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Garden Walks                                                          back to top

Atwood Tree Neighborhood WalkAtwood Neighborhood Tree Walk

Join Sean Gere, certified arborist and owner of Gere Tree Care, Inc., for a tree walk in the Atwood Neighborhood. This neighborhood has an amazing diversity of trees that generally go unnoticed. He will share facts and tips on tree identification, along with information that will expand your appreciation for trees. Bring a notebook. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up with at adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 10

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 30-07

Sumptuous ContainersSumptuous Containers Walk

Colorful flowers and cold-hardy foliage plants grace Olbrich's containers and planting beds long before the danger of spring frost is over. These spring plantings also feature edible greens and early vegetables that are a welcome change after a winter of drab meals! Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley will explain the basics of planning and planting cold-hardy spring containers and showcase selected containers and plants during this delightful evening garden walk. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 17

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-08

Atwood Tree Neighborhood WalkAtwood Neighborhood Tree Walk

Join arborist Sean Gere, owner of Gere Tree Care, Inc., for a tree walk in the Atwood Neighborhood. This neighborhood has an amazing diversity of trees that generally go unnoticed. He will share information and tips on tree identification, along with information that will expand your appreciation for trees. Bring a notebook. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 5

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 31-01

Gorgeous Gravel Gardens WalkGorgeous Gravel Gardens Walk

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons - they are good for the environment and for us. Many people want beautiful gardens, but don't have the time, nor want to see precious resources like water and energy go into growing them. Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for a walk through the outdoor gardens to learn about gravel gardens and how they can easily be incorporated into home landscapes. He will show you how Olbrich has replaced lawns and traditional perennial beds with these sustainable gardens. Limited space; register early.

Monday, July 18, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 11

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-02

Elements of Herbalism: Sensory Plant Walk

Using your senses to learn about plants is fascinating and fun! Between texture, smell, and taste, you can glean a lot of information about specific plants. Join herbalist Linda Conroy from Moonwise Herbs for this fun and insightful walk through Olbrich's outdoor gardens as you experience plants through the many lenses of your senses. She will discuss each plant's application for food, medicine, and many more uses. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, July 27, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 20

Cost: $24 per person | Course Number: 31-03

Pollinator-Friendly Plants WalkPollinator-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, July 28, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: July 21

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-04

Thursday, August 4, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline: July 28

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-06

Hydrangeas and Summer Flowering Shrubs WalkHydrangeas and Summer Flowering Shrubs Walk

Hydrangeas, particularly the panicle types, are among the most showy and reliable flowering shrubs for northern climates and are a mainstay of the late summer garden. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper on a lovely evening walk through Olbrich's extensive collection of hydrangeas and other later-blooming shrubs, and learn how to utilize these beauties in your home landscape. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, July 28, 6-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 21

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-05

A Garden Stroll with Dr. Death

Learn about the exciting world of common plant diseases and management. UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic Director Brian Hudelson (aka Dr. Death) will discuss common plant diseases and show you examples during this leisurely stroll through Olbrich's outdoor gardens. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, August 16, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: August 9

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 31-07

Creative Container Gardening WalkCreative Container Gardening Walk

Enjoy an informative walk through the outdoor gardens focusing on creative and innovative planted containers. Olbrich Horticulturist Samara Eisner will discuss the endless possibilities of designing containers to enhance your landscape. Learn Olbrich's tricks for designing hanging baskets, troughs, sun or shade containers, and how to incorporate herbs, tropical plants, and much more. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, August 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: August 16

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

Mixed Borders Garden WalkMixed Borders Garden Walk

Everyone strives to have a fantastic looking garden without much work, not only during the growing season when colorful blossoms grace gardens, but also during the rest of the year after flowers fade. Join Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping as he discusses and shows you garden designs that require less time, water, and chemicals to grow and thrive. During this walk, he will present mixed border ideas that utilize the entire pallet of plants - trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, and bulbs. He will also share his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars, and discuss how these beauties can be incorporated into your gardens to create knockout displays. Limited space; register early.

Monday, August 29, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: August 22

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

Creating and Maintaining Meadow Gardens WalkCreating and Maintaining Meadow Gardens Walk

A meadow of mixed flowers and native grasses can replace your lawn, cover a slope, or enhance a roadside. Most meadows require much less water and fertilizer than lawns, and they rarely need mowing. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping has researched and implemented a number of meadow gardens that are very environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. During this walk, he will show you how Olbrich has replaced a number of traditional lawns with sustainable, beautiful meadows - both in sun and shade - and how to maintain them. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, August 31, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: August 24

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

Creating Great Gardens with Grasses and Sedges WalkCreating Great Gardens with

Grasses and Sedges Walk

Ornamental grasses and sedges are arguably the most important component of any great garden, whether in a mixed border, prairie, or gravel garden. No other plant group has the impact ornamental grasses and sedges have in gardens for the beauty they add in almost every month of the year. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Phillip Stutz on a fall walk through the outdoor gardens as he shares his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars. He will also discuss how these beauties can be incorporated into your gardens to create knockout displays. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 6, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 30

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

Small Trees with Big Impact WalkSmall Trees with Big Impact Walk

Small-scale trees are key players in any well-designed garden because of their year-round beauty. Whether you're after beautiful flowers, fruit, bark, form, or fall color, there is a tree to fit your needs. The list of trees is large and horticulturists are creating and discovering new cultivars and species every year. Join Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for a walk through the outdoor gardens as he highlights the top-performing, small-scaled ornamental trees that you can grow in your landscape. Limited space; register early.

