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Garden Walks                                                          back to top

Perennial Combinations for Sunny Places Walk

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

Thursday, September 3, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 27

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  31-09

Small Trees With Big Impact Walk

Small-scale trees are key players in any well-designed garden for their year-round beauty and structure. 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 keen horticulturists are creating and discovering new cultivars and species every year. Join Olbrich's 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 home landscape. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 2

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

Native Plants in the Landscape Walk

There is a place for native plants in every garden. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Phillip Stutz on a walk through the outdoor gardens to see how Olbrich uses ornamental native plants for their beauty, adaptability, and sustainability. He will discuss various native plants and how you can incorporate them into your garden. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 10, 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 3

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  31-11

Backyard Foraging Lecture and Walk

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious, as well as lovely. Join Ellen Zachos, master forager, author, and New York Botanic Garden teacher, and discover a surprising number of our favorite garden plants that can feed both body and soul. She will discuss how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. This class takes place outdoors as a walk followed by an indoor presentation; dress for the weather. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  September 3

Cost:  $16/$13 member | Course Number:  11-11

Italian Heirloom Vegetables Lecture and Walk

Heirloom vegetables can be tastier than modern commercial varieties and are often regionally adapted to suit particular soil and climate characteristics. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley for a walk through the Herb Garden to see traditional Italian heirloom vegetables growing, and then continue the discussion with a indoor presentation to learn techniques for growing Italian heirloom vegetables, the history and stories of select varieties, and recipes for you to try at home. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  September 8

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

Olbrich's Night Landscape lighting Walk

Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping for an after-hours walk through Olbrich's 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.

Tuesday, September 15, 7:30-9 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 8

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  31-13

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Make your garden a success by properly overwintering your perennials. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Tony Gomez 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 22, 5:30-7 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 15

Cost:  $15/$12 member | Course Number:  31-14

Creating Great Gardens with Grasses and Sedges

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 - something that can't be said for any other perennial in the Midwest. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping has incorporated a wide variety of these plants into Olbrich's garden design. During this walk in the outdoor gardens, 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. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 23, 5-6:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 16

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

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). Call 246-4550 to register. Space is limited; register early.

Book: The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray

Sunday, September 13 , 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 3

Cost:  Free | Course Number:  11-09

Book: Our Life in Gardens by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd

Sunday, November 22, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 12

Cost:  Free | Course Number:  11-25


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 and positive impact on daily living. 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 6-week class. Register for one or more classes as a series. Limited space; register early.

Mondays, September 14-October 19, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: September 7

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-19

Mondays, October 26-November 30, 6-7 pm

Registration Deadline: October 19

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-31

Gladdening Herbs for Winter Blues

In the Middle Ages, a certain herb was known as "the gladdening herb" because it lifted one's spirits and strengthened the heart in the dark of winter. Join Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, as she discusses this unique herb and other safe, effective herbal remedies for the winter blues. She will offer a refreshing holistic view of winter depression and present seven surprising ways that scientists have discovered to naturally raise serotonin. Herbal preparations will be available for you to taste, smell, and enjoy! Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  November 25

Cost:  $18/$15 member | Course Number: 11-26

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,
Check with instructor concerning holiday weeks.
Registration:
Walk-In
Cost: $12/session or 9 sessions for $80

Classes & Workshops for Adults                      back to top

Advance registration required.

Maximizing Fall Color in the Garden

While most of us appreciate fall colors as they appear in October, there are certain plant selections that have been bred and selected for superior fall color. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss a wide range of the most colorful woody plants, perennials, grasses, and other plants that will ensure a dynamic and colorful succession to superior coloration. These plants will have interest in other seasons, too, but the focus on September through November color transitions will be significant and comprehensive.

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

Registration Deadline:  August 20

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

What is Botanical Art?

