about having a beautiful home landscape or have a specific landscape project in mind, but don't know how to get started? In this progressive, four-session workshop, your own yard is your class project! With attentive instruction from Jim Calkins, you will learn the theory and principles of landscape design, analyze soils, explore the landscape design process, investigate proper plant selection and more. Throughout the series, you will develop a functional, manageable, environmentally sound, cost-effective, and visually pleasing design unique to your home 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

register $139 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$189/$219 couples working on the same project


lawn future  

Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky Bluegrass to Low Maintenance Options (150-01-20-18)
Saturday, January 20 9:30 a.m. - noon
Douglas Owens-Pike, Author of "Beautifully Sustainable"

Tired of mowing, watering, fertilizing, raking to keep up with your neighbors? Learn how the lawn of the future will free you from those chores while staying within the rough conventions of lawn appearance. Douglas will share examples of "No Mow" conversions, and discuss the considerations, planning, and implementation it took to get there. He will then discuss how you can design, convert, and care for a "No Mow" lawn in your own yard. You will leave with a comprehensive handout complete with a list of resources, and the knowledge you need to get started this spring.
Limit 30, Oswald Visitor Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

creating habitats  

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden (150-02-03-18)
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Just like people, birds and butterflies require food, water and shelter and they prefer that it be close to where they live. Join other wildlife enthusiasts as Julie shares everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary. You will learn what plants will best fit your location and what species they might attract for food or shelter. You will also learn what simple non-plant additions are needed to cover all the needs of these species.
Limit 22, Oswald Visitor Center

register $30 member/$42 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

perennial   

Perennial Possibilities: Looking at New Perennials and Exciting Combinations for Minnesota Gardens (150-02-10-18)
Saturday, February 10, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Michael Heger, Lecturer and Author of "Perennials A to Z", Retired Owner Ambergate Gardens

One of the most enjoyable things about designing with perennials is the myriad of combination possibilities in the landscape. Be inspired as Michael walks you through his selection process, including flower shape, foliage color and texture along with plant form. You will see exciting examples that illustrate these principles to get you thinking about other possible combinations in your garden. This presentation includes new and recent perennial introductions that have proven to be good performers in the North. You will leave with a comprehensive list of new perennials and combinations to try.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

trees   

Pruning Essentials: Deciduous & Coniferous Trees (150-02-10-18-03)
Saturday, February 10, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Proper and timely pruning is a fundamental horticultural practice essential to the health and performance of many landscape plants, including deciduous and coniferous trees. With Jim's expert guidance, you will come to understand the basic principles of pruning that are essential for the long-term health, vigor and productivity of your trees. You will learn the process of carefully planning a pruning job, when and how to prune, and how to train the trees that are already growing in your landscape as well as the pruning requirements of new trees you might plant. Weather permitting, you will also spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques- be sure to come dressed and ready to spend time outdoors!
Limit 22, Visitor Center

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

COUPON: Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 10 & 17 and save $8! Use coupon code 8OFF 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 


shrubs   

Pruning Essentials: Shrubs, Woody Vines, and Herbaceous Species (150-02-17-18-02)
Saturday, February 17, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Proper and timely pruning is a fundamental horticultural practice essential to the health and performance of many landscape plants, including shrubs, woody vines and even most herbaceous species. With Jim's expert guidance, you will learn when and how to prune and train these landscape plants for long-term health, vigor, and beauty. You will also learn how to avoid common mistakes that can cause physiological and aesthetic damage. After you discuss the planning process, weather permitting, you will also spend time in the Arboretum collections for demonstration and on-site instruction of proper pruning techniques- be sure to come dressed and ready to spend time outdoors!
Limit 22, Visitor Center

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

COUPON: Register for both Pruning Essentials Classes Feb 10 & 17 and save $8! Use coupon code 8OFF 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

woodland wildflowers   

Early Spring Beauties: Woodland Wildflowers and How to Grow Them in Minnesota (150-02-17-18)
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. - noon
Steve Kelley, Owner, Kelley and Kelley Nursery

Isn't it amazing how we northern gardeners eagerly anticipate the first welcome blooms of spring? Much of the earliest color in our landscape is courtesy of the woodland wildflowers that are trained to bloom extra early, taking advantage of spring sunshine before the trees above them leaf out. Join Steve of Kelley and Kelley Nursery for a refresher on wildflowers- both native and non-native- as well as some that might not be so familiar. You will discuss their culture and propagation, and best practices for including them in your own garden.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

Prairie   

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities (150-02-24-18)
Saturday, February 24, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Beth Markhart, Outreach & Training Coordinator for Prairie Restorations, Inc.