Monday, September 12, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

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

Mexican Heirloom Vegetables Lecture & WalkMexican Heirloom Vegetables:

An Olbrich Herb Garden Lecture and Walk

Many of our most beloved vegetables and flowers - including tomatoes and peppers, zinnias, and dahlias - trace their domestic origins to Mexico and Central America. Over time, humans bred these plants to stabilize favorable traits and then passed their varieties down from generation to generation, creating heirlooms. Heirloom varieties can be tastier than modern commercial varieties and are often regionally adapted to suit particular soils and climates. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley for a stroll through the Herb Garden to see heirloom Mexican herbs and vegetables growing, and then continue the discussion with an indoor presentation on techniques for growing Mexican vegetables, the history and stories behind selected varieties, and recipes for you to try at home. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 7

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

Putting Your Garden to BedPutting Your Garden To Bed

Make your garden a success by properly overwintering your perennials. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley to learn what needs to be pruned, cut back, mulched, watered, rodent-proofed, and much more. Protect your plant investment and maximize the beauty of your garden throughout the year. This class takes place outdoors as a garden walk. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 20, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline: September 13

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-14

LED Landscape Lighting Lecture & WalkLED Landscape Lighting Lecture & Walk (Enhancing Landscapes with Color-Changing Lighting)

With many advantages, including energy efficiency and flexible controlling, LED has altered the way we design, install, and maintain outdoor lighting. Join Drew W. Tedford from FXLuminaire for an awe-inspiring discussion and nighttime walk through Olbrich's illuminated outdoor gardens. He will discuss various techniques for integrating RGBW color-changing LED lighting into the landscape to create dramatic and vibrant lighting effects that are perfect for holiday displays, color-themed lighting, or simply enhancing the colors of the landscape. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 15

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

Olbrich's Night Landscape Lighting WalkOlbrich's Night Landscape Lighting Walk

Join Olbrich 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.

Monday, September 26, 7:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 19

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

Behind-the-Scenes Greenhouse TourBehind-The-Scenes Greenhouse 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 12, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 3

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

Wellness in the Gardens                                      back to top

Yoga in the GardensGentle 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 4- or 7-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.

4-Week Classes

Mondays, June 6-27, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration Deadline: May 30

Cost: $48 per person | Course Number: 21-02

Mondays, July 11-August 1, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration Deadline: June 30

Cost: $48 per person | Course Number: 21-08

Mondays, August 8-29, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration Deadline: August 1

Cost: $48 per person | Course Number: 21-12

7-Week Classes

Mondays, September 12-October 24, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $84 per person | Course Number: 21-13

Mondays, November 7-December 19, 5:30-6:45 pm

Registration Deadline: October 31

Cost: $84 per person | Course Number: 21-32

Tai ChiTai 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, June 6-July 11, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: May 30

Cost: $50 per person | Course Number: 21-03

Mondays, July 18-August 15, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: Jully 11

Cost: $50 per person | Course Number: 21-09

6-Week Classes

Mondays, September 12-October 17, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: September 6

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-14

Mondays, October 24-November 28, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: October 17

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-29

Meditation and Movement in the Garden

Appreciate Olbrich's beauty in a new way - through movement and quiet reflection. This 4-week class brings together the healing powers of dance and nature. Each session includes quiet group meditation, lightly-facilitated movement, time for individual contemplation, and group reflection through shared movement/dance. The facilitator, Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, is a registered dance/movement therapist from the Hancock Center in Madison. No dance experience necessary. Held outdoors/indoors, depending on the weather. Limited space; register early.

Thursdays, July 7-28, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 30

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-07

Local and Sustainable Herbs for Diabetes

There are common local herbs in your yard and cupboard that are excellent for preventing and treating type 2 diabetes and the prediabetic condition of insulin resistance. Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will discuss a number of these plants that can be sustainably foraged, grown yourself, and/or purchased locally. The focus will be on using these herbs to help stabilize blood sugar, improve energy, and prevent progress of the disease. Samples of herbal preparations will be available to taste and smell during class. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 28

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

Wild Food and Wild MedicineWild Food and Wild Medicine

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 11, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 4

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-24

Herbal Infused Oils, Salves, and LotionsFrom the Garden:

Herbal Infused Oils, Salves, and Lotions

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

Saturday, November 19, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: November 10

Cost: $56/45 member | Course Number: 21-36

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

Memento HolderMemento Holder

Join Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., and complete a unique book structure for holding mementos. The book is constructed from large manila envelopes with metal clasps, heavy-weight cardstock, and a simple stitching method. Clever double-angled pockets are created with the envelopes to make plenty of storage space for memorabilia. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Monday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 9

Cost: $39/$32 member | Course Number: 20-36

Tree and Shrub PlantingTree and Shrub Planting Workshop

Have you ever wondered if you are correctly planting the trees and shrubs you get from garden centers? Many trees and shrubs do not thrive, or even survive, due to poor planting techniques. Join Olbrich's Horticulture staff Aaron Wilkie and Mark Shimasaki to learn proper planting techniques. They will share tips on selecting the best plants to buy, how to prepare the root ball for planting, the correct way to dig and prepare the planting hole, and post-planting care procedures that will ensure your trees and shrubs have a healthy start in your garden. Most of this class takes place outdoors; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, May 17 (rain date May 24), 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 10

Cost: $22/$18 member | Course Number: 20-37

Ornamental Container GardenOrnamental Container Gardens Workshop

Loved by small and large space gardeners alike, containers are a fabulous way to dress up your patio, deck, or balcony. In this presentation and workshop, Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner will guide you on how to plant containers with overflowing beauty. You will go home with one finished ornamental container with plants appropriate for the lighting conditions you indicate. Upon registration, please indicate whether you prefer SUN or SHADE plants. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 11

Cost: $84/$68 member | Course Number: 20-38

Floral Pastel InterpretationsFloral Pastel Interpretations

Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. In this workshop you will do three or four different interpretations from the same floral or nature-based photograph. Each work in your series will be quite unlike the others! You will be using different papers and styles of application, learning which styles and techniques work best for you. This repeatable workshop by instructor Kay Brathol-Hostvet is for beginner to advanced levels. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers provided. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 22, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: May 12

Cost: $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-40

EtegamiEtegami:

Spring Japanese Picture Letters

Etegami is a Japanese folk art consisting of simple hand-painted picture letters or a greeting to send to a family member or friend. They are usually done on postcards and meant to be mailed rather than kept for display. In this one-day workshop, subjects from nature such as fish, bamboo, flowers, and landscapes will be demonstrated. Artist Stella Dobbins, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will teach you different Asian and Western watercolor techniques, along with Asian calligraphy, to put on your cards. Etegami art is fun for beginners to advanced students. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration; 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. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, May 22, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: May 12