Learn about the botanical art renaissance and the impact it is having on creating an awareness of our native and endangered plants. Mary Bauschelt, a director of the American Society of Botanical Artist, will present botanical art from its early history through the work of today's contemporary artists. Samples of original contemporary botanical art and historical prints, books on techniques, exhibit catalogs, materials, and supplies will be on display during this presentation. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  August 20

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

Tree and Shrub Planting Workshop

Ever wonder 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 the 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 plants have a healthy start in your garden. Most of this class takes place outdoors; dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, September 1 (rain date September 8), 6-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  August 25

Cost: $22/$18 member | Course Number: 21-16

Plantings for Extended Autumn Interest

Our gardening season shouldn't end in September! Through the careful selection and placement of plant materials, autumn garden interest, color, and beauty can be extended until the snow falls and beyond. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will focus on a combination of the season's latest blooming plants, superior fall color selections, and the incorporation of woody plants that offer significant interest late in the season.

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

Registration Deadline:  August 26

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

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

Registration Deadline:  September 1

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

Sewn Books: Pamphlet and Stab Bindings

The pamphlet stitch is a simple binding often used to bind chapbooks. Chapbooks are inexpensively made booklets, originally sold by “chapmen” door-to-door and village-to-village. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands for this two-sessions workshop and complete several variations using these two basic sewing techniques: pamphlet and stab bindings. A great foundation to your book making skills. Minimal supplies needed. Great for garden journals! Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesdays, September 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  September 2

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

Visiting Author Ellen Zachos at Olbrich

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 (Storey Publishing, 2007), Tempting Tropicals: 175 Irresistible Indoor Plants (Timber Press, 2005), Orchid Growing for Wimps (Sterling Publishing, 2002), as well as numerous articles on orchids, interior landscaping, container gardening, xeriscaping, and annual and perennial plants.

Orchid Growing for Wimps

Ellen Zachos, author of Orchid Growing for Wimps, will discuss the profiles of sixteen easy to care for orchids, all of which can rebloom in average household conditions. Excellent slides illustrate various orchid species, 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.

Sunday, September 13, 1:30-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 3

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

Backyard Foraging Lecture and Walk

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious, as well as lovely. Join Ellen Zachos, master forager, author, and New York Botanic Garden teacher, and discover a surprising number of our favorite garden plants that can feed both body and soul. She will discuss how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. This class takes place outdoors as a walk followed by an indoor presentation; dress for the weather. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  September 3

Cost: $16/$13 member | Course Number: 11-11

Introduction to Botanical Watercolor Painting

Have you admired botanical art but questioned whether you could do it? If so, this is the class for you. This one-day workshop introduces traditional botanical art skills such as plant observation, drawing, color mixing, and watercolor painting.  Learn how to mix colors for accuracy, practice flat and graded washes, and be introduced to the dry brush technique. Join Mary Bauschelt, a director of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and learn to love plants and painting more in this botanical watercolor workshop. Beginners and advanced artists are welcome. All supplies provided. Bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 13, 9 am-3 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 3

Cost: $93/$75 member | Course Number: 21-18

Visiting Author Leda Meredith at Olbrich

Leda Meredith is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a certified Ethnobotanist, and the author of four books on the subjects of plants and food.

The Herbal Pantry

Join guest author Leda Meredith and learn how to make the most of your herb garden's abundance, and never again waste any fresh herbs you bring home from the store. She will discuss how to make herbal vinegars, salts and oils, as well as how to freeze or dry culinary herbs so they keep their vibrant colors and aromas. Stock up on medicinal herbs, too, with homemade Echinacea tincture to ward off colds and elderberry syrup to fend off flu. These delicious herbal products make great gifts, and they are useful pantry items that you will want to keep on hand for your family to use year-round.

This class has been cancelled.

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

Registration Deadline:  September 8

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

Italian Heirloom Vegetables Lecture and Walk

Heirloom vegetables can be tastier than modern commercial varieties and are often regionally adapted to suit particular soil and climate characteristics. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley for a walk through the Herb Garden to see traditional Italian heirloom vegetables growing, and then continue the discussion with a indoor presentation to learn techniques for growing Italian heirloom vegetables, the history and stories of select varieties, and recipes for you to try at home. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  September 8