Learn how to bring an important ecosystem onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will learn how to mimic native prairie plant communities for their natural ecological processes of soil building and carbon storage, beneficial insect habitat, and pollination support brought about by observing biological diversity and stewarding the earth. You will engage with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning through the use of internet real-time group activities during class. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and list of resources, plus the knowledge you need to establish your own prairie community in the spring. Bring an internet accessible device such as a laptop or a smart pad.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

permaculture   

Permaculture Design for Your Property (200-03-03-18)
Saturdays, March 3, 10 and 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

Permaculture is an agriculture ecosystem that is designed to be sustainable and self-sufficient, and can be put into practice on properties of all sizes, from urban plots to hobby farms. With historical roots around the equator, this food growing method has made its way to the Midwest. In this three-part workshop, you and fellow food growers will explore the amazing abundance that can be created, tapped into, and harvested using this holistic process. You will begin with an introduction and overview of concepts, and move quickly into practical application for your own property: Cody will help you to develop a realistic permaculture design that you can implement at home. Each of the workshops will provide a balance of presentation and activities to help apply these tools towards students' current or future homesteads. You will be equipped with comprehensive handouts, resources, and plant lists for our growing zone. SUGGESTED: bring a basic blueprint of your property, a notebook and pencil
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $105 member/$140 non-member; includes Arboretum admission and all materials
 

kitchen gardening   

Kitchen Gardening: A Bountiful Edible Landscape (150-03-24-18)
Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Author, Photographer, Gardener, Magazine Contributor

Kick your vegetable garden aesthetic up a notch! "Potager-style" kitchen gardens are historically from French Medieval times but have made a resurgence into modern garden trends by incorporating symmetrical geometrical beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled. Through gorgeous photographs and from her wealth of knowledge, Rhonda will walk you through the basic design of a potager. In this class, you will see how you can incorporate some or all of these ideas into your landscape that are useful for you. The garden can be compact or large as well as attractive. Rhonda will also share her tips for growing a successful and bountiful kitchen garden. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and inspiration to begin design improvements to your vegetable garden this spring!
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $38 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 

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FUNGI CULTIVATION CLASSES

Fungi Cultivation: Growing Mushrooms for Food, Medicine, & Bio-Remediation
Whether you are a mushroom aficionado or looking to add a different kind of edible to your homegrown efforts, this series is for you! Join Cody for an introduction to fungi and its cultivation: both indoor and outdoor. You and fellow fungi enthusiasts will learn through a balance of presentation and hands-on activities, and leave with your own to grow at home after each session. Whether you attend only one or all workshops, you will gain a broad understanding of the biology, history, cultivation and application of a diverse array of fungi, and will be sure to impress your friends and family alike with your mycological know-how and new edible "gardens".


indoor buckets

Growing Oyster Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets (200-07-08-17-02)
Saturday, July 8, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

Growing mushrooms inside allows you to have better control over the environment, and grow these delicious fungi year-round in our Minnesota climate. Cody will start with an introduction to the biology of mushrooms and the theory of indoor mushroom cultivation. You will then drill holes in a five gallon bucket, sterilize and prepare the straw medium, and inoculate with oyster mushrooms. Cody will discuss ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. You will leave with an inoculated bucket and a comprehensive handout.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register

$65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials

 

wine cap fungi

Wine Cap Cultivation and Bed Inoculation (200-07-22-17)
Saturday, July 22, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand

A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, Wine Cap mushrooms have a beautiful burgundy cap and have a nutty flavor that works well for braising, grilling, and sautéing. It is also grows naturally on outdoor beds of woody debris. Learn how to properly locate a small bed in your own backyard (4'x4'), what substrates to use, how to prepare the site, and when to harvest. Cody will explain the biology and cultivation of this species as you and other mushroom enthusiasts watch demonstrations of techniques, and see the finished product. You will leave with wine cap inoculant to try at home, as well as a comprehensive handout.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register $65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials
 

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SCIENCE OF PLANT PROPAGATION SERIES

Plants are intricate, fascinating organisms: this series will open your eyes to their amazing biology and transform your gardening capabilities. Each Science of Plant Propagation class is designed to provide valuable information on its own, and a complete foundation of knowledge and skills when bundled together. 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 designed 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 (150-­01-­20-­18-02)
Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and former University of Minnesota instructor

Seed catalogs are starting to flood the mailbox­--so tempting! Make the most of your purchase by understanding the science of seed propagation. Jim will cover the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more. You will learn tried and true techniques to grow a wide variety of plants from seeds. Take home several seed­-based projects for spring growth.