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-39

Fundamentals of Residential Landscape DesignThe Fundamentals of Residential Landscape Design

Have you ever wondered what makes a landscape design functional and aesthetically pleasing? Learn the fundamentals of good residential landscape design in this 3-part lecture class. Steven Swenson, landscape architect with the Bruce Company, will help you expand your knowledge of site layout, hardscapes, plantings, and outdoor living amenities - such as fire pits and pergolas. Consultations for individual projects may be requested outside of class. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, June 6, 13 & 20, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: May 30

Cost: $150/$120 member | Course Number: 21-04

The Art of HennaThe Art of Henna

Henna has been used in the eastern Mediterranean to adorn the human body as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age. Markings consistent with henna have been found on statuettes of young women dating between 1500 and 500 BCE. Using this organic, plant-based dye you will learn how to use henna to create beautiful, temporary tattoo patterns. Poonam Rao, a local artist specializing in Indian handicrafts, will show you the step-by-step process for making your own henna paste and creating designs. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed for this hands-on class. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: June 2

Cost: $35/$28 member | Course Number: 21-05

Thursday, July 28, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 21

Cost: $35/$28 member | Course Number: 21-11

Perennials for Sun and Shade

Discover spectacular perennials for sun and shade that brighten your landscape from spring through fall. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss the characteristics of perennials, winter hardiness, proper planting and watering, propagation, and how to choose the right perennial for sunny and shady locations. She will share some organic pest and disease management techniques and help you find the resources needed for successful perennial growing in Wisconsin. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: June 16

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

Wrapped Journal WorkshopWrapped Journal Workshop

Using a simple stitch, Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will help you create a multiple signature book using heavy fabric or leather for your wrapped cover. You will add a choice of closure techniques and personal bead embellishments to finish your journal. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, June 29, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: June 22

Cost: $65 per person | Course Number: 21-06

Hostas and Companion PlantsHostas and Companion Plants

Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss some of the hottest new hostas on the market and companion plants that let them really shine. Learn how to use color, texture, and height to get the most out of your shade garden. Companion plants she will discuss include annuals, perennials, and small woody ornamental plants.

Thursday, July 21, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 14

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-02

Introduction to Urban Bee KeepingIntroduction to Urban Bee Keeping

Learn about honeybees and urban beekeeping with Nathan Clarke, founder and owner of Mad Urban Bees. Find out how to start and tend a beehive in your own backyard. He will share facts about honeybees and what they need to survive in an urban environment. Nathan manages the beehives at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and honey from these hives is available for purchase seasonally through Olbrich's Growing Gifts Shop. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, July 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 19

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-03

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 18

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

Needle Felted Monarch CaterpillarNeedle-Felted Monarch CAterpillar

Create a realistic looking monarch caterpillar pendant with felt! Starting with a pre-made wet-felted base, you will learn how to needle felt the surface stripes onto this monarch caterpillar in 'J' formation, the shape a caterpillar makes just before it goes into the chrysalis stage. The project will not be completed in class, but you will have all the skills, knowledge, and materials necessary to finish at home. Join Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, as she demonstrates how to make this charming pendant and guides you through the process to make one of your own. All supplies included; no experience necessary to learn this fun technique. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 21

Cost: $57/$46 member | Course Number: 21-10

Restoring Your Woodland to HealthRestoring Your Woodland to Health

Would you like to restore your woodland so it can be home to birds, butterflies, bees, and wildflowers instead of buckthorn, garlic mustard, and mosquitoes? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss the steps necessary to restore various types of sites, from wooded gardens to multi-acre tracts, to stable and healthy natural communities.

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

Registration Deadline: August 3

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-04

Bark(ing) Up the Right TreeBark(Ing) Up the Right Tree:

Showy Bark for Year-Round Interest

Flowers, leaf color, and form are the obvious choices to consider when selecting ornamental trees, but don't forget about the bark! Bark can be ridged and furrowed, colorful, and exfoliating - all features that will provide enjoyment throughout the year. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will discuss hardy plants with amazing bark characteristics, along with some standout tropical plants for you to consider. He will also share individual plant needs and tips to maximize your investment. If weather and time permits, he will show you a few examples in Olbrich's outdoor gardens. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, August 14, 1-2:20 pm

Registration Deadline: August 4

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

Organic Landscape Maintenance PracticesOrganic Landscape Maintenance Practices

Many people are interested in reducing or eliminating pesticides and inorganic fertilizers in the landscape because of concerns about water quality and potential toxic threats to humans, pets, bees, birds, and other wildlife. One way to achieve this is by using organic landscape maintenance. Join Becky Kielstrup, general manager and horticulturist at Avant Gardening, and learn about tried and true techniques for organic landscape maintenance. She will discuss organic lawn care, sustainable planting bed methods, native plants, integrated pest management, and simple steps and tips to get you started. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 7, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: August 31

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

Visiting Author Ellen Zachos

Ellen Zachos is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden where she teaches for both Continuing Education and the School of Professional Horticulture. She lectures on a wide variety of topics at flower shows, nurseries, and for horticultural organizations around the world. Ellen is the author of Down & Dirty: 43 Fun & Funky First-Time Projects & Activities to Get You Gardening; Tempting Tropicals: 175 Irresistible Indoor Plants; and Orchid Growing for Wimps, as well as numerous articles on orchids, interior landscaping, container gardening, xeriscaping, and annual and perennial plants.

