Gardening Classes at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Some great upcoming classes happening at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Enhance your community gardens and increase their resiliency, learn how to make a difference, and explore ways to preserve plant biodiversity in a changing world. Browse and register for all classes at

Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty

Saturday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

WE’RE SO EXCITED WE WET OUR PLANTS! Check out this video featuring some of the plants that will go home with class participants!

Do you enjoy growing food, but tire of hiding your humble vegetable garden in the back? There is another way: edible landscaping combines both ornamental and edible plants and results in a completely beautiful, completely delicious property! After an introduction to the concept, Julie will show you and your fellow gardeners how to make good plant choices for this type of garden, how to creatively mix and match for your desired garden look, and of course how to plan for sustainability and healthy long-lived plants. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and the confidence to create an edible landscape on your own property.

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

Gardening in a Post-Wild World
Friday, June 23, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Thomas Rainer
, Author, “Gardening in a Post-Wild World” and a horticultural futurist fascinated by the intersection of wild plants and human culture. A landscape architect by profession and a gardener by obsession, Thomas has worked on projects such as the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, but is happiest puttering in his small garden in Washington, D.C.
Thomas thinks you should use more natives, plant more daringly, and loosen up that landscape, for crying out loud.
BOOK SIGNING (optional): Books will be available for purchase and signing at 3 p.m. immediately following the presentation

Plant Selection for a Changing Climate

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.  

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

How to Save Tomato Seeds 
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 national expertise based in our very own upper Midwest: Seed Savers Exchange is based in Iowa just a few hours away! Tim, an accomplished seed saver and educator, 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.
$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and supplies

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