Olbrich Home Bolz Conservatory

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Garden Walks                                                          back to top

Conservatory WalkTropical Conservatory Walk with the Curator

It may be cold outdoors, but the Bolz Conservatory is glowing with humidity and balmy temperatures. Enjoy a private guided tour through the Conservatory with Conservatory Curator John Wirth to discover some of the incredible tropical trees, palms, ferns, and flowering plants in the collection. See more than 650 plants up close, and hear how some of them became a part of the collection from tropical and sub-tropical environments around the world. Meet in the Lobby. Space is limited; register early.

FULL

Saturday, February 6, 4-5:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 28

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-01

Nighttime WalkNighttime Winter Walk Through Olbrich's Outdoor Gardens & Conservatory

During winter, nothing could be more welcoming in the dormant garden than light. Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for an after-hours winter walk through Olbrich's spectacularly illuminated outdoor gardens and then the tropical Bolz Conservatory. He will discuss the basics of landscape lighting through examples and show you cold-hardy perennials, shrubs, and trees that are especially good for showing off the effects of landscape lighting. He will also give you some great ideas to use in your own home garden. Dress appropriately for the outdoor weather and tropical conservatory temperature. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, February 24, 7-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 17

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-02

GreenhouseBehind-the-Scenes Greenhouse Tour

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

FULL

Sunday, February 28, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 18

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-03

Spring into GardeningSpring Into Gardening Walk

Take a walk through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturists Erin Presley and Tony Gomez as they discuss the best ways to prepare your garden for the season. Learn valuable time-saving tips and sustainable techniques to start your garden on the path to greatness this season. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-04

Early Signs of SpringEarly Signs of Spring Walk

Discover the flourishing color and fragrance of early spring in Olbrich's outdoor gardens. Enjoy seeing early bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs including magnolias, forsythias, and more with Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper. He will discuss how you can use these plants in your home garden to start the season earlier. Meet in the Lobby. Limited space; register early.

Monday, April 18, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 11

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-05

Color-Changing LightingThe Light Spectrum: Color-Changing Lighting Walk

As LED technology becomes a more common solution for low-voltage landscape lighting, RGBW color-changing LED technological capabilities are also more available. 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, May 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 28

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-06

Atwood 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

Olbrich Gardens Book Club                                back to top

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

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

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

For adults and youth (ages 16 and up). Online registration is not available for the Book Club discussion groups; please register by calling 246-4550 or by mail. Space is limited; register early.

The Drunken BotanistBook: The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

Sunday, February 7, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 28

Cost:  Free | Course Number:  10-06

The Signature of All ThingsBook: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

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

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost:  Free | Course Number:  10-25


Wellness in the Gardens                                      back to top

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 8-week class. Register for one or more classes as a series. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, January 25-March 14, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 18

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-04

Mondays, March 28-May 16, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 21

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-23

Brush Wisdom: Ink, Paper, Brush Workshop

Zen brushwork is less about painting or calligraphy and more about how your life expresses itself. Explore the interplay of mind, body, and spirit through the expressive use of brushstroke, ink, and paper in an atmosphere of contemplative calm and peace. Thomas Roberts, LCSW, who has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice, will lead you in a deeply inspiring, expressive meditation experience that allows you to access your deeper wisdom in a new and refreshing manner. To enhance the experience, this workshop will utilize Qi Gong, breathing, and Haiku. No artistic experience necessary; bring a bag lunch. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, March 6, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 25

Cost: $104 per person | Course Number: 20-15

Herbs and Food for Digestive Health

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

Thursday, March 17, 6-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 10

Cost: $34/$28 member | Course Number: 20-19

Herbal First Aid Kit Workshop

Get ready for spring and summer by learning about and preparing your own herbal first aid kit. This workshop offers an introduction to basic herbal first aid. You will discover which plants are helpful for healing minor cuts, scrapes, bug bites, and much more. You will take home recipes and remedies that are prepared in class, as well as knowledge on how to best apply them. Instructor Linda Conroy is trained as a Wilderness First Responder and has over 20 years experience working with herbs for health and first aid. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 26, 12-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 17

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

Garden HerbsGarden Herbs that Promote Health and Vitality

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are not just savory herbs, but useful remedies for memory loss, prevention of Alzheimer's disease, improving digestion, and stabilizing blood sugar. Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will lead you on this journey from the kitchen to the herbal medicine cabinet. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 6

