Olbrich Home Bolz Conservatory 30th Anniversary Campaign

2022 Virtual Lecture Series

Reimagining Beauty

January - May 2022

Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a 5-part virtual lecture series to learn how inspiring professionals in the gardening community continue to push the bounds of beauty.

Lectures include a 60-minute Zoom presentation, followed by a 30 minute Q&A with the presenter.

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Classes and Workshops

 

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Youth & Family Classes

Little Sprouts

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Little Sprouts Gardening classes take place outdoors in the Children's Kitchen Garden where participants listen to a story, water plants, dig in the soil, and engage in hands-on learning activities. Ages 2-5 years with an adult.

$9 / $7 Member (per child/adult pair)

 

Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes include a story, theme-related learning activities, and a stroll through the outdoor gardens or conservatory. Ages 2-5 years with an adult.

$9 / $7 Member (per child/adult pair)

Family Classes

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Family classes provide an opportunity for children and adults to learn and discover together. Classes take place both indoors and in the outdoor gardens. Most classes begin with storytelling and include hands-on activities and a craft project. Some classes include an allergen-free snack. Ages 5-11 years with an adult.

Scout & K-8 Community Organizations

Register your Scout Troop or K-8 community organization for one of our nature-based programs or contact us to develop a program suited to your group's needs and interests. Programs are offered year round.

Contact Sarah Ellis at sbellis@cityofmadison.com or 608-243-0583 for more information about programs and scheduling.

Adult Classes & Workshops

MAY

Layering in the Landscape

Layering plants for texture and color will upgrade your landscape to create year-round intrigue and interest. Join us for this lecture/walk hybrid to discuss creative ways to layer trees, shrubs, and perennials. We will also explore elements involved in crafting garden rooms, from a ceiling of trees to a floor of groundcovers. This class is best suited for beginner gardeners.

Instructor: Heather Prince, Fearless Gardening

moreSaturday, May 14, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 4

$30 / $24 member

Abstract Florals with Alcohol Inks

Create three different abstract florals using alcohol inks. You'll learn different techniques to guide and mix the inks, and we'll mat all three paintings to 8x10" so you'll leave with three works of art ready for framing. Great for beginners, but those experienced with alcohol inks will be sure to pick up new tips and techniques. Ages 12+. All supplies are provided.

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Ink Art by Beth Kluth

moreSunday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 5

$96 / $77 member

Wild Food/Wild Medicine Plant Walk

Join us to learn about the wild food and wild medicine that grows locally in Wisconsin. Through an engaging walk around the gardens, we will discover ways to identify plants with medicinal properties, learn about historically homoeopathic plants, and discuss how to harvest and prepare for them for maximum benefit.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

moreTuesday, May 17, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 10

$42 / $34 member

Writing Marathon!

Join us for a writing and sharing trek through the gardens. During this writing marathon, we will stop at various gardens, share a short piece of inspiring literature, write in response to the literature and our beautiful surroundings, and have the opportunity to share our writing. No experience necessary and all ages welcome.

Instructor: Mark Nepper and Beth Torrison, Greater Madison Writing Project

moreSaturday, May 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 11

Pay What You Can

Garden Soundwalk

Gardens offer a year-round feast for the eyes, but what about our ears? This class examines the ecological, musical, and meditative practices of listening, and briefly discusses techniques for making audio recordings. After exploring the history and properties of sound, we will take a guided sound walk to reflect on our natural, cultural, and personal soundscapes.

Instructor: Craig Eley, Field Noise Soundworks

moreSaturday, May 21, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 11

$18 / $14 member

(Virtual) Native plants for Shady Areas

Native plants are a resilient option for shady sites, and there is a native plant for every situation! We will discuss planting options for part shade, dense shade, and dry vs. moist shade. Discover a world of native plants that can offer layers of color and texture to your shade garden while also providing resources for local pollinators and wildlife. This virtual lecture is best suited for beginners.

Instructor: Heather Prince, Fearless Gardening

moreSaturday, May 28, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 19

$22 / $18 member

Watercolor Bold & Free: Focus on Landscape

Create stunning landscapes while exploring contemporary watercolor techniques. Learn how to infuse texture into your work through blotting, sponging, sprinkling, spraying paint, and crumpling your paper. Engage your creativity through a glaze technique, painting with pure color, and using paper of varying sizes and colors. Beginner and advanced artists alike will discover new techniques in this workshop. Bring your own supplies, or reserve and purchase a $25 supply kit on the day of class.