Orchid Growing for WimpsOrchid Growing For Wimps

Ellen Zachos, author of Orchid Growing for Wimps, will discuss the profiles of 16 easy-to-care for orchids, all of which can rebloom in average household conditions. She will also share basic care instructions and professional "tricks" to get the most out of each plant. Not all orchids are temperamental tropicals - many make low-maintenance, free-blooming houseplants. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 8, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 1

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

Wisconsin's Aquatic PlantsWisconsin's Aquatic Plants:

Identification and Ecology

Have you ever wondered about the 'underwater forests' that thrive in our lakes and rivers? Aquatic plants are incredibly beneficial to the overall health of our lakes and rivers, but are often incorrectly overlooked as 'weeds.' Michelle Nault from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, along with a number of other DNR staff and representatives from Onterra, LLC, will discuss basic aquatic plant ecology, identification of common aquatic plants, the benefits of aquatic plants, and what you can do to help limit the spread of non-native species. This class is a combination of presentation and hands-on examination of live plant specimens. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 11, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 1

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

Linocut Block Printing on FabricLinocut Block Printing on Fabric

Create 2 one-of-a-kind linocut stamps that can be used to make your own beautiful patterns in class and at home. You will learn to develop a pattern, engrave a linocut block, and print a textile composition on fabric. Patrizia Ferreira, who holds a master's degree in textile design from Philadelphia University, will guide you in creating a unique printed work of art on fabric. No prior experience necessary. Bring 2 yards of 100% cotton white fabric (washed and pressed), pencil, eraser, and paper for sketching ideas and testing your linocut stamps; all other supplies provided for use in class. If you would like to print directly on a white 100% cotton tablecloth and napkins, please bring instead of fabric yardage. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, September 12 & 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-15

Garbage into Gold

Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will teach about basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools that will help turn your yard trimmings and household waste into soil amendment "gold." She will provide various tips and techniques that will help make your composting efforts efficient and effective. She will also explain how to compost over the winter, how to deal with common problems, and what to do with your "gold" once it's finished. Bring your questions and get advice from this expert. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 6

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

Introduction to Night PhotographyIntroduction to Night Photography

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 sculpture exhibit. Join Madison College photography instructor John Lorimer for an exciting lecture-style class to learn 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 indoor 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.

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 6

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

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 14

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 11-13

Mexican Heirloom Vegetables Lecture & WalkMexican Heirloom Vegetables:

An Olbrich Herb Garden Lecture and Walk

Many of our most beloved vegetables and flowers - including tomatoes and peppers, zinnias, and dahlias - trace their domestic origins to Mexico and Central America. Over time, humans bred these plants to stabilize favorable traits and then passed their varieties down from generation to generation, creating heirlooms. Heirloom varieties can be tastier than modern commercial varieties and are often regionally adapted to suit particular soils and climates. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley for a stroll through the Herb Garden to see heirloom Mexican herbs and vegetables growing, and then continue the discussion with an indoor presentation on techniques for growing Mexican vegetables, the history and stories behind selected varieties, and recipes for you to try at home. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 7

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

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, and other food items into delicious, healthy, nutrient-dense food that can be put to 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 a while or are new to it, you will learn useful 'tricks of the trade.' Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 15, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 8

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-16

Maximum Effects with Showy Spring BulbsMaximum Effects with Showy Spring Bulbs

This is the time to think about your early 2017 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 of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss a wide range of potential bulb selections for color, fragrance, and impact. He will also share proper planting methods and tips to maximize your investment with minimal effort. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 8

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

Wet-Felted ScarfWet-Felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just a few hours! Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will teach you how to make a scarf with Merino wool melded right into a hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf. It will take some muscle and time, but the result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! Bring an old bath towel and a produce-sized plastic bag; all felting materials and other supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 18, 10 am-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 8

Cost: $63/$51 member | Course Number: 21-18

Do-it-yourself PhotovoltaicsDo-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 electric 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 18, 9 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline: September 8

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 21-17

Paired Needle Book BindingPaired Needle Book Binding

It sounds difficult, but it is not hard and it gives you bragging rights! You will be sure to impress your friends and family with this bookmaking skill. Paired needle binding is an exposed stitch design resembling a herringbone pattern on the spine. This binding design opens flat, which is an advantage for writing or drawing. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn this book binding method that will further develop and challenge your creative skills. Recommended for those who have some basic bookmaking and sewing experience. All materials provided; suggestions for personal embellishments are included in a list that will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 28, 6-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 21

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

Plants for Intense Fall Color and Interest

Fall colors offer interest and visual warmth before the snow starts falling in the Midwest. Beyond some of our better known trees and shrubs, there are a variety of additional plants that offer significant late season foliage color. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss a wide range of the most colorful woody plants, perennials, and grasses that will ensure a dynamic, colorful succession throughout the fall season. These plants will have interest in other seasons, too, but the focus on September through November color transitions will be significant and comprehensive. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 28

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-16

Gardens of Everyday Folks

The gardens of the wealthy and famous have been well-documented in the pages of many coffee table gardening books, but there has been scant coverage of the vernacular gardens. Liza Lightfoot, landscape architect and owner of Avant Gardening, will highlight these tucked away gems that are usually developed on a shoestring budget and not necessarily designed by professionals, but are splendid in their creativity. She will also discuss the historical roots of the vernacular garden, going back in time while contrasting with some of the whimsical ideas born out of conflict and struggle. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, October 6, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: September 29

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

Chinese Brush Painting -  Year of the Monkey

Explore the Year of the Monkey and have a fun day learning Asian brush painting techniques. You will create paintings of monkeys in different environments - mountains, landscapes, and sitting in trees - and learn how to paint bamboo, flowers, Asian fruit with basket, and vegetables (bok choy, carrots, mushrooms, and peppers). Artist Stella Dobbins, who studied the art form in Japan, will teach you the basic painting strokes and the calligraphy for each subject she demonstrates. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration; a supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. 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.

Sunday, October 9, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: September 29

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-23

Wild Food & Wild Medicine:

Focus on Fall Roots

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 11, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 4

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-24

Designing with the Best of Ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses continue to be invaluable in the Midwest landscape, providing dynamic color, form, and texture throughout the season. While their late season value and winter interest are important, their impact as year-round contributors in the garden can't be understated. See some of the best grasses, and learn about their effective use in the garden! Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will help you examine a variety of ornamental grasses that are functional and low maintenance, combine well with neighboring plantings, and add aesthetic qualities to your landscape. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline: October 5

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-19

Suminagashi Floating Inks

(Marbing Paper Technique of the Far East)

Suminagashi or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain, thin Japanese paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will teach you this decorative paper technique that can be used in bookmaking, collage, scrapbooking, letter writing, journals, and card making. Minimal supplies are necessary, so it is easy for you to continue making the marbled paper at home. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, October 16, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: October 6

Cost: $65 per person | Course Number: 21-25

Embellish Your Closet!