Cost: $22/$17 member | Course Number: 10-27

Wild FoodWild Food and Wild Medicine

Join herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring class. We will begin the day by taking an herb walk on the perimeters of Olbrich's gardens, the place where wild things are. We will continue the day with a set of projects focused on wild food. We will create pesto with wild greens, wild pickles, a wild salad, and a wild plant infused vinegar. Some of these will be included in our lunch and participants will take some of their creations home. After lunch, you will learn to create simple herbal remedies for future use. The afternoon will include several hands-on projects, including crafting a bug repellent, a healing lotion, an oxymel (vinegar syrup), and a simple honey-based lozenge. You will leave with recipes, information about using the various preparations, and inspiration for continuing your own wild plant journey. For lunch, a wild salad and dressing that we prepare together will be provided, along with infused herbal beverages. If you would like something additional, please bring a bag lunch with you. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 30, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 21

Cost: $68/$55 member | Course Number: 20-34

Contemplative PhotographyBeginner's Eye: A Contemplative Photography Workshop

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

Saturday, May 7, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 28

Cost: $100/$80 member | Course Number: 20-35

Yoga in the GardensYoga

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

ON-GOING

Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.

Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 am CANCELLED


Registration:
Walk-In

Cost:
$12/session or 9 sessions for $80

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

Garden MonotypesGarden Monotypes Workshop (printmaking)

Explore one-of-a-kind printmaking methods using gelatin plates - a fun, easy method of printmaking that does not require a press. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn both additive and subtractive printmaking with gelatin plate methods, including working with stencils, natural materials, multi-stage printing, and more. Gelatin 'plates' will be prepared ahead for you, and we will use water-based mediums for printing on paper or fabric. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, January 24, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline: January 14

Cost: $65 per person | Course Number: 20-03

Spoon CarvingSpoon Carving: The Decorated Swedish Eating Spoon

Join Jarrod StoneDahl, co-owner of Woodspirit, in this unique two-day workshop where you will learn how to carve Swedish-inspired butter spreaders and eating spoons using an axe, the classic sloyd knife, and a spoon knife or hook knife. We will begin by processing whole logs and bent branches into rough butter spreaders and spoon blanks using the carving axe. We will then focus on learning some traditional knife grips by carving butter spreaders and then move on to carving spoons. Proper axe and knife techniques, as well as fine workmanship, will be stressed while creating a spoon and spreaders with classic Swedish design elements. Throughout the class there will be many short lectures, demonstrations, and guided practice sessions such as: where to acquire and how to care for and sharpen your tools, refining your technique with the knife and axe, and understanding wood grain and spoon design. We will also cover decorating your new wooden utensils with paint and detail carving. This workshop has something for both beginners as well as experienced spoon carvers. All tools and materials provided. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited; register early.

CANCELLED

Saturday & Sunday, January 30 & 31, 9:30 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: January 21

Cost: $195 per person | Course Number: 20-05

All About Figs!All About Figs!

If you are familiar with Ficus carica, then you know that the taste of a fresh fig is an unforgettable experience. Did you know that you can grow these tasty fruits here in the upper Midwest? With a little care and determination you can harvest these special Mediterranean treats. Join fig-lover John Holzwart for this enjoyable presentation and learn how to grow, maintain, winterize, and propagate your own fig trees from cuttings for fabulous figs, year after year.

Saturday, January 30, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline: January 21

Cost: $18/$15 member | Course Number: 10-03

Herbal Soap MakingHerbal Soap Making Fun!

Old Fashion Soap and Feltmaking

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun afternoon of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. We will make soap with herbs, as well as fresh goat's milk. You will also learn how to felt soap, which is a great way to add a natural washcloth and decorative look to your bar of soap. You will go home with soap made in class, along with the instructions and recipes for making soap and felting soap bars at home. Please bring a pair of rubber gloves; all other supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

FULL

Saturday, January 30, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: January 21

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 20-06

Ten Things You Can Do to Make Your Home Look Professionally Landscaped

Paul Ganshert, registered landscape architect from Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes, will highlight some simple and easy do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas to spruce up your landscape, giving your yard that clean, neat, professionally landscaped look. He will also help you determine the projects you want to tackle yourself and when it may be in your best interest to hire a professional.

