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Garden Walks                                                           back to top

Join Olbrich staff for fun and informative garden walks. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Walks occur rain or shine, and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning. All walks begin in the Visitor Center Lobby. Advanced registration required.

Plants of the Dinosaur Age WalkPlants of the Dinosaur Age Conservatory Walk

CLASS FILLED

Enjoy a private guided tour through the Bolz Conservatory with Conservatory Curator John Wirth and discover some of the incredible tropical trees, palms, ferns, and flowering plants from the Mesozoic Era. See these and other prehistoric plant species up close, including figs, cycads, and breadfruit. Time to stroll the exhibit on your own after tour is included, as time allows. Meet in the Lobby. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, February 15, 4-5:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 6

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  30-03

Greenhouse WalkBehind-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. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, March 1, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 20

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

Spring into Gardening WalkSpring 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. Space is limited; register early.

Thursday, April 10, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 3

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

NEW! 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.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara KinsolverMembers of the Olbrich Botanical Society enjoy lending privileges. To become a member, visit www.olbirch.org/membership or call (608) 246-4724.

For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). Online registration is not available; register by phone or mail. Space is limited; register early.

Book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Sunday, February 23, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 13

Cost:  FREE | Course Number: 10-16

CLASS FILLED

Book: Wormwood by Susan Wittig Albert

Sunday, April 27, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 17

Cost:  FREE | Course Number: 10-55

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 class offers a variety of Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices for artful integration of body, mind, breath, and spirit. Appropriate for adults of all ages, Tai Chi and Chi Kung movements are typically done standing but may be adapted for seated practices as well as other kinds of limitations. Jody Curley, MA, Certified Heart Rhythm Meditation Instructor and Tai Chi Chuan teacher, will lead you during each 8-week class. Register for one or both classes as a series. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that facilitates movement and balance.

Mondays, January 27-March 17, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 20

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

and/or

Mondays, March 24-May19, 6-7 pm (No class April 14)

Registration Deadline:  March 17

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

Warming Herbs for Winter health
Join Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, and learn about herbs that can warm and soothe the body, support and strengthen the immune system, and nourish the soul. Specific remedies will be discussed, including teas and tinctures that ease flu and cold symptoms, effective cough syrups you can make at home, and foods and lifestyle choices that can help both prevent and heal common winter ailments. We will provide herbal remedies for you to taste and smell. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 22

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number:  10-01

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.

Ice GlobeCreate 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 Ice Globes Outsideoutdoor 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 with an adult); a youth with one adult pays one registration fee and receives one kit. Space is limited; register early.

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 14

Cost:  $53 per person | Course Number: 20-07

Restoring Your Woodland's HealthRestoring Your Woodland's Health

Would you like to restore your woodland so it can be home to birds, butterflies, bees, and wildflowers instead of buckthorn, garlic mustard, and mosquitoes? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss the steps necessary to restore various types of sites, from wooded gardens to multi-acre tracts, to stable and healthy natural communities.

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

Registration Deadline:  January 15

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-04

Votive Candle Jar with Handmade PaperVotive Candle Jar with Handmade Paper Workshop

A Fun Valentine's Day Gift!

Learn to make candle jar votives with handmade paper from Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor. You will learn how to take a clear glass peanut butter or salsa jar and cover it with handmade paper thin enough to allow light to pass through. You can add stamps and handmade paper hearts to create a beautiful, inexpensive centerpiece sutiable for the Valentine's Day or any occasion. You will take home one completed votive candle. Bring an additional glass jar to work on if class time allows. No experience needed. All materials provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, January 25, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 16

Cost:  $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-05

Shrubs with Coloful FoliageDurable Shrubs for Foliage Appeal

Our landscapes benefit from the addition of appropriate shrubs that add scale, texture, form, and color. There are a wide range of durable shrubs that thrive in a variety of growing conditions. However, durability should also coincide with high impact, ornamental features like colorful foliage, showy blooms, wildlife potential, fragrance, and other features of interest. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will help you examine a wide range of shrubbery for the entire landscape and share examples of how they have been successfully utilized in the landscape.

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 22

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

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, February 1, 12:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 23

Cost:  $25/$20 member | Course Number: 10-07

Herbal Soap Making fuN!

Old Fashion Soap and Feltmaking

CLASS FILLED

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 years and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, February 1, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 23

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-08

Planting a PrairiePlanting a Prairie:

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Adding a prairie to your property, large or small, can add beauty to your landscape, reduce maintenance costs, and provide a critical haven for wildlife. Getting started can be complicated, with a lot of decisions to make every step of the way. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will outline the process of prairie establishment and help you chart a course that fits the needs of your site.