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

Mixed Media Collage: Fabric Papers

Collage is a creative method of collecting a variety of materials and exploring how they might be put together into a new visual composition. Learn the art of collage with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Working on light-weight muslin with a large selection of materials, explore the enjoyable collage technique. Time allows for several opportunities to branch out in individual directions and interpretations. Completed works may be used as a foundation for further drawing and painting or in the book arts. Some materials provided; a supply list with be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, September 19, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 10

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-20

Organic 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 on how to begin. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, September 23, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 16

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-13

Non-Adhesive Books

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

Wednesdays, September 23 & 30, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  September 16

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

Beginning Papermaking Workshop - Fall

Learn the basics of hand papermaking with Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor. He will teach how to make one-of-a-kind cards, stationery, framed pieces, a Halloween mini-lantern, and much more. Learn basic papermaking techniques, as well as how to embed fall leaves and other botanicals into a finished piece of paper. Lots of botanicals provided or bring your own pressed flowers, leaves, ferns, and more. All supplies included.  Easy and lots of fun - take this class with a friend! For adults and teens (ages 13 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 24, 6-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 17

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

Wet-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 and 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 w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 27, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 17

Cost: $60/$48 member | Course Number: 21-23

Stirring the Crock: Fermentation Basics and Beyond Workshop

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

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

Registration Deadline:  September 22

Cost: $43/$35 member | Course Number: 21-24

Saving and Storing Seeds

This fun class will introduce you to the exciting world of seed saving by looking at several different plants and how to collect seeds from them. Join seed collector John Holzwart and learn the dynamics of seed production and pollination, timing, seed identification, cleaning, and storing. We'll start our class with a visit to the plants outside to get an idea of what seeds to collect and how to process them. Dress for the weather. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  September 22

Cost: $25/$20 member | Course Number: 11-14

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 are 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 and decorative paintings. You will go home with a completed project on a terracotta pot. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed for this hands-on class. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 30

Cost: $40/$32 member | Course Number: 21-25

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.

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

Registration Deadline:  October 6

Cost: $43/$35 member | Course Number: 21-26

Restoring 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.

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

Registration Deadline:  October 6

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

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 too 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 Bloom and Midwest Living magazines. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

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

Registration Deadline:  October 7

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

Coptic Stitch Book Binding

The Coptic stitch is a non-adhesive, hand-sewn book binding method introduced during the fourth century A.D. in ancient Egypt. Various forms of this stitching technique have remained popular for over 1,500 years and are still in used today. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn this iIntermediate level book binding method that will further develop and challenge your creative skills. This binding design opens flat which is an advantage for writing or drawing, as a garden journal. Recommended for those who have basic bookmaking and sewing experience. Some materials provided; a supply list with be sent to you. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, October 17, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 8

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-27

Rain Gardens: Designing for Function and Beauty

Increases in impervious surfaces due to urbanization, land use changes, and roadway development have greatly altered natural water cycles by rapidly increasing stormwater conveyance from a typical site while minimizing on-site infiltration. This has lead to increased water pollution and flooding while reducing groundwater recharge. Rain gardens, designed to capture, purify, and infiltrate stormwater while increasing a sites aesthetic and habitat qualities, are an effective solution to this problem. Planted with native grasses, sedges, flowers, shrubs and trees, rain gardens offer a variety of aesthetic options suitable for any landscape. John Gishnock III, ecological designer and owner of Formecology, LLC, will discuss the features and benefits of rain gardens with a special focus on design and installation techniques for do-it-yourselfers.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 13

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

Planting When the Roots are Wrong

We can buy almost any species and variety of tree and shrub today, an unprecedented wide choice. Yet despite careful selection, when we unwrap or depot the plants we find most have compromised root systems. Sometimes we reject a plant even at that point, but more often we implement fixes. We are gardening in an age when a perfect storm of production practices and economic realities has created this situation. Janet Macunovich, a professional gardener, author, and educator, will explain the problem, and the attention it is getting at high levels. She will also share remedial methods she has employed, along with the results she has seen over 30 years of experience. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, October 22, 1:30-3:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost: $38/$30 member | Course Number: 11-18

