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Garden Walks                                                          back to top

Nighttime Winter Walk Through

Olbrich's Outdoor Gardens & Conservatory
During winter, nothing could be more welcoming in the dormant garden than light. Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for an after-hours walk through Olbrich's spectacularly illuminated winter outdoor gardens and then the tropical Bolz Conservatory. He will discuss the basics of landscape lighting through examples and show you perennials, shrubs, and trees that are especially good for showing off the effects of landscape lighting. He will also give you some great ideas to use in your own home garden. Dress appropriately for the outdoor weather and tropical conservatory. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, February 12, 7-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 5

Cost:  $17/$13 member | Course Number:  30-01

Behind-the-Scenes Greenhouse Tour
What would be more enjoyable on a cold winter day than a guided tour and stroll through the warm and green paradise of Olbrich's greenhouses full of exotic tropical plants and beautiful orchids? Join Conservatory Plant and Wildlife Assistant Cindy Cary for an informative behind-the-scenes visit to the greenhouses. Bring your camera and questions! Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 7, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 26

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  30-04

Spring Into Gardening Walk -

Get Ready for the Season
Take a walk through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturist Samantha Peckham as she discusses the best ways to prepare your garden for the season. Learn valuable time-saving tips and sustainable techniques to start your garden on the path to greatness this season. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 2, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 26

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  30-06

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers as we discuss fiction and non-fiction books about plants, gardens, nature, and the environment. The Olbrich Gardens Book Club is a book discussion group hosted by Olbrich's Schumacher Library staff where readers come together to discuss a book and share in the reading experience. The discussions are free and open to the public. Participants will need to read the selected book prior to the discussion.

Books are not supplied, but a copy will be available in the Schumacher Library for check-out.

Members of the Olbrich Botanical Society enjoy lending privileges. To become a member, visit www.olbrich.org/membership or call (608) 246-4724.

For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). Call 246-4550 to register. Space is limited; register early.

Book: Orchid Fever by Eric Hansen

Sunday, March 1, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 19

Cost:  Free | Course Number:  10-12

Description from amazon.com: The orchid is used for everything from medicine for elephants to an aphrodisiac ice cream. A Malaysian species can grow to weigh half a ton while a South American species fires miniature pollen darts at nectar-sucking bees. But the orchid is also the center of an illicit international business: one grower in Santa Barbara tends his plants while toting an Uzi, and a former collector has been in hiding for seven years after serving a jail sentence for smuggling thirty dollars worth of orchids into Britain. Deftly written and captivatingly researched, Orchid Fever is an endlessly enchanting and entertaining tour of an exotic world.

Book: Merry Hall by Beverly Nichols

Sunday, May 3 , 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  Free | Course Number:  10-63

Description from amazon.com: First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.

Wellness in the Gardens                                      back to top

Tai Chi Meditation
Tai Chi and Chi Kung are wellness practices that originated hundreds of years ago in China and are widely recommended by healthcare providers around the world today for their health benefits and positive impact on daily living. Incorporating exercise and movement, meditation and stillness, music and silence, this 8-week class offers a variety of Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices. Appropriate for adults of all ages, movements are typically done standing but may be adapted for seated practices. This class is led by Master Jody Curley, MA, who has been devoted to the art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan for 30 years and received the highest credential level from her teacher, Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that facilitates movement and balance. Register for one or both classes as a series. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, January 26-March16, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 19

Cost:  $80 per person | Course Number:  20-10

and/or

Mondays, March 30-May 18, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 23

Cost:  $80 per person | Course Number:  20-11

Ann WingateMeditation and Movement in the Garden
Appreciate Olbrich's beauty in a new way - through movement and quiet reflection. Each class begins in quiet meditation followed by lightly-facilitated movement. During the second half, you will seek a special niche in the outdoor gardens or conservatory for a time of individual contemplation: soaking in the sights, sounds, smells, and textures. We will end each class by sharing our individual experiences through movement reflections. From these we will create a simple dance as a group. This 4-session class brings together the healing powers of both dance and nature, informed by dance/movement therapy and eco-psychology. The facilitator, Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, is a registered dance/movement therapist from the Hancock Center in Madison. No dance experience necessary. Held outdoors/indoors, depending on the weather. Limited space; register early.

3rd Thursdays; monthly, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 12

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number: 20-03

Sharp Mind - Herbs and Tools
Brain renewal! Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will share herbal remedies that are traditionally used to increase intelligence and memory by tonifying and supporting the nerves and brain cells. Learn about foods and surprising lifestyle choices that will improve mental function and sharpness, as well as reduce stress and fatigue. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 11

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number: 10-30

Culinary Herbs that Promote Health & Vitality
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are not just savory herbs, but useful remedies for memory loss, prevention of Alzheimer's disease, improving digestion, and stabilizing blood sugar. Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will lead you on this journey from the kitchen to the herbal medicine cabinet. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 29

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number: 10-66

Yoga in the GardensYoga
This is a participative experiential class for gardeners, nature enthusiasts, and yoga students. Comfortable, loose fitting clothing and a portable mat are recommended; bring a water bottle. Instructor Jonathan A. Garber, RMT, is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Check with the instructor concerning holiday weeks. This class is held outdoors and indoors, depending on weather. Meet in the Lobby.

ON-GOING
Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.
Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 am,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.
Registration:
Walk-In
Cost: $12/session or 9 sessions for $80

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

Herbal Gift Making: Hands-on, Interactive, and Fun!

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun, hand-on class. You will make approximately 10 herbal gift items that you can give to your friends, family, or keep for yourself. The classroom will be set up in stations and you will rotate through, making a different item at each station. Everyone will make lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend, and much more! Learn about the variety of herbs offered and select herbs that resonate with you. All supplies provided; decorative packaging provided as well. For adults and children (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

This class is now full.