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

Registration Deadline:  January 28

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

Permaculture Gardening Techniques

Permaculture is a philosophy and practice of gardening and landscape management that focuses on mimicking the structures and interrelationships found in the natural world. It emphasizes improving soil and optimizing water use, while incorporating food plants such as fruits, nuts, and perennial vegetables. Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and learn how to incorporate sustainable permaculture practices into your urban or suburban landscape. Discussion about plant guilds, composting, water holding and capturing, pollinators and beneficial insects, sheet mulching, and more is included.

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

Registration Deadline:  January 30

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

Introduction to Soft PastelIntroduction 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. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, February 8, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 30

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-46

Spoon CarvingSpoon Carving - The Decorated Swedish EAting Spoon

CLASS FILLED

oin Jarrod StoneDahl, co-owner of Woodspirit, in this unique two-day class where you will learn how to carve Swedish-inspired butter spreaders and eating spoons using an axe, the classic sloyd knife, and a spoon knife or hook knife. We will begin by processing whole logs and bent branches into rough butter spreaders and spoon blanks using the carving axe. We will then focus on learning some traditional knife grips by carving butter spreaders and then move on to carving spoons. Proper axe and knife techniques, as well as fine workmanship, will be stressed while creating a spoon and spreaders with classic Swedish design elements. Throughout the class there will be many short lectures, demonstrations, and guided practice sessions such as: where to acquire and how to care for and sharpen your tools, refining your technique with the knife and axe, and understanding wood grain and spoon design. We will also cover decorating your new wooden utensils with paint and detail carving. This class has something for both beginners as well as experienced spoon carvers. All tools and materials will be provided. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday & Sunday, February 8 & 9, 9:30 am-5 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  January 30

Cost:  $150 per person | Course Number: 20-17

StoneworkGardens of Stone

Be sure to join John J. Gishnock III, owner of Formecology, LLC, to explore the exciting world of stonework. He will help you learn how simple materials and layout choices can help your natural stone landscape features go beyond function to truly express the essence of the landscape. Through numerous examples, he will focus on the use of local landscape materials and cover the aspects of natural stonework, including the different functional, aesthetic, and emotional uses.

Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 4

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

Container Combinations for ImpactContainer Combinations for Impact

Containers offer the gardener an opportunity and venue to combine a wide variety of plants for dramatic effect. Selecting plants with interesting foliage, flowers, texture, fragrance, and other assets allow for maximum appeal in a limited amount of space. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss and show you some winning combinations with high impact and help you take a closer look at some of the best "role player" plants for the container. The basics of proper container selection, preparation, and care will also be discussed.


Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 5

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

Hypertufa Trough WorkshopHypertufa Trough Workshop

CLASS FILLED

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 outside 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. Space is limited; register early.


Sunday, February 16, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 6

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

Succesfully Grow Apple and Pear Trees

Find out how to site, plant, prune, and train your apple and pear trees for maximum production. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will also discuss strategies for dealing with rabbits, deer, insects, and diseases. Organic and traditional techniques to control pests and diseases will be covered.


Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 13

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-11

Jeanne NolanGuest Author Jeanne Nolan Presents From the Ground Up

Join Jeanne Nolan, author and co-founder of The Organic Gardener Ltd., for an inspirational look at how her life led to her becoming a leading voice in the sustainable food movement. From Nolan's suburban upbringing, to her years spent living off the land on communal organic farms, to her decision to return home and start her own business, Nolan shares her story of self-discovery and ties in practical advice for gardeners of all abilities. She discusses her keys to starting a successful organic garden, what to grow, when to plant, proper gardening maintenance, and how to ensure that your vegetable garden flourishes all season long! Nolan's book, From the Ground Up, will be available for purchase; author's book signing follows the presentation. Space is limited; register early.


Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 18

Cost:  $16/$13 member | Course Number: 10-13

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, February 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 20

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-44

Pruning PointersPruning Pointers Workshop

Pruning is essential to the optimal health of trees and shrubs, but it is feared even by experienced gardeners. Join 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. Space is limited; register early.


Saturday, March 1, 9 am-12 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 20

Cost:  $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-09

Pastel ExpressionsPastel Expressions:

Celebrate Spring!

Celebrate spring's arrival with creative play! Join Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet in this fun and relaxing mini-workshop that lets you explore soft and iridescent pastels on colorful papers creating springtime, nature-based designs from your imagination. All supplies provided; no drawing or art experience necessary! For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.