Admitting You're Hooked: Wintering-Over Tender Perennials

For the gardener who can't let go and must keep growing all year or those who can't compost the foliage plants, flowers, herbs, and artistic plants from bonsai to topiary that can't make it outdoors over winter. Janet Macunovich, a professional gardener, author, and educator, has recommendation for plants, pots, soils, lights, arrangements, and care of species that can be saved as dormant roots, including dahlias, cannas, elephant ears, top-grafted rose trees, and more. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost: $38/$30 member | Course Number: 11-19

Introduction to Calligraphy Workshop

Learn the art of beautiful writing with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Working with pen/brush, ink, and paper, you will learn the basics of constructing a few lettering styles. A selection of nature poems and quotations will be provided for you to hand-letter for your home, as gifts, for creating unique greeting cards, and more. No previous experience necessary. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, October 24,10 am-4:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-28

"Black Magic" Pastel

Black paper can create a sense of mystery, drama, or mood in your work, as well as make your colors sing! You will explore the use of three very different black papers (supplied) for various nature-based projects. This workshop is geared for intermediate to advanced pastels students, but beginners with good drawing skills are welcome. Join Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet and learn how to work in hard and soft pastels on black paper. All papers provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited Space; register early.

Sunday, October 25, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost: $93/$75 member | Course Number: 21-29

Wet-felted laminate (Nuno) Scarflette

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 small decorative neck scarf with wool, upcycled silk prints, and some muscle. You will learn how to decorate one hand-dyed silk chiffon scarflette with wisps of merino wool, and then wet felt them very gently together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarflette with amazing texture! Bring an old hand towel and a produce-sized plastic bag; all other supplies provided. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, October 25, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost: $60/$48 member | Course Number: 21-30

Bulbs for Spring Color

As our gardens begin to wane in early autumn and frost approaches, it is the best time to plant spring-blooming bulbs for the following year. There are many wonderful options for using fall-planted bulbs in the garden to provide exciting color throughout spring. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss a wide range of potential selections for the home garden, along with how to successfully and effectively incorporate bulbs to create a progression of color from late March to late June. Proper selection, placement, planting methods, and other tips will be included as well.

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 20

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

Calligraphy: The Art of Written Forms Workshop

This two-sessions class is designed as a refresher or follow-up for individuals with a foundation in the tools and approaches to calligraphy. More than practicing the alphabet or the quick brown fox..., continue to develop your skills with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Working with pen/brush, ink, and paper, you will explore letter formation, applying letter spacing and word spacing considerations, as well as looking at the overall page design. Work on project(s) with a personal interest with instructor input. Better understand the use of additional mark making tools, inks, and paints. Students are encouraged to bring a quote, poem, phrase (or two) to be working on accomplishing a favorite lettering style. This may be the extra push needed to get you practicing at home. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Limited space; register early.

Tuesdays, October 27 & November 3, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  October 20

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-32

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 21

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

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's 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.

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

Registration Deadline:  October 27

Cost: $73/$59 member | Course Number: 21-33

Variations on the Accordion Book

Accordion books have a rich history around the world. They are made in many parts of Asia, and they were the book form of the Aztecs and Maya in Mexico and Central America. Versatile and adaptable, the accordion book structure can be woven together, layered as a tunnel book, or made with pockets. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn how to make accordion books, while having fun experimenting with this versatile form. No experience necessary, and no specialized tools required to continue your 'play' at home. Some materials provided; a supply list with be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesdays, November 4 & 11, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  October 28

Cost: $94/$75 member | Course Number: 21-34

Hostas 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, November 5, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 29

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-22

Make Your Own Henna Wood Photo Frame

Henna is traditionally used to decorate human skin. It can also be used to decorate a variety of objects. The stain is effective on all natural surfaces and it will not fade or disappear, so it is a great way to preserve your creative designs. Using this ancient decorative and symbolic art form from India, you will gain an understanding of the history and symbolism of henna patterns, as well as learn how to use henna to create your own beautiful designs on a wood photo frame. 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. You will go home with one small Henna-designed photo frame. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Monday, November 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 2