Whether it's a t-shirt, button-up shirt, jeans, blazer, dress, or even kitchen towels, there are all sorts of garments and household linens that could use a little uplift in your closet and drawers. Join Patrizia Ferreira, who holds a master's degree in textile design from Philadelphia University, and learn some ancient techniques such as appliqué, reverse appliqué, stitching, beading, and embroidery to beautify your older clothes and linens into lovely one-of-a-kind items. Bring a pair of fabric scissors, embroidery hoop (7" or smaller - if you have one), and few of your selected garments and linens to refurbish and embellish; all other supplies provided for use during the class. Some basic hand sewing knowledge is helpful. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, October 17 & 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 10

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-26

Gardens of Stone

Are you interested in stone landscape features? Join John Gishnock III, ecological designer and owner of Formecology, LLC, and explore the exciting world of stonework. He will show you how simple materials and layout choices can help your natural stone landscape features go beyond function to truly express the essence of the landscape. Through numerous examples, he will focus on the use of local landscape materials and cover the aspects of natural stonework, including the different functional, aesthetic, and emotional uses.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 11

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

Oopsie Daisy Greeting Cards

Create twelve cheerful greeting cards complete with decorative panels and envelopes during this fun class. You will make four each of three different card styles embellished with coconut shell buttons, ribbons, and charms. Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., will help you complete this project and provide a handout with the dimensions for several unique card structures you will be able to make again with supplies from your own stash. Bring plenty of adhesive; all other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 11

Cost: $39/$32 member | Course Number: 21-27

Etegami: Fall Japanese Picture Letters

Etegami is a Japanese 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, subjects from nature such as fall flowers (chrysanthemums and orchids) and gourds (pumpkins and squash) will be demonstrated and be a source of inspiration for your cards. Artist Stella Dobbins, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will teach you different Asian and Western watercolor techniques, along with Asian calligraphy, to put on your cards. Etegami art is fun for beginners to advanced students. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration; 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.

Sunday, October 23, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: October 13

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-28

What's Bugging Your Tree?

Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, and learn about common insects and disease issues affecting trees in Wisconsin, and what to do to mitigate damage and improve tree health. She will help you understand Oak Wilt management, Emerald Ash Borer, common foliar diseases, and insect problems, as well as teach you how to detect these issues. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, October 27, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: October 20

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

Decorative Winter Container Workshop

The growing season isn't the only time for decorative pots in the garden. With the right selection of fall fruit, dried plants, and evergreens, you can enjoy your arrangement during the holiday season and all through the winter months. Join Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner to create one unique and beautiful decorative winter container using plant materials from Olbrich's gardens to take home. All plant materials, outdoor display container, and supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, November 2, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 26

Cost: $74/$59 member | Course Number: 21-30

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. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, November 6, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: October 27

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-31

Visiting Author Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Ann Mendez is dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden designer, author, and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants, and sustainable practices. She has been featured on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate, and Better Homes & Gardens. She was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, an honorary medal presented to those who have made significant contributions to the enjoyment and appreciation of plants and the environment. Her most recent book, The Right-Size Garden, features exceptional plants and design tips for time-pressed and aging gardeners.

Design Tips for Traffic-Stopping Curb Appeal

This eye-opening presentation will cover easy-to-implement design steps for enhancing your home's curb appeal. Included will be top-performing perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs, evergreens, and ornamental trees for head-turning foundation beds. Kerry Ann Mendez is a nationally recognized author and owner of "Perennially Yours" of Kennebunk, Maine. She has been featured in Horticulture and other fine gardening magazines, as well as on HGTV. Book-signing follows presentation; books available for purchase. Limited space; register early.


Sunday, November 6, 1:30-3 pm (book signing 3-3:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: October 27

Cost: $20/$16 member | Course Number: 11-25

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns

Explore the magic of ice lanterns! Jennifer Hedberg, founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice structures. One of her latest techniques is called "Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns." She will share the steps and best "how-to" tips for making these elegant mini-towers of artful ice. The completed lanterns can be displayed outdoors or indoors, and they are a wintertime activity perfect for the whole family. Class includes some hands-on work to practice and time to ask questions. The supplies and handout you take home will help you start making your own lanterns. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); a youth with one adult pair pays one registration fee and receives one set of supplies; more supplies will be sold separately at class. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, November 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost: $52/$42 member | Course Number: 21-33

Ground Covered: Top Groundcover Plant Selections

Are you looking to introduce new groundcovers into your landscape? This class is for you! Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will discuss a wide variety of groundcovers with interesting and colorful foliage, flowers, or fruit, along with those that are evergreen. He will focus on Midwest-hardy groundcovers, including cultural conditions for each plant, that will help provide unified colors and textures to make the rest of your plantings really sing. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, November 13, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 3

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-26

Botanical Art -

English Watercolor with Artist Mary Bauschelt

Join acclaimed botanical artist Mary Bauschelt for an introduction to the techniques and practices that surround this increasingly rare and beautiful art form. In this one-day workshop, you will practice watercolor painting techniques, including washes and dry brush, using color-mixing charts to match different shades of greens to botanical specimens. These are great exercises to introduce you to botanical watercolor, as greens are the most difficult colors to match in nature. This class is for beginners as well as anyone who paints natural subjects and would like to improve color realism. One-on-one instruction and guidance will be given throughout the session. Class will be supplemented with viewing original botanical art, prints, books, journals, and exhibit catalogs. Bring a bag lunch. A supply list will be sent to you; some materials provided. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, November 13, 9 am-3 pm

Registration Deadline: November 3

Cost: $93/$75 member | Course Number: 21-34

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, November 15, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: November 8

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-27

Scrapbooking without Scraps

If you are tired of 'procraftinating' your scrapbooking projects, these themed workshops will provide you with a completely fresh and inspiring approach to the task. Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., will help you reverse the process of the typical "photo first" approach, and efficiently create the framework for eight well-embellished 12" by 12" scrapbook pages with little or no wasted paper. Page formulas shared in class can be used with additional papers from your own stash to make more layouts. She will also share placement, spacing, and grouping techniques for aesthetically pleasing pages. Take one or both theme-based workshops. Bring scissors and adhesive; all other supplies provided, including use of a paper trimmer during class. Limited space; register early.

