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Garden + Conservatory Walks                          back to top

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. Advance registration required.

Olbrich's night landscape lighting walk

Night Landscape Lighting in Olbrich GardensJoin Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for an after-hours walk through the spectacularly illuminated outdoor gardens. Olbrich, with help from Midwest lighting expert Joel Reinders and FXLuminaire, has been adding segments of lighting to the gardens since 1999, when award-winning international landscape designer Janet Lennox Moyer created Olbrich's landscape lighting master plan. The lighting creates breathtaking evening garden views that must be seen to be appreciated. Jeff will also share ideas that you can incorporate into your home landscape. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 7, 7-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 31

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-13

Summer herb and wild food walk

Each season brings with it new herbal and wild food delights! Join herbalist Linda Conroy from Moonwise Herbs for this fun and insightful walk through Olbrich's outdoor gardens and along the perimeter. We will identify and discuss plants that can be used for food and medicine. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, July 19, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 12

Cost: $25/$20 member | Course Number: 31-07

creative native bee houses workshop

Encourage native bees to call your garden home! Olbrich Horticulturist Katey Pratt will discuss structures you can build to encourage native bees to take up residence in your landscape, and you will build a small house in this hands-on workshop for non-stinging, solitary bees. These unique bee houses are constructed using a frame and hollow stems, drilled logs, and other bee-friendly tubes. All supplies included. Adults and youth (ages 16 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee for one project. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 20

Cost: $31/$25 member | Course Number: 21-14

Pollinator Friendly PlantsPollinator-friendly plants walk

Providing wildflower-rich habitats is the most significant action you can take to support pollinators. Butterflies, adult bees, moths, hummingbirds, and other pollinators require nectar as their primary source of food. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Phillip Stutz on a walk through the outdoor gardens where he will discuss and show you a variety of plants that are attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for gardens with various light and soil conditions. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, August 3, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: July 27

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-08

or

Thursday, August 10, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: August 3

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-09

time for tea: an olbrich herb garden walk

In this engaging class and walk, we will sample a variety of herbal beverages made fresh from plants in Olbrich's Herb Garden. Consider old favorites like mint and lemon balm in a new way, and discover new possibilities with exotic Moldavian dragonhead and true tea (Camellia sinensis). We will also stroll the Herb Garden to learn about growing and incorporating infusible plants into your garden and take a few minutes to view the "Floral Clock," featuring flowers that bloom in sequence to mark the hours of the day. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley and take little "Time for Tea"! Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, August 22, 9-10:30 am

Registration Deadline: August 15

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-10

or

Tuesday, August 22, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: August 15

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-11

Perennial CombinationsPerennial Combinations for SunnyLocations Walk

Good plant combinations are the key to beautiful borders. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Phillip Stutz on a walk through the outdoor gardens where he will discuss and show you perennial plant combinations for sunny places, including new and 'tried and true' plants. You will have an opportunity to observe how the mix of perennials with bulbs, trees, and shrubs helps fill out a four season garden. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 7, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 31

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-12

Putting Your Garden to bed walk

By following a few simple tips for fall "bedtime" in the garden, you can enjoy a more beautiful winter and a relaxing, rewarding spring. This outdoor garden walk addresses many common questions related to fall gardening: How late can I still plant perennials or trees? Which shrubs should I prune? When should I cut back perennials, and which can I leave stand for winter interest? Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samara Eisner and Erin Presley for an evening stroll through the gardens, discussing and demonstrating techniques, tips, and tools to help you tackle - and enjoy! - putting your garden to bed. Limited space; register early.

Monday, September 11, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline: September 4

Cost: $19/$15 member | Course Number: 31-14

Gleam, art in a new light exhibit walks with david wells

Explore Olbrich's GLEAM, Art in a New Light outdoor illuminated art exhibit with GLEAM Artistic Director David Wells during these exclusive evening guided walks. He will provide in-depth information about the art installations - their inspiration and the artists and lighting design partners who created them. He will also discuss additional special garden lighting effects, the process of creating the exhibition, and share stories about the installation process and the unseen bumps and considerations along the way in creating the final audience experience of this year's GLEAM. These guided walks occur when GLEAM is not open to the public, and your fee includes time to view GLEAM on the same evening during regular exhibit open hours; come early or stay after your guided walk to view the exhibit on your own. Meet in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 19, 7:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 12

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-15

Tuesday, September 19, 9-10 pm

Registration Deadline: September 12

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-16

Tuesday, September 26, 7:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-17

Tuesday, September 26, 9-10 pm

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-18

Tuesday, October 3, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 26

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-19

Tuesday, October 3, 8-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 26

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-20

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 3

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-22

Tuesday, October 10, 8-9 pm

Registration Deadline: October 3

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-23

Fall GardensFall Gardens with big impact walk

Enjoy the beauty of fall in Olbrich's outdoor gardens. See late bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees, and native plants with Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping. He will show you his favorites, highlight top-performing plants, discuss how they have been incorporated into Olbrich's garden designs, and share ideas for how you can use them in your own landscape. Limited space; register early.

Friday, October 6, 5-6:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 28

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-21

Fall ContainerFantastic Fall container gardening walk

More than just mums - we promise! Fall in love with late-season containers again. Come take a brisk walk through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturist Katey Pratt, as she describes basic container design, unique plant material, and highlights a few of Olbrich's fun fall containers. Use inspiration from this walk to add some autumn spice to your own landscape! Limited space; register early.

Sunday, October 15, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: October 9

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-24

Autumn Trees and ShrubsAutumn Trees and shrubs walk

Whether you're after beautiful flowers, fruit, bark, form, or fall color, there is a small-scale tree or shrub to fit your needs. Stroll through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturist Dan Schuknecht to find the best striking fall color, focusing on smaller-scale ornamental trees and shrubs suitable for the home landscape. You will see and hear about the standouts in foliage color, as well as seed and bark, that add autumn interest in a garden. He also will discuss care and cultural needs. Limited space; register early.


Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline: October 18

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-25

Nighttime Tropics Walk in the ConservatoryNighttime walk in the tropics

Escape the cold winter outside and enjoy a nighttime walk in the tropics of the Bolz Conservatory. Join Conservatory Plant and Wildlife Assistant Cindy Cary to discover and learn about the plants and animals in the conservatory. Experience the nighttime sounds and beautiful surroundings while the conservatory is lit by the colorful landscape lighting. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.


Wednesday, November 1, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 25

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-26

or

Tuesday, December 5, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 28

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-28

Behind-the-scenes Greenhouse holiday tour

What would be more festive than a guided tour and stroll through the warm and green paradise of Olbrich's greenhouses full of exotic tropical plants, beautiful orchids, and hundreds of poinsettias? Join Conservatory Plant and Wildlife Assistant Cindy Cary for an informative behind-the-scenes visit to the greenhouses. Bring your camera and questions! Limited space; register early.


Saturday, November 11, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-27

Wellness at the Gardens                                    back to top

Advance registration required.

Kripalu Hatha YogaGentle Kripalu Hatha Yoga

This relaxing, unwinding, and mindful Kripalu Hatha Yoga class is for all levels and honors your capacity and comfort. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Instructor Jonathan A. Garber, LMT, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, will lead you during each 6- or 7- or 8-week class. Register for one or more classes as a series. Class held in the outdoor gardens, unless inclement weather (then indoors). Meet in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, July 24-August 28, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration deadline: July 17

Cost: $72 per person | Course Number: 21-12

(8-week classes)

Mondays, September 11-October 30, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration deadline: September 4

Cost: $96 per person | Course Number: 21-22

 

(7-week classes)

Mondays, November 6-December 18, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration deadline: October 30

Cost: $84 per person | Course Number: 21-45

Tai Chi MeditationTai 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 5- or 6-week class. Classes take place indoors/outdoors, depending on weather. Register for one or more classes as a series. Limited space; register early.

