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Garden & Conservatory Walks                          back to top

Join us for informative, casual, and fun outdoor gardens and conservatory walks. Walks occur snow, rain or shine; cancellations only in the event of dangerous lightning or snow storm. Dress appropriately for the weather. All walks begin in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Behind-the-scenes spring show set-up

How does Olbrich's horticulture staff transform a space into an underwater paradise or a floral
garden party? Go behind-the-scenes to discover how the Atrium changes into a beautiful blooming paradise for Olbrich's Spring Flower Show. Enjoy a sneak peek and explore unique details along the way while learning about the overall design concept and building process. Make your mark on this year's show by helping Olbrich staff create a detail for the show!

Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, March 2, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 21

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


Spring into Gardening Walkspring into gardening walk

Enjoy a lively spring garden walk to get motivated for the growing season! This outdoor garden walk addresses common questions related to spring pruning, perennial clean-up and division, soil preparation, and mulching. You'll also see demonstrations of techniques, tips, and tools to save you time and effort.
Instructors: Erin Presley & Samara Eisner, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, April 7, 5:30-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 30

Cost: $20 / $16 member | Course Number: 30-02


From Start to finish: greenhouse plant production

More than 25,000 plants are grown in Olbrich's greenhouses each year! Take an exclusive tour of the new greenhouses, and learn about greenhouse plant production. Learn tips and tricks for growing plants from seed to flower, as well as propagation techniques and pest management.
Instructor: Amanda Dix, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Sunday, April 19, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 9

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 30-03


Plants on plants: the science of epiphytes

The word epiphyte means "on plants" and describes many of our favorite tropical plants. Explore Olbrich's permanent collection while learning about these fascinating plants, how to care for them at home, and various styling tips!
Instructor: Terry Hodge, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, May 4, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 24

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-29


spring flowers with flavor tasting & Walk   Youth Participants Accepted

Are flowers too pretty to eat? No way! Explore the wonderful world of edible flowers one petal at a time. During this exclusive walk in the outdoor gardens, learn about spring-blooming edible plants, try some flowers and recipe samples, and take recipes with you to try at home.
Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up
Instructor: Katey Pratt , Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, May 5, 9-10:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: April 27

Cost: $18 / $14 member | Course Number: 30-04


late spring bulb walk   Youth Participants Accepted

Shake off the winter blues and come experience Olbrich's meadows in bloom! Stroll through
various gardens to learn about the different blooming bulbs, and how they can add spring splendor to your own garden.
Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up
Instructor: Avery Pronschinske, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 14, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 4

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 30-05


Spring in the Wildflower Garden Walk

Spring in the Wildflower Garden WalkOlbrich's Wildflower Garden puts on a spectacular spring show every year. Take a stroll to look for bloodroot, trilliums, Virginia
bluebells, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and other early bloomers. We might even spot a lady's slipper! Plant suggestions and ways to extend the season of interest for your woodland garden will be discussed.

Instructor: Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 11

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 30-06

Spring Container Gardenspring containers walk

Discover how to elevate your spring containers with cold-hardy foliage, colorful flowers, edible greens, and early vegetables. During this evening walk, you'll see creative container plant combinations and hear about the basics of planning and planting cold-hardy spring containers.

Instructor: Samantha Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, May 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 11

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 30-07


Wellness at the Gardens                                    back to top

Whether you are trying new ways to enjoy physical activity, restore balance to your life, improve stress management or eat healthier, Olbrich Botanical Gardens can support you on your journey to better health. Round out your wellness practices with our diverse adult classes led by experts in their fields. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Tai ChiTai Chi Meditation

8-Week Classes

"Move like a great river; sit like a mountain" - instructs the centuries-old description of the physical and meditative practice of Tai Chi. This class offers standing, moving, and seated practices rooted within the Chinese tradition of Tai Chi Ch'uan and the beauty of Olbrich's gardens for the enrichment and wellness of body, mind, and spirit. Register for one or more 8-week classes as a series.
Instructor: Jody Curley, MA, Certified Instructor

Mondays, January 27-March 16, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 17

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-03

Mondays, March 30-May 18, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 20

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-19


Chinese herbs for immune system support  Youth Participants Accepted

Did you know some of the primary Chinese herbs for treating colds and supporting immune
system function can be found at your local grocery store? Learn simple strategies to treat the onset of cold and flu symptoms, and how to use Chinese herbs to support the immune system and prevent illness.

Youth Ages: 13 & up

Instructor: Scott Martin, L.Ac., Red Sage Health

Thursday, January 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 20

Cost: $15 / $12 member| Course Number: 10-02


Herbs for a healthy heart

February is Heart Month. Keep your heart healthy by learning how to use herbs, foods and lifestyle choices to strengthen your heart, create strong and flexible blood vessels, and maintain healthy blood pressure. Taste delicious "heart-y" infusions, vinegars, and honeys made with some of nature's most wonderful plants!

Instructor: Kathleen Raven Wildwood, Wildwood Institute and Herbs

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 3

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-05


Intro to pranic healing

In this interactive class, experience a peaceful meditation, practice breathing techniques to help with relaxation, and discover the practical applications of energy. You will learn to feel or sense prana (energy) using your hands as well as self-healing methods for stress and pain relief.

Instructor: Stephanie Toney, US Pranic Healing Center

Tuesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 17

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-08


Rejuvenate yourself with herbal spring tonics

Spring is the season when old energies are cleared and bodies renew themselves. Traditional herbal spring tonics can help restore, tone, and invigorate systems in the body and promote general health. Discover the modern uses of herbs for improved metabolism, stable moods, and clear skin. You will learn how to complete a six-week spring tune-up and how to make an herbal skin toner.

Instructor: Kathleen Raven Wildwood, Wildwood Institute and Herbs

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: February 24

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-09

From the garden: Herbal medicine making

During this two-day immersion, learn how to make medicine for minor illnesses and injuries. Make salves, lotions, syrups, extracts, tea, and much more! You'll get an overview of dierent approaches to hands-on medicine making, and will leave with remedies to start or add to your home apothecary.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 4

Cost: $130 / $106 member | Course Number: 20-12

Fermentation for flavor and health  Youth Participants Accepted

Join us to learn the basics of fermentation, including how to ferment various vegetables and beverages. Make sauerkraut, lactofermented pickles, kefir, kvass, and more. e health benefits of fermented foods, a brief introduction to the microbiome, and how to incorporate these foods into your daily life will be discussed. All supples provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Laura Poe Mathes, RD, Viroqua Nutrition Counseling

Sunday, March 29, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 19

Cost: $81 / $65 member | Course Number: 20-18

From the garden: herbal soap making

Make soap from scratch and learn how to properly incorporate whole herbs from the garden in this fun, hands-on workshop. Learn about the soap making process, and how to best prepare herbs for their optimal benefit. Recipes and all supplies are provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday, April 4, 1-5 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 25