Thursday, February 4, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: January 28

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-04

Introduction to Painting in Soft Pastel

Many students “fall in love” with pastels after taking this comprehensive one-day workshop! Soft pastels are fun to use, colorful, versatile, and expressive. Professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will introduce you to this fascinating dry painting medium through a variety of exercises on different papers, completing two or three different nature-based works during the day. A supply list will be sent to you; all papers for this introductory class are provided. Bring a bag lunch. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

FULL

Saturday, February 6, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline: January 28

Cost: $91/$73 member | Course Number: 20-07

Home Cheese MakingIntroduction to Home Cheese Making

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun day of cheese making. Learn how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. We will create and sample several simple cheeses that can be cultivated at home. We will make cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella, and several varieties of soft cheese and fermented milk products. You can build on this introduction to create many other varieties of cheese. You will go home with some of the cheese we make in class and a culture to get started at home. A light lunch of salad, cheese, bread, and butter that we make in class will be provided. Bring your own beverage, plate, and utensils. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, February 6, 11 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline: January 28

Cost: $85/$69 member | Course Number: 20-08

Cookbook CoverSeason To Taste: Local Cookbook History

Join local cookbook contributors, historians, and enthusiasts for a discussion of some classic Madison cookbooks. Panelists include Karen Dunn, information services librarian at UW-Madison’s Steenbock Library, who will give an overview of the history of cookbooks based on the library’s collection; Marge Snyder, one of the founders of the Madison Herb Society (MHS) and contributor to MHS cookbooks; Barbara Park, contributor to the Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society cookbook “Prairie Kitchen Companion”; and Marty Petillo, Olbrich’s volunteer services manager who coordinated the production of Olbrich’s new volunteer cookbook. Bring your favorite cookbooks to share in the discussion! Copies of Olbrich’s new volunteer cookbook are available for purchase in Olbrich’s Growing Gifts Shop.

Saturday, February 6, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline: February 1

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-05

ValentinE'S Day Card Making Workshop: Linoleum Block Printing with a Press

Get into the Valentine's Day spirit by printmaking your own cards this year! Laurie Hunt, who holds a Masters of Fine Art Degree in printmaking from Kendell College of Art and Design, will teach you the linoleum block cut process of printmaking from start to finish: planning, carving, and printing your block on a small press. You will take home 10 printed cards and blank envelopes. Hunt will provide plenty of inspiration and instruction throughout this fun printmaking workshop. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, February 7, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: January 28

Cost: $56 per person | Course Number: 20-09

Inspirations from English Gardens

England is a mecca for the most incredible gardens in the world and a never-ending source of inspiration for gardeners lucky enough to visit. Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for an in-depth look at some of the most famous English gardens, as well as some hidden gems. Great gardens like Kew, Sissinghurst, Wisley, and Great Dixter are full of innovative design ideas that you can incorporate into your own landscape. See what some of England's renowned gardeners including Beth Chatto, Fergus Garrett, and Vita Sackville-West created in their garden masterpieces through Epping's camera lens.

Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 2

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-07

Playful Letters

As a departure from the more formal calligraphy lettering, try this playful approach to letterforms! Explore the use of markers, paints, colored pencils, doodling, and more with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. You will learn fun and funky styles using block letters, stencils, stamps, and perhaps your personal handwriting that you can use to add a new twist to your garden journals and more. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 9

Cost: $58 per person | Course Number: 20-10

Healthy Houseplants

How do you keep houseplants healthy with fluctuating interior light and other variable conditions? With a little preparation and some care, you can keep your houseplants looking beautiful. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss some general techniques for growing healthy houseplants and diagnosing houseplant problems. You will also learn more about some of the most popular and easy-to-grow houseplant species. Bring digital or paper photographs of houseplants that need help to add to our discussion and to get answers to your questions.

Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 11

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-08

Sustainable Landscaping: Beauty Today ... and a Green Tomorrow

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

Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 11

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-09

Textile Wall ArtInspired by Nature: Textile Wall Art

Make a beautiful, one-of-a-kind textile piece to hang on your wall. Using nature as inspiration, you will learn to create a textile composition through drawing and collage with thread and fabric. Patrizia Ferreira, who holds a master's degree in textile design from Philadelphia University, will guide you in creating a unique work of art using stitching, embroidery, appliqué, and beading. Some basic hand sewing knowledge is necessary. A supply list will be sent to you upon registration. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, February 22 & 29, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  February 15

Cost: $75 per person | Course Number: 20-11

Prune My GrapevineHow Do I Prune My Grapevine?

Still unsure how to tackle that rampant grapevine overtaking your fence? Are you thinking of planting some new grapevine but are unsure of how to get started? Join Olbrich Horticulturist Tony Gomez-Phillips as he discusses the basic principles of grapevine pruning and management. He will also share information about grape growing trends in Wisconsin's budding wine industry. This class is highly recommended for new growers and those new to grape pruning techniques. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 16

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

Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop

Do you have some great ideas for your yard but not sure how to put them all together? Do you have absolutely no idea of what to do with your landscaping? Both scenarios will be addressed in this 3-session landscape design workshop. Paul Ganshert, registered landscape architect, will go through the design process to help you with your own property. He will cover design principals, site analysis, material selection, and installation processes. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with plans, ideas, and confidence to transform your home landscape for your enjoyment and pride. Some homework required with each session, such as measuring, taking photographs, and recording your site conditions. Limited space; register early.

