VISIT & explore

Gardening and garden art classes

Take a class this month and learn new gardening techniques and how to incorporate art into your garden.

New! Gardening for Fragrance
Saturday, July 13
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$35 member, $43 nonmember including admission
Summer gardens can be a feast for all of the senses, including scent. Tour the Arboretum's Fragrance Garden and learn from the Arboretum's successes (and failures) as you look for plants to bring more fragrance into your garden and explore how incorporating fragrance in a design can alter the way we construct and appreciate a garden.
Cocktail Cruise
Saturdays, July 13 or August 3
4:30–6:00 p.m.
Fridays, July 19 or September 20
5:30–7:00 p.m.
$19 member, $22 nonmember including admission
Can you name a beverage that comes from a tree, shrub or vine? From wine to gin to coffee and tea, humans have found countless ways to derive beverages from woody plants. Take a summer evening open-air tram ride to discover which specimens in the Arboretum's collections are associated with spirited sipping and end the program with a thematic cocktail or refreshing iced tea.
Landscape Plants: Late Summer
Thursdays, July 18 and 25
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 27
9:00 a.m.–noon
$108 member, $127 nonmember including admission.
Learn to identify approximately 30 selected native and exotic shrubs, which are at the peak of their beauty in July, by height, form, leaf texture, and flower. During this four-session program, discover how knowing a plant's requirements, habits, and care can reduce maintenance time and costs and determine how to select trees and shrubs that will work in your landscape.
Make Mosaics for the Garden
Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21
8:00 a.m–noon and 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Mosaic Birdbath (Saturday), $180 members, $212 nonmembers including admission
Mosaic Terra Cotta Pots (Saturday), $49 members, $58 nonmembers including admission
Mosaic Birdhouse (Sunday), $95 members, $112 nonmembers including admission
Mosaic Wrought-Iron Table (Sunday), $157 members, $185 nonmembers including admission
Learn the whimsical art of broken china (pique assiette) mosaic while making a decorative item to display in your yard or home. Learn the history of this colorful and fun form of mosaic, how to choose materials suitable for outdoor environments, and proper tools, adhesives, and china-cutting techniques. You will complete your project, including grouting, during the class. Beginners welcome; no art background necessary.
New! Do-It-Yourself Rain Gardens
Saturday, July 20
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$59 member, $69 nonmember including admission and box lunch
Learn how to design, build, and plant a rain garden for your home. Discover how to combine water-loving perennials and shrubs to create eco-gorgeous rain gardens that seamlessly blend into traditional landscapes. See examples of native plants for wet areas on the ground of the Arboretum and create a sketch for your own garden.
Garden Journaling
Sunday, July 21
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
$60 member, $71 nonmember including materials, box lunch and admission.
Use photos, nature prints, and pressings to create an embellished sketchbook or journal, and learn to keep a record of what works in the garden and what doesn't.