(5-week classes)

Mondays, July 24-August 21, 6-7 pm

Registration deadline: July 17

Cost: $50 per person | Course Number: 21-13

(6-week classes)

Mondays, September 11-October 16, 6-7 pm

Registration deadline: September 5

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-23

Mondays, October 23-November 27, 6-7 pm

Registration deadline: October 16

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-41

Family meditation and movement in the gardens

Bring your children and join with other families to explore the wonders of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens through creative dance based on meditative sensory experiences. We will tune in to the sights, sounds, smells and movement around us and how these inspire us to move. Class will begin with a movement warm-up to connect to the surrounding natural world and end with the creation of a group dance. Come have fun! Discover new ideas for family outdoor explorations! The facilitator, Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, is a registered dance/movement therapist from the Hancock Center in Madison. No dance experience necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Advance registration required. Held outdoors/indoors, depending on weather. Dress for the activity and weather. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, August 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: August 2

Cost: $8/child | Course Number: 61-06

Yoga Flow in the Gardensyoga flow in the gardens

Instructor Cathy Goehler, E-RYT200, PNYT100, will guide you through this yoga flow class, moving from pose to pose with your breath - holding poses briefly - not a static hold. This practice will increase your lung capacity, functional strength, range of motion, balance, and flexibility. Each class will incorporate a gentle warm up, flowing with breath, balance poses, hip openers, and a cool down ending with a rest pose. Register for one or more of the classes. Appropriate for beginners as well as the experienced. For adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, August 17, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: August 10

Cost: $12/person | Course Number: 21-17

Beginner's Eye: A Contemplative Beginner's Eye Photographyphotography workshop

Explore what it means to align eye, mind, and heart and see with fresh eyes in this contemplative photography experience led by Thomas Roberts, LCSW, who has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice. This workshop is based on the Zen concept of a "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. You will utilize photography to slow down and enhance the way you see color, texture, and the beauty around you. Bring a digital camera, including cell phone cameras, (that you are familiar with how to use) and a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, August 27, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: August 17

Cost: $100/$80 member | Course Number: 21-19

Wild food & wild medicine: focus on fall roots, seeds, and berries

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this fun and inspiring exploration of foraging and preparing roots for food and medicine. We will work with dandelion, burdock, elecampane, and other roots and prepare them through pickling, tinctures, and drying, as well as grinding them for food, beverages, and medicine. You will go home with resources and tips, along with some samplings of our creations from class. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, October 10, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 3

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-35

Warming Winter HerbsWarming winter herbs

Join Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, and learn about herbs that can warm and soothe the body, support and strengthen the immune system, and nourish the soul. Specific remedies will be discussed, including teas and tinctures that ease flu and cold symptoms, effective cough syrups you can make at home, and foods and lifestyle choices that can help both prevent and heal common winter ailments. We will provide herbal remedies for you to taste and smell. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 31

Cost: $18/$15 member | Course Number: 11-27

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

Non-Adhesive BooksNon-adhesive books

No adhesive, needles, or sewing either! One sheet of paper can become a book with the correct folding, creasing, and cutting. (Think paper dolls.) Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands for this workshop and explore the possibilities of meandering books, accordion books with folded paper covers, and a pocket accordion. Bring some decorative papers, if you'd like. You will also make a few of your own papers. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 8, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 28

Cost: $84/$67 member | Course Number: 21-34

Double Knit BasicsDouble knit basics

Join the Double Knitting Revolution! The Double Knitting technique has been around for centuries with only minor changes but has had a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Come and find out what everyone is talking about. Participants should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and join in a circle. In this 2-week workshop, you will learn about what double knitting is, its history, guidelines, and terminology, along with how to double knit, increase and decrease when double knitting, and how to double knit inside out. Instructor Mary Jo Harris is a local knitting designer, author, and active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters' Guild. Bring 2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), 16-inch circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, paper & pencil for taking notes, stitch markers appropriate for your needles, and usual knitting accessories. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursdays, July 20 and 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 13

Cost: $49/ person | Course Number: 21-11

Bee pollinating a flowerGardening for pollinators

Pollinators are a critical component of a healthy ecosystem. What can the home gardener do to help our struggling pollinators? Garden design, plant selection, and maintenance practices all play important roles. Join Zannah Crowe, educational horticulturist at Johnsons Gardens in Cedarburg, WI, and learn ways to transform your garden into a refuge for our all-important invertebrate and vertebrate pollinators. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, July 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 19

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-05

creative native bee houses workshop

Encourage native bees to call your garden home! Olbrich Horticulturist Katey Pratt will discuss structures you can build to encourage native bees to take up residence in your landscape, and you will build a small house in this hands-on workshop for non-stinging, solitary bees. These unique bee houses are constructed using a frame and hollow stems, drilled logs, and other bee-friendly tubes. All supplies included. Adults and youth (ages 16 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee for one project. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 20

Cost: $31/$25 member | Course Number: 21-14

Felted Necklacefelted multi-cord necklace

Join Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, to learn how to wet felt superfine, dyed Merino wool to make slender felt cords, attaching them together to form a beautiful necklace. Then, add a large bead as an accent, and finish the necklace with strings of seed beads in complementary colors. You will start the beading in class and finish on your own. This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance are necessary. Bring an old hand towel, small scissors, and a produce-sized plastic bag. All felting materials and beads supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Monday, July 31, 5:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 24

Cost: $61/$49 member | Course Number: 21-15

Visiting artist dawn flores: watercolor orchids Artist Dawn Flores Watercolor Workshopworkshop

Some subjects just scream to be painted in watercolors, and orchids are one of those subjects. You will have a full day to practice, plan, and execute on orchid-inspired painting. Visiting botanical artist Dawn Flores, instructor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will share information about orchid anatomy and provide lessons on color and a variety of watercolor techniques and transfer practices. You will work from provided photographs and/or live orchid plants to develop your painting. Class is designed for all skill levels. A supply list will be sent to you; bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, August 6, 10 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: July 27

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 21-16

Plants for shadier gardens

While we all enjoy flowers in our gardens, the shadier garden becomes more reliant on colorful foliage that offers visual texture and interest. By focusing on the merits of plant foliage from trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, the shade garden can still be beautiful and engaging. Foliage will long outlast the impact of the flowers, and the multitude of potential foliage combinations is limitless! Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Gardens, will discuss a wide range of effective foliage compositions for the shadier garden. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, August 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 3

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-06

underutilized woody plants for wisconsin landscapes

Expand the palette of plants you use to color your landscape. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will shed light on trees and shrubs that thrive in Madison, yet have not been used to their full potential. He will also discuss cultivars of common woody plants that offer unique color, fruit, bark, and form to your landscape. Proper conditions, as well as plants for special conditions, will also be discussed. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, August 20, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: August 14

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-07

Playful LettersPlayful letters

As a departure from the more formal calligraphy lettering, try this playful approach to letterforms! Explore the use of markers, paints, colored pencils, doodling, and more with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. You will learn fun and funky styles using block letters, stencils, stamps, and perhaps your personal handwriting that you can use to add a new twist to your garden journals and more. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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Tuesday, August 22, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 15