Instructor: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

moreSunday, May 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 19

$90 / $70 member

Make Your Own Bonsai

The ancient art of bonsai is an exercise in patience, time, and artistry. We will abbreviate the process by turning a container-grown nursery juniper into a living sculpture over the course of this class, with hands-on work on your very own tree. Bring a shallow 6-10" pot (or we'll provide a plastic one), and gloves since juniper is prickly.

Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreTuesday, May 31, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 24

$38 / $30 member

JUNE

Snow Cap Blooms with Alcohol Ink

Join us to create three 5x7" paintings of beautiful flowers with translucent white petals on organic alcohol ink backgrounds. Each painting will be matted to 8x10", ready to be taken home and framed. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary. This workshop is great for beginners, but those experienced with alcohol inks will be sure to pick up new tips and techniques.

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Ink Art by Beth Kluth

moreSunday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 26

$98 / $80 member

Cranes over Wisconsin - Zoom Class

Have you heard about the international conservation organization just north of Madison that works to bring North America's tallest birds back from the brink of extinction using puppets, planes, and communities like yours? Join the International Crane Foundation for an engaging and informational virtual presentation about our work with Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin.

Instructor: Stephanie Schmidt, International Crane Foundation

moreMonday, June 6, 6-7:15 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 30

$15 / $12 member

Gardening for Pollinators

Butterflies, bees, and countless other pollinators provide critical ecosystem services as they pollinate both food crops and wildflowers alike. Unfortunately, these creatures are under threat from a variety of human impacts. Learn what you can do to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and the many other "little things that run the world".

Instructor: Frank Hassler, Good Oak Ecological Services

moreTuesday, June 7, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 31

$28 / $22 member

Early Summer Tips and Tricks from Olbrich’s Herb Garden

This informal tour by Herb Garden horticulturist Erin Presley is sure to delight both experienced and aspiring herbies! Join us for a preview of the summer’s plans and the techniques that contribute to the garden’s bountiful, beautiful displays. This session is a prequel to a later fall session in September and will touch on selection, design and planting techniques, harvesting early season herbs, and plans for the Indigenous Garden in its second year.

Instructor: Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, June 8, 6-7:15 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 1

$20 / $16 member

Weed Identification and Management - Zoom Class

Did you know you can use weed life cycle knowledge and various cultural techniques to manage weeds in your garden and landscape? We will review a gallery of common weeds, including grassy and broadleaf types, for identifying characteristics and control tips. You will receive an electronic copy of a handout that walks you through a taxonomic key for identifying grasses as well as other resources.

Instructor: Lisa Johnson, Dane County Extension

moreThursday, June 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 2

$22 / $18 member

Morning Birches with Alcohol Ink

Learn to use masking techniques to create contrast between trees and a colorful sunrise! The alcohol inks will bring your 9x12" painting to life. Your finished painting will be matted to 11x14", ready for framing. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary. This workshop is great for beginners, but those experienced with alcohol inks will be sure to pick up new tips and techniques.

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Ink Art by Beth Kluth

moreSunday, June 12, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 2

$98 / $80 member

Tai Chi Meditation in the Gardens (5-week series)

"Move like a great river; be still like a mountain" instructs the age-old description of the meditative health exercise and art of Tai Chi Chuan. This class offers standing movement exercises rooted within the Chinese tradition of Tai Chi and Chi Kung for the enrichment of body, mind and spirit. This in-person series is open to all skill levels.

Instructor: Jody Curley, M.A., Master Certified Instructor

moreMondays, June 13-July 18 (no class on July 4), 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 6

$50 per person

Herb Garden Walk with an Herbalist

Join us for an engaging stroll through Olbrich's stunning Herb Garden as you learn about the history and uses of medicinal plants, herbal lore, harvesting tips, and interesting scientific facts. Herbalists and gardeners of all skill levels will find inspiration in this summer garden stroll.

Instructor: Kathleen Raven Wildwood, Wildwood Institute of Herbalism

moreWednesday, June 15, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 8

$35 / $28 member

Growing Herbal Pollinator Plants

Create your own pollinator-friendly garden! Learn how to select and grow herbal plants that can be enjoyed by both you and insects. Prepare to get your hands dirty as you learn to sow dill and transplant parsley and fennel into containers that you can take home with you. These herbs are specifically enticing to swallowtail butterflies! We will discuss light considerations, watering, temperature, and potting mix. All materials provided.

Instructor: Melody Orban, Master Gardener

moreThursday, June 16, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 9

$44 / $35 member

Maahic is Ho-Chunk for Milkweed: Explore and paint!