Saturday, March 1, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 20

Cost:  $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-50

Underutilized Woody PlantsUnderutilized Woody Plants for Wisconsin Landscapes

Expand the palette of plants you use to color your landscape. Learn about trees and shrubs that will thrive in Wisconsin, yet have not been used to their fullest potential. Michael Jesiolowski, local horticulturist and Wisconsin Master Gardener who has worked at the Morton Arboretum in Illinois and the Bernheim Arboretum in Kentucky, will also discuss cultivars of common woody plants that offer unique color, fruit, bark, and form.


Tuesday, March 4, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 25

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

Permaculture Systems on Your Property

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and discover the basics of permaculture systems design and how to apply it in your own backyard. She will discuss observation skills, waste to food and medicine production, pollinator habitat, and much more. This class will help you develop a sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystem in your yard. A complete list of resources available to help you will be provided, and books will be available for you to browse during the class. Bring drawing/sketch paper, pencil, and eraser for working on your property's vision/plan with guidance from the instructor. Space is limited; register early.


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

Registration Deadline:  February 27

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-25

Lauri Leedeath By Chocolate Tea Party

In a tea party setting, you will learn as you enjoy a "Death by Chocolate" herbal tea party. Lauri Lee of Herb 'n Gardener, and former president of the Madison Herb Society, will familiarize you with the taste and scent of herbs in the tea party menu and what blends well together to make a flavorful cup of tea. Discover new techniques and a different cast of herbal flavors to incorporate into great chocolate recipes that will expand and forever change your tea party menu. Space is limited; register early.


Saturday, March 8, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 27

Cost:  $44/$35 member | Course Number: 20-06

Pollinator's ParadiseElements for a Pollinator's Paradise

The garden can be transformed into a beautiful and safe haven for attracting a wide range of beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Maximizing the appeal of the garden with appropriate plant selection and the incorporation of other elements will combine to bring these vital creatures into the garden. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss a wide range of plants and techniques for creating your own pollinator's paradise!


Tuesday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 4

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-19

Gardening with Flowers for DryingGardening With flowers for Drying

Are you interested in drying your garden flowers so you can create long-lasting arrangements to serve as reminders of the garden during the winter months? Join Monches Farm Horticulturist Zannah Crowe for an overview of perennial flowers that are good for drying, as well as drying techniques and an introduction to the basics of dried floral design.


Wednesday, March 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 5

Cost:  $19/$15 member | Course Number: 10-31

Pine Needle Basket Weaving Workshop

Spend a fun day learning the art of coiling to make a pine needle basket. Herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy will guide and instruct you on how to start and sew a basket. We will explore various stitching techniques, as well as approaches to incorporating other materials into the design of coiled baskets. You will have the opportunity to select materials for accent on your basket, such as sweetgrass or dyed broom corn. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. Bring a small pair of sharp scissors, thimble, and reading glasses, if needed for close work; other supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited; register early.


Saturday, March 15, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 6

Cost:  $70/$56 member | Course Number: 20-40

Growing 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 fruit. Fruit that he will discuss and provide samples of include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, pawpaws, figs, and many more!


Saturday, March 15, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 6

Cost:  $22/$18 member | Course Number: 10-22

TrellisHow to Make Bentwood Trellises

Learn how to make useful and decorative wooden trellises from branches and saplings that grow in your yard! Phyllis Hasbrouck, executive director of Fitchburg Fields, will demonstrate how to make trellises while explaining everything you need to know to make sturdy, attractive trellises. She will share design ideas and show you various completed bentwood trellises during the presentation.


Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 13

Cost:  $16/$13 member | Course Number: 10-38

Crabapple TreeFruit 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. Space is limited; register early. This class is followed by a scionwood exchange that is free to the public.


Saturday, March 22, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 13

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 22, 3-5 pm

FREE/Walk-in

Native Plants for Any GardenNative 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 various native plants that are "winners" in various conditions, so you can find some that will work well and look great in your landscape.


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

Registration Deadline:  March 18

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

All About WillowAll 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 29, 10 am-12 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 20

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-33

Rustic Willow TrellisRustic Willow Trellis Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, you will 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. Space is limited; register early.