Cost: $76/$61 member | Course Number: 21-18

Home canning basics

This class is for anyone who is interested in learning about the age-old tradition of canning. Canning is all about locking in great seasonal flavors so you can enjoy them throughout the year. Join Joey and Holy Baird, founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, to gain an introduction to canning science, safety, equipment, and processes. They will share some quick tips on how those new to canning can get started and what they should focus on and why. Plus they will discuss how to do it cost effectively and give you some recipes to get started. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, August 24, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline: August 17

Cost: $15/$12 member| Course Number: 11-08

Growing succesful garlic

Garlic is the last plant to go in the garden. It also spends the longest time growing in the garden, planted in fall and harvested the following summer. However, the bountiful reward is worth the long wait. There are about 400 varieties you can pick from to plant in your garden; each with its own special characteristics. Garlic is easy to grow as long as you plant varieties that are suitable to your location. Joey and Holly Baird, founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, will help you learn about the different types of garlic, along with how to plant, grow, harvest, and store garlic successfully in Wisconsin. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, August 24, 7:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: August 17

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-09

Beginner's Eye: A Contemplative photography Beginner's Eye Photographyworkshop

Explore what it means to align eye, mind, and heart and see with fresh eyes in this contemplative photography experience led by Thomas Roberts, LCSW, who has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice. This workshop is based on the Zen concept of a "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. You will utilize photography to slow down and enhance the way you see color, texture, and the beauty around you. Bring a digital camera, including cell phone cameras, (that you are familiar with how to use) and a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, August 27, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: August 17

Cost: $100/$80 member | Course Number: 21-19

Portuguese Knittingportuguese-style knitting

In Portuguese-style knitting the yarn is tensioned around a knitting pin on your shoulder or around your neck. Stitches are created by a flick of your thumb, making this an easy way to knit without stressing your hands or wrists. Join instructor Mary Jo Harris, a local knitting designer, author, and active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters' Guild, and learn about the history and advantages of Portuguese Knitting, how to purl, knit, bind off, and increase/decrease using the Portuguese method. She will show you how to make a scarf using the Portuguese method and share resources with you. Portuguese Knitting Pin and instructions provided. Bring worsted-weight yarn (no novelty yarn) - one or two colors, either straight or circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn, and usual knitting accessories. Participants should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, August 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 22

Cost: $49 per person | Course Number: 21-20

growing and using botanicals in beer

Join James Altweis, Gorst Valley Hops CEO, to learn about interesting botanicals you can add to your home-brewed beer for unique and distinctly Wisconsin flavor. Smell and taste various brewing botanicals grown at Gorst Valley and build recipes with us! Limited space; register early.

Thursday, August 31, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 24

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-10

Drawing Workshop The Next StepDrawing: the next step

Build upon your basic drawing skills and gain more pleasure in the drawing process with professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet. Focus on learning to see and measure accurately while using time-honored, traditional drawing techniques in pencil, pen, and charcoal. We'll also be doing some exercises that help you loosen up for a more gestural approach to drawing. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, September 10, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: August 31

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 21-21

hydrangeas for the home garden

Hydrangeas come in a wide range of species and varieties that can flourish in sun or shade, differ in plant size, and offer huge bouquets of clustered flowers, from summer through fall. They are among the most showy and reliable flowering shrubs for northern climates and are a mainstay of the late summer garden. Join Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Gardens, to learn how to utilize and care for hydrangeas in your home landscape. Limited space; register early.

Monday, September 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

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

Cooking with spices

Cooking with Spices classes are presented by Huma Siddiqui, president and co-owner of White Jasmine in Madison. The classes focus on creating simple, easy, and delicious recipes using fresh ingredients and flavorful spices. She uses her culinary knowledge from her journey through four continents to bring a fusion style of flavors from her home land in Pakistan. Classes are demo-style with tasting of dishes by class participants. Adults, children (ages 9-13 w/ adult) and youth (ages 14 and up w/ adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Register for one or more classes as a series. Limited space; register early.

Pakistani Meal - Karachi ChickenA Pakistani Meal in Minutes

Recipes included in this class: Karahi Chicken (with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and Garam Masala); Matar Pulao (basmati rice with green peas, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves); Raita (yogurt sauce with cilantro, English cucumber, and whole cumin).

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $30/$24 member | Course Number: 11-13

 

Mediterranean all the way

Mediterranean Food - CouscousRecipes included in this class: Harissa (learn to make this delicious North African chili paste from scratch); Harissa Shrimp (shrimp, Sajji Masala, onions, and cilantro); Mediterranean Couscous (with red peppers, green onions, cinnamon, and Tandoori Masala).

Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 14

Cost: $30/$24 member | Course Number: 11-16

 

 

vegetarian delights

Vegetarian DelightsRecipes included in this class: Garbanzo Beans(with fired-roasted tomatoes, cilantro, fragrant spices, and whole cumin); Yellow Lentils (with fresh spinach, turmeric, and chili powder, topped with caramelized onions); Cumin Rice (basmati rice with whole cumin, cinnamon, and turmeric); Sauteed Zucchini with whole cumin and chili powder).

Saturday, September 30, 2-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 21

Cost: $30/$24 member | Course Number: 11-19

Shibori Infinity ScarvesShibori infinity scarves

It's the best season to wear scarves and pops of color! Join Patrizia Ferreira, who holds a master's degree in textile design from Philadelphia University, and create up to four beautiful infinity scarves while learning the intricate and ancient Japanese Shibori technique - resist dying using binding techniques. This is an exciting process that will produce richly colored results. This is an introductory class; no previous experience necessary. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesdays, September 12 & 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $100/$80 member| Course Number: 21-24

Chair CaningBeginning Chair Caning

Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made? Then this is the class for you. Instructor Mary Jo Harris, local knitting designer, author, and active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters' Guild, will teach you how to hand cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane. In this 3-week workshop, she will discuss the differences between the various types and materials of caning, the 7-step method of hand caning, and how to care for caned furniture. No special skills required. Instruction booklet and materials to make one trivet included in fee. Bring a small hand clippers or shears, small rag, spray bottle, container for water (in addition to spray bottle), paper & pencil for notes, an awl or ice pick, and a dozen or more golf tees or caning pegs (optional). Adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesdays, September 12, 19, & 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $87/ person| Course Number: 21-25

Felted Pouchwet-felted small vessel/pouch

Explore the magic of wet felting and create a unique small vessel/pouch with Jan Falk, artist and art instructor. You will learn the basics of turning Merino wool roving into a solid, durable fabric using warm water and soap, along with how to felt a seamless 3-D object using a resist. Make your small vessel/pouch uniquely yours by having fun with colors, blending more than one type of wool, and then adding embellishments at home. This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance are necessary. Bring an old hand towel, small scissors, and a produce-size plastic bag. All felting materials supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 17, 9 am-12 pm

Registration Deadline: September 7

Cost: $57/$45 member | Course Number: 21-27

Felted Scarfwet-felted laminate (Nuno) scarf

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just three hours! Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will teach you how to make a scarf with wisps of Merino wool melded right into a hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance are necessary. Bring an old bath towel, a sponge, and a produce-sized plastic bag; all felting materials and other supplies provided. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 17, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: September 7

Cost: $63/$51 member | Course Number: 21-28

do-it-yourself photovoltaics Do-It-Yourself Photovoltaics(Solar electric)

Are you curious about alternative energy and want to know more about solar panels? Join Jon Passi, educator and advocate for photovoltaics and sustainable technologies, and learn practical background information about solar panels, solar electricity, and various photovoltaic systems, along with the costs for panels and installation. Jon will present examples of solar systems and installations as he helps you plan your solar project to meet your site's needs. He will share information that will help you assess your site's solar potential and coordinate, finance, and implement your solar project. You will receive a do-it-yourself manual that can be used with any solar set up, plus lots of resources to take home. Bring paper, pencil, and a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 17, 9 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline: September 11

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 21-26

ornamental grasses

Discover spectacular ornamental grasses that provide dynamic color, form, and texture throughout the seasons in your landscape. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss some of the best grasses that are functional and low maintenance, combine well with neighboring plantings, and add aesthetic quality to your landscape. Limited space; register early.