Deejop, the land of four lakes (Madison), is Ho-Chunk land. In this class, Ho-Chunk member Bill Quackenbush will guide us in a conversation about milkweed, also known as maahic in the Ho-Chunk language. After tasting some traditional Ho-Chunk soup made with milkweed buds, we will use watercolors to paint a monarch butterfly sitting on a milkweed leaf. All supplies are provided and all skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Emily Schroeder, Emily Marie Watercolors

moreSaturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 16

$54 / $43 member

Fabulous Flowers Brush Painting

Enjoy a day painting fabulous flowers. You will learn various Asian watercolor styles, including spontaneous and outline (contour) styles. We will cover specific techniques to paint roses, camellias, orchids, iris, peony, sun flowers, and wisteria. You will also learn calligraphy for each flower. Bring your own supplies, or reserve and purchase a supply kit from the instructor on the day of class. Email rbenedict@cityofmadison.com to reserve a supply kit.

Instructor: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

moreSunday, June 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 16

$70 / $90 member

Succulent Container Art

Create your own succulent dish garden! Your instructor will inspire you with an artistic orientation of materials such as a mini terracotta pot as a tree trunk, a succulent as the crown of the tree, and colored gravel to bring it to life. We will learn how to propagate succulents while you assemble your own dish, and discuss light considerations, watering, temperature, and potting mix. All supplies provided.

Instructor: Melody Orban, Master Gardener

moreMonday, June 27, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 20

$44 / $35 member

Native Wisconsin Berries: Explore and Paint!

Join us to explore three types of berries native to Wisconsin - gooseberries, currants, and juneberries - through sight, touch, and taste! After a brief introduction from Wisconsin Food Forests, we will try our hand at painting these vibrant plants with watercolors. All supplies included and all skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Emily Schroeder, Emily Marie Watercolors

moreWednesday, June 29, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 22

$54 / $43 member

Wild Food & Wild Medicine Plant Walk

Each season brings new possibilities for the forager, and summer is no exception. Experienced and beginner foragers alike will be inspired to deepen their connection to the plant world. Your experienced instructor will discuss wild food and wild medicine as we walk the garden. We will learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare plants for food and medicine.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

moreThursday, June 30, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 23

$36 / $29 member

Native Plants and Pollinators - Zoom Class

This virtual lecture will focus on groups of insect pollinators and how you can attract and support them by growing various native and nativar plants. We will also discuss a number of recommended native plants attractive to pollinators that grow in sun and shade, reviewing their characteristics and maintenance needs.

Instructor: Lisa Johnson, Dane County Extension

moreThursday, June 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 23

$22 / $18 member

JULY

Native Plants for the Formal Garden - Zoom Class

How do we incorporate native plants into more formal landscapes? Explore structurally well-behaved native plants for sun and shade that offer interesting architecture, distinctive flowers, and host a bevy of beneficial insects in this engaging virtual lecture.

Instructor: Heather Prince, Fearless Gardening

moreFriday, July 1, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 25

$24 / $19 member

Fantastic Ferns and How to Grow Them Walk

Ferns are an ancient plant lineage, with many contemporary garden uses. Take a walk through Olbrich Gardens with horticulturist Dan Schuknecht while discussing the biology and culture of this large and varied group. We will also talk about how to use and care for ferns in the garden.

Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, July 6, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 29

$20 / $16 member

Nourishing Herbal and Fermented Beverages

Learn to make your own nourishing herbal beverages and fermented drinks. This engaging workshop will guide you in making herbal infusions and transforming them into delicious fermented drinks. Everyone will take home a beverage that we create in class, as well as a culture and instructions for continuing to create delicious beverages at home. Examples of drinks we will make include rosehip "soda", switchel or farmers punch, nettle "soda" and many more! Bring a 2-quart size mason jar and a cup for sampling; all other supplies are provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

moreThursday, July 7, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 30

$63 / $50 member

Abstract Floral Bouquets with Alcohol Ink

Learn simple techniques for using alcohol inks to create vibrant floral bouquets. Your finished 8x10� painting will be matted to 11x14", ready for framing. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary. This workshop is great for beginners, but those experienced with alcohol inks will be sure to pick up new tips and techniques.

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Ink Art by Beth Kluth

moreSaturday, July 9, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 30

$98 / $80 member

Summer Container Walk

Discover the endless possibilities of designing garden containers to enhance your landscape! Containers can thrive all season long by learning tricks and tips of designing, planting, pruning, and general maintenance. Designing sun and shade containers, hanging baskets, succulent combinations, incorporating herbs, tropicals, and more will be shared. Gardeners of any experience level will enjoy this walk.

