Olbrich Home Holiday Express

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Classes & Workshops for Adults      Learn + Play Together - Classes for Children & Families   |

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Wellness in the Gardens                                      back to top

Tai Chi Meditation
Tai Chi and Chi Kung are wellness practices that originated hundreds of years ago in China and are widely recommended by healthcare providers around the world today for their health benefits. Incorporating exercise and movement, meditation and stillness, music and silence, this class offers a variety of Tai Chi and Chi Kung practices for artful integration of body, mind, breath, and spirit. Appropriate for adults of all ages; movements are typically done standing but may be adapted for seated practices as well as other kinds of limitations. Jody Curley, MA, Certified Heart Rhythm Meditation Instructor and Tai Chi Chuan teacher, will lead you during each 6-week class. Register for one or more classes as a series.

Mondays, October 20-November 24, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 13

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number:  21-56

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

This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.

2nd Thursdays, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 4

Cost:  $60 per person | Course Number: 21-02

Herbs for Healthy Metabolism
Discover herbs and eating patterns that can help you lose weight by strengthening your metabolism and reducing your cravings. Certain herbs, used as tonics over time, can help stabilize blood sugar, reduce mood swings that lead to overeating, and provide sweetness without sugar or artificial chemicals. Find out about the surprising connection between serotonin levels and carbohydrate cravings. Herbalist Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will help you learn how to use herbs wisely within a larger program of diet and exercise. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $22/$17 member | Course Number: 11-59

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

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

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

herbal infused oils, salves, and lotionsHerbal Infused Oils, Salves, and Lotions

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this fun, experiential class and learn how to make herbal-infused oils with plants from your garden and other simple ingredients. After making infused oils, you will learn how to transform them into salves and lotions. Linda will discuss a wide spectrum of plants and what qualities they lend to salves and lotions. You will take home an infused oil, a salve, and a lotion sample that are made in class, as well as recipes to use at home. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, November 22, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 13

Cost:  $43/$35 member | Course Number: 21-48

growing "super fruits"Growing "Super Fruits" in Wisconsin

Have you been tempted by miraculous claims about exotic fruits and berries? You may wonder what is it about these fruits that lifts them out of the ranks of the ordinary into exalted superfruit status. In recent years, modern science has found a wide variety of plant nutrients in select plants. Those deemed "super" by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. What's even more amazing is that you can grow many of these plants in your yard! Join fruit afficionado John Holzwart and learn about superfruits like aronia, elderberry, sea buckthorn, cornelian-cherry dogwood, and how to grow them in Wisconsin.

This class has been cancelled.

Saturday, November 22, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 13

Cost:  $19/$15 member | Course Number: 11-58

Calligraphy: The Art of Written Forms Workshop

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

This class is now full.

Sunday, November 23, 10 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 13

Cost:  $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-47

evergreen holiday wreathEvergreen Holiday Wreaths with Natural Materials Workshop

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Samara Eisner to learn how to decorate your own unique wreath with natural materials from Olbrich's gardens. Fresh evergreen wreath, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one holiday wreath. Limited space; register early.

This class is now full.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $71/$57 member | Course Number: 21-35

native flower arrangementBasic Flower Arranging with Native Plants and How to Grow Them

Wouldn't you like to be able to enjoy native plants indoors as much as the birds and insects do in your garden? Many native plants are long-lasting and beautiful in fresh summer bouquets, and they can be dried for winter arrangements. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss some of the best native plants to include in your landscape for cut flowers and foliage, including everything you need to create beautiful indoor arrangements. A variety of native plant bouquets will be illustrated as inspiration. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee.

Saturday, December 6, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-60

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

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

This class is now full.

Saturday, December 13, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

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

Learn + Play Together:

Classes for Children and Families                      back to top

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

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Our Amazing Earth

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

Going Around the Sun

Tuesday, November 18, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 11

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-23

Over in the Desert

Tuesday, November 25, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 18

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-24

Over in a River

Tuesday, December 2, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 25

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-25


Saturday, December 6, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 26

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-26

Over in the Jungle

Tuesday, December 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 2

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


Saturday, December 13, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 4

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

Over in the Arctic

Tuesday, December 16, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 9

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


Saturday, December 20, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 11

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

Papermaking Fun

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

This class is now full.

Friday, December 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 4

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

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

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

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

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

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

Beatrix Potter's Gardening LifeBook: Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life by Marta McDowell

Sunday, November 16, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 6

Cost:  FREE | Course Number: 11-43


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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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