Monday, September 25, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 18

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-17

Sustainable Landscaping: Beauty today ... and a green tomorrow

In our desire to create more comfortable outdoor living spaces, humans have altered the shape and ecology of our landscape, often permanently. But, is it even possible to support a satisfying outdoor lifestyle while improving the environment and reducing our impact? Join John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC, to learn how you can create a personal outdoor environment tailored to your individual aesthetic style that is also environmentally beneficial. You'll discover many innovative and sustainable landscape techniques that can be applied to any site. We'll explore a variety of design, installation, and care techniques to maximize beauty, erosion control, cleaner air and water, human well-being, and wildlife habitats.

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-18

Paste PapersPaste Papers

Adult finger painting! It really is that fun - a great stress reliever and personal favorite. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and explore the freedom of expressing yourself making creative decorative papers for collage, scrapbooking, wrapping, or as decorative papers for the book arts. Simple techniques, kitchen and junk drawer tools, and few limitations allow you to follow up with more at home. Some supplies provided; paper recommendations on supply list that is sent to you. Bring a smock. No prior experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register yearly.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 1, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: September 21

Cost: $90/$72 member | Course Number: 21-31

are your weeds laughing at you?

Weeds are a common challenge around the home landscape. Even the best landscapers and gardeners must deal with these persistent pests. There are, however, proven methods for reducing and controlling weeds. Join Paul Drobot, owner of Perennial Landscapes in Muskego, to learn about how to extract the weeds from your garden or landscape, and how to prevent them, slow their growth and spread, and make weeding easier. The main topics he will discuss are: persistence, getting an early start, site preparation, garden design, weed barriers, use of mulches, herbicides, and understanding how weeds spread. Limited space; register early.

Monday, October 2, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 25

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-20

chinese brush painting: fall Chinese Brush Painting - Goldfishflowers, feathers, fins, and panda

Enjoy a fun fall day learning the ancient and contemporary painting styles and calligraphy used in Asian brush painting. You will learn how to paint the following subjects: rooster, hen, and chicks; panda with bamboo; yellow bird in fall tree; gold fish with lily pads; and chrysanthemums with butterflies. Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society instructor, will teach you the basic painting strokes and calligraphy for each subject and encourage you to develop your own style from observing painting demonstrations. A supply list will be sent to you; bring a bag lunch. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 8, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: September 28

Cost: $80/ person | Course Number: 21-33

Wild food & wild medicine: focus on fall roots, seeds, and berries

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this fun and inspiring exploration of foraging and preparing roots for food and medicine. We will work with dandelion, burdock, elecampane, and other roots and prepare them through pickling, tinctures, and drying, as well as grinding them for food, beverages, and medicine. You will go home with resources and tips, along with some samplings of our creations from class. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, October 10, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 3

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-35

maximum effects with showy spring bulbs

This is the time to think about your early 2018 garden and the significant impact spring-blooming bulbs will provide with minimal effort yet this fall. There are many wonderful options for using fall-planted bulbs to provide exciting color throughout spring. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will discuss a wide range of potential bulb selections for color, fragrance, and impact, along with proper planting methods and share tips to maximize your investment with minimal effort. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, October 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 5

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-21

Making a Looper potholder

Have some old-fashioned fun! Join instructor and weaver Jane Grogan and learn how to weave a "retro" looper potholder or trivet. Bright color cotton loopers to make 2 potholders and a selection of easy patterns will be provided for this class - you bring an original-size potholder loom with crochet hook and metal weaving hook to class; all other supplies provided. Original-size looms produce a 5.5" X 5.5" potholder; please do not bring a larger "pro-sized" or "super-sized" loom. No weaving experience required. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, October 14, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: October 5

Cost: $39/$31 member | Course Number: 21-36

Stirring the crock: fermentation basics and beyond workshop

Fermentation is a food preservation technique that is fun, simple, and nutritious. Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for this workshop that offers information as well as hands-on experience transforming vegetables, fruit, other food items into delicious, healthy, nutrient-dense food that can be put up for use throughout the year. You will be amazed at the taste and simplicity. You will go home with resources, tips, and samples of our creations from class. All supplies provided. Whether you have been fermenting for awhile or are new to it, you will learn useful 'tricks of the trade.' Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, October 17, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 5

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-37

Water Gardening in ContainersWater gardening in a container: small gardens make a 'big' splash

Create small container water gardens that will make a big splash in your home landscape. Soni Forsman, consultant, garden writer, and owner of Water Lilies by Forsman, will discuss how to select containers and appropriate plants, along with how to care for small water gardens in our climate zone. Beginning with one hardy water lily in 1979, Forsman has since expanded to tending more than 24 varieties of water lilies plus many other aquatic plants! Come learn about how you can grow aquatic plants without committing to a larger, more permanent pond.

Thursday, October 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 12

Cost: $19/$15 member | Course Number: 11-22

teneriffe lace woven ornaments

Teneriffe is a form of weaving that uses a base wire, and then weaves a design in the center. The weaver can use a pattern or create a personal design. In this workshop, Linda Conroy from Moonwise Herbs will guide you in making 3-5 lace-woven ornaments that can be hung individually as decoration or integrated into other projects such as coiled baskets or wall hangings. All supplies included; bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, October 21, 11:30 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: October 12

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-38

etegami: fall japanese picture Etegami - Fall Picture Lettersletters

Etegami is an Asian folk art consisting of simple hand-painted picture letters or a greeting to send to a family member or friend. In this one-day workshop, create Japanese fall picture letters from nature subjects and write your own personal messages on your painted cards with English and/or Asian calligraphy. Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society instructor, will demonstrate and teach you how to paint subjects such as: fall leaves, pumpkins, squash, chrysanthemums, carp with lily pads, smalls birds with bamboo, nuts, berries, and pine tree with cones. A supply list will be sent to you; a supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. Bring a bag lunch. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 22, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: October 12

Cost: $80/ person | Course Number: 21-39

Sweetgrass Basket MakingSweetgrass basket making

Learn to make a coiled basket using one of the sweetest smelling plants - sweetgrass. Spend a fun day exploring the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your basket. Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs will guide and instruct you on how to start and sew a basket. You will learn various stitching techniques, as well as approaches to incorporating other materials into the design of coiled baskets. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. Bring a small pair of sharp scissors, thimble, and reading glasses, if needed for close work; other supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited; register early.

Sunday, October 22, 10 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: October 16

Cost: $55/$45 member | Course Number: 21-40

phenology and degree days

Do you plant peas when forsythia blooms or transplant eggplant, melons, and peppers when irises bloom? By observing the relationship between biological events -- usually the life cycles of plants and animals -- and environmental changes, along with calculating degree days, the information can be used to help determine crop planting dates or predict when insect emergence will take place and pest control should be initiated. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss phenology and degree days and how they can be very useful as part of your gardening practices and integrated pest management (IPM) program. Limited space; register early.