Saturday, March 29, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 20

Cost:  $162/$130 member | Course Number: 20-32

BirscapingTop Fifty Plants for Birds in Wisconsin

Learn about some of the best native plants to attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, American Goldfinches, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Cedar Waxwings, various wood-warblers, and more. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss how to select the right plants for your location and birds you wish to attract. Preferred habitats for these birds will also be included, along with tips on planting and maintaining your bird-friendly garden. For adults and youth ages 14 and up; each attendee pays the registration fee.


Saturday, March 29, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 20

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-21

Permaculture and Water

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb and learn how to construct swales and berms, rain gardens, and other water catchment devices in your landscape. These holding methodologies help our community deal with water issues and can be used for growing plants. She will discuss why you want to hold water where it falls, how this practice relates to healthy soil, how it refills our aquifers, and much more. Bring drawing/sketch paper, pencil, and eraser for beginning to create a plan for your landscape with guidance from the instructor. Space is limited; register early.


Thursday, April 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 27

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-46

Vegetable GardeningVegetable 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. Space is limited; register early.


Saturday, April 5, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 27

Cost:  $97 per person | Course Number: 20-25

Plant Identification 101

Learn how to identify plants through this hands-on class. We will discuss what to look for in a leaf and/or flower for spring, summer, and fall identification. Michael Jesiolowski, local horticulturist and Wisconsin Master Gardener who has worked at the Morton Arboretum in Illinois and the Bernheim Arboretum in Kentucky, will also go into detail about how to identify a tree or shrub in the winter based on stem and/or bud characteristics.

Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 1

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-41

Wet-felted ScarfWet-Felted Laminate (nuno) Scarf

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt without spending a whole day. 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-size 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 14 and up; each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Sunday, April 13, 9:30 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 3

Cost:  $65/$52 member | Course Number: 20-43

Lauri LeeFrom the Ground Up:

Herb Gardening 101

Are you interested in starting a culinary herb garden with a shortened learning curve? In this beginner herb class, we'll take a close look at the top 12 culinary herbs and discuss how to grow and care for them, when to harvest them, and how to use what you grow. Lauri Lee of Herb 'n Gardener, and former president of the Madison Herb Society, will provide you with handouts, charts, and other information to get your herb garden growing and useful in its first season. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, April 19, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 10

Cost:  $35/$28 member | Course Number: 10-50

Herb Gardening:

Beyond the Basics

Ready to expand your herb garden? In this class, Lauri Lee of Herb 'n Gardener, and former president of the Madison Herb Society, will help you move beyond the basics and usual cast to cover lesser known culinary and tea herbs. Learn the best varieties to choose, how to keep them under control, when and how to harvest, and how to store herbs for year-round enjoyment. You will receive handouts and handy charts to help enjoy what you grow. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, April 26, 1:30-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 17

Cost:  $40/$32 member | Course Number: 10-51

Spring Herbal Series:

Shoots, Sprouts and Flowers!

Spring is a time of renewal. Join herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy for this four-week series, focusing on bringing the spring herbal bounty into your life. You will have the opportunity to learn about the lore and history of herbs that promote health and provide relief from everyday cuts and scrapes. We will go on plant walks to identify the plants of the season; make herbal preparations for topical use: poultices, as well as salves; learn to make nourishing, thirst-quenching herbal beverages; and more in preparation for summer activities! You will take home recipes and items we make in each session. This is an experiential class that includes plant walks, instruction, handouts, samples, and hands-on projects. A $20 materials fee will be collected on the first day of class by the instructor. Space is limited; register early.

Tuesdays, April 29 and May 6, 13, & 20, 6-8:30 pm all four days

Registration Deadline:  April 22

Cost:  $106/$85 member | Course Number: 20-52

Beyond the PhotoBeyond the Photo:

Creative Design with Photo References

Improve your painting and drawing by learning creative ways to use your floral and nature photographs rather than simply copying the image. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will encourage you to challenge yourself by modifying elements, changing colors, and other experiments using a variety of 2-dimensional mediums, including the medium of your choice for the final project. Painters, illustrators, draftspersons, quilters, and stained glass artists will find this workshop helpful. Many supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Sunday, May 4, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 24

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-54

Lauri LeeContainer Herb Gardening

Container herb gardening is perfect for patio and back-step gardeners, or those with physical limitations that require elevated gardening spaces. In this class, Lauri Lee of Herb 'n Gardener, and former president of the Madison Herb Society, will provide you with a recommended list of herbs, instructions on how to grow and care for them, along with harvesting, preservation, and cooking guidelines. Space is limited; register early.