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

Mindful Flow YogaMindful Flow Yoga

8-Week Class

Mindful Flow Yoga is a slow, mindful practice that emphasizes aligning breath and movement, slowing down and paying attention, and relaxing into your own body. All abilities are welcome as we enjoy the beauty of Olbrich's outdoor gardens and the benefits of yoga.
Instructor: Surya Asija, 200 RYT, Certified Instructor

Wednesdays, April 8-May 27, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 30

Cost: $96 per person | Course Number: 20-23


Medicinal Herbs and lyme disease   Youth Participants Accepted

According to the state Department of Health Services, more than 3,100 cases of Lyme disease
were reported in Wisconsin during 2018. Learn how to prevent and treat tick bites as well as how to use local herbs as tinctures and teas to recover from an infection. Most of these herbs can be used along with treatments prescribed by your doctor.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Jean Schneider, Nativa Medica

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 30

Cost: $18 / $14 member | Course Number: 10-19

Wild Food & Herbal Medicine

Wild plants grow all around us. Many of the "weeds" pulled from gardens or found in fields and forests can be harvested for food and medicine. During this two-day workshop, you will go on plant walks, practice plant identification, and make several herbal tonics to take home. Recipes and all supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 22

Cost: $130 / $106 member | Course Number: 20-34

drinking to your health:

spring ayurvedic healing beverages   Youth Participants Accepted

Discover the fundamentals of the 5,000-year-old Indian tradition of Ayurveda (ayur=life;
veda=wisdom), which includes using herbs, nutrition, cleansing, bodywork and more to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Experience a multi-sensory exploration of the healing properties of Indian seasonal herbs and spices. Taste Kosa Wellness Spa's signature chai and learn how to craft your own Ayurvedic beverages. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 9 & up

Instructor: Sonya Sankaran, Kosa Wellness Spa

Sunday, May 17, 1-3:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 7

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 20-41

 

Classes & Workshops                                back to top

Engage your senses, discover hidden talents, learn a new technique, and explore a more personal relationship with plants and nature. From gardening practices to using nature as inspiration for the arts and do-it-yourself projects, Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers a broad range of classes and programs for adults. Led by experts in their fields, our programs provide something for every interest and skill level. Visit Olbrich Botanical Gardens to explore the wonder of plants, gardening, and the natural world. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

2020 New Garden Trends2020 new garden trends

What is the next big thing in the world of gardening? Get insider knowledge about the newest predicted gardening trends for 2020. We will discuss both new and improved gardening techniques and color palettes to keep your garden on trend for the coming year.

Instructors: Avery Pronschinske, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 13

Cost: $15 / $12 member | Course Number: 10-01

Cast iron art: clay mold design workshop

Join us for a unique opportunity to make your own incredibly detailed cast iron art using soft oil clay! Learn creative techniques for how to build a unique 7x7" cast iron relief sculpture mold using oil clay. Discover how to form dynamic textures onto the clay by using additive and subtractive approaches during the design and model-making process. Once your clay sculpting is complete, FeLion Studios will create a sand mold around your design in preparation for your artwork to be cast into iron at our big iron pour event on the Great Lawn on February 15! All supplies provided.

Instructor: Alisa Toninato, FeLion Studios

Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 15

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-01

Sunday, January 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 16

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-02

Creative Native Bee House Workshop  Youth Participants Accepted

There are more than 4,000 species of native bees in North America alone! These types of bees are more effective pollinators than domesticated honey bees. Learn about structures you can build to encourage native bees to take up residence in your landscape, and then build a small house for non-stinging, solitary bees. The unique bee house is constructed using hollow stems and other bee-friendly tubes. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, January 29, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 21

Cost: $35 / $28 member | Course Number: 20-04


Chinese herbs for immune system support  Youth Participants Accepted

Did you know some of the primary Chinese herbs for treating colds and supporting immune
system function can be found at your local grocery store? Learn simple strategies to treat the onset of cold and flu symptoms, and how to use Chinese herbs to support the immune system and prevent illness.

Youth Ages: 13 & up

Instructor: Scott Martin, L.Ac., Red Sage Health

Thursday, January 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 20

Cost: $15 / $12 member| Course Number: 10-02


Fantastic Ferns and How to grow them   Youth Participants Accepted

Ferns were around when dinosaurs walked the earth about 45 million years ago, but these ancient plants still have many contemporary garden uses. Learn about the characteristics of this large and varied group, and how to use them and care for them in your garden. The wider range of plants in this fantastic family will also be discussed.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, February 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 27

Cost: $15 / $12 member | Course Number: 10-03


Valentine card block printing with a press   Youth Participants Accepted

Valentine Card PrintingCreate block printed cards with a printing press! This class will cover the linocut process from start to finish: planning, carving, and printing your linoleum block on a small printing press. You will leave class with a set of printed cards just in time for Valentine's Day! All supplies and envelopes will be provided. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Ages Accepted: 15 & up

Instructor: LAurie Hunt, Artist

Saturday, February 8, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 29

Cost: $75 per person| Course Number: 20-05


Whimsical Animals: intro to needle felting   Youth Participants Accepted

Disover the fun and enjoyable art of needle felting! In this introductory class, you'll learn to use a felting needle and wool to create animals using basic shapes and forms. Come ready to play and learn. No experience necessary. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 10 & up

Instructors: Michelle Martin, Artist

Sunday, February 9, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 30

Cost: $45 / $36 member | Course Number: 20-06

Edibles in Every GardenEdibles in every garden

You can have your garden and eat it too! Every year, Olbrich's Herb Garden overflows with fruits, veggies, and herbs that are a wonderful melding of style and function. Explore innovative ways to incorporate edibles into containers and in-ground plantings, and learn about annual crops and perennial plants suitable for permanent edible landscaping. We'll also talk about the conditions these edible plants need to produce bountiful, beautiful food.

Instructors: Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 3

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

Herbs for a healthy heart

February is Heart Month. Keep your heart healthy by learning how to use herbs, foods and lifestyle choices to strengthen your heart, create strong and flexible blood vessels, and maintain healthy blood pressure. Taste delicious "heart-y" infusions, vinegars, and honeys made with some of nature's most wonderful plants!

Instructor: Kathleen Raven Wildwood, Wildwood Institute and Herbs

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 3

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-05


Seed starting: attracting butterflies and hummingbirds Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirdswith native plants

Enhance your garden with native plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. In this seed starting class, you will plant and grow hundreds of seedlings like Royal Catchfly and Bee Balm to make an attractive addition to your garden, and learn about an eco-friendly alternative to plastic seed starting trays. All supplies provided.