Monday, October 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 16

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-23

Designing attractive native gardens for home & business

In the minds of many city dwellers, the terms "native plants" and "prairie restoration" evoke visions of wide open spaces either blooming gloriously or looking wild and unkempt. Neither has translated well to the traditional home lot - until now. Join John J. Gishnock III, ecological designer and owner of Formecology, LLC, as he takes you through a process of developing attractive native plantings and gardens. Learn how to utilize wildflowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs, and trees to create a more natural, wild look, or a clean, organized planting suitable for the most refined of settings - from rural residencies to urban municipal buildings.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 17

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-24

Black Magic Pastel"black magic" pastel

Black paper can create a sense of mystery, drama, or mood and act as a color intensifier. You will experiment with two to three very different black supports (supplied) in creating works from still life and floral or other nature photographs. This workshop is geared for those who have some experience with soft "chalk-like" pastel medium, but beginners with good drawing skills are welcome. Join professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet and learn how to work in the soft pastel medium on black supports. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Thursday, October 26, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: October 19

Cost: $100/$80 member | Course Number: 21-42

weaving hexagons with a tumbling block diamond loom

Join the current quilting hexagon craze and learn to make hexagon shapes, also known as the tumbling block, with instructor and weaver Jane Grogan. Three diamonds woven on a 3.5" solid wood loom and pieced together make the hexagon shape. This is the perfect size for a coffee mug or coaster, which is the class project. Multiple diamonds can be pieced together for larger table mats. No weaving experience required. A loom will be available for you to use during this class; you may purchase the loom at the end of class from the instructor for $30. Bring your own 3.5"- Weavette/pin loom (if you own one), a blunt tapestry needle, and scissors; all other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Monday, October 30, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 23

Cost: $45/$36 member | Course Number: 21-43

The other annuals

Annuals can do more than fill gaps in mixed borders. Using those with subtle colors and beautiful form make annuals an integral part of a garden's design. Many annuals used in gardens and containers are really perennials or tender perennials in other temperature zones. Paul Drobot, owner of Perennial Landscapes in Muskego, will discuss tender perennials, not-so-often-used annuals, and heirloom annuals for you to consider using in your gardens. He will include information about culture, use, and maintenance. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, November 2, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 26

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-25

Relief Printmakingbeginning relief printmaking

Similar to rubber stamps and gift-card making. You will be cutting a design in a block of soft rubber material (soft cut) or a linoleum printing block. Alternatively, you may cut shapes or images with a scissors from an adhesive backed material to place onto a block for printing. Both processes will be demonstrated and explained by Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Flowers and plants make wonderful inspiration and subject material, or choose to make your printing blocks an abstract design or personal image. Printing with water-based inks, you will make multiple copies. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List


Sunday, November 5, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: October 26

Cost: $162/$130 member | Course Number: 21-44

felt Felt Gift Bagsgift bags for giving and re-using

Handmade reusable gift bags are a lovely way to turn even the simplest of gifts into something truly memorable. Learn how to make "go green" gift bags from felt with instructor and weaver Jane Grogan. Three pieces of felt can be hand-stitched and then embellished with a button for gift giving and re-using. Bring your own special 1" or 2" button or pick out one in class to finish your gift bag. All materials for one gift bag and for one small gift-card envelope included. Bring a sharp tapestry needle and scissors. No sewing experience required. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost: $32/$26 member | Course Number: 21-46

"on the go" weaving: introduction Pin Loom Weavingto pin loom weaving

Do you have a pin loom in your yarn basket or attic and have no idea how to warp and weave on it? The small 3-pin configuration looms were popular in the 1940s and 1950s and have been making a comeback, and there are new designs on the market. The small hand-held pin looms are a perfect "on the go" project loom because of their size, and they are great as a yarn "stash buster." Join instructor and weaver Jane Grogan and learn how to wind the 3-layer warp and do basic and pattern weaving on small pin looms. Class project will be a flower pin. No weaving experience required. A loom will be available for you to use during this class; you may purchase the loom at the end of class from the instructor for $31. Bring your own 4"- Weavette/pin loom (if you own one), a blunt tapestry needle, scissors, and pen/pencil; all other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, November 11, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost: $45/$37 member | Course Number: 21-47

herbs and fermentation for Herbs & Fermentation for Digestive Healthdigestive health

Join herbalist Linda Conroy to learn her five-point approach to improve digestive and whole-body health with fermented food and medicinal herbs. You will learn how to make and ferment herbal infusions and tonics, along with how to infuse herbs into fermented beverages and foods. Samples of herbal ferments and digestive herbs are provided. You will delight in the flavors and your body will thank you! Limited space; register early.


Tuesday, November 14, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 7

Cost: $48/$38 member | Course Number: 21-48

evergreen holiday wreath with natural materials workshop

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samara Eisner and Erin Presley 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.


Thursday, November 30, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 22

Cost: $71/$57 member | Course Number: 21-49

Decorative Boxesdecorative boxes

Personalize boxes as desired, using commercial papers or decorative papers that you've made in previous workshops. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will guide you in creating unique boxes for mementos, jewelry, loose change, gifts, etc. You may start with an existing small jewelry box to cover with your selected papers, while learning some basic box formation techniques. She will share easy techniques that you can continue at home. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List


Saturday, December 2, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 22

Cost: $84/$67 member | Course Number: 21-50

Funky Bird Ornamentfunky bird ornament

Make a funky woven bird to hang as an ornament or to decorate gift packages. This bird project is made from a pre-woven diamond and then "comes to life" with the addition of a felt beak and wings, and yarn legs and tail. Instructor and weaver Jane Grogan will guide you through the process, and then the bird can be finished off with mohair locks as a top knot. All materials for making one bird ornament are provided. No special experience required. Bring a sharp tapestry needle and scissors. The weaving process for the bird body will be demonstrated using a 3.5" diamond loom. Limited space; register early.


Tuesday, December 5, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 28

Cost: $32/$26 member | Course Number: 21-51

Evergreen swag making workshop

Evergreen swags smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Bud LeFevre, owner of Distinctive Gardens in Illinois, and learn how to decorate your own unique door swag with natural and other materials. Fresh evergreen swag, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one 24-30" length swag. Limited space; register early.


Tuesday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 28

Cost: $54/$43 member | Course Number: 21-52

herbal gift making: hands-on fun!

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs 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 youth (ages 8 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, December 9, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: November 30

Cost: $75/$60 member | Course Number: 21-53

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

Advance registration required.

Join the Book Discussion Group at Olbrich!

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. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). Online registration is not available for the Book Club discussion groups; please register by phone or mail. Limited space; register early.

Book: Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart

Sunday, September 10, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 31

Cost: Free | Course Number: 11-11

Book: My Double Life by Frances Hamerstrom

Sunday, November 5, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 26

Cost: Free | Course Number: 11-26

GLEAM Programs + Classes                       back to top

GLEAM: Art in a New Light

August 31 - October 28, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays

Times vary by month; visit olbrich.org for details.

Discover Olbrich Botanical Gardens in a whole new light at GLEAM, an annual outdoor art exhibition, featuring a variety of light installations created by professional artists and lighting designers!