Saturday, December 13, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 21-53

All About Figs

If you are familiar with Ficus carica, then you know that the taste of a fresh fig is an unforgettable experience. Did you know that you can grow these tasty fruits here in the upper Midwest? With a little care and determination you can annually harvest these special Mediterranean treats. Join fig-lover John Holzwart for this enjoyable presentation and learn how to grow, maintain, winterize, and propagate your own fig trees from cuttings.


Saturday, January 17, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 8

Cost:  $25/$20 member | Course Number: 10-02

Herbal Soap Making Fun!

Old Fashion Soap and Feltmaking

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun afternoon of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. We will make soap with herbs, as well as fresh goat's milk. You will also learn how to felt soap, which is a fun way to add a natural washcloth and decorative look to your bar of soap. You will go home with soap made in class, along with the instructions and recipes for making soap and felting soap bars at home. All supplies provided. For adults and youth ages 8 and up with an adult; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, January 17, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 8

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-09

Pochoir Workshop (French Stenciling Technique)

Pochoir is the French word for stenciling, a form of printmaking that dates to a thousand years ago in China and was made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 1800s through the 1930s. The resulting print is characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will teach you this simple and elegant way to create images by layering shapes, creating pattern, and building a rich surface using stencils and pastels. Your pochoir stencils may find their way as book images, decorative paper designs, scrapbooking and/or greeting cards. Pochoir is a terrific alternative to screen printing and a great way to utilize less expensive pastels. Simplified images and designs work best as you learn the basics. No experience necessary. Bring a good cutting mat and X-acto knife; other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, January 18, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 8

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-01

Garden Monotypes Workshop (Printmaking)

Explore one-of-a-kind printmaking methods using gelatin plates - a fun, easy method of printmaking that does not require a press. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn both additive and subtractive printmaking with gelatin plate methods, including working with stencils, natural materials, multi-stage printing, and more. Gelatin 'plates' will be prepared ahead for you, and we will use water-based mediums for printing. Personal choice of printing on paper or fabric. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, January 31, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 22

Cost:  $81/$65 member | Course Number: 20-13

Hypertufa Trough Workshop

Join Master Gardener and trough enthusiast Jane Gahlman in making an antique trough planter for your fairy garden, rock garden, or patio. We will mix peat moss, perlite, Portland cement, and reinforcing fibers with water to form a lightweight but strong hypertufa trough that can be left outdoors over winter. Instructions will be given for unmolding and planting your trough on your own after it has cured. Dress to get dirty - it can get messy! All supplies included. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 1, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 22

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 20-02

Love Blooms - Seeded Paper Valentines Workshop

Send heart-shaped handmade paper Valentines embedded with seeds that will burst into blooms when planted. Learn to select appropriate pulp and seeds for seed paper projects, along with other creative uses for seed paper. Kim Schiedermayer, an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will guide you through all the steps to create seed paper Valentines that are ready to send, complete with planting instructions and envelopes. Bring your own favorite heart-shaped or Valentine-themed cookie cutters (or choose from forms supplied in class), an empty 4 to 5 inch diameter can or bowl that can hold 16 oz., and a kitchen-sized terry towel. For adults, youth (ages 8 and up w/ adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, Februray 3, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 27

Cost:  $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-04

Glorious Groundcovers

Groundcovers are a wide-ranging group of plants from evergreen to deciduous, herbaceous to woody, flowering to foliar, and perennial to re-seeding annuals. These plants range from tough plants for tough places, to deep shade lovers or moisture lovers, while others prefer to be baked in the hot sun. Whatever your growing situation, there is a groundcover plant that will fit and provide unified colors and textures to make the rest of your plantings really sing. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will offer groundcover solutions to many landscape and garden challenges.

Tuesday, Februray 3, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 27

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-05

Beginner Papermaking Workshop -

Paper with Botanicals and Simple Cast Paper

Learn the basic techniques of papermaking and paper casting. Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will teach you how to make handmade paper embedded with beautiful botanicals from nature and simple cast paper.You will make elegant stationery and handmade cards with added paper casts to create unique items. An enjoyable and popular class. No experience necessary; materials for papermaking and paper casting provided. For adults and youth (ages 10 and up w/ an adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 28

Cost:  $62/$50 member | Course Number: 20-05

Grasses & Sedges

Ornamental grasses and sedges are arguably the most important component of any great garden, whether in a mixed border, prairie, or gravel garden. No other plant group has the impact ornamental grasses and sedges have in gardens for the beauty they add in almost every month of the year - something that can't be said for any other perennial in the Midwest. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping has incorporated a wide variety of these plants into Olbrich's garden design, and he will share his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars with you. He will also discuss how these beauties can be incorporated into your gardens to create knockout displays.

Thursday, February 5, 7-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 29

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-06

Introduction to Home Cheese Making

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun day of cheese making. Learn how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. We will create and sample several simple cheeses that can be cultivated at home. We will make cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella, and several varieties of soft cheese and fermented milk products. You can build on this introduction to create many varieties of cheese. You will go home with some of the cheese we make and culture to get started. A light lunch of salad, cheese, bread, and butter that we make in class will be provided. Bring your own drink, plate, and utensils. For adults and teens (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, February 7, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 29

Cost:  $99/$80 member | Course Number: 20-06

Growing and Preseving Unusual Fruit

Everyone enjoys the sensual pleasure of tasting a new and exotic tropical fruit, but few people in the Midwest realize they can taste these delicious fruits in their own backyard. Join John Holzwart as he shares tips for growing and preserving unusual fruits in Wisconsin. Fruits that he will discuss and provide samples of include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, pawpaws, figs, and many more!

