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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

OCTOBER

Knitting with Two Colors

Are you inspired by knitted items made with more than one color? This workshop will cover different methods used when knitting with more than one color, including stranded (or fair isle) knitting, double knitting, mosaic (or slip stitch) knitting, entrelac knitting, and modular knitting. Having background knowledge of how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off will be beneficial for this class. View/download the supply list here.

Instructor: Mary Jo Harris, Harris Caning and Knitting

moreTuesdays, October 4-25, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 27

$143 per person

Seed Saving Workshop

Bringing together the time honored gardening traditions of seed saving with hands-on practice, this workshop offers a unique learning experience in how to identify, harvest, and store seeds from Olbrich Gardens. Wander the garden, learn about each plant and its particular seed, and help harvest seeds for future use in the gardens. Gardeners of any skill level will enjoy using seed saving and seed sharing as a way to connect with others and to pass on generations of history and traditions.

Instructor: Avery Pronschinske, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, October 5, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 28

$15 / $12 member

Managing Moths: Lymantria dispar (Spongy Moth) - Zoom Class

Spongy moths are an unfortunate threat to our trees and landscapes. This virtual lecture will guide you through identifying this pest and determining if your plants are being impacted by these moths. We will also discuss effective actions you can take at your own home to lessen their effect.

Instructor: McKinzie Myszka, Tree Health Management

moreWednesday, October 5, 6-7:15 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 28

$15 / $12 member

Zentangle®: An Invitation to Wonder

What happens when you combine the calming practice of Zentangle® with the beautiful patterns of nature? By focusing on one stroke at a time you can create beautiful, unique images and learn a practice that calms your body. Beginner artists will especially enjoy the surprise, delight, and wonder that this drawing technique can bring! No experience necessary and all supplies are provided.

Instructor: Ginny Stiles & Julie Swanson, Certified Zentangle Teachers

moreSunday, October 9, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 27

$45 / $36 member

Watercolor Fall Themes

This day-long workshop will guide you in using Asian techniques and autumn colors to paint beautiful images like kapok flowers with birds, yellow birds on a fall tree, a tiger with bamboo, or gold fish with sea grass. You will also learn the calligraphy for each subject. Bring your own supplies, or reserve and purchase a supply kit from the instructor on the day of class; email rbenedict@cityofmadison.com for details. View/download the supply list here.

Instructor: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

moreSunday, October 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 29

$90 / $70 member

Abstract Florals with Alcohol Ink

In this workshop, you will create three different abstract florals using alcohol inks. You will learn different techniques to guide and mix the inks while creating three 5x7" paintings. Your finished paintings will be matted to 8x10", ready for framing. This workshop is great for beginners, but those experienced with alcohol inks will be sure to pick up new tips and techniques. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Ink Art by Beth Kluth

moreSunday, October 16, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 6

$98 / $80 member

Herbs for Winter Health

Join us to explore various herbs that can promote winter health and address common ailments. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own elderberry oxymel syrup, elderberry tincture, and herbal lozenges to take home. During class, we will also taste a variety of herbal tea and infusions that can be easily replicated. All skill levels are welcome; recipes and all supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

moreThursday, October 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 13

$63 / $50 member

Virtual Tai Chi Meditation Zoom 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 virtual series is open to all skill levels.

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

moreMondays, October 24-November 28, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 17

$60 per person

Fantastic Fall Colors Walk

If you find fall as fleeting as we do then this is the class for you! Admire the vibrant fall colors - reds, oranges, yellows (even purples!) - during a brisk walk through the gardens with Olbrich Horticulturist Katey Pratt. We will discuss various trees, shrubs, and perennials with excellent fall and late season interest to add beauty to your own garden. You can even collect a handful of colorful leaves to press and preserve at home!

Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreTuesday, October 25, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 18

$20 / $16 member

Botanical Prints on Fabric - Zoom Class

Olbrich Gardens is the perfect setting to use nature's inspiration to create botanical-inspired prints on fabric. We will use leaves, branches, and other found natural objects in combination with fabric ink to develop unique prints. This versatile technique is ideal for upcycling garments, decorating other wares, or developing your own personal prints on fabric. This workshop is suitable for artists of any skill level. View/download the supply list here.