Introduction to Night Photography lecture

Don't stop taking photographs just because the sun has set! Photograph the moon, stars, buildings, and many other after-dark subjects, including Olbrich's beautiful gardens and GLEAM, Art in a New Light outdoor illuminated art exhibit. Join Madison College photography instructor John Lorimer for an exciting evening learning the basics of night photography. He will provide you with the knowledge necessary to take great night photographs using your camera's manual settings. This class explores the necessary equipment, camera settings, proper exposure techniques, and composition ideas that will improve your success with night photography. Bring a digital camera that is capable of shooting in the manual mode (ability to set aperture and shutter speed). Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 6

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 11-14

or

Wednesday, September 20, 6:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 13

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 11-15

Gleam, art in a new light exhibit walks with david wells

Explore Olbrich's GLEAM, Art in a New Light outdoor illuminated art exhibit with GLEAM Artistic Director David Wells during these exclusive evening guided walks. He will provide in-depth information about the art installations - their inspiration and the artists and lighting design partners who created them. He will also discuss additional special garden lighting effects, the process of creating the exhibition, and share stories about the installation process and the unseen bumps and considerations along the way in creating the final audience experience of this year's GLEAM. These guided walks occur when GLEAM is not open to the public, and your fee includes time to view GLEAM on the same evening during regular exhibit open hours; come early or stay after your guided walk to view the exhibit on your own. Meet in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 19, 7:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 12

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-15

Tuesday, September 19, 9-10 pm

Registration Deadline: September 12

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-16

Tuesday, September 26, 7:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-17

Tuesday, September 26, 9-10 pm

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-18

Tuesday, October 3, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 26

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-19

Tuesday, October 3, 8-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 26

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-20

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 3

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-22

Tuesday, October 10, 8-9 pm

Registration Deadline: October 3

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-23

Night Photography - GLEAM GLEAM Photoshoot - Thai Pavillion at NightExclusive Photo Shoot

Capture the magnificent and unique beauty of Olbrich's GLEAM, Art in a New Light outdoor illuminated art exhibit during this exclusive opportunity to take photographs of the various art installations. Photographers of all levels of expertise and equipment will be able to shoot along the outdoor gardens' paths and walkways. The exhibit will be closed to the public during these exclusive photo shoots, providing unobstructed views of the installations and allowing for the use of tripods. Although this is not a classroom instruction program, professional photography instructors will be on site to provide tips and answer your photography questions. Bring your camera and tripod. Check in at the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 19 [rain date September 26], 7:30-9:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 12

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-29

Tuesday, September 26 [rain date October 3], 7:30-9:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-30

Tuesday, October 3 [rain date October 10], 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 26

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-32

Learn + Play Together:

Classes for Children and Families                   back to top

Family classes are a great opportunity for parents or caregivers to spend quality time with their children. Activities are designed so adults and children can explore together. Children 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.Classes fill quickly; register early!

Advance registration required.

Toddler Story & Strolls

Toddler Story and Strolls are nature and literature-based early childhood classes designed to meet the multidimensional learning and developmental needs of children ages 2-4 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. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens or conservatory, and theme-related activities.

 

Explore summer bugs with stories by Eric Carle

*Classes do NOT include admission into Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies event.

The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar

Friday, July 28, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: July 20

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-04

The Very Grouchy Ladybug

Friday, August 4, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: July 27

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-05

The Very Lonely Firefly

Friday, August 11, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: August 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-06

 

Fall into Autumn with Stories by April P. Sayre

Shadows

Tuesday, September 12, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-07

or

Friday, September 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: September 7

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-08

Let's Go Nuts!

Tuesday, September 19, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: September 12

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-09

or

Friday, September 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: September 14

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-10

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep

Tuesday, September 26, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-11

or

Friday, September 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: September 21

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-12

 

Mysterious Animals with Stories by Janell Cannon

Stellaluna the Bat

Friday, October 27, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: October 19

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-13

Verdi the Snake

Friday, November 3, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-14

Pinduli the Hyena

Friday, November 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-15

 

December Delights

Whistling Trains

Saturday, December 2, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: November 27

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-16

or

Tuesday, December 5, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: November 28

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-17

Splendid Gingerbread

Saturday, December 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: November 30

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-18

or

Tuesday, December 12, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: December 5

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-19

Marvelous Peppermint

Saturday, December 16, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: December 7

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-20

or

Tuesday, December 19, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: December 12

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-21

Little Sprouts - Kids GardeningLittle Sprouts Gardening

Little Sprouts Gardening classes are gardening and literature-based early childhood classes 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. Classes take place outdoors in the Children's Kitchen Garden where participants water plants, plant seeds, dig in the soil, harvest fruits and vegetables, and explore the garden as part of the learning experience. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Dress for the weather and activities. Space is limited; register early.

 

Sounds in the garden

Jack & the Beanstalk

Thursday, August 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  August 10

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

Quiet in the Garden

Thursday, August 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  August 17

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

Mouse, Bear, Strawberry

Thursday, August 31, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  August 24

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

Family Classes                                                          back to top

Advance registration required.

Family meditation and movement in the gardens

Bring your children and join with other families to explore the wonders of the Olbrich Botanical Gardens through creative dance based on meditative sensory experiences. We will tune in to the sights, sounds, smells and movement around us and how these inspire us to move. Class will begin with a movement warm-up to connect to the surrounding natural world and end with the creation of a group dance. Come have fun! Discover new ideas for family outdoor explorations! The facilitator, Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, is a registered dance/movement therapist from the Hancock Center in Madison. No dance experience necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Advance registration required. Held outdoors/indoors, depending on weather. Dress for the activity and weather. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, August 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: August 2

Cost: $8/child | Course Number: 61-06

Felted ButterflyMake your own felted butterfly

Butterflies come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. Explore the magic of wet felting together with your child and create a unique butterfly with Jan Falk, artist and art instructor. Participants will learn the basics of wet felting with Merino wool and a pre-felted butterfly shape to make a colorful butterfly pin or pendant. Children and adult pairs will choose colors and materials to add to their butterfly. There is a lot of counting, wetting, rolling, and sharing in the process as a butterfly 'emerges' ready to take home and air dry. Instructions will be given for a little bit of finishing at home. All felting materials supplied. No experience necessary; be ready for getting your hands wet and have some fun! Class fee includes one child (grades K-4) and adult pair. Limited space; register early.

Monday, July 31, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: July 24

Cost:  $25/$20 member | Course Number: 61-05

Flower FairiesFlower fairies

Join us for flower fairy fun! Learn the myth and lore of flower fairies, look for fairies in the outdoor gardens, and make your own fairy house and fairy to take home. All materials included; dress for the weather. Grades K-5 (ages 5-11) with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Friday, September 22, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 14

Cost: $15/$12 member| Course Number: 61-07

All About OwlsAlL About owls!

Owls are incredible birds! Join us to learn about owl adaptations and what owls eat. Class includes hands-on learning activities about owl adaptations, an owl pellet dissection, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and a take-home activity. Class activities and exploration will vary based on age group. Ages 5-8 and 9-11 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Ages 5-8

Saturday, October 14, 9-10 am

Registration Deadline: October 5

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-08

Ages 9-11

Saturday, October 14, 10:30-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: October 5

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-09

Turtle Moving Through WaterThe Many ways animals move

Some animals have two legs while others have four, and some animals have no legs at all! Join us to learn about the many different ways that animals move. Class includes hands-on learning activities about animal movement, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and a take-home activity. Class activities and exploration will vary based on age group. Ages 5-8 and 9-11 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Ages 5-8

Saturday, November 11, 9-10 am

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-10

Ages 9-11

Saturday, November 11, 10:30-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-11

Scout + Other Youth Groups                          back to top

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to explore the wonders of nature. Scouts and other youth groups are invited to join us for self-guided visits or hands-on learning programs designed to excite youth about the world around them. To register a youth group or individual scout for a program, contact the Education Department by calling (608)245-5791. Limited space; register early!