National Parks Theme

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 9

Cost: $39/$32 member | Course Number: 21-35

Dahlia Theme

Thursday, December 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 23

Cost: $39/$32 member | Course Number: 21-37

From the Garden:

Herbal Infused Oils, Salves, and Lotions

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

Saturday, November 19, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: November 10

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 21-35

Evergreen Holiday Wreaths with Natural Materials Workshop

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Olbrich horticulturists 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, December 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: November 23

Cost: $71/$57 member | Course Number: 21-38

Herbal Gift Making:

Hands-On, Interactive & 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 w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, December 10, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: December 1

Cost: $75/$60 member | Course Number: 21-39

GLEAM Programs                                                   back to top

Olbrich Botanical Gardens unveils GLEAM, a cutting edge exhibition featuring site-specific art and light installations in the outdoor gardens. Local artists and professional lighting designers will collaborate to create sculptural art, featuring light as a major component in each installation.

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 sculpture exhibit. Join Madison College photography instructor John Lorimer for an exciting lecture-style class to learn 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 indoor 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.

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 6

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

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 14

Cost:  $56/$45 member | Course Number: 11-13

GLEAM, Art in a New Light Exhibit Walks

with David Wells

Explore Olbrich's GLEAM, Art in a New Light outdoor illuminated sculpture 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. These guided walks occur when GLEAM is not open to the public, and your fee includes time to come early or stay after your guided walk to view the GLEAM exhibit on your own. Meet in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 20, 7:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 13

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

Tuesday, September 20, 9-10 pm

Registration Deadline: September 13

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

Tuesday, September 27, 7:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 20

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

Tuesday, September 27, 9-10 pm

Registration Deadline: September 20

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

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 27

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

Tuesday, October 4, 8-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 27

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

Be Enlightened - Gleam Artist Lecture Series

Dive deeper into the artistic process! Get an in-depth explanation on concept development, materials testing, and how collaborating with a professional lighting designer evolved each GLEAM, Art in a New Light sculpture installation. This lecture series provides an exclusive opportunity to interact with participating GLEAM artists and lighting designers. Lecture fee includes admission into the outdoor exhibition; come early or stay after the lecture to view the exhibit on your own. Check in at the Visitor Center entrance. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 29, 7:30-9:30 pm

Brenda Baker (7:30 pm)

Laurie Rossbach & Jennika Bastian (8:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: September 22

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-14

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

Lisa Koch (6:30 pm)

Roy Staab (7:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: September 29

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

Thursday, October 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

Katey Pratt (6:30 pm)

Victoria Reed & Keenan Lampe (7:30 pm)

Registration Deadline: October 13

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

Night Photography - GLEAM Exclusive photo Shoot

Capture the magnificent and unique beauty of Olbrich's GLEAM, Art in a New Light outdoor illuminated sculpture 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 20, 7:30-9:30 pm (rain date September 27)

Registration Deadline: September 13

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-19

Tuesday, September 27, 7:30-9:30 pm (rain date October 4)

Registration Deadline: September 20

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-20

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30-8:30 pm (rain date October 11)

Registration Deadline: September 27

Cost:  $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-22

Book Club                                                                  back to top

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: The Mushroom Hunters by Langdon Cook

Sunday, August 28, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: August 18

Cost: Free | Course Number: 11-06

Book: The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis

Sunday, October 23, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 13

Cost: Free | Course Number: 11-22

Learn + Play Together:

Classes for Children and Families                      back to top

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

Celebrate SpringToddler Story & Stroll: 

Celebrate Spring

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on nature and the seasonal changes of spring. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Rain

Friday, May 13, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 5

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-13

     or

Tuesday, May 17, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-14

Mushrooms

Friday, May 20, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 12

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-15

     or

Tuesday, May 24, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-16

Flowers

Friday, May 27, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 19

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-17

     or

Tuesday, May 31, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 24

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-18

Toddler Story & Strolls: SUmmer

Toddler Story & 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.

Exploring Our World with stories by Mary Lyn Ray

Stars

Wednesday, June 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  June 8

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-01

Red Rubber Boot Day

Wednesday, June 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  June 15

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-02

Mud

Wednesday, June 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  June 22

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-03

 

Summer Bugs!

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

Monarchs

Friday, July 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 14

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

Bees

Friday, July 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 21

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

Ladybugs

Friday, August 5, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 28

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

Toddler Story & Strolls: Fall

Toddler Story & 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.

Autumn Adventures with Stories by Lois Ehlert

Nuts to You!

Tuesday, September 13, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 6

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

Pie in the Sky

Tuesday, September 20, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 13

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

Leaf Man

Tuesday, September 27, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 20

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

 

Festive Fall Stories by Pat Hutchins

Goodnight Owl

Friday, October 28, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 20

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

Ten Red Apples

Friday, November 4, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 27

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

The Wind Blew

Friday, November 11, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 3

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

 

Sparking Curiosity with Stories about Scientists

Summer Birds

The Butterflies of Maria Merian

Tuesday, November 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 8

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

Me & Jane

Story of Jane Goodall

Tuesday, November 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 15

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

The Humblebee Hunter

Charles Darwin & His Children

Tuesday, November 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 22

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

Toddler Story & Strolls: Winter

Toddler Story & 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.