Cost: $43/$35 member | Course Number: 21-35

Make Your Own Handmade Paper Lampshade

Turn wastepaper into handmade paper and create a 'green' lampshade! Learn the basic techniques of handmade papermaking, and then complete one bedside lampshade with handmade paper. Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will provide sample options for your lampshade, or a starting point for your own idea. All supplies included; you will leave class with one bedside lamp and shade plated with your handmade paper - a beautiful accent for any room! For adults, youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, November 10, 6-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 3

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-36

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass, and Broom Corn

Spend a fun day learning the art of coiling to make a small basket using various natural materials. Explore creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. John Holzwart will guide you on how to start and sew a basket. We will explore various stitching techniques, as well as approaches to incorporating other materials into the design of coiled baskets. This class is for all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. Bring a bag lunch, small pair of sharp scissors, thimble, and reading glasses (if needed for close work); all other supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, November 14, 10 am-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 5

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 21-37

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 what 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 14, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 5

Cost: $43/$35 member | Course Number: 21-38

Gardens of Stone

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 help you learn 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, November 17, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 10

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

Notecard Gift Box

Learn how to construct a three-dimensional folder designed to store eight A2-size notecards with envelopes. Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., will help you complete this project with an interior pocket to hold postage stamps and ribbon closure. Makes a great gift! All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 11

Cost: $37/$30 member | Course Number: 21-39

Vernacular Gardens

The gardens of the rich and famous have been well- documented in the pages of many coffee table gardening books, but there has been scant coverage of the gardens of everyday folk: vernacular gardens. Liza Lightfoot, Landscape Architect and Owner of Avant Gardening, will highlight these often overlooked 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, along with the community held beliefs about gardening aesthetics and utility. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, November 19, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 12

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

Evergreen Holiday Wreaths With Natural Materials Workshop

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Samara Eisner 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 3, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 25

Cost: $71/$57 member | Course Number: 21-40

Successfully Grow Apples and Pears

Apple and pear trees require patience, knowledge, and skill to grow well. Despite the effort required, apple trees in particular remain a popular addition to many home gardens. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss how to select, grow, prune, and train your apple and pear trees. She will share some organic pest and disease management techniques and help you find the resources needed to answer your questions for successful fruit tree growing in Wisconsin.

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

Registration Deadline:  December 1

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

Piano Hinge Book

Join Tricia Morris, founder and owner of Club Scrap, Inc., and complete a handmade, 12-page mini-book -- no trimming scoring or measuring required! It features a piano-hinge style binding and is the perfect size to store and display 4"x6" garden photographs and field notes. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 1

Cost: $37/$30 member | Course Number: 21-41

Drawing: The Next Step

Build upon your basic drawing skills and gain more pleasure in the drawing process during this one-day workshop. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will help you focus on learning to see and measure accurately while using time-honored, traditional drawing techniques. You will also do some exercises that help you loosen up a bit for a more gestural approach to drawing. We will work in pencil, pen, and charcoal. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  December 3

Cost: $91/$73 member | Course Number: 21-42

Herbal Gift Making: Hands-on Interactive, and 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 children (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, December 12, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 3

Cost: $68/$55 member | Course Number: 21-43

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.

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Autumn Adventures

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the seasonal changes of fall and early childhood basics. 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.

Squirrels

Tuesday, September 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 8

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

     and/or

Saturday, September 19, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 10

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

Leaves

Tuesday, September 22, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 15

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

     and/or

Saturday, September 26, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 17

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

Apples

Tuesday, September 29, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 22

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

      and/or

Saturday, October 3, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  September 24

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

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Fall Fun

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on the fall season and early childhood basics. 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.

Wind

Friday, October 16, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 8

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

Owls

Friday, October 23, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 15

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

Pumpkins

Friday, October 30, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  October 22

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

Toddler Story & Stroll: 

Our Amazing Earth

Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on Earth and its diverse habitats. 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.

Earth

Tuesday, November 17, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 10

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

Rivers

Tuesday, November 24, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 17

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

Deserts

Tuesday, December 1, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 24

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

     and/or

Saturday, December 5, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  November 25

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

Rainforests

Tuesday, December 8, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 1

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

     and/or

Saturday, December 12, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 3

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

Arctic

Tuesday, December 15, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 8

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

     and/or

Saturday, December 19, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline:  December 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member | Course Number: 51-30

I Wonder...Series

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

Do Mandrakes Scream? - Harry Potter's Plants

Friday, October 2, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 24

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-21

What is a Desert?