Instructors: Dan Unruh, Prairie Enthusiast

Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 3

Cost: $62 / $50 member | Course Number: 20-07

Grow Plants with LED Lights

Does winter leave you itching to get planting, but a greenhouse is out of your budget? This class will give you the basics on getting started with LED technology. Learn how to set up an LED system using offš-the-shelf products for under $100. A system supply list will be shared.

Instructor: Cal Bouwkamp, Retired AgED Instructor

Tuesday, February 18, 6-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: February 10

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-06

Orchids for beginners

Do you want to take your first step into the mysterious world of orchids, but don't know where to start? Learn basic orchid characteristics, growing conditions, repotting techniques, fertilizer needs, and more! You will leave you with a good framework to rely upon in all your orchid growing endeavors.

Instructors: Terry Hodge, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, February 24, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 14

Cost: $18 / $14 member | Course Number: 10-07

Intro to pranic healing

In this interactive class, experience a peaceful meditation, practice breathing techniques to help with relaxation, and discover the practical applications of energy. You will learn to feel or sense prana (energy) using your hands as well as self-healing methods for stress and pain relief.

Instructor: Stephanie Toney, US Pranic Healing Center

Tuesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 17

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-08


Mounted Copper Feather workshop  Youth Participants Accepted

Mounted Copper FeatherDiscover the process of creating a beautiful copper feather utilizing cold-formed metal techniques. You will add color to your feather with a rainbow of alcohol inks and can choose from a variety of hand-stamped copper word plates to further personalize your creation. Your feather will be mounted atop a rustic piece of barn wood and is sure to be a showstopper in your home. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructors: Kami Strunsee, Timber Lane Studio

Saturday, February 29, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 19

Cost: $82 per person | Course Number: 20-09

Rejuvenate yourself with herbal spring tonics

Spring is the season when old energies are cleared and bodies renew themselves. Traditional herbal spring tonics can help restore, tone, and invigorate systems in the body and promote general health. Discover the modern uses of herbs for improved metabolism, stable moods, and clear skin. You will learn how to complete a six-week spring tune-up and how to make an herbal skin toner.

Instructor: Kathleen Raven Wildwood, Wildwood Institute and Herbs

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: February 24

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-09

 

Sweet Grass and pine needle basket weaving

In this two-day workshop, you'll make a coiled basket that incorporates both sweet grass and pine needles. First, you'll learn the coiling and stitching techniques, then you will make a lid with a pine cone handle, and can add adornments like beads to your basket. You will leave with a one-of-a-kind basket, and supplies to make another basket at home. Most supplies included; a supply list provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: February 26

Cost: $130 / $106 member | Course Number: 20-10

Hands-on hydrangea pruning workshop

Are you nervous about pruning your own hydrangeas? Learn and pratice how to properly prune hydrangeas using Olbrich's collection! General pruning principles for woody plants will be demonstrated, and then you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills in this handson workshop by practicing on hydrangeas in the outdoor gardens. Pruning tools provided. Limited space; register early.

Instructors: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Sunday, March 8, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 27

Cost: $40 / $32 member | Course Number: 20-11

Planting 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, but getting started can be complicated with a lot of decisions to make. In this class, you will learn the process of establishing a prairie, and how to best chart a course for a prairie that fits the needs of your site.

Instructor: Frank Hassler, Good Oak Ecological Services

Tuesday, March 10, 6-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 2

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

Garden Journaling & Record Keeping   Youth Participants Accepted

Garden JournalingThe growing season goes by too fast to remember all the details of your garden, which is why keeping journals and records can help. Learn the basics of garden journaling and plant record keeping, along with special tips and tricks from home gardeners and horticulturists.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructors: Avery Pronschinske, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 2

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

Landscape for a dry basement

Preventing a wet basement begins by managing the water outside your house and in your landscape. Learn creative and functional landscape solutions that are key to keeping your basement dry. Starting with an outside/in and top/down approach, you'll leave with long-term solutions to a potentially ‘knee deep' problem.

Instructors: John Gishnock III, Formecology, LLC

Thursday, March 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 2

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

From the garden: Herbal medicine making

During this two-day immersion, learn how to make medicine for minor illnesses and injuries. Make salves, lotions, syrups, extracts, tea, and much more! You'll get an overview of dierent approaches to hands-on medicine making, and will leave with remedies to start or add to your home apothecary.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 4

Cost: $130 / $106 member | Course Number: 20-12

 

Beyond the bird feeder:

Gardening to attract birds   Youth Participants Accepted

Gardeners and native plant enthusiasts play a vital role in restoring and preserving native plant communities that support not only birds, but other wildlife including butterflies, bees, and bats. Learn how to increase the variety of birds in your yard by growing native plants that offer birds a natural habitat and yearlong smorgasbord of berries, nuts, seeds, and insects.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructors: Mariette Nowak, Author

Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 4

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

basic rose growing in wisconsin   Youth Participants Accepted

Frustrated with growing roses in Wisconsin? Discover some basics to help your roses not only survive, but thrive! Learn about the types that grow and survive well in our climate, where to and not to purchase roses, and how to plant and care for roses to produce the best blooms. Pruning tips and winter and spring care will also be discussed.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructors: Yvonne Brault & Karen Mezera, American Rose Society

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 9

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

Tools of the TradeTools of the trade

‘There's a tool for that! Learn from a Fiskars tool expert about how your gardening tools work, how to choose the right tool for the job, and how to keep them in tip-top shape. We will also discuss tool basics, specifics about cutting tools and new or interesting tools you might not have seen before. At the end, there will be time for trying the tools and asking questions.

Instructors: Dan Cunningham, Fiskars

Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 9

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

Fruit Tree Grafting

Do you wish your ornamental crabapple tree had large juicy apples? Do you have a fruiting apple tree but wish you had a crabapple tree? These are just some reasons to practice the age-old art of grafting. Learn several approaches to grafting, followed by a demonstration and hands-on practice. You will graft and take home two semi-dwarf fruit trees of your choice (apple, pear, or plum). Root stocks and scionwood provided.

Instructors: John Holzwart, Plant Based Services

Saturday, March 21, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 11

Cost: $38 / $30 member | Course Number: 20-13

Scionwood Exchange

Join fellow fruit tree enthusiasts as we swap stories and trade scionwood from various fruit trees. Bring as many types of labeled cuttings of dormant scionwood as you wish; no patented varieties. If you are picking up scionwood, bring plastic bags. If you are bringing scionwood to trade or give away, be ready to supply a botanical name and description of the fruit.

Instructors: John Holzwart, Plant Based Services

Saturday, March 21, 3-4 p.m.