December Delights

*Classes do NOT include admission into Olbrich's Holiday Express: Flower & Model Train Show

Trains

Saturday, December 3, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 23

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

or

Tuesday, December 6, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 29

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

Candyland

Saturday, December 10, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 1

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

or

Tuesday, December 13, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: December 6

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

Gingerbread

Saturday, December 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 8

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

or

Tuesday, December 20, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: December 13

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

Little 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. Limited space; register early.

What Makes a Garden Grow?

Tiny Seed

Saturday, June 25, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  June 16

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-22

or

Thursday, July 28, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 21

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

Planting a Rainbow

Saturday, July 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  June 20

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

or

Thursday, July 21, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 14

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

Eating the Alphabet

Thursday, August 4, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  July 28

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

or

Wednesday, August 10, 4:30-5:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 3

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

Up, Down & Around

Thursday, August 11, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  August 4

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

or

Wednesday, August 17, 4:30-5:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 10

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

Flower 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, June 3, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  May 26

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 61-01

or

Friday, September 23, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 15

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

Breakfast for the Butterflies

Come to this special behind-the-scenes class and help conservatory staff get ready for a busy day of Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies event. Work side-by-side with staff as you feed the butterflies, birds, and fish in the Bolz Conservatory. You will learn where the butterflies come from and how the chrysalis cases are set up and cared for. Grades 1-5 (ages 6-11) with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, July 20, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  July 13

Cost:  $11/$9 member | Course Number: 61-02

Wednesday, July 27, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  July 20

Cost:  $11/$9 member | Course Number: 61-03

Wednesday, August 3, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  July 27

Cost:  $11/$9 member | Course Number: 61-05

Make 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 to have some fun! Class fee includes one child (ages 4-8) and one adult pair. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, July 28, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  July 21

Cost:  $25/$20 member | Course Number: 61-04

Nighttime Pollinators

What happens in a garden at nighttime? What animals visit flowers when it's dark out? Take a walk through Olbrich's outdoor gardens and discover blooming plants, nocturnal pollinators, and other creatures of the night. Dress for the weather; bring a flashlight. Grades K-5 (ages 5-11) with an adult.

Thursday, August 25, 7-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 18

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-06

I Wonder...Series

The "I Wonder..." series of nighttime classes combine literacy, art, and science to explore the natural world. Classes include a walk through Bolz Conservatory and hands-on learning activities. Sign up for one class or all three classes. Grades K-3 (ages 5-9) with an adult. Limited space; register early.

What do Plants Eat?

All about carnivorous plants.

Friday, October 7, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 29

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

Who is Georgia O'Keefe?

Celebrating a local botanical artist.

Saturday, November 12, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 3

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

Who was Maria Sibylla Merian?

The adventerous life of a little known nauralist.

Friday, December 9, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 1

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

Girl Scout Programs                                             back to top

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to explore the wonders of nature. Girl Scouts are invited to join us for hands-on learning experiences that help complete their Journeys and Badges. To register a troop or your individual Girl Scout for a program, contact the Education Department by calling (608)245-5791. Limited space; register early!

Language of Flowers

Girl Scouts may enjoy flowers for their beauty, but this program will help them develop an appreciation for flowers from a whole new perspective. Scouts will explore ways that flowers help people, learn about the science of flowers, create a take-home flower craft, and become immersed in the seasonal sights, sounds, and smells of Olbrich. This program connects to the Juniors Flowers Legacy Badge.

Saturday, October 1, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  September 26

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 toward LOVE Water Award and will prepare scouts for SAVE Water and SHARE Water Awards.

Saturday, November 19, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  November 14

Cost:  $10 per scout/$2 per adult

Bolz Conservatory Special Exhibit

(Self-Guided Visit)

Want to explore Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory on your own with your Girl Scout troop? Call to register for a self-guided visit of the Bolz Conservatory exhibit, highlighting the adventurous life of female naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. Troop leaders receive pre-program activity suggestions, an activity page to use while exploring the exhibit, and a post-program project idea. Fee includes admission to the Bolz Conservatory. Grades K-5 (Daisy, Brownie, and Junior).

Register your troop or individual scout at least 2 weeks prior to your requested visit date by calling (608)245-5791. Limited space per requested date and time; register early.

Saturdays & Sundays, November 5, 2016-March 5, 2017

10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  2 weeks prior to requested visit date

Writers Camps                                                        back to top

Young Writers Camp

The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, is sponsoring a camp for young writers entering grades 3-8.

Participants will write daily in a beautiful environment, using the gardens as inspiration for writing, in a supportive environment, 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, led by experienced teachers and working with peers, participants produce a finished piece of writing that is then published. At the end of each camp, young writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an evening celebration on the last day.

Young Writers Camp Flyer (PDF)

Camp One

Date: June 27-30, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Family Event: Friday, July 30, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Camp Two

Date: August 2-5, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Family Event: Friday, August 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Camp Three

Date: August 8-11, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Family Event: Friday, August 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Regular registration: $250

Register Here or visit tinyurl.com/je6g49h
E-mail questions to: mdziedzic@wisc.edu

High School Writers Camp

The Greater Madison Writing Project is sponsoring a camp for high school-aged writers (those entering grades 9-12) interested in exploring a variety of writing activities and genres.

Participants will meet and write daily in a supportive environment led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. We will work on all stages of the writing process and will use Olbrich Botanical Gardens as inspiration for writing. Through brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing, led by experienced teachers and working with peers, participants produce a finished piece of writing that is then published. On the evening of August 5th, writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an authors' reading.