Instructor: Samara Eisner, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, July 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 6

$20 / $16 member

Evening Meadow Stroll

Take a relaxing, summer evening stroll through the meadows of Olbrich. Get lost in the beauty and tranquility of each meadow, in full summer bloom, while learning to appreciate what makes each meadow unique. We will discuss each meadows’ creation, maintenance, and contributions to Olbrich's vast ecosystem. Gardeners of all skill levels will enjoy this gorgeous garden stroll!

Instructor: Avery Pronschinske, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreThursday, July 14, 5-6 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 7

$20 / $16 member

Intuitive Embroidery

New to embroidery? Savvy embroiderer looking for a new approach? This class is created for you! Join us in this 3-session series to learn techniques for free-styling with stitches on fabric. We will explore an intuitive way to start a textile art installation from scratch, including how to combine fabrics, colors, textures and specific stitches. You will learn how to develop a composition and then let serendipity lead the way! This workshop is suitable for artists of any skill level.

Instructor: Patrizia Ferreira, Textile Artist

more Thursdays, July 14-28, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 7

$100 / $80 member

Summer Blooms & Bouquets Walk

Enjoy a stroll through the gardens with horticulturist Samantha Malone while learning some basic tips on using flowers from your own garden to make bouquets. After the walk, you will get a step by step bouquet-making tutorial. Then, practice your new skills by designing your own bouquet using flowers from Olbrich to take home at the end of the evening!

Instructor: Sam Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, July 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 13

$35 / $28 member

Sustainable Success Garden Walk

Olbrich Botanical Garden's horticulturists take tremendous pride not only in the beauty of the gardens but also in the thoughtful, research-based practices we use to protect soil, conserve fuel and water, and provide habitat for the wildlife and other organisms that share this space. Join us for a relaxed midsummer garden walk highlighting our best sustainable gardening tips, including gardening for pollinators, meadows and gravel gardens, leaf mulching, and more.

Instructor: Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreThursday, July 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 14

$20 / $16 member

Tai Chi Meditation in the Gardens (5-week series)

"Move like a great river; be still like a mountain" instructs the age-old description of the meditative health exercise and art of Tai Chi Chuan. This class offers standing movement exercises rooted within the Chinese tradition of Tai Chi and Chi Kung for the enrichment of body, mind and spirit. This in-person series is open to all skill levels.

Instructor: Jody Curley, M.A., Master Certified Instructor

moreMondays, July 25-August 22, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 18

$50 per person

A Walk through Olbrich: Replacing Lawn in Your Garden

Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture to review various garden designs throughout Olbrich that you too can incorporate into your own garden. We will discuss simple to more complex designs that can reduce energy-consumptive, ecologically incompetent lawns. Come see how the plants in your garden can help support insects and pollinators, which in turn support countless songbirds. Jeff will inspire you to engage with Doug Tallamy's "Home Grown National Park" movement and to "get on the map" with Olbrich and other home gardeners across the country to help make gardens a beautiful sanctuary for both you and Mother Nature.

Instructor: Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, July 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 20

$30 / $24 member

Butterfly Photography

Thousands of butterflies take flight in Olbrich's tropical conservatory in July, creating the perfect opportunity to photograph some of the most colorful insects around! Join us for a lecture to discuss macro concepts, equipment, and the challenges associated with fast-moving subjects, then practice your photography skills in the tropical conservatory. This workshop is suitable for photographers of any skill level. Suggested equipment: DSLR or mirrorless camera, flash with off camera cord (unless your camera is equipped to fire flash wirelessly), macro or close focusing lens. Tripods are not needed.

Instructor: Kevin Hanley, Photographer

moreThursday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 21

$28 / $22 member

AUGUST

Discovering Olbrich’s Insects Walk

Enjoy a casual evening stroll through the gardens with horticulturists Sam & Katey as they identify fascinating insects in the garden. We will learn what plants attract beneficial insects, as well as our top 10 favorite insect-friendly plants. You might also be lucky enough to spot garden spiders, active native bees & wasps, beetles, and more!

Instructor: Katey Pratt and Sam Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, August 3, 6-7:30 p.m. (Rain date is Aug 4, 6-7:30 p.m.)

Registration Deadline: July 27

$25 per person

Using Solidago (Goldenrod) As A Dye

Did you know goldenrod supports over 100 species of butterflies and moths that use it as a host plant?! In addition to these incredible ecological benefits, goldenrod can be used to make natural dyes. Join us to forage for Goldenrod flower tops and learn how to use them to make a yellow dye. A pre-mordanted cotton bandanna and silk scarf will be provided to dye. We will learn about dye components like mordants, why we use them, the different results they make, and how to care for your hand-dyed items.