No registration required

Cost: Free

Natural Rhythms: Learning to Read Tarot Cards

Tarot is a divination tool that people have turned to for guidance for over 500 years. The herbal tarot and other nature-based decks help us find wisdom in the beauty of gardens and in between natural spaces. Learn how to enlist the cards on your life's journey by practicing with tarot decks in class.

Instructors: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday, March 21, 1-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 11

Cost: $32 / $26 member | Course Number: 20-14

Abstract florals with alcohol inks  Youth Participants Accepted

Abstract Florals with Alcohol InksLearn simple techniques for using alcohol inks to create vibrant, abstract floral paintings. Creating with alcohol inks is fun and surprising. You will create three and ready-to-frame. All supplies provided; no experience necessary.

Youth Ages Accepted: 14 & up

Instructors: Beth Kluth, Artist

Sunday, March 22, 1-3:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 12

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 20-15

Plant parenting: raising tropicals at home  Youth Participants Accepted

‡They grow up so fast, don't they? Learn the basics of houseplant care and strategies to encourage seasonal growth, plus a few troubleshooting tips. Then, pot up a tidy tropical plant to take home and enjoy.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructors: Irene Padlin, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, March 23, 6-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 13

Cost: $35 / $28 member | Course Number: 20-16

A Healthy Lawn for a healthy community

Healthy LawnConventional lawn weed killers present risks for people, pets, and the environment, and understanding these risks may motivate you to learn more about natural lawn care practices. This presentation includes information about specific risks of lawn care pesticides, along with natural and organic ways to maintain your lawn.

Instructors: Claire Gervais & Astrid Newenhouse, Healthy Lawn Team

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 16

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-16

home drainage corrections

One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of home ownership is proper drainage away from your home and the elimination of standing water. Wisconsin building codes will be discussed, plus the use of rubber membranes, drain tile, catch basins, rain gardens, and erosion control measures to protect your home from water.

Instructors: David Polich, A.L. Ltd. Landscaping

Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 16

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

Pochoir: french stenciling  Youth Participants Accepted

Popular in Paris during the early 20th century, pochoir (the French word for stencil) prints are made using carefully cut out stencils and pastels. In this class, you will learn the basics of pochoir and use simplified images and designs to create your own print. Most supplies included; find the supply list here.

Instructors: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Saturday, March 28, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 18

Cost: $73 per person | Course Number: 20-17

Fermentation for flavor and health  Youth Participants Accepted

Join us to learn the basics of fermentation, including how to ferment various vegetables and beverages. Make sauerkraut, lactofermented pickles, kefir, kvass, and more. e health benefits of fermented foods, a brief introduction to the microbiome, and how to incorporate these foods into your daily life will be discussed. All supples provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Laura Poe Mathes, RD, Viroqua Nutrition Counseling

Sunday, March 29, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 19

Cost: $81 / $65 member | Course Number: 20-18

Straight & Narrow Plants

Do you have limited space in your garden and need narrow-growing plant options? Learn about the many diverse plants that tend to be narrow or dwarf, as well as other new plant options for small spaces.

Instructors: Paul Ganshert, Ganshert Nursery and Landscapes

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 23

Cost: $15 / $12 member | Course Number: 10-18

From the garden: herbal soap making

Make soap from scratch and learn how to properly incorporate whole herbs from the garden in this fun, hands-on workshop. Learn about the soap making process, and how to best prepare herbs for their optimal benefit. Recipes and all supplies are provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday, April 4, 1-5 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 25

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

 

Chinese Brush Painting: Focus on bamboo   Youth Participants Accepted

Chinese Brush Painting BambooImmerse yourself in the world of bamboo by learning the brush painting techniques to create images of dew, rain, sun, and wind bamboo. You will learn how to brush paint and add bamboo to paintings of butterflies, chicks, egrets, frogs, pandas, rocks, and tigers. Calligraphy for all of the subjects will be demonstrated by the instructor. For beginners to advanced students. Find the full supply list here. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)245-3648 and paid for the day of the workshop.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructors: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

Sunday, April 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 26

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-21

Painting with thread:

a unique approach to embroidery

Painting With ThreadCreate beautiful botanical compositions out of thread! Use the immense inspiration of flora and vegetation available at Olbrich to inspire your unique embroidered paintings. Templates will be provided or you can design your own. Basic stitching knowledge is required but no previous embroidery experience is necessary. Bring a fabric scissors; all other supplies provided.

Instructor: Patrizia Ferreira, Textile Artist & Educator

Tuesdays, April 7, 14 & 21, 6-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 30

Cost: $81 / $65 | Course Number: 20-22

Medicinal Herbs and lyme disease   Youth Participants Accepted

According to the state Department of Health Services, more than 3,100 cases of Lyme disease
were reported in Wisconsin during 2018. Learn how to prevent and treat tick bites as well as how to use local herbs as tinctures and teas to recover from an infection. Most of these herbs can be used along with treatments prescribed by your doctor.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Jean Schneider, Nativa Medica

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 30

Cost: $18 / $14 member | Course Number: 10-19

 

Sustainable Landscaping

Learn how to create an environmentally friendly outdoor environment tailored to your individual aesthetic style using innovative and sustainable landscape techniques. Explore a variety of design, installation, and care techniques with countless advantages including beauty, erosion control, cleaner air and water, human well-being, and habitat for desirable wildlife.

Instructor: John Gishnock III, Formecology, LLC

Thursday, April 9, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 30

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

Bulbs for Big ImpactBulbs for big impact  Youth Participants Accepted

Whether you are looking to create magnificent mass plantings or mix bulbs with existing plants, adding bulbs is an easy way to add color and extend the season of interest in your garden. Inspire your fall bulb order by learning about a plethora of bulb species and cultivars, when they bloom, and how they are best utilized.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Michael Jesiolowski, Rotary Botanical Gardens

Saturday, April 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 1

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-21

Mixed Media collage: fabric papers  Youth Participants Accepted

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. A little bit here, a little bit there...and voila! Explore this enjoyable collage technique by working on light weight muslin using a large selection of papers, wrapping papers, napkins, and more. Embellish your papers with beads and buttons for a unique touch. Some supplies included; find the full supply list here.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Tuesday, April 14, 6-9 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 6

Cost: $78 per person | Course Number: 20-24

Let's talk trash: composting that is!  Youth Participants Accepted

According to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste currently make up about 30 percent of what we throw away and could be composted instead. Learn about basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools that will help turn your yard trimmings and household waste into compost treasure. We'll also discuss common problems and what to do with your compost once it's finished.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Susan Obry, Certified Master Gardener

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 6

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

birdscaping with native plants

Native birds and native plants go hand in hand, making them the best plants to attract birds to your garden. In this class, learn how to select bird-friendly native plants for your home landscape that encourage more feathered friends to call your garden home.