Tuesdays, February 23-March 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 16

Cost: $175/$140 member | Course Number: 20-12

Plants, Emotions, and Your NosePlants, Emotions, and Your Nose

Do you long for the smell of tomato plants or lilacs during the winter months? Have you ever wondered why there is such a strong connection between your nose and plants? Join Amy Freidig, a certified master gardener and recent UW-Madison graduate with a master's degree in plant sciences, and learn why all those great garden scents are tied so closely to vivid memories. She will discuss some fascinating science behind scent in the garden and share some tips for gardening with scent in mind. Sample bottled plant aromas available to experiment with during the class. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, February 25, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 18

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

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 with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, February 25, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 18

Cost: $25/$20 member | Course Number: 20-13

Pochoir WorkshopPochoir Workshop: French Stenciling Technique

Pochoir is the French word for stenciling, a form of printmaking that dates to a thousand years ago in China that was made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 1800s through the 1930s. The resulting print is characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands will teach you this simple and elegant way to create images by layering shapes, creating patterns, and building a rich surface using stencils and pastels. Your finished pochoir pieces may find their way as book images, decorative paper designs, or scrapbooking and/or greeting cards. Pochoir is a terrific alternative to screen printing and a great way to utilize less expensive pastels. Simplified images and designs work best as you learn the basics. No experience necessary. 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, February 28, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 18

Cost: $58 per person | Course Number: 20-14

New and Exciting Plants for Your Landscape

Find out what plants are new for 2016 along with a few trusty favorites that will make your garden pop. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will introduce exciting new and noteworthy annual, perennial, and woody plants for 2016. These outstanding plants have unique characteristics, improved performance, and are sure to revitalize your garden. He will also share some of his personal favorite plants to spice up your garden spaces and transform them into bright and exciting retreats.

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

Registration Deadline:  February 24

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

Foolproof Perennials

Achieving success in your perennial garden is, to a large extent, dependent upon selecting the right plants. The first step in this process is to evaluate the planting site's soil and light conditions. Join Monches Farm Horticulturist Zannah Crowe to hear about her personal list of foolproof favorite perennials. She will discuss each plant's qualifications, including reliability, hardiness, seasonal interest characteristics, length or beauty of bloom, and good garden behavior.

Thursday, March 3, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 25

Cost: $22/$18 member | Course Number: 10-13

Decorative Stab BindingsDecorative Stab Binding Workshop

Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and explore the possibilities of book binding! Based on the basic four-hole stab binding, a traditional binding technique used in China and throughout Asia for 1,500 years, you will choose from traditional designs or create one of your own for this decorative exposed binding technique. This is a simple but versatile structure to add to your binding repertoire. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 12 and up with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, March 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 1

Cost: $59 per person | Course Number: 20-16

Eat Locally All YearPlan Your Garden So You Can Eat Locally All Year

Ready to start relying on the grocery store less and your vegetable garden more for organic produce year-round? Join Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, to learn how you can eat food from your garden during all 12 months in Wisconsin, with just a little planning. She will discuss how to strategically plan your garden with easy to grow and store crops, how to elevate your garden production with simple maps and records, when to plant crops so you are harvesting from your garden for your holiday dinner, and how to grow more food with less work. She will focus on simple and quick techniques - no fancy equipment or greenhouses needed! Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 2

Cost: $48/$39 member | Course Number: 10-14

Garbage into GoldGarbage Into Gold

Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will teach about both 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 do this 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.

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

Registration Deadline:  March 3

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

Botanical ArtBotanical Art: Graphite Drawing Workshop

Have you admired botanical art but questioned whether you could do it? If so, this is the class for you! This one-day workshop focuses on graphite drawing for scientific illustration. Cultivate your botanical art skills such as plant observation, drawing, and shading to create three-dimensional forms. Learn how to render plants in a realistic way according to their geometrical shapes. Join Mary Bauschelt, a director of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and learn how to draw and shade fruits, flowers, leaves, and stems. Beginners and seasoned artists are welcome. Bring a bag lunch. A supply list will be sent to you; paper for this workshop will be provided. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 12, 9 am-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 3

Cost: $93/$75 member | Course Number: 20-17

AquaponicsAquaponics for Cold Weather

Learn how to build a cold-climate aquaponics greenhouse with recycled materials that produces $4,000 of fish and greens per year and uses only $200 of electricity in a space smaller than a bedroom. Jeremiah Robinson will discuss the basics of aquaponics design, greenhouse design, fish selection and care, water quality, heating, and where to find materials on the cheap. Learn hands-on with a portable aquaponics trailer. Robinson is a professional energy engineer and designer of cold-climate backyard aquaponics systems. He writes a column for Aquaponics Survival Communities, gives presentations around Wisconsin in partnership with Paradigm Gardens, and publishes the Cold Weather Aquaponics blog. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Bring a bag lunch.