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies 

cuttings

Photo credit: Hardworkinghippy/Flikr

Science of Plant Propagation: Cuttings (150­-01-­27-­18)
Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and 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 "greenhouse-­in­-a-­pot" that will be the start of many new plants for your home and garden.

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 member/$55 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies 

 grafting
photo: shutterstock

Science of Plant Propagation: Grafting (150-­02-­03­-18-02)
Saturday, February 3, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and 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

 soil

Science of Plant Propagation: Soil (150-­02-­10­-18-02)
Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. -­ noon
Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director at Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and 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 (link: https://soiltest.dl.umn.edu/sites/g/files/pua891/f/media/lawn_and_garden_2016_0.pdf)

Limit 24, Learning Center

register $41 member/$55 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and all class supplies

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Whatever your skill level or ability, there's a class at the Arboretum that can teach you a new, creative skill.

CRAFTS


 Stone Balance
credit Peter Juhl

The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for your Garden
Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-07-29-17)
OR
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-29-17-02)

Peter Juhl, stone balancing artist, www.temporarysculpture.com

Get balanced! Dazzle your friends with a new skill that looks like magic and combines elements of meditation, sculpture, and performance art. Peter will explain simple techniques using shape, weight, and friction to create impossible looking balances using ordinary stones. You'll get plenty of hands-on time and coaching to help you develop your new-found abilities and overcome obstacles. You'll also gain insights on photographing your creations, learn about design and composition, and receive helpful tips on more advanced balancing. 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 Building

register Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$42 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

SPECIAL OFFERING! ONE-DAY ONLY! 

Bim

Bim Willow Furniture
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author
Saturday, August 26


Level: All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had. Prices listed are per project, which means you're welcome to bring along a family member or friend (age 12 and up) and work on the project together at no additional charge. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards).
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: loppers, wire cutters, and a brown bag lunch

HOW IT WORKS
Projects are offered at three price points, and each project takes a different amount of time. You will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. Images of each project are available on the website.

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! 

  garden bench

Garden Bench (200-08-26-17-01)
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - noon
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $160, includes Arboretum admission and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
 
  coffee table 

Coffee Table (200-08-26-17-02)
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon*
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $160, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' willow coffee table
 
   bakers rack

Baker's Rack or Potting Bench (200-08-26-17-03)
Saturday, August 26,  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  9 a.m.* - noon*
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $325, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 5' tall baker's rack/potting bench
 
  willow chair 

Willow Chair (200-08-26-17-04)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 4 p.m. noon - 5 p.m.*
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $325, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow chair
 
  garden arbor 

Garden Arbor (200-08-26-17-05)
Saturday, August 26, 8 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon
*please note important time change which differs from printed listing!
Limit 10, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a 4' wide, 7' tall garden arbor
 
   willow loveseat

Willow Loveseat (200-08-26-17-06)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow loveseat
 
  willow rocker

Willow Rocking Chair (200-08-26-17-07)
Saturday, August 26, noon - 5 p.m.
Limit 5, Bee Center

register $400, includes Arboretum admission and all raw materials to build a willow rocking chair
 
 
 

BEES AND BEEKEEPING IN NORTHERN CLIMATES 

Bee Squad Mentoring Apiary Classes
The best way to advance your beekeeping skills is through mentoring from an experienced beekeeper. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will provide this invaluable teaching experience in the Arboretum Apiary at the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. These clinics are designed for students that already own honey bees or have taken an introductory beekeeping class. Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.


colony winterizing 

Colony Wintering Preparation Clinic (200-08-05-17)
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. - noon
University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations

