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 orchids

Orchids 101 (150-04-12-14)
Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. – Noon
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum education specialist and orchid enthusiast

Orchids bring endless varieties of color and beauty into any interior. And you need not be intimidated by their exotic beauty. Orchids, like all plants, need a balance of light, air, water and food to grow and flower well. Learn the essentials of orchid care. You’ll be provided with your very own orchid and shown how to repot it for its health and benefit. After a few hours in the Learning Center Greenhouse, you’ll be refreshed and inspired to continue on your journey into the world of orchids. Orchid and supplies included in the fee. Limit 15, Learning Center Greenhouse

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3 spots left $60 member/$70 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, orchid plant and supplies


 edible garden

The Edible Planter Garden Duo (150-04-24-14)
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm of Chaska, Minnesota

When don't have space for an herb or veggie garden consider raising fresh greens and herbs in containers for a perfect salad. Assemble a matching set of containers for sun or partial shade for an immediate effect with lettuces, arugula, mesclun, kale and herbs. You’ll learn about plant varieties, soil types, containers, watering, fertilizing and care. Just bring two containers, matching or not, plastic or clay, round or square—so long as they are not larger than 12” x 12” x12.” You’ll get plants and soil needed to create your “edible entrance!” Bring a shears and dress for greenhouse work. Limit 24, Learning Center

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3 spots left $55 member/$75 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, plants and soil


rose

How to Select a Rose (150-04-26-14)
Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – noon
Shauna Moore, award-winning horticulturist and educator

A rose is a rose is a rose…or is it? Why choose an old fashioned rose over a modern hybrid? Uncover why old-fashioned roses offer far more fragrance, are more complex and interesting in bloom, and are more disease resistant. Learn about the hardy roses that offer ever-blooming flowers and a wide array of colors. Find out the difference between several species of roses. You’ll leave confident in the choices you’ll make growing your own roses, and will know how to prune, feed, and winter these irresistible divas of the flower garden. Limit 30, Visitors Center

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 rain gardens

Rain Gardens: Don’t Let the Rain Run Down Your Drain (150-05-03-14)
Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – noon
Pete Moe, director of facilities at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

A rain garden offers a beautiful way to manage your runoff water problem. Learn how a rain garden filters polluted runoff, attracts birds and butterflies, and reduces discharge of sediment into waterways. Get tips for your own rain garden at home, which plants work best in a rain garden, and what equipment you’ll need for maintenance. Tour rain water features at the Arboretum and leave confident in knowing how to do your part toward creating a future with cleaner water while making your yard more beautiful. Limit 30, Visitors Center

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 pond plants

Selecting Tropical and Hardy Plants for Your Pond (150-05-17-14)
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. – noon
Shauna Moore, award-winning horticulturist and educator

Pond and water features bring moving and restorative highlights to our landscapes. Yet aquatic plant selection can prove intimidating. Learn about some of the aquatic plants that perform well and what you need to know about their preferred growing conditions. You’ll discuss how to winter tropical aquatic plants, including tropical water lilies. With a honed list of what will bring beauty to your setting, you’ll be ready to take your pond garden to the next level. Limit 30, Visitors Center

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 The Power of Balance The Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden
Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-05-17-14)
Saturday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-06-28-14-02)
Saturday, August 23, 9:30 a.m. - noon (100-08-23-14)

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

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. (Practice rocks included.) Limit 24, Snyder Building

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Saturday, May 17 (100-05-17-14)
$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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Saturday, June 28 (100-06-28-14-02)
$35 member/$55 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

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Saturday, August 23 (100-08-23-14)
$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 fairy garden

Planting a Fairy Garden (150-06-12-14)
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm of Chaska, Minnesota

Capture the magic and whimsy of youth with a fairy garden! Children and adults alike delight in planting and caring for these miniature gardens with charm and intrigue. Not only is the fragrance of herbs captivating, the flowers are striking as well. Create a delightful garden for your porch or deck that will enchant the fairy folk. In class plant a colorful garden that will be yours to enjoy all season long. Medium-sized container, plants, soil, small rocks, and pottery for decorative accents will be provided along with a fairy and an accessory. You are invited to bring a child or grandchild to help create your miniature fairy garden. Bring shears, gloves and dress for greenhouse work. Limit 30, Learning Center

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Price is per container: $70 member/$90 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all listed supplies


 display garden The Arboretum Display Garden Up-Close: Gertrude Jekyll from Hot to Cool (150-07-12-14)
Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mary H. Meyer, professor and extension horticulturalist, University of Minnesota, http://grasstalk.wordpress.com

Gertrude Jekyll is arguably the genius of the English cottage garden. And this class offers a rare opportunity for a close-up look at how the Arboretum took her guiding principles and applied them in our own annual borders and beds. With one of our leading horticulturist and Gertrude Jekyll expert as your instructor, you'll find out how to get the most impact with color and learn how to follow Gertrude's color schemes-she crossed boundaries in the way with which she included bright, hot to cool colors, and her favorite grays and pastels. This class includes a stroll through the annual borders, specially designed by Duane Otto to reflect Gertrude's principles. You'll feel as if you've traveled across the pond to luxuriate in an authentic English cottage garden. A perfect follow-up to the April 5th class "The Genius of the Cottage Garden: Gertrude Jekyll." We recommend following this class with Cottage Garden in a Vase: Gertrude Jekyll Arranged, Saturday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. See details, below.