Saturday, February 7, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 29

Cost:  $19/$16 member | Course Number: 10-07

Create Enchanting Globe Ice Lanterns

for Your Home

Using tap water and a few supplies, you will learn how to work in concert with Mother Nature to create wondrous ice luminaries. Wintercraft's Ice Wrangler Jennifer Hedberg will discuss and show you the process for making globe ice lanterns outside during winter and indoors in the freezer. Once the globes are made, they can be decorated and displayed as part of an outdoor winterscape or indoors as fanciful centerpieces for any occasion. You will learn techniques for creating patterns in the ice and receive design tips for both outdoor and indoor displays. Each paid participant receives one starter kit to take home. You will see some spectacular luminaries first-hand; dress for the weather. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); a youth with one adult pays one registration fee and receives one kit. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 3

Cost:  $55 per person | Course Number: 20-07

The art of Henna

Henna has been used in the eastern Mediterranean to adorn the human body as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age. Markings consistent with henna have been found on statuettes of young women dating between 1500 and 500 BCE. Using this organic, plant-based dye you will learn how to use henna to create beautiful, temporary tattoo patterns. Poonam Rao, a local artist specializing in Indian handicrafts, will show you the step-by-step process for making your own henna paste and creating designs. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed for this hands-on class. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 3

Cost:  $25/$20 member | Course Number: 20-08

and/or

Thursday, April 30, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $25/$20 member | Course Number: 20-46

Plants and their Functionality

Beyond Beauty & Food

Explore the function of plants in soil health, water retention, plant communities, and their uses in crafts, medicine, and small structures. Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and learn about the fascinating multi-functionality of plants and how you can incorporate them into your landscape. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, February 11 , 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 4

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-08

Calligraphy: The Art of Written Forms Workshop

Learn the art of beautiful writing with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands in this 2-session workshop. Working with pen/brush, ink, and paper, you will learn the basics of constructing a few lettering styles. A selection of nature poems and quotations will be provided for you to hand-letter for your home, as gifts, for creating unique greeting cards, and more. No previous experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Limited space; register early.

Wednesdays, February 18 & 25, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  February 11

Cost:  $87/$70 member | Course Number: 20-14

Designing Attractive Native Gardens

for Home & Business

In the minds of many city dwellers, the terms "native plants" and "prairie restoration" evoke visions of wide open spaces either blooming gloriously or looking wild and unkempt. Neither has translated well to the traditional home lot - until now. Join John J. Gishnock III, ecological designer and owner of Formecology, LLC, as he takes you through a process of developing attractive native plantings and gardens. Learn how to utilize wildflowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs, and trees to create a more natural, wild look, or a clean, organized planting suitable for the most refined of settings - from rural residencies to urban municipal buildings.

Thursday, February 19, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 12

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-10

You CAN Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

If you can ride a bicycle, operate a sewing machine, or drive a car, you can learn to draw, too! Drawing is a relaxing hobby, a foundation skill for all arts, and a useful tool in planning home and garden projects. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will alleviate any fears through fun floral and garden-related drawing exercises with straightforward directions to get you started. All materials provided, including a sketchbook and drawing tools to take home. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 22, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 12

Cost:  $112/$90 member | Course Number: 20-16

A Tropical Twist in Your Garden

Interest in your summer gardens can be augmented and magnified by the use of colorful tropical plantings. Our Wisconsin summers are ideal for a wide range of tropical selections that can thrive and provide gorgeous color and texture with foliage, flowers, or perhaps both! Tropical plants can add visual beauty, scent, form, function, and interest for wildlife. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will help you explore the wide range of tropical plants for sun and shade to add to your garden beds, borders, and containers. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 18

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-14

Lower Maintenance Garden Design -

The mixed Border

Everyone strives to have a fantastic looking garden, not only during the growing season when colorful blossoms grace our gardens, but also during the rest of the year when flowers fade. Like everyone, gardeners lead busy lives and have limited time to plant and nurture their gardens, and they would like a little time to sit and enjoy them! Join Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping as he discusses and illustrates garden designs that require less time, water, and chemicals to grow and thrive. He will present mixed border ideas that utilize the entire pallet of plants - trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, and bulbs - using examples from Olbrich and from other gardens across the country.

Thursday, February 26, 7-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 19

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-15

Beesentation - Bees and Beekeeping Revealed

Bees play an important role in our food systems. Whether you want to start a dance with bees through beekeeping or just learn about the dance they do to find nectar, this class gets you buzzing. Charlie Koenen, a beekeeper for 15 years and the designer of a beehive he calls Beepods, will introduce you to bees and beekeeping. You will discover the difference between bees and wasps, who is inside the hive, and how humans have managed bees for pollination and honey. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, February 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 19

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number: 10-13

Plan Your Garden so You Can Eat Locally All Year

Ready to start relying on the grocery store less and your vegetable garden more for organic produce year-round? Join Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, to learn how you can eat food from your garden during all 12 months in Wisconsin - it just takes a little planning. She will discuss how to strategically plan your garden with easy to grow and store crops, how to elevate your garden production with simple maps and records, when to plant crops so you are harvesting from your garden for Christmas dinner, and how to grow more food with less work. She will focus on simple and quick techniques - no fancy equipment of greenhouses needed! Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 24

Cost:  $40/$32 member | Course Number: 10-16

Introducing Endangered and Other Plants into Your Properties

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and explore how ginseng, goldenseal, and other plants can be introduced into your landscape. The discussion will focus on wooded and shady areas and how homeowners can help endangered plant species and the ecosystems at-large of which they are a part.