Winter in Minnesota can be bitter, especially if you are a honey bee. Proper preparation for honey bee colony wintering begins in the late summer. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will review the wintering needs of a colony and the biological basis for them. You and your fellow beekeepers will learn how to evaluate whether your colony has enough winter stores and the importance of winter preparation steps. This class starts in the classroom and transitions to the Arboretum Apiary for a demonstration of wintering a hive. You will leave with the confidence to prepare your own hives for a healthy and well-managed winter. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.
Limit 10, Bee Center

registration button $70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 

EDIBLE GARDEN YEAR

In January, we will start with the basics and put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape. February will focus on ordering and starting seeds. Learn how to grow, store, dry and preserve herbs in March. Come May, soil and transplants will be the theme. June, the time of summer vacation, we'll talk about water conservation, weeds and pest management. Finally, in August, we'll come together and celebrate the fruits of our labor. 

planning 

Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden (150-01-11-18)
Thursday, January 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

It's a new year, and perhaps you have made a resolution to spend more time outside, eat healthier, grow some vegetables, or all of the above! Growing your own food is rewarding, but it does help to have a plan in place. Join Christy and Laura for an introduction to vegetable gardening: from tools and location to the growing season and finding good resources, they will help you put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape. You will be encouraged by the camaraderie of fellow growers and leave with comprehensive handouts and a strategy to tackle your vegetable garden plan for the year!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

REGISTER $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle: $20 discount when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdible when processing order.
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers! 

 starting seeds

Edible Garden Year: Ordering and Starting your own Seeds (150-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

It's the season for seed catalogs, and boy are they tantalizing... glossy images of ruby tomatoes, piles of watermelon, bundles of carrots. Before you bite off more than you can chew, join Christy and Laura to learn more about the basics of seed starting. They will cover seed/cultivar selection for Minnesota, what seeds can be started inside, needed materials and tips for trickier plants. The Andersen Horticulture Reference Library will be on hand to share information about their massive seed catalog collection. You will leave with a collection of starter seeds, and a catalog or two to peruse.
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

REGISTER $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle: $20 discount when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdible when processing order.
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers! 
 

 herbs

Edible Garden Year: 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden (150-03-01-18)
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Retired owner of Shady Acres Herb Farm; and Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager

Herbs are a must for your edible garden, and who is better qualified to help you know what and how to grow than Theresa from the renowned Shady Acres Herb Farm? She will take you on a fascinating global journey discussing the history of herbs, then discuss what implications this has for what herbs grow well in our northern region. You will learn buying tips receive fascinating information on organic, non-gmo, and/or heirloom seeds and plants. Discover how to grow, store, dry and preserve the harvest. You will even do some sampling! By the end of the program, you'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to grow delicious herbs all season long.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle: $20 discount when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdible when processing order.
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers! 
  

 soil

Edible Garden Year: Soils and Spring Planting (150-05-10-18)
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

Before planting seeds and transplants in your garden, why not take a little time to consider the soil that needs to be nourishing these plants all season long? Begin with pre-class information on taking soil samples, if desired (tests available $17/sample at http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/testing-services/lawn-garden). During the class, Christy and Laura will discuss how to interpret soil test results, and different strategies for amending your garden beds to provide everything your edible plants need. You will then learn about how to harden off and properly plant transplants, as well as tips and tricks for direct-sowing seed. At the end of class, there will be a fun opportunity to exchange seedlings and seeds with classmates!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle: $20 discount when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdible when processing order.
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers! 
  

 pests

Edible Garden Year: Water, Weeds and Pests (150-06-21-18)
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

It's summer time and perhaps that vegetable garden is getting away from you... join Christy and Laura to learn some handy tips on how to best manage the hot, weedy, buggy part of the season. Prior to class, make sure to document (with notes, photos, or samples) any bug or disease problems you have noticed with your vegetable plants. Class will begin with an introduction to some common insect and disease damage and their solutions, then move into Q&A with your particular challenges. Afterward, you will learn some great techniques to suppress weeds and manage moisture. You will depart with a boost of knowledge that should carry you straight through to the harvest time!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle: $20 discount when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdible when processing order.
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers! 
  

harvest 

Edible Garden Year: Harvest and Preservation (150-08-23-18)
Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

Successfully grown vegetable plants can often mean you now have bushels of beautiful produce on your hands- what to do with them? Christy and Laura will talk you through the basics of proper harvesting: when to pick, what to refrigerate, how to cure, and more. Then we'll be joined by University of Minnesota Extension experts to learn more about safe preservation techniques, from canning to drying. There will be samples, of course, and students are encouraged to bring surplus produce to share with one another at the end of class!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle: $20 discount when you purchase all six classes by using coupon code AllEdible when processing order.
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers! 
  

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. 

Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

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.

 

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