Instructor: Zannah Crowe, Educational Horticulturist at Johnson's Gardens

Thursday, April 16, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 6

Cost: $19 / $15 member | Course Number: 10-23

 

Painting springtime in soft pastel  Youth Participants Accepted

Painting Springtime in Soft PastelCelebrate spring using the versatile medium of soft pastel! Create two paintings based on the fresh beauty of the season using both floral still life and spring landscapes or garden photographs. Learn how to capture the myriad of colors of the season in your painting, develop your composition skills, and take advantage of the versatility and pure pigment of pastel. This workshop is for beginner to advanced levels. All papers provided; find the full supply list here.

Youth Ages Accepted: 14 & up

Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Brathol- Hostvet Studio


Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 8

Cost: $125 / $100 member | Course Number: 20-25

 

Do-It-Yourself Solar Electric

Sustainable. Renewable. Plentiful. An increasing number of home and business owners are choosing to harness the power of the sun to benefit the environment and increase their property values. In this class, learn practical information about solar panels, solar electricity, and various photovoltaic systems. You'll see examples of solar electric systems to consider as you plan your solar project for your specific site. A do-it-yourself manual that is useful for any solar set up and many additional resources will also be shared.

Instructor: Jon Passi, Alternate Energy Educator

Sunday, April 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 9

Cost: $81 / $65 member | Course Number: 20-26

 

Make an Ancient Gourd Vessel   Youth Participants Accepted

Make a piece of art resembling an ancient gourd vessel decorated with petroglyphs and other images. is new medium in gourd art will allow you to create intricate patterns on your gourd in a very simple way. No experience necessary. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Deb Ready, Wisconsin Gourd Society

Sunday, April 19, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 9

Cost: $60 / $48 member | Course Number: 20-27

 

Houseplant Magic: plant propagation at home

Discover the "magic" behind multiplying your plants! Learn the basic techniques of propagating plants in this hands-on workshop and leave with a propagated plant of your own. All supplies provided.

Instructor: Terry Hodge, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, April 20, 6-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 10

Cost: $43 / $35 member | Course Number: 20-28

 

attract cavity nesters with a bird box

Eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, house wrens, and black-capped chickadees build nests, lay eggs, and raise their young in sheltered caverns or cavities. In this class, you will assemble a nest box from a provided kit to take home and attract these birds to your yard. Habitat needs, nest box sizes, and placement of the boxes, will also be discussed. Bring a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Instructor: Patrick Ready, Bluebird Restoration Association of WI

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 13

Cost: $38 / $30 member | Course Number: 20-30

 

Hardscaping & permeable pavers

Did you know hardscaped areas can be designed to mimic the way natural land absorbs water? Permeable paving systems allow stormwater to inflitrate through the pavement into the soil below. Learn about the numerous environmental benefits permeable pavers can offer your home and community.

Instructor: Paul Ganshert, Ganshert Nursery and Landscapes

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 13

Cost: $15 / $12 member | Course Number: 10-24

 

grow herbal microgreens workshop

Start an early spring harvest of microgreens in this hands-on workshop. These plants grow 1 to 3 inches tall, have great flavors, and are delicious on sandwiches or as a garnish on soup and salads. Sample a taste of fresh greens, and plant your own 6 x 6" container of a variety of herb greens such as basil, borage, chervil, and parsley. All supplies provided.

Instructor: Melody Orban, Master Gardener

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 13

Cost: $40 / $32 member | Course Number: 20-31

 

Advanced macrophotography   Youth Participants Accepted

Take your macro and close-up photography skills to new heights and learn about single and dual light flash units. We'll discuss common macro subjects as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using flash. After a presentation, we will go into the conservatory or outdoor gardens to take photos, and then review and discuss our photographs together. Bring a camera, macro or close-focusing lens, and off-camera flash (either through a cord or triggered electronically), preferably with a diffuser. You should already have prior knowledge of how
to adjust your camera in the manual mode and understand depth of field issues.

Youth Ages Accepted: 14 & up

Instructor: Kevin Hanley, Photographer

Saturday, April 25, 12-3:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 16

Cost: $56 / $45 member | Course Number: 20-32

 

Abstract Landscapes with Alcohol Inks  Youth Participants Accepted

Abstract LandscapesLearn 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 paintings, that will be matted and ready to frame. All supplies provided; no experience necessary.

Youth Ages Accepted: 14 & up

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Artist

Sunday, April 26, 1-3:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 16

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 20-33

Beyond Rosemary, Basil, and Thyme

Discover fragrance in plants whether it be in the leaves, flowers, or both. Learn about the reasons to grow herbs, uncommon and unique varieties, propagation advice, and historical information. Plant stories about herbs will be shared to inspire you to look beyond rosemary, basil, and thyme!

Instructor: Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm

Wednesday, April 29, 6-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 20

Cost: $19 / $15 member | Course Number: 10-25

 

Perennial Garden Maintenance

No gardener wants to spend more time maintaining their garden than they do enjoying its beauty! Pinching, cutting back, dividing, and other gardening tasks are labor intensive and need to be done at different times in the garden. This class will feature designs and plantings to help make your garden easier to maintain, giving you more time to sit back and enjoy the view.

Instructor: Paul Drobot, Perennial Landscapes

Thursday, April 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 20

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-26

 

Wild Food & Herbal Medicine

Wild plants grow all around us. Many of the "weeds" pulled from gardens or found in fields and forests can be harvested for food and medicine. During this two-day workshop, you will go on plant walks, practice plant identification, and make several herbal tonics to take home. Recipes and all supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 22

Cost: $130 / $106 member | Course Number: 20-34

The scoop on nativars:

cultivars of native plants   Youth Participants Accepted

Nativars can be bred to display certain desirable characteristics while retaining the qualities and benefits of the native plant. How do nativars affect genetic diversity? What effects do nativars have on pollinators and other wildlife? These questions and more will be discussed as well as relevant research concerning this new and expanding topic.

Youth Ages Accepted: 15 & up

Instructor: Mariette Nowak, Author

Saturday, May 2, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 22

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-27

 

Plants on Plants: the science of epiphytes

The word epiphyte means "on plants" and describes many of our favorite tropical plants. Explore Olbrich's permanent collection while learning about these fascinating plants, how to care for them at home, and various styling tips!

