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Saturday, March 22, 2014 Sustainable Edible Landscape

 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Learning Center

Emily Tepe, Horticultural research associate at the University of Minnesota and author of “The Edible Landscape”

Create a landscape that tastes as good as it looks! You will discover how to create the edible landscape with a variety of plants, from traditional to the unusual. Instructor Emily Tepe believes it’s unfair that tomatoes, kale and their savory companions are so often relegated to a hidden corner of the garden. And she advocates for a glorious blending of fruit bearing plants for a symphony of colors, textures, and the rewarding flavors. Be inspired to grow more than your own food, no matter how small your space, and do so in a way that is spectacular! Tepe’s book will be available for sale and signing after class.

To Register: http://www.mnarbonline.com/The-Sustainable-Yard-The-Edible-Landscape-150-03-22-14-P1193C149.aspx

Saturday, March 29, 2014 Sustainable Lawns and Turf

 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Learning Center

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 blue grass varieties! Learn about the benefits in creating a sustainable lawn and leave the session with a variety of tools to implement environmentally sound practices. Examine plant specimens from the greenhouse and learn to identify them. You will also discuss the best practical products to use for fertilizer, seed, and pest control, and even touch on other possible ground covers.

To Register: http://www.mnarbonline.com/The-Sustainable-Yard-Lawns-and-Turf-150-03-29-14-P1194C149.aspx

Thursday, April 24, 2014  The Edible Planter Garden Duo

  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Learning Center 

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

To Register: http://www.mnarbonline.com/The-Edible-Planter-Garden-Duo-150-04-24-14-P1320C149.aspx

Saturday April 26, 2014 How to Select a Rose

 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Visitors Center

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

To Register: http://www.mnarbonline.com/How-to-Select-a-Rose-150-04-26-14-P1319C149.aspx

 
 
Saturday, May 17, 2014 Selecting Tropical and Hardy Plants for your Pond

 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Minnesota Arboretum Vistors Center

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

To Register: http://www.mnarbonline.com/Selecting-Tropical-and-Hardy-Plants-for-Your-Pond-150-05-17-14-P1323C149.aspx