Sunday, May 4, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 24

Cost:  $35/$28 member | Course Number: 10-52

America's Romance with the English GardenGuest Author Thomas Mickey Presents America's Romance with the English Garden

Hear the story of how Americans came to love the English garden, especially the lawn, and how seed and nursery catalogs fed this romance, at this illustrated presentation by author Thomas Mickey.


The 1890s saw a revolution in advertising. Cheap paper, faster printing, rural delivery, railroad shipping, and the new technology of chromolithography combined to pave the way for the

first modern catalogs. The Thomas Mickeymost prominent of these, reaching

American households by the thousands, were seed and nursery catalogs with beautiful pictures of middle-class homes surrounded by sprawling lawns, lush plants, and the latest garden accessories--in other words, the quintessential English-style garden.


Thomas Mickey's new book, America's Romance with the English Garden, is the story of tastemakers and homemakers, of savvy businessmen and a growing American middle class eager to buy their products. It's also the story of the beginnings of the garden industry, which seduced the masses with its images and fixed the English garden in the minds of striving Americans. Seed and nursery catalogs delivered aspirational images to front doorsteps from Maine to California, and the English garden became the look of America.


Thomas Mickey is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University and a garden columnist for the Brockton Enterprise and the Patriot Ledger.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase; author's book signing follows the presentation. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, May 17, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 8

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-70

Lauri LeeDesigning a Culinary Herb Garden Workshop

This workshop provides the ideas, inspiration, and guidelines you need to design the herb garden you have always wanted. Lauri Lee of Herb 'n Gardener and former president of the Madison Herb Society will present examples to inspire and instruction on how to transform a random collection of herb plants into a well-designed garden. You will be guided step-by-step through several herb garden designs, showing the start-to-finish process of how to achieve a pleasing garden design. Each participant will receive templates, herb planting guide, handouts, and an herbal treat. Space is limited; register early.


Sunday, May 18, 1:30-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 8

Cost:  $46/$37 member | Course Number: 20-30

Container GardenOrnamental Container Gardens Workshop

CLASS FILLED

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, Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner 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. Space is limited; register early.


Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 13

Cost:  $82/$66 member | Course Number: 20-26

Youth Classes                                                           back to top

Advance registration required.

Ice GlobeCreate 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 Ice Globes Outsideoutdoor 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 with an adult); a youth with one adult pays one registration fee and receives one kit. Space is limited; register early.

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 14

Cost:  $53 per person | Course Number: 20-07

Votive Candle Jar with Handmade Paper

Votive Candle Jar with Handmade Paper Workshop

A Fun Valentine's Day Gift!

Learn to make candle jar votives with handmade paper from Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor. You will learn how to take a clear glass peanut butter or salsa jar and cover it with handmade paper thin enough to allow light to pass through. You can add stamps and handmade paper hearts to create a beautiful, inexpensive centerpiece sutiable for the Valentine's Day or any occasion. You will take home one completed votive candle. Bring an additional glass jar to work on if class time allows. No experience needed. All materials provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, January 25, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 16

Cost:  $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-05

Warming Herbs for Winter health
Join Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, and learn about herbs that can warm and soothe the body, support and strengthen the immune system, and nourish the soul. Specific remedies will be discussed, including teas and tinctures that ease flu and cold symptoms, effective cough syrups you can make at home, and foods and lifestyle choices that can help both prevent and heal common winter ailments. We will provide herbal remedies for you to taste and smell. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 22

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number:  10-01

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 years and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, February 1, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 23

Cost:  $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-08

Introduction to Soft PastelIntroduction 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. Space is limited; register early.

Saturday, February 8, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 30

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-46

Pastel ExpressionsPastel Expressions:

Celebrate Spring!

Celebrate spring's arrival with creative play! Join Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet in this fun and relaxing mini-workshop that lets you explore soft and iridescent pastels on colorful papers creating springtime, nature-based designs from your imagination. All supplies provided; no drawing or art experience necessary! For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.


Saturday, March 1, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 20

Cost:  $56/$45 member | Course Number: 20-50

BirscapingTop Fifty Plants for Birds in Wisconsin

Learn about some of the best native plants to attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, American Goldfinches, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Cedar Waxwings, various wood-warblers, and more. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss how to select the right plants for your location and birds you wish to attract. Preferred habitats for these birds will also be included, along with tips on planting and maintaining your bird-friendly garden. For adults and youth ages 14 and up; each attendee pays the registration fee.