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

Registration Deadline:  October 1

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-22

What is a Rainforest?

Friday, November 13, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 5

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-23

What is the Arctic?

Friday, December 11, 6:30-7:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 3

Cost:  $10/$8 member | Course Number: 61-24

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. Programs are available throughout the year. For more information and to schedule a program, contact the Education Department by calling (608)245-5791.

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. Register your troop or your individual scout. Limited space; register early.

Register your troop or individual scout by calling (608) 245-5791.

Saturday, October 17, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline:  October 1

Cost:  $10 scout/$0 adult/$5 additional adult

Grades: K-1

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. We will learn about the water cycle through an interactive demonstration, create various waterways and landforms, explore ways pollution impacts our lives, and more. Activities can be applied towards LOVE Water Award and will prepare scouts for SAVE Water and SHARE Water Awards. Limited space; register early.

Register your troop or individual scout by calling (608) 245-5791.

Saturday, October 17, 12:30-2 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 1

Cost:  $10 scout/$0 adult/$5 additional adult

Grades: 2-3

Youth Classes                                                           back to top

Sewn Books: Pamphlet and Stab Bindings

The pamphlet stitch is a simple binding often used to bind chapbooks. Chapbooks are inexpensively made booklets, originally sold by “chapmen” door-to-door and village-to-village. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands for this two-sessions workshop and complete several variations using these two basic sewing techniques: pamphlet and stab bindings. A great foundation to your book making skills. Minimal supplies needed. Great for garden journals! Some supplies provided; a supply list will be sent to you. No experience necessary. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesdays, September 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  September 2

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

Backyard Foraging Lecture and Walk

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious, as well as lovely. Join Ellen Zachos, master forager, author, and New York Botanic Garden teacher, and discover a surprising number of our favorite garden plants that can feed both body and soul. She will discuss how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. This class takes place outdoors as a walk followed by an indoor presentation; dress for the weather. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  September 3

Cost: $16/$13 member | Course Number: 11-11

Mixed Media Collage: Fabric Papers

Collage is a creative method of collecting a variety of materials and exploring how they might be put together into a new visual composition. Learn the art of collage with Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands. Working on light-weight muslin with a large selection of materials, explore the enjoyable collage technique. Time allows for several opportunities to branch out in individual directions and interpretations. Completed works may be used as a foundation for further drawing and painting or in the book arts. Some materials provided; a supply list with be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, September 19, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 10

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-20

Non-Adhesive Books

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

Wednesdays, September 23 & 30, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  September 16

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

Beginning Papermaking Workshop - Fall

Learn the basics of hand papermaking with Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor. He will teach how to make one-of-a-kind cards, stationery, framed pieces, a Halloween mini-lantern, and much more. Learn basic papermaking techniques, as well as how to embed fall leaves and other botanicals into a finished piece of paper. Lots of botanicals provided or bring your own pressed flowers, leaves, ferns, and more. All supplies included.  Easy and lots of fun - take this class with a friend! For adults and teens (ages 13 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Thursday, September 24, 6-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 17

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

Wet-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 and 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 w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, September 27, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 17

Cost: $60/$48 member | Course Number: 21-23

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 are 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 and decorative paintings. You will go home with a completed project on a terracotta pot. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed for this hands-on class. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  September 30

Cost: $40/$32 member | Course Number: 21-25

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 too 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 Bloom and Midwest Living magazines. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee.

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

Registration Deadline:  October 7

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

"Black Magic" Pastel

Black paper can create a sense of mystery, drama, or mood in your work, as well as make your colors sing! You will explore the use of three very different black papers (supplied) for various nature-based projects. This workshop is geared for intermediate to advanced pastels students, but beginners with good drawing skills are welcome. Join Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet and learn how to work in hard and soft pastels on black paper. All papers provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited Space; register early.