Instructor: Terry Hodge, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, May 4, 6-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 24

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-29

 

Introduction to Relief Block Printmaking   Youth Participants Accepted

Most people are familiar with rubber stamps and the concept of being able to print multiple copies. Are you ready to create your own image to print? Materials like fun foam, yarn, rubber bands, and a few other common household items can be used as you create your own wonderful designs. Flowers and plants make wonderful inspiration and subject material, or choose to make your printing an abstract design or personal image. Learn how to create a drawing and then transfer it to a block of linoleum, soft-cut material, or an eraser. You will be on your way to making personal greeting cards, wrapping papers, or larger format images. Most supplies included; find the full supply list here.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Tuesdays, May 5 & 12, 6-9 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 27

Cost: $95 per person | Course Number: 20-35

 

The next level: container design and maintenance

Are you seeking individualized container gardening tips? When it comes to container design, we have a few tricks up our sleeves! Hosted at a local greenhouse, you'll have individual time with instructors to evaluate the vast array of annuals, tropicals, and perennials available for purchase and gain professional insight into which plants will best meet your specific site needs. Leave with a deeper understanding of container gardens, and a personalized container design to use at home.

Instructor: Samara Eisner & Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 27

Cost: $81 / $65 member | Course Number: 20-36

 

growing and using herbs   Youth Participants Accepted

Are you looking for an easy way to "spice" up your cooking? Discover the basics of herb gardening, from choosing the right plant for the right purpose to adding their vibrant flavors and aromas to culinary dishes. Learn methods and tips for planting, caring for, harvesting, and preserving these plants.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Susan Obry, Certified Master Gardener

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 27

Cost: $15 / $12 member | Course Number: 10-30

 

Keeping mosquitoes at bay: fact & fiction

Look into the real and bizarre ways to keep mosquitoes at bay so you can enjoy the great outdoors in peace! Learn about the methods that work, don't work, and some still to be determined.

Instructor: Paul Ganshert, Ganshert Nursery and Landscapes

Thursday, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 27

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

 

grow salad bowls workshop

Get fresh garden salads without the garden! Learn how to plant and harvest lettuce, spinach, beets, and herbs in a 'salad bowl.' Create your easy-to-care-for container garden, while sampling and learning about herbal vinegars to make at home when your salad is ready to harvest. All supplies and recipes provided.

Instructor: Melody Orban, Master Gardener

Thursday, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 27

Cost: $40 / $32 member | Course Number: 20-37

 

Native shrubs for your landscape

Explore the exciting possibilities of native shrubs in your landscape. Learn easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. 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.

Instructor: John Gishnock III, Formecology, LLC

Tuesday, May 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 4

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

 

Perennial Perennials

Wouldn't it be great if you bought a plant, the label said it was a perennial, and it lasted for more than one growing season? The longevity of a perennial plant depends on the plant, the site, maintenance, and the seasonal weather. These topics will be covered to help ensure your perennials are not "one-hit wonders."

Instructor: Paul Drobot, Perennial Landscapes

Wednesday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 4

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-33

 

Macro and Close-up Photography - Tools and Techniques

Whether your interest is flowers or other small objects, discover the tools and techniques needed to capture them with your camera. Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice, you'll become more proficient at photographing small objects. Bring a digital camera that is capable of shooting in the manual mode (ability to set aperture and shutter speed).

Instructor: John Lorimer, Photography Instructor

Thursday, May 14, 6:30-9 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 4

Cost: $56 / $45 member | Course Number: 20-38

 

Napking block printing with a press   Youth Participants Accepted

Napkin Block PrintingLearn the linocut printmaking process from start to finish: planning, carving, and printing your block on a small printing press. You will leave the class with a set of six napkins. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Ages Accepted: 15 & up

Instructor: Laurie Hunt, Artist

Saturday, May 16, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 6

Cost: $81 per person | Course Number: 20-39

 

Drawing Nature with gel pens   Youth Participants Accepted

Learn basic drawing techniques with gel pens by drawing images from nature such as animals, birds, flowers, insects, and fish. Then, write your own poems or messages on your artwork to use as greeting cards or as a piece of art to frame. Find the full supply list here. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)245-3648 and paid for the day of the workshop.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 7

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-40

 

drinking to your health:

spring ayurvedic healing beverages   Youth Participants Accepted

Ayurvedic Healing BeverageDiscover the fundamentals of the 5,000-year-old Indian tradition of Ayurveda (ayur=life; veda=wisdom), which includes using herbs, nutrition, cleansing, bodywork and more to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Experience a multi-sensory exploration of the healing properties of Indian seasonal herbs and spices. Taste Kosa Wellness Spa's signature chai and learn how to craft your own Ayurvedic beverages. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: 9 & up

Instructor: Sonya Sankaran, Kosa Wellness Spa

Sunday, May 17, 1-3:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 7

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 20-41

 

Introduction to Digital Photography   Youth Participants Accepted

Intro to Digital PhotographyAre you new to photography and need help getting started? In this class, you will learn about camera controls, menus, various modes, lenses, equipment, software, and flash use. Photo composition and the best shooting modes for different subjects will also be discussed. We will go out into the conservatory or outdoor gardens to take photos, and then review and discuss our photographs together. This course is designed for DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses. Bring your camera, camera kit, and user manual.

Youth Ages Accepted: 14 & up

Instructor: Kevin Hanley, Photographer

Saturday, May 23, 12-3:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 13

Cost: $56 / $45 member | Course Number: 20-42

 

Make your own bonsai workshop

This hands-on workshop is for beginners interested in bonsai, the centuries-old Asiatic art of dwarfing trees and shrubs grown in pots or small spaces. Learn the basics of bonsai care and techniques for designing and maintaining these sculptured treasures. Using a Juniper, you'll design your own bonsai to take home. Juniper, soil, and wire provided. Bring a small bonsai- style pot (6") or take your living sculpture home in a plastic pot.

Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, May 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 18

Cost: $70 / $56 member | Course Number: 20-43

 

Spice Box                                                                    back to top

A Tour of Pakistani Cooking & Culture

Learn how to create simple, easy, and delicious recipes using fresh ingredients and fragrant spices. Recipes are a fusion style of flavors from the instructor's journeys and homeland of Pakistan. Classes are demo-style; you'll be able to taste the dishes and take home recipes to recreate them in your own kitchen.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Mediterranean Night   Youth Participants Accepted 

Class Cancelled

Learn to make harrisa, a very popular North African chili sauce, infused in shrimp and served with Mediterranean couscous.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Huma Siddiqui, White Jasmine

Thursday, February 27, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 17

Cost: $42 / $34 member | Course Number: 20-08


Vegetarian Tagine   Youth Participants Accepted

Class Cancelled

Discover how to cook delectable vegetables cooked in a traditional Morrocan Tagine, a shallow earthenware pot.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Huma Siddiqui, White Jasmine

Tuesday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 13

Cost: $42 / $34 member | Course Number: 20-29


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Learn about how the four elements (earth, air, water, and fire) interact with plants, our gardens, and the world with these classes. Also, be sure to visit the outdoor gardens and conservatory often and look for interpretive signs that highlight element-related garden features.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Cast iron art: clay mold design workshop

Join us for a unique opportunity to make your own incredibly detailed cast iron art using soft oil clay! Learn creative techniques for how to build a unique 7x7" cast iron relief sculpture mold using oil clay. Discover how to form dynamic textures onto the clay by using additive and subtractive approaches during the design and model-making process. Once your clay sculpting is complete, FeLion Studios will create a sand mold around your design in preparation for your artwork to be cast into iron at our big iron pour event on the Great Lawn on February 15! All supplies provided.