Saturday, March 12, 9 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 3

Cost: $110 per person | Course Number: 20-18

Native Shrubs: A Symbiosis of Site, Structure, and Sanctuary

Explore the exciting possibilities of native shrubs in your landscape with John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC. He will share informative and easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. Expect to discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs and how these beautiful, low-maintenance plants can be used in your landscape for both aesthetic appeal and functional purposes.

Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 8

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-16

Proficient Pruning Workshop

Pruning is essential to the optimal health of trees and shrubs, but it is feared even by experienced gardeners. Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping as he dispels the fear by teaching when, where, and what to cut. He will discuss pruning techniques, and then demonstrate on live trees and shrubs in the outdoor gardens. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, March 19, 1-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 10

Cost: $45/$36 member | Course Number: 20-20

Gardening for PollinatorsGardening for Pollinators

Butterflies, bees, and many other pollinators provide critical ecosystem services by pollinating both food crops and wildflowers alike. Unfortunately, these creatures are threatened by a variety of human impacts. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss what you can do to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and the many other "little things that run the world." If weather permits, we will take a stroll through Olbrich's outdoor gardens to see some of the plants highlighted in the presentation.

Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 15

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-17

Caring for Mature Trees

Mature trees are irreplaceable pinnacles in our urban landscape. Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, and learn how to care for mature trees. She will help you understand decay, proper pruning, proper nutrition and watering requirements, as well as best cultural landscape practices to optimize their health. Class occurs indoors and outdoors, weather permitting; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 16

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-18

Plants and Designs for Sensory Gardens

While we all strive for beautiful gardens to enjoy visually, there are some specific ways to make sure the garden satisfies all of the senses. By incorporating scent, sound, tactile engagement, and taste, the sensory garden can be achieved in dramatic fashion. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will discuss specific plants, design features, and other garden components to create a space for "all inclusive sensory enjoyment!" Limited space; register early.

Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 17

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-19

Fruit Tree GraftingFruit Tree Grafting

Do you wish your ornamental crabapple tree had large juicy apples? Maybe your fruiting apple tree is too much to handle and you wish you had a crabapple tree. These are just a couple of reasons to practice the age-old art of grafting. For centuries, people have been changing fruit trees to suit their needs, and you can too! Join John Holzwart for a comprehensive presentation explaining several approaches to grafting, followed by a demonstration and hands-on practice. You will graft and take home two semi-dwarf fruit trees of your choice (apple, pear, or plum). Root stocks and scionwood (fruit tree cuttings) provided. Additional plant materials will be available to purchase for grafting more trees at home. Bring a sharp, clean pocket knife or similar; some knives available for your use during class. Limited space; register early. This class is followed by a scionwood exchange that is free to the public.

Saturday, March 26, 12-2 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 17

Cost: $33/$27 member | Course Number: 20-22

Scionwood ExchangeScionwood Exchange (Fruit Tree Grafting)

Attention all fruit tree grafters and growers! Here is your chance to exchange plant material. Join us for a fun time trading fruit tree cuttings. Newbies and seasoned grafters will mingle and swap scionwood of various fruit trees. Do you have a special apple or pear tree in your yard? Cuttings of that tree might have some value to others! All we ask is that you bring a few labeled cuttings of dormant scionwood; no patented varieties please. If you are picking up scionwood, bring plastic bags. If you are bringing scionwood to trade or give away, please be ready to supply a botanical name and description of the fruit.

Saturday, March 26, 2-4 pm

Walk-in

Free

Efficient Scrapbooking 101

This workshop is for beginners and experienced scrapbookers looking for a way to make more efficient use of their crafting time and dollar. Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., has spent a decade developing her unique time-saving method. You will complete the framework for eight embellished 12"x12" scrapbook pages and learn countless tips and tricks along the way. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  March 22

Cost: $39/$32 member | Course Number: 20-24

Sustainable Gardens: Creating and Maintaining Meadow Gardens

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons - they're good for the environment and they're good for us. Many people want lush, green lawns, but don't have the time, nor want to see precious resources like water and energy and large amounts of pesticides go into growing them. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping researched and implemented a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are very environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. He will show you how Olbrich has replaced a number of traditional lawns with sustainable and beautiful meadows - both in sun and shade areas - and how to maintain them. The presentation is based on Epping's first-hand experience creating and maintaining the many meadows at Olbrich and elsewhere.