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Register for the Bundle Button   BUNDLE Buy all 3 and save! Gertrude Jekyll 3-Class Bundle: $75 member/$130 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

summer garden maintenance

Essential Summer Garden Maintenance (150-07-19-14)
Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jeffrey L. Johnson, expert horticulturist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn gardening maintenance milestones critical for the health of your plants during the peak of summer in Minnesota’s Zone 4. You’ll gain proven season-specific tricks and methods in extending the beauty of your garden beyond the peak of bloom. Learn what can be done late in the season to keep your garden looking fresh and how to manage late summer pests, with an emphasis on methods that are sustainable and even energy conserving. Jeffrey will reveal his favorite varieties, techniques, and tools, with opportunities to watch and try-out techniques with hands-on examples for the summer. You’ll feel you’re on top of what it takes to keep your garden at its healthiest throughout the summer. Limit 30, Visitors Center

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Register for the Bundle Button   BUNDLE Buy both and save! Garden Maintenance 2-Class Bundle: $55 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 autumn garden maintenance

Essential Autumn Garden Maintenance (150-09-13-14)
Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jeffrey L. Johnson, expert horticulturist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Get your plants ready for autumn and winter so they’ll be at their best next spring! Learn gardening maintenance milestones critical for the health of your plants during the burnished days of autumn in Minnesota’s Zone 4. You’ll gain proven season-specific tricks and methods to save you time, energy, and money, including whether or not to fertilize, how to protect plants for the winter, and what to do with your equipment now so it will be ready to go in the spring. Jeffrey will reveal his favorite varieties, techniques, and tools, with opportunities to watch and try-out techniques with hands-on examples for the autumn. You’ll feel ready to head into winter at ease knowing you’ve done your best for your plants. Limit 30, Visitors Center

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

 Register for the Bundle Button   BUNDLE Buy both and save! Garden Maintenance 2-Class Bundle: $55 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

GERTRUDE JEKYLL CLASSES


Gertrude Jekyll  The Life and Genius of the English Garden: Gertrude Jekyll (150-04-05-14)
Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mary H. Meyer, professor and extension horticulturalist, University of Minnesota, http://grasstalk.wordpress.com

Gardeners of all levels strive to achieve the magical and breathtaking cottage garden look of English landscapes. In this class, the true genius of the cottage garden, Gertrude Jekyll, will be brought to life via visual presentation by one of the Arboretum's finest horticulturists and teachers. Gertrude was legally blind and late in her life when she developed the color schemes we try to copy and use today. The Arboretum will be showcasing Gertrude's style and color scheme in its annual borders and beds, so although it's too early in the season to see the results, you will be ready to better appreciate their beauty later, and you might even gain a few insights into how to bring her style and color scheme into your own garden. To see these theories applied Arboretum gardens in bloom, we recommend "The Arboretum Display Garden Up-Close: Gertrude Jekyll from Hot to Cool," see July 12, below. Limit 30, Visitors Center

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Sold out. $35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Register online now   Sold out. Buy all 3 and save! Gertrude Jekyll 3-Class Bundle: $75 member/$130 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Display Garden Up Close The Arboretum Display Garden Up-Close: Gertrude Jekyll from Hot to Cool (150-07-12-14)
Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mary H. Meyer, professor and extension horticulturalist, University of Minnesota, http://grasstalk.wordpress.com

Gertrude Jekyll is arguably the genius of the English cottage garden. And this class offers a rare opportunity for a close-up look at how the Arboretum took her guiding principles and applied them in our own annual borders and beds. With one of our leading horticulturist and Gertrude Jekyll expert as your instructor, you'll find out how to get the most impact with color and learn how to follow Gertrude's color schemes-she crossed boundaries in the way with which she included bright, hot to cool colors, and her favorite grays and pastels. This class includes a stroll through the annual borders, specially designed by Duane Otto to reflect Gertrude's principles. You'll feel as if you've traveled across the pond to luxuriate in an authentic English cottage garden. A perfect follow-up to the April 5th class "The Genius of the Cottage Garden: Gertrude Jekyll." We recommend following this class with Cottage Garden in a Vase: Gertrude Jekyll Arranged, Saturday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. See details, below.
Limit 30, Visitors Center