High School Writers Camp Flyer (PDF)

Date: August 2-5, 2016

Time: 9 am-2 pm daily

Family Event: Friday, August 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Regular registration: $250

Register Here or visit tinyurl.com/jhjdtrp

E-mail questions to: mdziedzic@wisc.edu

Youth Classes                                                          back to top

Atwood Neighborhood Tree Walk

Join arborist Sean Gere, owner of Gere Tree Care, Inc., for a tree walk in the Atwood Neighborhood. This neighborhood has an amazing diversity of trees that generally go unnoticed. He will share information and tips on tree identification, along with information that will expand your appreciation for trees. Bring a notebook. Adults and youth (ages 13 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 5

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 31-01

Elements of Herbalism: Sensory Plant Walk

Using your senses to learn about plants is fascinating and fun! Between texture, smell, and taste, you can glean a lot of information about specific plants. Join herbalist Linda Conroy from Moonwise Herbs for this fun and insightful walk through Olbrich's outdoor gardens as you experience plants through the many lenses of your senses. She will discuss each plant's application for food, medicine, and many more uses. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, July 27, 6-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 20

Cost: $24 per person | Course Number: 31-03

The Art of Henna

Henna has been used in the eastern Mediterranean to adorn the human body as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age. Markings consistent with henna have been found on statuettes of young women dating between 1500 and 500 BCE. Using this organic, plant-based dye you will learn how to use henna to create beautiful, temporary tattoo patterns. Poonam Rao, a local artist specializing in Indian handicrafts, will show you the step-by-step process for making your own henna paste and creating designs. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed for this hands-on class. For adults and youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: June 2

Cost: $35/$28 member | Course Number: 21-05

Thursday, July 28, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: July 21

Cost: $35/$28 member | Course Number: 21-11

Wrapped Journal Workshop

Using a simple stitch, Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will help you create a multiple signature book using heavy fabric or leather for your wrapped cover. You will add a choice of closure techniques and personal bead embellishments to finish your journal. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, June 29, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: June 22

Cost: $65 per person | Course Number: 21-06

Needle-Felted Monarch CAterpillar

Create a realistic looking monarch caterpillar pendant with felt! Starting with a pre-made wet-felted base, you will learn how to needle felt the surface stripes onto this monarch caterpillar in 'J' formation, the shape a caterpillar makes just before it goes into the chrysalis stage. The project will not be completed in class, but you will have all the skills, knowledge, and materials necessary to finish at home. Join Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, as she demonstrates how to make this charming pendant and guides you through the process to make one of your own. All supplies included; no experience necessary to learn this fun technique. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: July 21

Cost: $57/$46 member | Course Number: 21-10

Garbage into Gold

Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will teach about basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools that will help turn your yard trimmings and household waste into soil amendment "gold." She will provide various tips and techniques that will help make your composting efforts efficient and effective. She will also explain how to compost over the winter, how to deal with common problems, and what to do with your "gold" once it's finished. Bring your questions and get advice from this expert. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 6

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

Wet-Felted Laminate (Nuno) Scarf

Learn the technique of laminate, or nuno, felt in just a few hours! Jan Falk, artist and art instructor, will teach you how to make a scarf with Merino wool melded right into a hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf. It will take some muscle and time, but the result is a super-light, beautiful scarf with amazing texture! Bring an old bath towel and a produce-sized plastic bag; all felting materials and other supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 18, 10 am-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: September 8

Cost: $63/$51 member | Course Number: 21-18

Chinese Brush Painting -  Year of the Monkey

Explore the Year of the Monkey and have a fun day learning Asian brush painting techniques. You will create paintings of monkeys in different environments - mountains, landscapes, and sitting in trees - and learn how to paint bamboo, flowers, Asian fruit with basket, and vegetables (bok choy, carrots, mushrooms, and peppers). Artist Stella Dobbins, who studied the art form in Japan, will teach you the basic painting strokes and the calligraphy for each subject she demonstrates. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration; a supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. 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.

Sunday, October 9, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: September 29

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-23

Paired Needle Book Binding

It sounds difficult, but it is not hard and it gives you bragging rights! You will be sure to impress your friends and family with this bookmaking skill. Paired needle binding is an exposed stitch design resembling a herringbone pattern on the spine. This binding design opens flat, which is an advantage for writing or drawing. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn this book binding method that will further develop and challenge your creative skills. Recommended for those who have some basic bookmaking and sewing experience. All materials provided; suggestions for personal embellishments are included in a list that will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 28, 6-9 pm

Registration Deadline: September 21

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

Suminagashi Floating Inks

(Marbing Paper Technique of the Far East)

Suminagashi or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain, thin Japanese paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will teach you this decorative paper technique that can be used in bookmaking, collage, scrapbooking, letter writing, journals, and card making. Minimal supplies are necessary, so it is easy for you to continue making the marbled paper at home. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, October 16, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: October 6

Cost: $65 per person | Course Number: 21-25

Etegami: Fall Japanese Picture Letters

Etegami is a Japanese 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, subjects from nature such as fall flowers (chrysanthemums and orchids) and gourds (pumpkins and squash) will be demonstrated and be a source of inspiration for your cards. Artist Stella Dobbins, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will teach you different Asian and Western watercolor techniques, along with Asian calligraphy, to put on your cards. Etegami art is fun for beginners to advanced students. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration; 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.

Sunday, October 23, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: October 13

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-28

Making Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns

Explore the magic of ice lanterns! Jennifer Hedberg, founder of Wintercraft, is an ice luminary artist whose passion is discovering and refining methods of creating beautiful illuminated ice structures. One of her latest techniques is called "Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns." She will share the steps and best "how-to" tips for making these elegant mini-towers of artful ice. The completed lanterns can be displayed outdoors or indoors, and they are a wintertime activity perfect for the whole family. Class includes some hands-on work to practice and time to ask questions. The supplies and handout you take home will help you start making your own lanterns. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); a youth with one adult pair pays one registration fee and receives one set of supplies; more supplies will be sold separately at class. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, November 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: November 2

Cost: $52/$42 member | Course Number: 21-33

Herbal Gift Making:

Hands-On, Interactive & 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 w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, December 10, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: December 1

Cost: $75/$60 member | Course Number: 21-39

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit                                  back to top

Light Gaps

March 19-July 10, 2016

10 am-4 pm daily

The trees are trimmed, the bushes pruned, and it's time to see the light in the forest. Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates. When a gap in the forest is created naturally or by a clipping from Olbrich's staff, growth develops at an exceptional rate.

Admission

General public - $2; Children 5 & under - free; Olbrich members - free

Wed. & Sat. 10 am-12 pm - free for everyone (except during Blooming Butterflies)

 

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719