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 25

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-17

Block Printing Made Easy Workshop

Make your own unique wrapping paper and stationary with block printing! After learning about this fun way to print patterns, use Olbrich's gardens as inspiration to develop your own block printing stamps from a number of materials such as foam, yarn, and cardboard. Patrizia Ferreira, local textile designer, will guide you through the process and you will take home beautiful handmade cards and wrapping paper to share with friends and family. All supplies included; no previous experience necessary. For adults and teens (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 4, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 25

Cost:  $61 per person | Course Number: 20-19

Vegetable Garden Design Workshop:

Create a Garden That Feeds Your Body + Soul

Do you have lots of exciting ideas but aren't sure how to turn them into a vegetable garden? Are you less than thrilled with your current garden? Join Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, in this hands-on workshop where we will break out graph paper, pencils, and inspirational photographs to design a beautiful vegetable garden that produces a lot of food with less work. The second part of the workshop will focus on step-by-step installation of the garden so you go home prepared to dig in. Some pre-class work required. Bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 8, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 26

Cost:  $99 per person | Course Number: 20-21

Native Shrubs -

A Symbiosis of Site, Structure, and Sanctuary

Interested in learning more about native shrubs? Explore the exciting possibilities of native shrubs in your landscape with John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC. He will share informative and easy-to-follow native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance tips. Expect to discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs and how these beautiful, low-maintenance plants can be used in your landscape for both aesthetic appeal and functional purposes.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 3

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-20

Basic Handmade Book Structures Workshop

Whether you're interested in exploring books as art, making blank journals, or curious about bookbinding, this introductory workshop will help familiarize you with the materials and techniques of sewn book construction, as well as the basic principles of book function. In this 2-session workshop with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands, you will develop a portfolio of book structures to use for journals, one-of-a-kind books, or gifts. Explore selecting, folding, tearing, and cutting paper and learn basic sewing and gluing techniques to create a selection of unique books. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesdays, March 10 & 17, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  March 3

Cost:  $112/$90 member | Course Number: 20-22

New Tree Selections for Diversity

Not another red maple, please! With every new year there seems to be another new bug or disease that is threatening our trees. Why is that happening and what can we do about it? Join Mark Wegner, City of Middleton forester and horticulturist, to discover new planting options for homeowners and to explore the contributing factors behind events such as the current Emerald Ash Borer crisis, Dutch Elm Disease, and Chestnut Blight.

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 4

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-22

Aquaponics for Cold Weather

Learn how to build a cold-climate aquaponics greenhouse with recycled materials that produces $4,000 of fish and greens per year and uses only $200 of electricity in a space smaller than a bedroom. Jeremiah Robinson will discuss the basics of aquaponics design, greenhouse design, fish selection and care, water quality, heating, and where to find materials on the cheap. Learn hands-on with a portable aquaponics trailer. Jeremiah Robinson is a professional energy engineer and designer of cold-climate backyard aquaponics systems. He writes a column for Aquaponics Survival Communities, gives presentations around Wisconsin in partnership with Paradigm Gardens, and publishes the Cold Weather Aquaponics blog. For adults and teens (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Bring a bag lunch.

Saturday, March 14, 9 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 5

Cost:  $110 per person | Course Number: 20-24

A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community

Conventional lawn weed killers present risks for people, pets, and the environment. Understanding these risks may motivate one to learn more natural lawn care practices. Family Practice Physician Claire Gervais, MD, will discuss the specific risks of lawn care pesticides followed by Horticulturist Astrid Newenhouse, Ph.D., who will present natural and organic ways to maintain a lawn. She will discuss current research information on overseeding, soil health, compost, irrigation, and weed control. Drs. Gervais and Newenhouse will also share ideas on how to encourage our community to adopt healthier lawn care practices.

Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 12

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-31

Let's Create Wearable Art!

Enjoy an artsy afternoon and walk away with your own hand-dyed tube scarf and a one-of-a-kind hand-printed t-shirt! You will explore a variety of basic fold and dye techniques to create a beautifully patterned, multi-colored tube scarf. In the same afternoon instructor Patrizia Ferreira, a local textile designer, will guide you in creating stencils to apply to fabric and then turn a white cotton t-shirt into a unique hand-dyed wearable statement piece. No experience necessary to make these unique, wearable items. All materials supplied. Upon registration, please indicate unisex size of t-shirt. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 21, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 12

Cost:  $81 per person | Course Number: 20-25

Fruit Tree Grafting

Do you wish your ornamental crabapple tree had large juicy apples? Maybe your fruiting apple tree is too much to handle and you wish you had a crabapple tree. These are just a couple of reasons to practice the age-old art of grafting. For centuries, people have been changing fruit trees to suit their needs, and you can too! Join John Holzwart for a comprehensive presentation explaining several approaches to grafting, followed by a demonstration and hands-on learning. You will graft and take home two semi-dwarf fruit trees of your choice (apple, pear, or plum). Root stocks and scionwood (fruit tree cuttings) provided. Additional plant materials will be available to purchase for grafting more trees at home. Bring a sharp, clean pocket knife or similar; some knives available for your use during class. Limited space; register early. This class is followed by a scionwood exchange that is free to the public.

Saturday, March 21, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 12

Cost:  $31/$25 member | Course Number: 20-27

Scionwood Exchange (Fruit Tree Grafting)

Attention all fruit tree grafters and growers! Here is your chance to exchange plant material. Join us for a fun time trading fruit tree cuttings. Newbies and seasoned grafters will mingle and swap scionwood of various fruit trees. Do you have a special apple or pear tree in your yard? Cuttings of that tree might have some value to others! All we ask is that you bring a few labeled cuttings of dormant scionwood; no patented varieties please. If you are picking up scionwood, bring plastic bags. If you are bringing scionwood to trade or give away, please be ready to supply a botanical name and description of the fruit.

Saturday, March 21, 3-5 pm

Cost:  Free/Walk-in

Pruning Pointers Workshop

Pruning is essential to the optimal health of trees and shrubs, but it is feared even by experienced gardeners. Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping as he dispels the fear by teaching when, where, and what to cut. He will discuss pruning techniques, and then demonstrate on live trees and shrubs in the outdoor gardens. Dress appropriately for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 22, 9 am-12 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 12

Cost:  $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-26

Gardening for Pollinators

Butterflies, bees, and many other pollinators provide critical ecosystem services by pollinating both food crops and wildflowers alike. Unfortunately, these creatures are threatened by a variety of human impacts. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss what you can do to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and the many other "little things that run the world." If weather permits, we will take a stroll through Olbrich's outdoor gardens to see some of the plants highlighted in the presentation.