Saturday, March 29, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 20

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-21

Wet-felter ScarfWet-Felted Laminate (nuno) Scarf

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt without spending a whole day. 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-size 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 14 and up; each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Sunday, April 13, 9:30 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 3

Cost:  $65/$52 member | Course Number: 20-43

Beyond the PhotoBeyond the Photo:

Creative Design with Photo References

Improve your painting and drawing by learning creative ways to use your floral and nature photographs rather than simply copying the image. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will encourage you to challenge yourself by modifying elements, changing colors, and other experiments using a variety of 2-dimensional mediums, including the medium of your choice for the final project. Painters, illustrators, draftspersons, quilters, and stained glass artists will find this workshop helpful. Many supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Space is limited; register early.

Sunday, May 4, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 24

Cost:  $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-54

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.

Fish in the ConservatoryToddler 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 youngster to spend quality time together Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult.

Where the Wild Things Are

Friday, January 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 16

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

Oh, No! (A rainforest read-aloud)

Friday, January 31, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 23

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

Curious George

Friday, February 7, 10-11 am

CLASS FILLED

Registration Deadline:  January 30

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

Animals in the RainforestToddler Story & Stroll: 

Rainforest Romp Series

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the rainforest and early childhood basics. Classes include 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. Space is limited; register early!

Colors in the Rainforest

Tuesday, February 18, 10-11 am

CLASS FILLED

Registration Deadline:  February 11

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

Senses in the Rainforest

Tuesday, February 25, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  February 18

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

Animals in the Rainforest

Tuesday, March 4, 10-11 am

CLASS FILLED

Registration Deadline:  February 25

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

Celebrate SpringToddler Story & Stroll: 

Celebrate Spring Series

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on nature and the seasonal changes of spring. 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. Space is limited; register early!

Sensational Seeds

Thursday, April 3, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 27

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

Fantastic Flowers

Thursday, April 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 3

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

Marvelous Mushrooms

CLASS FILLED

Thursday, April 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 10

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

Terrific TurtlesToddler 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. Space is limited; register early!

Terrific Turtles

Friday, May 16, 10-11

CLASS FILLED

or

Friday, May 16, 12:30-1:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 8

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

Fantastic Frogs

Friday, May 23, 10-11 am

CLASS FILLED

or

Friday, May 23, 12:30-1:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 15

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

Wonderful Worms

Friday, May 30, 10-11 am

CLASS FILLED

or

Friday, May 30, 12:30-1:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 22

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

Cacao podI 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. Space is limited; register early.

What Does a Paleontologist Do?

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

Registration Deadline:  January 30

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

How is Paper Made?

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

Registration Deadline:  February 27

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

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Friday, April 4, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 27

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-12

Bird Feeder in the ConservatoryMorning 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. Grades 1-5 with an adult. Space is limited; register early!

Saturday, March 29, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  March 20

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

Flower FairyFlower Fairies

Join us for flower fairy fun! Learn the myth and lore of flower fairies, look for fairies in the outdoor gardens, and make your own fairy to take home! All materials included. Grades K-2 with an adult and grades 3-5. Space is limited; register early!

Friday, May 2, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 24

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 60-21

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Plants of the Dinosaur Age WalkPlants of the Dinosaur Age Exhibit

November 2, 2013 - March 2, 2014

Monday - Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm

What would plant-eating dinosaurs have eaten when they roamed the earth 225 to 65 million years ago? Their plant diet was very diverse and many of the plant species they consumed during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods in which they lived are still alive today. Some of these plant species have changed significantly over time, while others have changed very little since the days when they coexisted with the dinosaurs. Discover some of these Mesozoic Era plants, and see other prehistoric plant species up close in the Bolz Conservatory, including figs, breadfruit, ferns, palms, and cycads. Also, learn about some of the plant-eating dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago.

Admission:

General Public - $2 (free Wed. & Sat. 10 am-12 pm)

Children 5 & under - free

Olbrich Botanical Society Members - free

Wisconsin Gourd Festival                                   back to top

Wisconsin Gourd Society's Gourd Festival

Saturday, April 12, 9 am-4 pm

Free Admission

Attend the 8th Annual Wisconsin Gourd Festival at Olbrich! The Wisconsin Gourd Society provides an opportunity to learn about gourds, gourd art, and gourd growing during this one-day annual event. Come meet gourd artists, let your creative juices flow in a class or two, see demonstrations, gather gourd growing advice, participate in the raffles, silent auction, and Kid's Corner. Gourds, gourd art, and gourd-related products will be available from a variety of vendors.

For more information on the festival, classes, or dinner, visit: http://www.wisconsingourdsociety.org

or contact: thegourdgirl@thegourdgirl.com

 

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