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 22

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-20

Warli Folk Art of India on Terracotta Pots

Warli paintings are a form of Indian folk art that dates back to about 300 BCE in the Neolithic Age. They depict day-to-day activities, customs, and beliefs of the different tribes - similar to pre-historic cave paintings. Today, Warli paintings continue to be depicted in modern and decorative styles. Poonam Rao, a local artist specializing in Indian handicrafts, will discuss the history and patterns of Warli folk art and show you how to make your own modern decorative paintings. You will go home with a completed project on a terracotta pot. All supplies provided. No prior experience needed. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

CANCELLED

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

Registration Deadline:  March 22

Cost: $40/$32 member | Course Number: 20-25

All About Willow

Let Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery, introduce you to the wonderful world of willow. The genus Salix has many members, perhaps as vast as the number of uses that have been devised for its twigs, bark, and even wood. As basket makers and gardeners, Lee and Lindsay supply their own needs by growing three acres of cultivated willows chosen for their size, uniformity, and color. Learn how this versatile plant is grown, harvested, and put to use. A demonstration of making a woven plant tower/trellis and interesting tales about willow and its lore are also included. This presentation is the perfect complement to the afternoon Rustic Willow Trellis Workshop, or can be taken alone.

Saturday, April 2, 10 am-12 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 24

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-21

Rustic Willow Trellis Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, you will build your own willow plant tower/trellis that will look great in your garden or yard. In the process, learn some basic basket weaves and rustic construction methods from Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery. This workshop is the perfect complement to the morning All About Willow presentation, or can be taken alone. The plant towers are large, so participants should bring a vehicle that can accommodate them. Bring hand clippers/pruners and work gloves. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 2, 1-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 24

Cost: $162/$130 member | Course Number: 20-26

Chinese Brush Painting: Welcome Spring

Enjoy a fun day learning Asian brush painting techniques to create the following subjects from nature: plum blossom (contour style), angel fish with sea grass, rooster, hen and chicks, egrets with bamboo, lotus and kingfisher, and landscape with willow, bridge, and mountains. 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; bring a bag lunch. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)246-4550 and paid for the day of the workshop. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up with an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 3, 9 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 24

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 20-27

A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community

Conventional lawn weed killers present risks for people, pets, and the environment. Understanding these risks may motivate one to learn more about natural lawn care practices. Family Practice Physician Claire Gervais, MD, will discuss the specific risks of lawn care pesticides followed by Horticulturist Astrid Newenhouse, Ph.D., who will present natural and organic ways to maintain a lawn. She will discuss current research information on overseeding, soil health, compost, irrigation, and weed control. Drs. Gervais and Newenhouse will also share ideas on how to encourage our community to adopt healthier lawn care practices.

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

Registration Deadline:  March 29

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-22

Tropical TwistA Tropical Twist in Your Garden

Interest in your summer gardens can be augmented and magnified by the use of colorful tropical plantings. Our Wisconsin summers are ideal for a wide range of tropical selections that can thrive and provide gorgeous color and texture with foliage, flowers, or perhaps both! Tropical plants can add visual beauty, scent, form, function, and interest for wildlife. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will help you explore the wide range of tropical plants for sun and shade to add to your garden beds, borders, and containers. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 30

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-23

Scent and ScentabilityScent and Scentability: Prized Plants for Fragrance

Fragrance is often an afterthought when it comes to selecting plants, but it can be a sublime presence in your landscape. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will help you explore the best options for scent in your landscape. He will discuss various trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that can subtly perfume your garden from afar or offer delightful fragrance when smelling them up close. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 7, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-24

PhotovoltaicsDo-It-Yourself Photovoltaics (Solar Electric Panels)

Are you curious about alternative energy and want to know more about solar panels? Join Jon Passi, educator and advocate for photovoltaics and sustainable technologies, and learn practical background information about solar panels, solar electricity, and various photovoltaic systems, along with the costs for panels and installation. Jon will present examples of solar systems and installations as he helps you plan your solar project to meet your site's needs. He will share information that will help you assess your site's solar potential, then 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, April 10, 9 am-2 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 20-28

You Can Draw!You CAN Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

If you can ride a bicycle, operate a sewing machine, or drive a car, you can learn to draw, too! Drawing is a relaxing hobby, a foundation skill for all arts, and a useful tool in planning home and garden projects. Professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will alleviate any fears through fun floral and garden-related drawing exercises with straightforward directions to get you started. All supplies provided, including a sketchbook and drawing tools to take home. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 10, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost: $112/$90 member | Course Number: 20-29

Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants

We all have a few weeds growing here and there in our yards, but most properties also have more insidious invasive species that can spread rapidly and plunder natural areas. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss invasive plants and some of the common ornamental plants that are becoming invasive, too. Find out what these "bad" plants are and how to stop them from spreading in your landscape and neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 5

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-26

Wrapped JournalWrapped 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 with an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 5

Cost: $65 per person | Course Number: 20-30

Glorious Groundcovers

Groundcovers are a wide-ranging group of plants from evergreen to deciduous, herbaceous to woody, flowering to foliar, and perennial to re-seeding annuals. They range from tough plants for tough places, to deep shade lovers or moisture lovers, while others prefer to be baked in the hot sun. Whatever your growing situation, there is a groundcover plant that will fit and provide unified colors and textures to make the rest of your plantings really sing. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will offer groundcover solutions to many landscape and garden challenges.

Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: April 7

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-28

Tropical OrchidsSelecting and Growing Tropical Orchids

Orchids have a reputation of requiring expert care from growers with deep pockets. Some orchids do require experienced growing skills, but the majority will do well with minimal care. Conservatory Curator John Wirth will discuss how to choose and care for orchids suited to your home, pocketbook, and skill level. He will also take you behind-the-scenes for a guided tour of the orchid greenhouse to see and hear about Olbrich's orchid collection. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, April 16, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 7

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 10-29

Creating Great Gardens with Grasses & Sedges

Ornamental grasses and sedges are arguably one of the most important components 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 year-round - something that can't be said for any other perennial in the Midwest. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping incorporated a wide variety of these plants into Olbrich's garden designs, and he will share his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars with you. He will also discuss how these beauties can be incorporated into your gardens to create knockout displays.

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: April 12

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-30

Mandala Workshop

"Mandala" is a Sanskrit word that means "circle." Mandalas are an abstract design with one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes, and forms that carry meaning for the person who is creating it. Poonam Rao, a local artist specializing in Indian handicrafts, will show you the step-by-step process for making your own personal mandala on canvas using acrylic paints and markers. Whatever your skill level, you will learn simple design layout and acrylic painting techniques while completing a mandala that is reflective of your inner world. All supplies provided for this take-home project. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 12

Cost: $47/$38 member | Course Number: 20-31

Native Plants for Any Garden

Are you thinking about using some native plants in your yard, but aren't sure where to start? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will share information about native plants that are "winners" in various conditions, so you can find some that will work well and look great in your landscape.

Thursday, April 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 14

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-31

Made in the ShadeMade in the Shade: Top Plants to Conquer Shady Conditions

Got shade? No problem! The shady spots in your garden don't have to be mundane. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will discuss various shade tolerant plants (for both wet and dry conditions) with interesting texture, foliage, and flowers that can be combined to make a statement in your garden. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 24, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 14

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-32

Wet-Felted Clutch PurseWet-felted Clutch Purse

Explore the magic of wet-felting and create a unique clutch purse with Jan Falk, artist and art instructor. You will learn the basics of turning loose wool roving into a solid, durable fabric using warm water and soap, along with how to felt a 3-D object using a plastic resist. Make your small clutch purse uniquely yours by having fun with colors, blending more than one type of wool, and then adding embellishments at home. Bring an old hand towel and a produce-size plastic bag. All felting materials supplied. No experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, April 24, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline: April 14

Cost: $60/$48 member | Course Number: 20-32

Hold 'n Fold Art Journal

Art journaling is a popular trend, and the unique binding of this handmade book structure allows the ultimate in art journaling freedom. Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., will teach you how to make this hardcover journal with non-sewn pages that are completely removable so they can be painted, printed, embossed, etc., and then returned to the book. Hand dexterity and some experience working with paper is recommended, but not required. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 19

Cost: $44/$35 member | Course Number: 20-33

Growing and Cooking with HerbsGrowing and Cooking with Herbs

Are you looking for an easy way to "spice" up your cooking? Herbs are the answer! Susan Obry, certified master gardener and master composter, will cover the basics of herb gardening, from choosing the right plant for the right purpose, to adding their vibrant flavors and aromas to culinary dishes. She will share methods and tips for planting, caring for, harvesting, and preserving these delightful plants. Learn the different uses for fresh versus dried herbs and the science and magic of companion planting. Take your dishes from good to a flavorful great! For adults and youth (ages 16 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 21

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-33

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Learn how to create a sanctuary for hummingbirds in your own backyard. Through the use of perennial and annual plants, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and hummingbird feeders, you can discover the magic and excitement of hummingbirds! Hummingbird enthusiasts Michael and Kathi Rock will discuss identification of the ruby-throated hummingbird, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding, importance of water features, and how the elements of the best hummingbird feeders and plants can bring you up close to these special birds. The Rock's hummingbird garden in Madison has been featured on WPT's The Wisconsin Gardener and in issues of the Birds and Blooms and Midwest Living magazines. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 26

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 10-34

Memento 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 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 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

Etegami: 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

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.