Sunday, October 25, 10 am-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost: $93/$75 member | Course Number: 21-29

Wet-felted laminate (Nuno) Scarflette

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 small decorative neck scarf with wool, upcycled silk prints, and some muscle. You will learn how to decorate one hand-dyed silk chiffon scarflette with wisps of merino wool, and then wet felt them very gently together. The result is a super-light, beautiful scarflette with amazing texture! Bring an old hand towel and a produce-sized plastic bag; all other supplies provided. No felting experience necessary. For adults and youth (ages 13 and up); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Sunday, October 25, 1-4 pm

Registration Deadline:  October 15

Cost: $60/$48 member | Course Number: 21-30

Variations on the Accordion Book

Accordion books have a rich history around the world. They are made in many parts of Asia, and they were the book form of the Aztecs and Maya in Mexico and Central America. Versatile and adaptable, the accordion book structure can be woven together, layered as a tunnel book, or made with pockets. Join Jackie Hefty from Whispering Woodlands and learn how to make accordion books, while having fun experimenting with this versatile form. No experience necessary, and no specialized tools required to continue your 'play' at home. Some materials provided; a supply list with be sent to you. Adults and youth (ages 15 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Wednesdays, November 4 & 11, 6:30-8:30 pm both days

Registration Deadline:  October 28

Cost: $94/$75 member | Course Number: 21-34

Make Your Own Henna Wood Photo Frame

Henna is traditionally used to decorate human skin. It can also be used to decorate a variety of objects. The stain is effective on all natural surfaces and it will not fade or disappear, so it is a great way to preserve your creative designs. Using this ancient decorative and symbolic art form from India, you will gain an understanding of the history and symbolism of henna patterns, as well as learn how to use henna to create your own beautiful designs on a wood photo frame. 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. You will go home with one small Henna-designed photo frame. All materials supplied. No prior experience needed. For adults and youth (ages 12 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Monday, November 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 2

Cost: $43/$35 member | Course Number: 21-35

Make Your Own Handmade Paper Lampshade

Turn wastepaper into handmade paper and create a 'green' lampshade! Learn the basic techniques of handmade papermaking, and then complete one bedside lampshade with handmade paper. Greg Grummer, MFA and an Arnold Grummer certified papermaking instructor, will provide sample options for your lampshade, or a starting point for your own idea. All supplies included; you will leave class with one bedside lamp and shade plated with your handmade paper - a beautiful accent for any room! For adults, youth (ages 8 and up w/ an adult), and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Tuesday, November 10, 6-8 pm

Registration Deadline:  November 3

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-36

Drawing: The Next Step

Build upon your basic drawing skills and gain more pleasure in the drawing process during this one-day workshop. Professional Artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet will help you focus on learning to see and measure accurately while using time-honored, traditional drawing techniques. You will also do some exercises that help you loosen up a bit for a more gestural approach to drawing. We will work in pencil, pen, and charcoal. Some materials provided; a supply list will be sent to you. Bring a bag lunch. For adults and teens; each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

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

Registration Deadline:  December 3

Cost: $91/$73 member | Course Number: 21-42

Herbal Gift Making: Hands-on Interactive, and 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 children (ages 8 and up w/ an adult); each attendee pays the registration fee. Limited space; register early.

Saturday, December 12, 1-5 pm

Registration Deadline:  December 3

Cost: $68/$55 member | Course Number: 21-43

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit                                  back to top

From Bean to Coffee Cup

October 31, 2015 through February 28, 2016

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

The history of the coffee bean is as rich as double espresso and dates back to the 6th Century. Whether you call it java, mud, or a shot in the arm, and estimated 2 billion cups are consumed every day around the world - making coffee the most popular beverage in the world. Discover the source and story of the coffee bean, and see coffee plants up close in the Bolz Conservatory. The conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 for the general public. Admission is always free for Olbrich Botanical Society members and children 5 and under, and is free for the general public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.

Chocolate: 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 flavores, chocolate, and a unique exhibit in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory. This exhibit highlights the cacao tree, first cultivated in South America. The seeds from this tree are commonly called cocoa beans and are surrounded by a pod. Chocolate is derived from cocoa 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.

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