Advance registration required.

Plant, Water, Grow

Begin the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This hands-on program provides an opportunity for Daisy Scouts to discover the world of plants and gardening, to make connections between insects, flowers, and gardens, and to create a mini-garden to take home. Activities can be applied toward the Watering Can Award.

Sunday, August 20, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 13

Cost: $10 per scout/$2 per adult

Every Drop Counts

Enrich your Brownie troop's WOW! Wonders of Water Journey at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Scouts will make a personal connection with ways that water is important in their lives. They will learn about the water cycle through an interactive demonstration, create various waterways and landforms, explore ways pollution impacts our lives, and more. Activities can be applied towards LOVE Water Award and will prepare scouts for SAVE Water and SHARE Water Awards.

Saturday, October 21, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: October 14

Cost: $10 per scout/$2 per adult

Youth + High School Writers Camps          back to top

The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, sponsors camps for young writers entering grades 3-8 and for high school-aged writers (those entering grades 9-12).

Participants write daily at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, using the beautiful gardens as inspiration in a supportive environment. Programs are led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Summer Institute Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. Through brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing, participants produce a finished piece of writing that is then published. Young writers share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families at an evening celebration on the last day of camp.

Young writers Camps (grades 3-8)

Youth Information Flyer (PDF)

Camp 1

Monday-Thursday, June 26-29, 9 am-2 pm

Family Evening Celebration: June 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Camp 2

Tuesday-Friday, August 8-11, 9 am-2 pm

Family Evening Celebration: August 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Camp 3

Monday-Thursday, August 14-17, 9 am-2 pm

Family Evening Celebration: August 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

High School writers Camp (grades 9-12)

High School Information Flyer (PDF)

Camp 1

Tuesday-Friday, August 8-11, 9 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline: July 1

Family Evening Celebration: August 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

TO REGISTER for any of the writing camps:   https://registration.eop.education.wisc.edu/index.aspx?program_id=4

Youth Classes                                                   back to top         Advance registration required.

Yoga Flow in the Gardensyoga flow in the gardens

Instructor Cathy Goehler, E-RYT200, PNYT100, will guide you through this yoga flow class, moving from pose to pose with your breath - holding poses briefly - not a static hold. This practice will increase your lung capacity, functional strength, range of motion, balance, and flexibility. Each class will incorporate a gentle warm up, flowing with breath, balance poses, hip openers, and a cool down ending with a rest pose. Register for one or more of the classes. Appropriate for beginners as well as the experienced. For adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, August 17, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: August 10

Cost: $12/person | Course Number: 21-17

Non-Adhesive BooksNon-adhesive books

No adhesive, needles, or sewing either! One sheet of paper can become a book with the correct folding, creasing, and cutting. (Think paper dolls.) Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands for this workshop and explore the possibilities of meandering books, accordion books with folded paper covers, and a pocket accordion. Bring some decorative papers, if you'd like. You will also make a few of your own papers. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 8, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 28

Cost: $84/$67 member | Course Number: 21-34

Double Knit BasicsDouble knit basics

Join the Double Knitting Revolution! The Double Knitting technique has been around for centuries with only minor changes but has had a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Come and find out what everyone is talking about. Participants should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and join in a circle. In this 2-week workshop, you will learn about what double knitting is, its history, guidelines, and terminology, along with how to double knit, increase and decrease when double knitting, and how to double knit inside out. Instructor Mary Jo Harris is a local knitting designer, author, and active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters' Guild. Bring 2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), 16-inch circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, paper & pencil for taking notes, stitch markers appropriate for your needles, and usual knitting accessories. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursdays, July 20 and 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 13

Cost: $49/ person | Course Number: 21-11

creative native bee houses workshop

Encourage native bees to call your garden home! Olbrich Horticulturist Katey Pratt will discuss structures you can build to encourage native bees to take up residence in your landscape, and you will build a small house in this hands-on workshop for non-stinging, solitary bees. These unique bee houses are constructed using a frame and hollow stems, drilled logs, and other bee-friendly tubes. All supplies included. Adults and youth (ages 16 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee for one project. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 20

Cost: $31/$25 member | Course Number: 21-1

Felted Necklacefelted multi-cord necklace

Join Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, to learn how to wet felt superfine, dyed Merino wool to make slender felt cords, attaching them together to form a beautiful necklace. Then, add a large bead as an accent, and finish the necklace with strings of seed beads in complementary colors. You will start the beading in class and finish on your own. This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance are necessary. Bring an old hand towel, small scissors, and a produce-sized plastic bag. All felting materials and beads supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Monday, July 31, 5:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 24

Cost: $61/$49 member | Course Number: 21-15

Visiting artist dawn flores: watercolor orchids Artist Dawn Flores Watercolor Workshopworkshop

Some subjects just scream to be painted in watercolors, and orchids are one of those subjects. You will have a full day to practice, plan, and execute on orchid-inspired painting. Visiting botanical artist Dawn Flores, instructor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will share information about orchid anatomy and provide lessons on color and a variety of watercolor techniques and transfer practices. You will work from provided photographs and/or live orchid plants to develop your painting. Class is designed for all skill levels. A supply list will be sent to you; bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, August 6, 10 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: July 27

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 21-16

Playful LettersPlayful letters

As a departure from the more formal calligraphy lettering, try this playful approach to letterforms! Explore the use of markers, paints, colored pencils, doodling, and more with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. You will learn fun and funky styles using block letters, stencils, stamps, and perhaps your personal handwriting that you can use to add a new twist to your garden journals and more. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Tuesday, August 22, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 15

Cost: $76/$61 member | Course Number: 21-18

Beginner's Eye: A Contemplative photography Beginner's Eye Photographyworkshop

Explore what it means to align eye, mind, and heart and see with fresh eyes in this contemplative photography experience led by Thomas Roberts, LCSW, who has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice. This workshop is based on the Zen concept of a "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. You will utilize photography to slow down and enhance the way you see color, texture, and the beauty around you. Bring a digital camera, including cell phone cameras, (that you are familiar with how to use) and a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, August 27, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: August 17

Cost: $100/$80 member | Course Number: 21-19

Portuguese Knittingportuguese-style knitting

In Portuguese-style knitting the yarn is tensioned around a knitting pin on your shoulder or around your neck. Stitches are created by a flick of your thumb, making this an easy way to knit without stressing your hands or wrists. Join instructor Mary Jo Harris, a local knitting designer, author, and active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters' Guild, and learn about the history and advantages of Portuguese Knitting, how to purl, knit, bind off, and increase/decrease using the Portuguese method. She will show you how to make a scarf using the Portuguese method and share resources with you. Portuguese Knitting Pin and instructions provided. Bring worsted-weight yarn (no novelty yarn) - one or two colors, either straight or circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn, and usual knitting accessories. Participants should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, August 29, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 22

Cost: $49 per person | Course Number: 21-20

Drawing Workshop The Next StepDrawing: the next step

Build upon your basic drawing skills and gain more pleasure in the drawing process with professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet. Focus on learning to see and measure accurately while using time-honored, traditional drawing techniques in pencil, pen, and charcoal. We'll also be doing some exercises that help you loosen up for a more gestural approach to drawing. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, September 10, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: August 31