Monday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 16

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-32

Kitschy Papermaking Workshop -

Napkin Art in Handmade Paper

Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will teach you how to make one-of-a-kind cards, stationery, framed pieces, and much more. Learn basic papermaking techniques then use a simple transfer technique to add graphic design images from trendy napkins to your handmade paper. Lots of images provided in class or bring your own. All supplies included. Easy and lots of fun - bring a friend! For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 18

Cost:  $66/$54 member | Course Number: 20-28

A Focus on Foliage in the shadier Garden

While we all enjoy flowers in our gardens, the shadier garden becomes more reliant on colorful foliage that offers visual texture and interest. By focusing on the merits of plant foliage from our trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, the shade garden can still be beautiful and engaging. Foliage will long outlast the impact of the flowers, and the multitude of potential foliage combinations is limitless! Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss a wide range of effective foliage compositions for the shadier garden with lots of photographs in his presentations.

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 18

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-35

Hydroponics 101

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Nutrients are delivered through water in a closed-loop system, which allows you to grow high-quality crops using minimal materials in a controlled environment. Join Dennis Anderson from Paradigm Gardens in Madison and learn the basics of maximizing plant growth and yield using the gardening method of hydroponics. He will share information about its history, types of hydroponic systems, care and maintenance, monitoring and adjusting water, nutrients and lighting, along with tips and tricks for common issues.

Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 19

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-36

All About Willow

Let Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery, introduce you to the wonderful world of willow. The genus Salix has many members, perhaps as vast as the number of uses that have been devised for its twigs, bark, and even wood. As basket makers and gardeners, Lee and Lindsay supply their own needs by growing three acres of cultivated willows chosen for their size, uniformity, and color. Learn how this versatile plant is grown, harvested, and put to use. A demonstration of making a woven plant tower/trellis and interesting tales about willow and its lore are also included. This presentation is the perfect compliment to the afternoon Rustic Willow Trellis Workshop or can be taken alone.

Saturday, March 28, 10 am-12 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 19

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-38

Rustic Willow Trellis Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, build your own willow plant tower/trellis that will look great in your garden or yard. In the process, learn some basic basket weaves and rustic construction methods from Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery. This workshop is the perfect compliment to the morning All About Willow presentation or can be taken alone. The plant towers are large, so participants should bring a vehicle that can accommodate them. Bring hand clippers/pruners and work gloves. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 28, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 19

Cost:  $162/$130 member | Course Number: 20-29

Selecting and Growing Tropical Orchids

Orchids have a reputation of requiring expert care and growers with deep pockets. Some orchids do require experienced growing skills, but the majority will do well with minimal care. Conservatory Curator John Wirth will discuss how to choose and care for the best orchid suited to your home, pocketbook, and skill level. He will also take you behind-the-scenes for a guided tour of the orchid greenhouse to see and hear about Olbrich's orchid collection. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 29, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 19

Cost:  $18/$14 member | Course Number: 10-39

Introduction to Painting in Soft Pastel

Many students "fall in love" with pastels after taking this comprehensive one-day workshop! Soft pastels are fun to use, colorful, versatile, and expressive. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvelt will introduce you to this fascinating dry painting medium through a variety of exercises on different papers, completing two or three different nature-based works during the day. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers for this introductory class provided. Bring a bag lunch. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 29, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 19

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-30

Make Your Own Handmade Paper Lampshade

Turn wastepaper into handmade paper and create a 'green' lampshade! Learn the basic techniques of handmade papermaking, and then complete one bedside lampshade with handmade paper. Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will provide sample options for your lampshade, or a starting point for your own idea. All supplies included; you will leave class with one bedside lamp and shade plated with your handmade paper - a beautiful accent for any room! For adults, youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 25

Cost:  $69/$56 member | Course Number: 20-31

Native Plants for Any Garden

Are you thinking about using some native plants in your yard, but aren't sure where to start? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will share information about native plants that are "winners" in various conditions, so you can find some that will work well and look great in your landscape.

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-43

Indoor Vegetable Gardening

The thrill of harvesting lettuce and Swiss chard from your indoor garden in the middle of winter is addicting! Learn about the ease of growing vegetables indoors at home with Dennis Anderson from Paradigm Gardens in Madison. Dennis will discuss indoor gardening techniques, including indoor hydroponics versus soil containers, plant nutrients, and plant lighting needs to successfully grow vegetables indoors. Specifically, he will explain the differences among HID, LED, induction, and fluorescent lighting. You will also get great tips to increase your production and how to introduce new varieties of vegetables to your indoor garden such as cucumbers and spinach.

Thursday, April 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 2

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-45

Beginner Book Making:

Sticky Note Books with thai Paper Covers

Use gorgeous Thai papers, designer embellishments, and 'skeleton leaves' from Thailand to make sticky note books for friends and co-workers. Never made a book before? Kim Schiedermayer, an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will help you get a successful start by guiding you through all the steps. Bookmaking and finishing supplies provided for 6 books. Please bring your own scissors and ruler. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 7

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 20-38

Caring for Mature Trees

Mature trees are irreplaceable pinnacles to our urban landscape. Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, and learn how to care for mature trees. She will help you understand decay, proper pruning, proper nutrition and watering requirements, as well as cultural landscape practices to optimize their health. Class occurs indoors and outdoors; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 14

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-52

Incorporating Fragrance in the Garden

Most of us enjoy the spring scent of lilacs in the garden; adding scent throughout the growing season can make our landscape even more enjoyable. You can extend fragrances into the summer months with the selection and placement of woody plants, perennials, and annuals that will collectively contribute fragrance. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss the wide range of plants that provide scent in the garden (day and night), including the fragrances of lemon, pine, vanilla, and even chocolate! Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 15

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-53

Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants

We all have a few weeds growing here and there in our yards, but most properties also have more insidious invasive species that can spread rapidly and plunder natural areas. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss invasive plants and some of the common ornamental plants that are becoming invasive, too. Find out what these "bad" plants are and how to stop them from spreading in your landscape and neighborhood.

Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-54

Tree Planting Workshop

There are some great tree planting quotes, like "We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations," and "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." However, just planting a tree is not enough, since improperly planted trees never live to the ripe old age that they could if the time was taken in the beginning to plant them correctly. Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will show you how to plant trees the right way, so your children and your children's children can enjoy the trees you plant now. Part of this class takes place outdoors; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Friday, April 24, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $19/$16 member | Course Number: 10-55

Wet-Felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf Workshop

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just a few hours! You will decorate one hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf with wisps of merino wool, and then wet felt them very gently together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! The finished scarf length will be five feet. Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will also show you how to extend the length of your scarf with pieces of yarn. Bring your favorite colors or choose from the instructor's yarn. Participants must have some physical endurance. Bring a sponge, an old bath towel, and a produce-sized plastic bag. Hand-dyed silk scarves, merino wool, and all other felting tools and materials supplied. No felting experience necessary. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 25, 10 am-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-43

Floral Pastel Interpretations

Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. In this workshop you will do three or four different interpretations from the same floral or nature-based photograph. Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others! You will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This repeatable workshop by instructor Kay Brathol-Hostvet is for beginner to advanced levels. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-47

Wild Food & Wild Medicine:

Hands-on, Interactive, Fun!

Join herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring class. We will begin the day by taking an herb walk on the perimeters of Olbrich's gardens, the place where wild things are. We will continue the day with a set of projects focused on wild food. We will create pesto with wild greens, wild pickles, a wild salad, and a wild plant infused vinegar. Some of these will be included in our lunch and participants will take some of their creations home. After lunch, you will learn to create simple herbal remedies for future use. The afternoon will include several hands-on projects, including crafting a bug repellent, a healing lotion, an oxymel (vinegar syrup), and a simple honey-based lozenge. You will leave with recipes, information on how to use the various preparations, and inspiration for continuing your own wild plant journey. For lunch, a wild salad and dressing that we prepare together will be provided, along with infused herbal beverages. If you would like something additional, please bring the food with you. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 2, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-48

Contemplative Spring:

Photography and Haiku Workshop

In the rush of new growth and spring gardening, take a day to explore the plants that are popping up at Olbrich. Learn contemplative photography and haiku, as well as other short but powerful observing practices, that will allow you to truly appreciate nature and gardening in this upcoming season. This vibrant workshop, absent of competition and full of appreciation, is led by Miriam Hall, a contemplative arts teacher based in Madison. No previous writing experience required; familiarity with your digital camera recommended. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Bring a digital camera, writing utensil, notebook, and bag lunch. All levels welcome. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 10, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 30

Cost:  $65/$52 member | Course Number: 20-52

See, Shoot, Edit:

A Fundamental Approach to Photography Workshop

If you enjoy taking photographs but the process is a mystery to you, then this workshop is for you. Through a combination of lecture, field shoot in Olbrich's gardens, slide shows, image review, one-on-one sessions, and question-and-answer sessions, Professional Photographer John Gregor from ColdSnap Photography will help you improve your photography skills in a supportive atmosphere. We will discuss basic photographic techniques, how a camera works, modes to use for the best pictures, and image composition. Most importantly, we will discuss how to SEE photographs, and put all these principles to practice while taking photographs. Bring a digital SLR-type camera with manual controls for focus and exposure settings (or auto with manual overrides), tripod, cable release, and a bag lunch. Dress appropriately for the weather. All experience levels welcome. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 16, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 7

Cost:  $125 per person | Course Number: 20-54

Ornamental Container Gardens Workshop

Loved by small and large space gardeners alike, containers are a fabulous way to dress up your patio, deck, or balcony. In this presentation and workshop, Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will guide you on how to plant containers with overflowing beauty. You will go home with one finished ornamental container with plants appropriate for the lighting conditions you indicate. Upon registration, please indicate whether you prefer sun or shade plants. All materials supplied. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 12

Cost: $82/$66 member | Course Number: 20-56

Learn + Play Together:

Classes for Children and Families                      back to top

Family classes are designed so adults and children can explore together. Children grades 2 and under must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Advance registration required. Dress for the activity and weather.

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Our Amazing Earth

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on Earth and its diverse habitats. Each class includes a story, a stroll through the Bolz Conservatory, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult.

Over in the Jungle

Tuesday, December 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-27

or

Saturday, December 13, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 4

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-28

Over in the Arctic

Tuesday, December 16, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 9

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-29

or

Saturday, December 20, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 11

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-30

Papermaking Fun

Learn to make paper! Create handmade paper embedded with leaves and other plant parts. Your finished handmade paper can be used to create bookmarks, gift tags, cards, ornaments, and much more at home for family or friends. No experience necessary. Materials for making 3 handmade paper sheets provided. Dress to get messy! Grades K-3 with an adult. Limited space; register early!


This class is now full.

Friday, December 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 61-15

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Reading in the Rainforest SEries

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on quality children's literature. Each class includes a story, a stroll through the Bolz Conservatory, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult.