Life in the CanopyToddler Story & Stroll: 

Life in the Canopy

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on life in the upper layers of the rainforest. Each class includes a story, a stroll through the Bolz Conservatory, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Snakes

Tuesday, January 12, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 5

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-01

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Friday, February 5, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 28

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-02

Sloths

Tuesday, January 19, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 2

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-03

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Friday, February 12, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  February 4

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-04

Frogs

Tuesday, January 26, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 19

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-05

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Friday, January 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  January 21

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-06

Rainforest RompToddler Story & Stroll: 

Rainforest Romp

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

Senses in the Rainforest

Tuesday, March 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 15

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-07

Animals in the Rainforest

Tuesday, March 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 22

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-08

Colors in the Rainforest

Tuesday, April 5, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 29

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-09

Dianna Hutts Aston SeriesToddler Story & Stroll: 

Dianna Hutts Aston Books

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the remarkable nature books written by Dianna Hutts Aston. 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!

A Rock is Lively

Friday, April 8, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  March 31

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-10

An Egg is Quiet

Friday, April 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 7

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-11

A Seed is Sleepy

Friday, April 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  April 14

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 50-12

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

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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

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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

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Tuesday, May 31, 10-11am

Registration Deadline:  May 24

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

Flower Fairies

Join us for flower fairy fun! Learn the myth and lore of flower fairies, search for signs of these mythical creatures, and make your own fairy to take home. All supplies provided. Grades K-5 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Friday, March 11, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 3

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 60-17

Morning in the Rainforest

Looking for something unique to do during spring break? Join us in this behind-the-scenes class and help prepare the Bolz Conservatory and its animals for another busy day. Work side-by-side with staff as you feed the birds and fish. Learn about the animals and how to care for their environment in the Conservatory. Class takes place before the Conservatory opens. Grades 1-5 with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Wednesday, March 23, 8:30-9:30 am

Registration Deadline:  March 16

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number: 60-18

I Wonder...SeriesI Wonder ... Series

The "I Wonder..." series of nighttime classes combines literacy and science to explore the natural world. Classes include a story, a walk through the outdoor gardens or Bolz Conservatory, and a theme-related science exploration. This winter our inquiries will be culinary in nature! Dress for the weather. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Grades K-3 with an adult. Limited space; register early.

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Friday, January 22, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  January 14

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-10

What Foods Come from the Rainforest?

Friday, February 26, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  February 18

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-11

What is an Herb?

Friday, April 1, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  April 24

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 60-12

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 programs 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!

What is a Tropical Rainforest?

Learn about tropical rainforest habitats by visiting Madison's own Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich! Girl Scouts will learn about the unique features of a tropical rainforest through hands-on activities and take a stroll through the Conservatory. Activities can be applied toward various badges.

Saturday, January 16, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  January 4

Cost:  $10 per scout / $2 adult

Plant, Water, Grow!

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

Saturday, March 19, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  March 4

Cost:  $10 per scout / $2 adult

Green Thumbs

Junior Girl Scouts can become amateur gardeners during this one-hour badge program. Participants will learn about the process of planning a garden and selecting plants, observe a variety of garden styles at Olbrich, and plan and plant their own mini-garden to take home. Fulfills most Gardener Badge requirements.

Saturday, March 19, 1-2 pm

Registration Deadline:  March 4

Cost:  $10 per scout / $2 adult

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit                                  back to top

Cocoa PodChocolate: The Bitter and the Sweet

October 31, 2015 through February 28, 2016

Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Smell the sweet allure, and learn about one of the all-time favorite flavors - chocolate! This exhibit highlights the cacao tree, first cultivated in South America. The seeds from this tree are commonly called cacao beans and are surrounded by a pod. Chocolate is derived from the cacao beans. The high proportion of fat in the bean kernels (cocoa butter) is used in medications, cosmetics, and soaps. The pulverized residue, called cocoa, is used in beverages and as a flavoring. Visit the Bolz Conservatory to see the cacao plant up close and to discover where chocolate comes from and how it is made.

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