Cost: $98/$78 member | Course Number: 21-21

Chair CaningBeginning Chair Caning

Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made? Then this is the class for you. Instructor Mary Jo Harris, local knitting designer, author, and active member of the Madison (WI) Knitters' Guild, will teach you how to hand cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane. In this 3-week workshop, she will discuss the differences between the various types and materials of caning, the 7-step method of hand caning, and how to care for caned furniture. No special skills required. Instruction booklet and materials to make one trivet included in fee. Bring a small hand clippers or shears, small rag, spray bottle, container for water (in addition to spray bottle), paper & pencil for notes, an awl or ice pick, and a dozen or more golf tees or caning pegs (optional). Adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each participant pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesdays, September 12, 19, & 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $87/ person| Course Number: 21-25

Cooking with spices

Cooking with Spices classes are presented by Huma Siddiqui, president and co-owner of White Jasmine in Madison. The classes focus on creating simple, easy, and delicious recipes using fresh ingredients and flavorful spices. She uses her culinary knowledge from her journey through four continents to bring a fusion style of flavors from her home land in Pakistan. Classes are demo-style with tasting of dishes by class participants. Adults, children (ages 9-13 w/ adult) and youth (ages 14 and up w/ adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Register for one or more classes as a series. Limited space; register early.

Pakistani Meal - Karachi ChickenA Pakistani Meal in Minutes

Recipes included in this class: Karahi Chicken (with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and Garam Masala); Matar Pulao (basmati rice with green peas, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves); Raita (yogurt sauce with cilantro, English cucumber, and whole cumin).

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $30/$24 member | Course Number: 11-13

 

Mediterranean all the way

Mediterranean Food - CouscousRecipes included in this class: Harissa (learn to make this delicious North African chili paste from scratch); Harissa Shrimp (shrimp, Sajji Masala, onions, and cilantro); Mediterranean Couscous (with red peppers, green onions, cinnamon, and Tandoori Masala).

Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 14

Cost: $30/$24 member | Course Number: 11-16

 

 

vegetarian delights

Vegetarian DelightsRecipes included in this class: Garbanzo Beans(with fired-roasted tomatoes, cilantro, fragrant spices, and whole cumin); Yellow Lentils (with fresh spinach, turmeric, and chili powder, topped with caramelized onions); Cumin Rice (basmati rice with whole cumin, cinnamon, and turmeric); Sauteed Zucchini with whole cumin and chili powder).

Saturday, September 30, 2-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 21

Cost: $30/$24 member | Course Number: 11-19

Felted Pouchwet-felted small vessel/pouch

Explore the magic of wet felting and create a unique small vessel/pouch with Jan Falk, artist and art instructor. You will learn the basics of turning Merino wool roving into a solid, durable fabric using warm water and soap, along with how to felt a seamless 3-D object using a resist. Make your small vessel/pouch uniquely yours by having fun with colors, blending more than one type of wool, and then adding embellishments at home. This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance are necessary. Bring an old hand towel, small scissors, and a produce-size plastic bag. All felting materials supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 17, 9 am-12 pm

Registration Deadline: September 7

Cost: $57/$45 member | Course Number: 21-27

Felted Scarfwet-felted laminate (Nuno) scarf

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just three hours! Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will teach you how to make a scarf with wisps of Merino wool melded right into a hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! This class is for all abilities, but some upper body strength and endurance are necessary. Bring an old bath towel, a sponge, and a produce-sized plastic bag; all felting materials and other supplies provided. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 17, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: September 7

Cost: $63/$51 member | Course Number: 21-28

Paste PapersPaste Papers

Adult finger painting! It really is that fun - a great stress reliever and personal favorite. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and explore the freedom of expressing yourself making creative decorative papers for collage, scrapbooking, wrapping, or as decorative papers for the book arts. Simple techniques, kitchen and junk drawer tools, and few limitations allow you to follow up with more at home. Some supplies provided; paper recommendations on supply list that is sent to you. Bring a smock. No prior experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register yearly.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 1, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: September 21

Cost: $90/$72 member | Course Number: 21-31

chinese brush painting: fall flowers, feathers, Chinese Brush Painting - Goldfishfins, and panda

Enjoy a fun fall day learning the ancient and contemporary painting styles and calligraphy used in Asian brush painting. You will learn how to paint the following subjects: rooster, hen, and chicks; panda with bamboo; yellow bird in fall tree; gold fish with lily pads; and chrysanthemums with butterflies. Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society instructor, will teach you the basic painting strokes and calligraphy for each subject and encourage you to develop your own style from observing painting demonstrations. A supply list will be sent to you; bring a bag lunch. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 8, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: September 28

Cost: $80/ person | Course Number: 21-33

etegami: fall japanese picture Etegami - Fall Picture Lettersletters

Etegami is an Asian folk art consisting of simple hand-painted picture letters or a greeting to send to a family member or friend. In this one-day workshop, create Japanese fall picture letters from nature subjects and write your own personal messages on your painted cards with English and/or Asian calligraphy. Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society instructor, will demonstrate and teach you how to paint subjects such as: fall leaves, pumpkins, squash, chrysanthemums, carp with lily pads, smalls birds with bamboo, nuts, berries, and pine tree with cones. A supply list will be sent to you; a supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. Bring a bag lunch. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Sunday, October 22, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: October 12

Cost: $80/ person | Course Number: 21-39

Black Magic Pastel"black magic" pastel

Black paper can create a sense of mystery, drama, or mood and act as a color intensifier. You will experiment with two to three very different black supports (supplied) in creating works from still life and floral or other nature photographs. This workshop is geared for those who have some experience with soft "chalk-like" pastel medium, but beginners with good drawing skills are welcome. Join professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet and learn how to work in the soft pastel medium on black supports. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List

Thursday, October 26, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: October 19

Cost: $100/$80 member | Course Number: 21-42

Warming Winter HerbsWarming winter herbs

Join Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, and learn about herbs that can warm and soothe the body, support and strengthen the immune system, and nourish the soul. Specific remedies will be discussed, including teas and tinctures that ease flu and cold symptoms, effective cough syrups you can make at home, and foods and lifestyle choices that can help both prevent and heal common winter ailments. We will provide herbal remedies for you to taste and smell. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 31

Cost: $18/$15 member | Course Number: 11-27

Decorative Boxesdecorative boxes

Personalize boxes as desired, using commercial papers or decorative papers that you've made in previous workshops. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will guide you in creating unique boxes for mementos, jewelry, loose change, gifts, etc. You may start with an existing small jewelry box to cover with your selected papers, while learning some basic box formation techniques. She will share easy techniques that you can continue at home. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Class Supply List


Saturday, December 2, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 22

Cost: $84/$67 member | Course Number: 21-50

herbal gift making: hands-on fun!

Join Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs 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 youth (ages 8 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.


Saturday, December 9, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: November 30

Cost: $75/$60 member | Course Number: 21-53

Bolz Conservatory Exhibits                               back to top

Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies

July 20 - August 13

Blooming Butterflies10 am-4 pm daily

Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory, including low-flyers like the playful yellow and black striped zebras and bright orange julias. More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.

After spotting butterflies inside the Bolz Conservatory, children can follow the paths through the outdoor gardens to complete their Butterfly Scavenger Hunt.

Admission:

Adults - $7

Children (ages 3-12) - $3

Children (ages 2 and under) - Free

Olbrich members - Free

Find out more about Olbrich's upcoming Bolz Conservatory exhibits.

 

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