An Orange in January

Friday, January 23, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 15

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-01

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Friday, January 30, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 22

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-02

Where the Wild Things Are

Friday, February 6, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 29

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-03

Peter Rabbit's Adventures

Celebrate the coming of spring with Peter Rabbit. In this special class, toddlers and their caregivers will hear The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and engage in fun, theme-related activities. A self-guided stroll through Olbrich's Beatrix Potter-themed spring flower show is included during the class. Select either the Tuesday or Friday class. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, March 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-16

and/or

Friday, March 13, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 5

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-17

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Stories by Dianna Pulley Aston

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the remarkable nature books written by Dianna Pulley Aston. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

A Rock is Lively

Tuesday, March 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-04

and/or

Friday, April 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 9

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-08

An Egg is Quiet

Tuesday, March 31, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 24

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-05

and/or

Friday, April 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-09

A Seed is Sleepy

Tuesday, April 7, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-06

and/or

Friday, April 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-07

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Down by the Pond Series

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the wet and wild world around Olbrich's pond. Classes include a story, a walk to Olbrich's pond, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Sensational Snails

Friday, May 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 7

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-10

Fantastic Frogs

Friday, May 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 14

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-11

Marvelous Mud

Friday, May 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  May 21

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-12

I Wonder...Series

The "I Wonder..." series of nighttime classes combines literacy and science to explore the natural world. Classes include a story, a walk through the outdoor gardens or Bolz Conservatory, and a theme-related science exploration. Dress for the weather. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Grades K-3 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

What is a Tail For? (Plant & Animal Adaptations)

Friday, February 13, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 5

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-10

What Do Plants Eat? (Explore Carnivorous Plants)

Friday, March 6, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 26

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-11

Are Fairies Real?

Friday, May 1, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 60-12

Morning in the Rainforest

Join us in this behind-the-scenes class and help prepare the Bolz Conservatory and its animals for another busy day. Work side-by-side with staff as you feed the birds and fish. Learn about the animals and how to care for their environment in the Conservatory. Class takes place before the Conservatory opens. Grades 1-5 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 1, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  March 25

Cost:  $11/$9 member | Course Number: 60-18

Girl Scout Programs                                              back to top

Plant, Water, Grow!

Begin the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This hands-on program provides an opportunity for Daisy Scouts to discover the world of plants and gardening, to make connections between insects, flowers, and gardens, and to create a mini-garden to take home. Activities can be applied toward the Watering Can Award. Limited space; register early.

To register, call 608-245-5791

Saturday, April 18, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  April 2

Cost:  $10 girl/$0 adult; $5 additional adult

Grades: K-1

Junior Flower Badge & Gardener Badge Programs

Programs available to Girl Scout troops upon request.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers programs to help Junior Girl Scouts achieve the Flower or Gardener Badges. Programs are available upon request. Cost is $10 per scout with a 10 girl/$100 minimum.

For more information or to register, call (608) 245-5791.

Youth Classes                                                           back to top

Herbal Soap Making Fun!

Old Fashion Soap and Feltmaking

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun afternoon of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. We will make soap with herbs, as well as fresh goat's milk. You will also learn how to felt soap, which is a fun way to add a natural washcloth and decorative look to your bar of soap. You will go home with soap made in class, along with the instructions and recipes for making soap and felting soap bars at home. All supplies provided. For adults and youth ages 8 and up with an adult; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, January 17, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 8

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-09

Love Blooms - Seeded Paper Valentines Workshop

Send heart-shaped handmade paper Valentines embedded with seeds that will burst into blooms when planted. Learn to select appropriate pulp and seeds for seed paper projects, along with other creative uses for seed paper. Kim Schiedermayer, an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will guide you through all the steps to create seed paper Valentines that are ready to send, complete with planting instructions and envelopes. Bring your own favorite heart-shaped or Valentine-themed cookie cutters (or choose from forms supplied in class), an empty 4 to 5 inch diameter can or bowl that can hold 16 oz., and a kitchen-sized terry towel. For adults, youth (ages 8 and up w/ adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, Februray 3, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 27

Cost:  $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-04

Beginner Papermaking Workshop -

Paper with Botanicals and Simple Cast Paper

Learn the basic techniques of papermaking and paper casting. Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will teach you how to make handmade paper embedded with beautiful botanicals from nature and simple cast paper.You will make elegant stationery and handmade cards with added paper casts to create unique items. An enjoyable and popular class. No experience necessary; materials for papermaking and paper casting provided. For adults and youth (ages 10 and up w/ an adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 28

Cost:  $62/$50 member | Course Number: 20-05

Introduction to Home Cheese Making

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun day of cheese making. Learn how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. We will create and sample several simple cheeses that can be cultivated at home. We will make cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella, and several varieties of soft cheese and fermented milk products. You can build on this introduction to create many varieties of cheese. You will go home with some of the cheese we make and culture to get started. A light lunch of salad, cheese, bread, and butter that we make in class will be provided. Bring your own drink, plate, and utensils. For adults and teens (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, February 7, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 29

Cost:  $99/$80 member | Course Number: 20-06

Create Enchanting Globe Ice Lanterns

for Your Home

Using tap water and a few supplies, you will learn how to work in concert with Mother Nature to create wondrous ice luminaries. Wintercraft's Ice Wrangler Jennifer Hedberg will discuss and show you the process for making globe ice lanterns outside during winter and indoors in the freezer. Once the globes are made, they can be decorated and displayed as part of an outdoor winterscape or indoors as fanciful centerpieces for any occasion. You will learn techniques for creating patterns in the ice and receive design tips for both outdoor and indoor displays. Each paid participant receives one starter kit to take home. You will see some spectacular luminaries first-hand; dress for the weather. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); a youth with one adult pays one registration fee and receives one kit. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 3

Cost:  $55 per person | Course Number: 20-07

Calligraphy: The Art of Written Forms Workshop

Learn the art of beautiful writing with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands in this 2-session workshop. Working with pen/brush, ink, and paper, you will learn the basics of constructing a few lettering styles. A selection of nature poems and quotations will be provided for you to hand-letter for your home, as gifts, for creating unique greeting cards, and more. No previous experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Limited space; register early.