Instructor: Alisa Toninato, FeLion Studios

Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 15

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-01

Sunday, January 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 16

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-02

Mediterranean Night   Youth Participants Accepted

Learn to make harrisa, a very popular North African chili sauce, infused in shrimp and served with Mediterranean couscous.

Youth Ages Accepted: 13 & up

Instructor: Huma Siddiqui, White Jasmine

Thursday, February 27, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 17

Cost: $42 / $34 member | Course Number: 20-08


Landscape for a dry basement

Preventing a wet basement begins by managing the water outside your house and in your landscape. Learn creative and functional landscape solutions that are key to keeping your basement dry. Starting with an outside/in and top/down approach, you'll leave with long-term solutions to a potentially 'knee deep' problem.

Instructors: John Gishnock III, Formecology, LLC

Thursday, March 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 2

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

home drainage corrections

One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of home ownership is proper drainage away from your home and the elimination of standing water. Wisconsin building codes will be discussed, plus the use of rubber membranes, drain tile, catch basins, rain gardens, and erosion control measures to protect your home from water.

Instructors: David Polich, A.L. Ltd. Landscaping

Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 16

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

Let's talk trash: composting that is!  Youth Participants Accepted

According to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste currently make up about 30 percent of what we throw away and could be composted instead. Learn about basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools that will help turn your yard trimmings and household waste into compost treasure. We'll also discuss common problems and what to do with your compost once it's finished.

Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Susan Obry, Certified Master Gardener

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 6

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

Do-It-Yourself Solar Electric

Sustainable. Renewable. Plentiful. An increasing number of home and business owners are choosing to harness the power of the sun to benefit the environment and increase their property values. In this class, learn practical information about solar panels, solar electricity, and various photovoltaic systems. You'll see examples of solar electric systems to consider as you plan your solar project for your specific site. A do-it-yourself manual that is useful for any solar set up and many additional resources will also be shared.

Instructor: Jon Passi, Alternate Energy Educator

Sunday, April 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 9

Cost: $81 / $65 member | Course Number: 20-26

 

Hardscaping & permeable pavers

Did you know hardscaped areas can be designed to mimic the way natural land absorbs water? Permeable paving systems allow stormwater to inflitrate through the pavement into the soil below. Learn about the numerous environmental benefits permeable pavers can offer your home and community.

Instructor: Paul Ganshert, Ganshert Nursery and Landscapes

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 13

Cost: $15 / $12 member | Course Number: 10-24

 

Plants on plants: the science of epiphytes

The word epiphyte means "on plants" and describes many of our favorite tropical plants. Explore Olbrich's permanent collection while learning about these fascinating plants, how to care for them at home, and various styling tips!
Instructor: Terry Hodge, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, May 4, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 24

Cost: $17 / $13 member | Course Number: 10-29


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Join other garden enthusiasts and book lovers to discuss books about gardening, plants, nature and the environment. The Olbrich Gardens Book Club is a book discussion group for readers to come together to discuss a book and share in the reading experience. e 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. Olbrich members and volunteers enjoy library lending privileges.

Please call (608)245-3644 or email aoshea@cityofmadison.com to RSVP.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

The roots of my obsession: thirty great gardeners reveal why they garden  Youth Participants Accepted

Author: Thomas C. Cooper
Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Amy O'Shea, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Sunday, January 26, 1-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Please call (608)245-3644 or email aoshea@cityofmadison.com to RSVP.


The Hidden life of trees: what they feel, how they communicate - discoveries from a secret world  Youth Participants Accepted

Author: Peter Wohlleben
Youth Ages Accepted: 16 & up

Instructor: Amy O'Shea, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Sunday, April 26, 1-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Please call (608)245-3644 or email aoshea@cityofmadison.com to RSVP.


Meet The Author                                                     back to top

Join 702WI and Olbrich Botanical Gardens to "Meet the Author." Created by Reading Group Choices, 702WI (WI = writer incubator) is a creative organization celebrating writers,  creators, and designers. Partnering with other local organizations and small businesses, 702WI hosts adult and young adult author events, with a focus on debut and emerging authors, at a variety of locations around Madison and in the surrounding area. A book signing follows each presentation, and books are available for purchase.

Register online at the 702WI website. Advanced registration preferred. Day-of registrations accepted.

Eager: the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter

Author: Ben Goldfarb

Ben Goldfarb, an award-winning environmental journalist, will discuss his book Eager: The
Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. Winner of 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, this book reveals our misunderstanding of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions. Discover the profound impact of the fur trade on the enviroment due to the loss of millions of beavers, and how ecosystems are far healthier for humans and nonhumans alike with beavers in them.

Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person

Register online at the 702WI website


Learn & Play Together:

Family Classes                                                          back to top

Explore the wonder of the natural world with your family. Learn & Play Together classes are a great opportunity for parents or caregivers to spend quality time with their children. Classes are designed for you to explore nature-themed topics side-by-side with your child as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences. Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Dress for the activity and weather. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Advance registration required.

FAMILY CLASS

Create Your Own Cast Iron Art:

Clay Mold Design Workshop

Join us for a unique opportunity to make your own cast iron art using soft oil clay and cookie cutters! Learn how to work with oil clay using rolling pins, clay sculpting tools, and cookie cutters to create a unique design. Once your clay sculpting is complete, FeLion Studios will create a sand mold around your design in preparation for your artwork to be cast into iron at our big iron pour event on the Great Lawn on February 15! Ages 8 and up with an adult.

Instructor: Alisa Toninato, FeLion Studios

Friday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 28

Cost: $40 per child | Course Number: 60-02

FAMILY CLASS

Winter Wonderland Habitat Walk

Bundle up and take a fun, guided winter walk through the outdoor gardens as we search for signs of animals living in the crisp winter temperatures. Class includes an outdoor guided walk, hands-on activities focused on learning about the different ways animals create optimal habitats during our cold Wisconsin winters, and a take-home activity. Ages 5-11 with an adult.