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$35 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Register online now   Sold out. Buy all 3 and save! Gertrude Jekyll 3-Class Bundle: $75 member/$130 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Cottage Garden in a Vase

Floral Arrangement See-and-Learn: Cottage Garden in a Vase a la Gertrude Jekyll (100-07-12-14)
Saturday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shauna Moore, professional designer and owner of Shauna Moore Designs

Gertrude Jekyll's love for flowers expanded well beyond designs for lush perennial borders. An artist, gardener and craftswoman, Jekyll was also an influential floral designer, bringing her living palette of outdoor blooms indoors. Consistent with her garden designs, her floral arrangements likewise focused on color, texture, and shape. Drawing from years of experience with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts "Art in Bloom" program and her love of Jekyll's work, Shauna will share images of Jekyll-style arrangements, and then demonstrate how to create such designs as you watch. Learn about the flowers to cut from the garden and consider the painterly technique Jekyll used in creating floral decor for indoors, and then head home with a list of ingredients and techniques to replicate on your own. We recommend pairing this class with "The Arboretum Display Garden Up-Close: Gertrude Jekyll from Hot to Cool," see July 12, above. Note: this class does not include a take-home floral arrangement. Limit 40, Visitors Center

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$20 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Register online now   Sold out. Buy all 3 and save! Gertrude Jekyll 3-Class Bundle: $75 member/$130 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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


Spring floral 

Design a Spring Floral Basket (100-04-17-14)
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator

The delicate and breathtaking multi-layered beauty of the unique ranunculus flower will take center stage in a floral basket you will make and take home in another of Ashley Fox's popular floral design classes. You'll use these crepe paper-like beauties, along with other delicate blooming ephemerals and blooming branches, in a low, moss basket. Leave with new floral preparation tricks and hints, a refined sense of layering and form, and confidence in being able to create additional arrangements at home. You'll receive everything you need to create a finished arrangement with a florist value around $100! All materials provided. Limit 20, Learning Center

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$80 member/$100 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, basket, flowers and supplies


 peonies

Make an Arrangement of Peonies for Mom or You! (100-05-08-14)
Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator

Few flowers herald spring better than the beloved peony. And what better flower with which to honor mom! In yet another of Ashley Fox's popular floral design class, you will use peonies and other spring favorites to create a low-design arrangement in a beautiful dish, perfect for Mom and others to admire on any table. Leave with new floral preparations tricks and hints, a refined sense of layering and form, and confidence in being able to create additional arrangements at home. You'll receive everything you need to create a finished arrangement with a florist value around $100! All materials provided. Limit 20, Learning Center

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$80 member/$100 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, dish, flowers and supplies


 Garden Bounty

Create a Garden Bounty Centerpiece: From the Arboretum Gardens to Your Table (100-07-26-14)
Saturday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Ashley Fox, in-demand floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator

Using cuttings you gather from the Arboretum and a premium selection of locally grown flowers and vegetables, you'll create a fitting centerpiece for a relaxed dinner with friends or one to simply enjoy on your own. This class will give you invaluable tips on the care of processing flowers from your garden to get them ready for design work, including when and how to clip and what to do with them when you bring them inside to keep them fresh for many days. All supplies included in this make-and-take class. Leave with new floral preparations tricks and hints, a refined sense of layering and form, and confidence in being able to create additional arrangements at home. You'll receive everything you need to create a finished arrangement with a florist value around $100! All materials provided. Limit 20, Learning Center

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$80 member/$100 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, vase, flowers and supplies


 Cottage Garden in a Vase

Floral Arrangement See-and-Learn: Cottage Garden in a Vase a la Gertrude Jekyll (100-07-12-14)
Saturday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shauna Moore, professional designer and owner of Shauna Moore Designs

Gertrude Jekyll's love for flowers expanded well beyond designs for lush perennial borders. An artist, gardener and craftswoman, Jekyll was also an influential floral designer, bringing her living palette of outdoor blooms indoors. Consistent with her garden designs, her floral arrangements likewise focused on color, texture, and shape. Drawing from years of experience with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts "Art in Bloom" program and her love of Jekyll's work, Shauna will share images of Jekyll-style arrangements, and then demonstrate how to create such designs as you watch. Learn about the flowers to cut from the garden and consider the painterly technique Jekyll used in creating floral decor for indoors, and then head home with a list of ingredients and techniques to replicate on your own. We recommend pairing this class with "The Arboretum Display Garden Up-Close: Gertrude Jekyll from Hot to Cool," see July 12, above. Note: this class does not include a take-home floral arrangement.

Register online now

 

$20 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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  Buy all 3 and save! Gertrude Jekyll 3-Class Bundle: $75 member/$130 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 952-443-1422 to register by phone. You can also download the Spring/Summer 2014 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

Questions?
Call 952-443-1422
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.