Wednesdays, February 18 & 25, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  February 11

Cost:  $87/$70 member | Course Number: 20-14

You CAN Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

If you can ride a bicycle, operate a sewing machine, or drive a car, you can learn to draw, too! Drawing is a relaxing hobby, a foundation skill for all arts, and a useful tool in planning home and garden projects. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will alleviate any fears through fun floral and garden-related drawing exercises with straightforward directions to get you started. All materials provided, including a sketchbook and drawing tools to take home. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 22, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 12

Cost:  $112/$90 member | Course Number: 20-16

Block Printing Made Easy Workshop

Make your own unique wrapping paper and stationary with block printing! After learning about this fun way to print patterns, use Olbrich's gardens as inspiration to develop your own block printing stamps from a number of materials such as foam, yarn, and cardboard. Patrizia Ferreira, local textile designer, will guide you through the process and you will take home beautiful handmade cards and wrapping paper to share with friends and family. All supplies included; no previous experience necessary. For adults and teens (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 4, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 25

Cost:  $61 per person | Course Number: 20-19

Basic Handmade Book Structures Workshop

Whether you're interested in exploring books as art, making blank journals, or curious about bookbinding, this introductory workshop will help familiarize you with the materials and techniques of sewn book construction, as well as the basic principles of book function. In this 2-session workshop with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands, you will develop a portfolio of book structures to use for journals, one-of-a-kind books, or gifts. Explore selecting, folding, tearing, and cutting paper and learn basic sewing and gluing techniques to create a selection of unique books. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesdays, March 10 & 17, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  March 3

Cost:  $112/$90 member | Course Number: 20-22

Aquaponics for Cold Weather

Learn how to build a cold-climate aquaponics greenhouse with recycled materials that produces $4,000 of fish and greens per year and uses only $200 of electricity in a space smaller than a bedroom. Jeremiah Robinson will discuss the basics of aquaponics design, greenhouse design, fish selection and care, water quality, heating, and where to find materials on the cheap. Learn hands-on with a portable aquaponics trailer. Jeremiah Robinson is a professional energy engineer and designer of cold-climate backyard aquaponics systems. He writes a column for Aquaponics Survival Communities, gives presentations around Wisconsin in partnership with Paradigm Gardens, and publishes the Cold Weather Aquaponics blog. For adults and teens (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Bring a bag lunch.

Saturday, March 14, 9 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 5

Cost:  $110 per person | Course Number: 20-24

Kitschy Papermaking Workshop -

Napkin Art in Handmade Paper

Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will teach you how to make one-of-a-kind cards, stationery, framed pieces, and much more. Learn basic papermaking techniques then use a simple transfer technique to add graphic design images from trendy napkins to your handmade paper. Lots of images provided in class or bring your own. All supplies included. Easy and lots of fun - bring a friend! For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 18

Cost:  $66/$54 member | Course Number: 20-28

Introduction to Painting in Soft Pastel

Many students "fall in love" with pastels after taking this comprehensive one-day workshop! Soft pastels are fun to use, colorful, versatile, and expressive. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvelt will introduce you to this fascinating dry painting medium through a variety of exercises on different papers, completing two or three different nature-based works during the day. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers for this introductory class provided. Bring a bag lunch. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 29, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 19

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-30

Make Your Own Handmade Paper Lampshade

Turn wastepaper into handmade paper and create a 'green' lampshade! Learn the basic techniques of handmade papermaking, and then complete one bedside lampshade with handmade paper. Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will provide sample options for your lampshade, or a starting point for your own idea. All supplies included; you will leave class with one bedside lamp and shade plated with your handmade paper - a beautiful accent for any room! For adults, youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 25

Cost:  $69/$56 member | Course Number: 20-31

Beginner Book Making:

Sticky Note Books with thai Paper Covers

Use gorgeous Thai papers, designer embellishments, and 'skeleton leaves' from Thailand to make sticky note books for friends and co-workers. Never made a book before? Kim Schiedermayer, an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will help you get a successful start by guiding you through all the steps. Bookmaking and finishing supplies provided for 6 books. Please bring your own scissors and ruler. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 7

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 20-38

Wet-Felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf Workshop

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just a few hours! You will decorate one hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf with wisps of merino wool, and then wet felt them very gently together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! The finished scarf length will be five feet. Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will also show you how to extend the length of your scarf with pieces of yarn. Bring your favorite colors or choose from the instructor's yarn. Participants must have some physical endurance. Bring a sponge, an old bath towel, and a produce-sized plastic bag. Hand-dyed silk scarves, merino wool, and all other felting tools and materials supplied. No felting experience necessary. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 25, 10 am-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 16

Cost:  $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-43

Floral Pastel Interpretations

Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. In this workshop you will do three or four different interpretations from the same floral or nature-based photograph. Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others! You will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This repeatable workshop by instructor Kay Brathol-Hostvet is for beginner to advanced levels. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 23

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-47

Contemplative Spring:

Photography and Haiku Workshop

In the rush of new growth and spring gardening, take a day to explore the plants that are popping up at Olbrich. Learn contemplative photography and haiku, as well as other short but powerful observing practices, that will allow you to truly appreciate nature and gardening in this upcoming season. This vibrant workshop, absent of competition and full of appreciation, is led by Miriam Hall, a contemplative arts teacher based in Madison. No previous writing experience required; familiarity with your digital camera recommended. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Bring a digital camera, writing utensil, notebook, and bag lunch. All levels welcome. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 10, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 30

Cost:  $65/$52 member | Course Number: 20-52

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Innovations Inspired by Rainforests

Through March 1, 2015; Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Have you ever wondered what inspires people to develop cool gadgets, life saving technologies, and solutions to complex human challenges? Rainforests are a treasure-trove of brilliant design and many of our best inventions are based on nature. The slippery inside of bottles and pipes mimic the slick leaves of the carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plant. Coconuts' buoyancy inspired life preservers carried on boats and ships. Security marks on bank notes to combat counterfeiting are inspired by the iridescence of butterfly wings. All these innovations came to life with the help of biomimicry, a growing field that studies the technology of biology and emulates nature's models, systems, and elements to solve complex human design challenges. Explore some of the ways rainforests have inspired many objects and processes that have improved our daily lives.

Admission

General public - $2; Children 5 & under - free; Olbrich members - free

Wed. & Sat. 10 am-12 pm - free for everyone

 

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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