Instructor: Kipp Inglis, A Botanical Dyery

moreSunday, August 7, 10:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 28

$136 per person

Inside Look at Olbrich’s Bug Scouts

Join horticulturists Katey & Sam as they dive into a general overview of all things bugs. Learn how the Garden Scout Volunteers at Olbrich Botanical Gardens are working to help identify all the small creatures that run the world. Explore our iNaturalist Project observations, see videos of insects in action, and observe details of insects that you would never expect through the digital camera microscope!

Instructor: Katey Pratt and Sam Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, August 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 3

$28 per person

You CAN Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

Drawing is a relaxing hobby, a foundation skill for all arts, and a valuable tool in planning home and garden projects. Alleviate your fears through fun floral and botanical drawing exercises with straightforward directions to get you started. All materials are provided including your own sketchbook and drawing tools to take home. Please bring a bag lunch.

Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Brathol-Hostvet Studio

moreFriday, August 12, 10:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 4

$136 per person

Drawing: The Next Step

Build upon your basic drawing skills and gain more pleasure in the drawing process in this one-day workshop. Learn to see and measure accurately while using time-honored, traditional drawing techniques using pencil, pen, and charcoal. We will also explore drawing exercises that help artists loosen up for a more gestural approach to drawing. Some materials will be provided by the instructor; see supply list for details and bring a bag lunch. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Brathol-Hostvet Studio

moreSaturday, August 13, 10:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 4

$136 per person

Natural Dye Workshop - Immersion Dyeing

Learn how to make dye from natural materials, often made of food or floral waste and other botanical extracts. We will discuss how to create a dye bath and binding methods for dyed pieces. You will also dye a textile product in the class to take home. All supplies provided.

Instructor: Erica Kowalsky, Down To Earth Goods

moreSunday, August 14, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 4

$116 / $93 member

Create a Tropical Effect in your Garden

Olbrich’s Thai Garden is designed to convey a tropical effect while using plants hardy to the Midwest climate. Stroll through the Thai Garden with horticulturist Dan Schuknecht while we discuss plant selection and special techniques used to create this look, and ways to duplicate it in home gardens.

Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreTuesday, August 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 9

$20 / $16 member

Cranes in Culture

Interested in birds and looking for a relaxing artistic outlet? Join the International Crane Foundation for a presentation about cranes in culture followed by a hands-on art project for artists of any skill level. Using origami paper, beads, and string, you will master the art of paper folding to create a hanging chain of paper cranes to display in your home. All supplies provided and no experience necessary.

Instructor: Stephanie Schmidt, International Crane Foundation

moreThursday, August 18, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 11

$25 / $20 member

A Natural History of Oaks - Zoom Class

From pre-settlement to today, discover the many ways humans, birds, animals, and insects have used and treasured the magnificent oak trees. This virtual lecture will examine where oaks are typically found in nature, their myriad uses over the centuries, as well as folklore and stories. We will also discuss faunal partnerships and the benefits that these trees can bring to your own landscape.

Instructor: Heather Prince, Fearless Gardening

moreFriday, August 19, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 11

$30 / $24 member

Beginning Chair Caning

Have you ever wondered how a caned chair seat is made? Explore the caning process through a guided 7-step method of hand caning a wooden trivet using natural strand cane. You will learn about various types of caning, different types of caning materials, and how to care for caned furniture. This workshop is best suited for beginners.

Instructor: Mary Jo Harris, Harris Caning and Knitting

moreSaturday, August 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 11

$143 per person

Abstract Landscapes with Alcohol Ink

Learn techniques for using alcohol inks to create three different landscapes: a rolling hillside, moonlit mountains, and an ocean sunrise. Creating with alcohol inks is fun and surprising! You will create three 5x7� paintings. Your finished paintings will be matted to 8x10", ready for framing. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary. This workshop is great for beginners, but those experienced with alcohol inks will be sure to pick up new tips and techniques.

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Ink Art by Beth Kluth

moreSunday, August 21, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 11

$99 / $80 member

Plant Spirit Medicine

All plants have their own unique energy and healing wisdoms. Learn how to tune into a plant using one or more of your five clair senses (i.e. clairvoyance, clairaudience, etc.) to personally receive plants' healing messages. We will use guided drumming meditation to tune into the plants in the garden, and will discuss some of the local medicinal species and the medicines they offer. Meditations will be lead outside, so dress appropriately for the weather.

Instructor: Jennifer Helmer, Community Pharmacy

moreSunday, August 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 11

$28 / $22 member

 

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