Instructor: Patrizia Ferreira, Textile Artist

moreFridays, October 28-November 18, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 21

$100 / $80 member

Sweetgrass and Pine Needle Basketry

Make your own coiled basket using pine needles and sweetgrass! Spend an engaging day exploring the creative possibilities of this traditional skill as you design and complete your basket. Herbalist Linda Conroy will guide and instruct you on how to coil and stitch a simple basket as well as integrate other materials into your basket such as black walnut hull, pine cone, beads, and more. This class is the perfect opportunity for both new or experienced weavers to begin or expand on their skills. Bring a thimble, small pair of sewing scissors, and reading glasses if used, all other supplies are provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

moreSaturday, October 29, 10:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 20

$90 / $70 member

Make a Gratitude Journal

Create your own gratitude journal and learn the rejuvenating practice of daily journaling! We will explore a variety of ways to engage with a gratitude journal, and you will make one of your own to take home. Learn to create a deckled-edge with hand-torn paper, enhance texture with watercolor paints, and create a decorative cover. The finished size will be approximately 2.5" by 3.5". All supplies are included and all skill levels are welcome.

Instructor: Angela Johnson, Angela Johnson Artist

moreSunday, October 30, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 20

$32 / $26 member

NOVEMBER

Frosty Birches with Alcohol Ink

Creating with alcohol inks is fun and surprising! Learn techniques for using alcohol inks to create a scene of textured birch trees illuminated by a full moon. Your 9x12" painting will be matted to 11x14" final size, ready for framing. All supplies provided and no experience necessary.

Instructor: Beth Kluth, Ink Art by Beth Kluth

moreSunday, November 6, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 27

$98 / $80 member

Poetry and Floral Design: Writing and Arranging Flowers from Blue Iris by Mary Oliver

In this three-part class, we will split time each session reading and discussing poetry from one of Mary Oliver's most flower-centric collections of poetry, Blue Iris, then learning how to use roses as art and expression with a professional florist. By the final class, we hope that participants will be willing to share their own flower poem and take home their own rose or arrangement. The instructor will send along a pdf. attachment with common reading before each class.

Instructor: Troy Hess, On the Yahara and Stephanie Freimark, Professional Florist

moreSundays, November 6-20, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 27

$30 per person

Growing Resilient Trees - Zoom Class

In our changing climate, maintaining healthy trees has become increasingly challenging. This virtual lecture will discuss current management issues brought on by climate change, as well as anticipated future challenges. We will also discuss the increasingly important role that our community trees play in fostering a sustainable environment and strategies for success in the future.

Instructor: Briana Frank, Tree Health Management

moreThursday, November 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 3

$15 / $12 member

Wild Roses: Explore and Paint!

Join us to learn about wild rose hips, including how to forage and prepare them, from Wisconsin Food Forests experts. While enjoying a taste of wild rose hip tea, we will use watercolors to paint a wild rose. All supplies provided and all skill levels are welcome.

Instructor: Emily Schroeder, Emily Marie Watercolors

moreThursday, November 17, 5:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 10

$54 / $43 member

Holiday Card Design: Watercolor Wreaths

Create your own holiday cards to share with family and friends! This workshop will guide you in painting a beautiful wreath using watercolors. This class is explained well for beginners, but more advanced painters will also find inspiration and will take away tips for creating their own holiday wreaths. All supplies are provided to create two holiday wreath cards.

Instructor: Emily Schroeder, Emily Marie Watercolors

moreWednesday, November 30, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 23

$54 / $43 member

DECEMBER

From the Garden: Herbal Gift Making

Create homemade gifts for the herb lover in your life this season. Rotate through various stations as you make 10-12 different items from salts and infused vinegars to salves, body spray, and a felted soap bar. Learn about the variety of herbs offered and take recipes home of items made in class. All supplies are provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

moreSaturday, December 3, 10:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 23

$80 / $64 member

Evergreen Holiday Wreath with Natural Materials (session 1)

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. 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.

Instructor: Samara Eisner & Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreTuesday, December 6, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 29

$90 / $76 member

Evergreen Holiday Wreath with Natural Materials (session 2)

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. 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.

Instructor: Samara Eisner & Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreWednesday, December 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: November 30

$90 / $76 member

Natural Materials Ornament Workshop

Feeling festive? Let your creativity flow while creating natural material ornaments - great gifts for the fellow gardener or nature-lover on your holiday list! Each participant will create ornaments to take home at the end of class. Start with a base of dried citrus, wood slice, or pinecone and build your ornament using dried flowers, seedpods and more! All materials are pre-harvested from Olbrich Gardens to create a one-of-a-kind, unique piece of art! All materials provided. Students must be comfortable working with hot glue and delicate material.

Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreThursday, December 8, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: December 1

$32 / $26 member

Wreathmaking with Holiday Spices

Craft a small wreath that evokes the scents of the season, inspired by tropical plants growing in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory! Learn how to wire fresh greens to a wreath form, then decorate with whole spices and dried citrus slices. This project is perfect to set as a centerpiece with candles or to hang inside to dry in place. Gloves and jewelry pliers will be useful to bring to aid in twisting wire and all other supplies are provided.

Instructor: Irene Padlin, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

moreSaturday, December 10, 2-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: December 1

$90 / $76 member

 

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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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