Instructor: Sarah Ellis , Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Saturday, February 8, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 31

Cost: $10 / $8 member, per child | Course Number: 60-03

FAMILY CLASS

Nighttime in the jungle

The rainforest is a noisy place! Through squeals, hisses, grunts, howls, and songs, the creatures of the rainforest are constantly communicating. In this nighttime class, we will explore the different sounds of the rainforest through a guided after-hours tour in the Bolz Conservatory and other hands-on activities. Ages 5-11 with an adult.

Instructor: Kim North, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Friday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 17

Cost: $10 / $8 member, per child | Course Number: 60-06

CHILDREN'S KITCHEN GARDEN

Tastes & Tales Family Classes

Storytelling describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Join us for lively adventures in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory as we foster our connection with plants and food through storytelling. Tastes & Tales family programs begin with storytelling followed by preparing a plant- based snack together. Classes also explore how plants from the story grow through hands-on activities. Each family will leave with recipes to try at home and enjoyable memories shared in the Bolz Conservatory. Snacks will not include common food allergens. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 4-11 with an adult.

Class Fee: $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair)


Welcome to the green house

Join us as we celebrate the sounds, smells, colors, and wildlife in the rainforest through a storytelling of Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen and by making green smoothies together using some ingredients growing right in the Bolz Conservatory!

Instructor: Kim North, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 15

Course Number: 60-01

The Umbrella

How many animals fit inside a banana leaf umbrella? Join us for a lively storytelling of The Umbrella by Jan Brett to find out! Following the story, we will make a banana-themed snack together and explore other concepts from the story through hands-on activities.

Instructor: Sarah Ellis , Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Friday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 13

Course Number: 60-04

Chavela & the magic bubble

Did you know that bubble gum can be made from part of a plant?! Explore a storytelling of Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown, a fantastical story with an ecological twist. We will discover the magic of chicle, where it comes from, and how to make bubble gum in this engaging class!

Instructor: Kim North, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Friday, April 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 3

Course Number: 60-05

 

Little Sprouts Programs                                      back to top

Little Sprouts programs are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet the multidimensional learning and developmental needs of children ages 2-5 years. Each class is designed for children to work side-by-side with their adult caregiver as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences that support the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Sign up for one class or an entire series. Ages 2-5 years with an adult.

Advance registration required.

Toddler Story and StrollsLittle sprouts Story & Strolls

Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes include a story, theme-related learning activities, and a stroll through the outdoor gardens or conservatory.

Instructor: Kim North or Sarah Ellis, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

 

Adventures Among Trees

The Lorax

Friday, January 10, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-01

Saturday, January 11, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-03

Tuesday, January 14, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 7

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-02

Where the Wild Things Are

Friday, January 17, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-04

Tuesday, January 21, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 14

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-05

The Great Kapok Tree

Friday, January 24, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-06

Tuesday, January 28, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 21

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-07


Animals in the jungle

Elephants

Friday, February 7, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: January 31

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-08

Tigers

Friday, February 21, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: February 14

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-09

Monkeys

Friday, February 28, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: February 21

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-10

Saturday, February 29, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: February 21

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-11

 

Digging into habitats with stories by kate messner

Over & Under the Snow

Friday, March 6, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: February 28

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-12

Tuesday, March 10, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-13

The Brilliant Deep

Friday, March 13, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 6

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-14

Tuesday, March 17, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-15

Over & Under the Pond

Friday, March 20, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 13

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-16

Tuesday, March 24, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-17

Up in the Garden & Down in the Dirt

Friday, March 27, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 20

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-18

Saturday, March 28, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 20

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-19

Tuesday, March 31, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: March 24

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-20

 

Exploring our world with stories by mary lyn ray

Mud

Friday, April 10, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: April 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-21

Stars

Friday, April 17, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: April 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-22

Red Rubber Boot Day  

Saturday, April 18, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: April 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-23

Friday, April 24, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: April 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-24

 

Spring stories by diana hutts aston

A Rock is Lively

Friday, May 8, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: May 1

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-25

An Egg is Quiet

Friday, May 15, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: May 8

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-26

A Nest is Noisy

Friday, May 22, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: May 15

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-27

Saturday, May 23, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: May 15

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-28

A Seed is Sleepy

Friday, May 29, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: May 22

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 50-29

 

Scout & Youth Group Programs                       back to top

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to explore the wonders of nature. Scout and youth groups are invited to join us for self-guided visits or hands-on learning programs designed to engage youth with the world around them.

Call (608) 245-5791 or email knorth@cityofmadison.com for more information and to schedule your program.

Schedule your Scout/youth group program

With a group of 8 children or more, Olbrich is happy to work with you to schedule a program to meet the educational needs and interests of your scout or youth group. Please see a list of
our available topics below. Call (608) 245-5791 or email knorth@cityofmadison.com for more
information and to schedule your program.

Class Topics:

Plant, Water, Grow!

Every Drop Counts

All About Owls!

Tropical Treasures

Mythical Garden Creatures

Nighttime in the Jungle

Carnivorous Plants

Youth Writing Programs                                     back to top

The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, hosts workshops and camps for young writers (those entering grades 3-8) and high school writers (those entering grades 9-12). Participants write in a beautiful environment using Olbrich's outdoor gardens and tropical conservatory as inspiration. The supportive environment is led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

To learn more and to register, visit go.wisc.edu/gmwpyouth. Email questions about Youth Writing Programs to mdziedzic@wisc.edu.

Young Writers CampsYoung writers Camps (grades 3-8)

Entering grades 3-8 during fall 2020

At the end of each camp, young writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an evening celebration. Each participant will contribute a piece of writing to be published in an anthology; each participant receives a copy.

Questions can be directed to mdziedzic@wisc.edu. For more info or to register for any of the camps, visit:

go.wisc.edu/gmwpyouth

Early Bird registration before May 1 is $200 per youth. After May 1, registration is $250 per youth.

Young Writers Summer Camp I

Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: June 25, 6 - 8 p.m.)

Young Writers Summer Camp II

Monday-Thursday, August 3-6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: August 6, 6 - 8 p.m.)

Young Writers Summer Camp III

Monday-Thursday, August 10-13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: August 13, 6 - 8 p.m.)

 

High School writers Camps (grades 9-12)

Entering grades 9-12 during fall 2020

At the end of each camp, young writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an evening celebration. Each participant will contribute a piece of writing to be published in an anthology; each participant receives a copy.

Questions can be directed to mdziedzic@wisc.edu. For more info or to register for any of the camps, visit: go.wisc.edu/gmwpyouth

Early Bird registration before May 1 is $200 per youth. After May 1, registration is $250 per youth.

High School Writers Camp I

Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: June 25, 6 - 8 p.m.)

High School Writers Camp II

Monday-Thursday, August 3-6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: August 6, 6 - 8 p.m.)


 

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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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