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Ikebana Flower Arranging (March 22 and 29, 1-3pm)
Janet Solomon
Professor, Ikenobo School

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. Its fundamental inspiration comes from nature. In contrast to the Western approach to flower arranging, which favors a mass of flowers, Ikebana emphasizes simplicity of design and using line, space, and texture to create balanced, harmonious arrangements. It involves discipline and knowledge of rules and forms. Learn the rich symbolism and fundamentals of this graceful traditional Japanese art form and gain a lifetime skill for distinctive floral design as you create a different arrangement each week to take home and enjoy. Please bring garden clippers, a pint-sized margarine container, a kenzan or pin holder, and a low-flat-bottomed round or rectangular container (an eight-inch cake
pan will do). Bring a box to take home
your arrangements.

Two Sundays: March 22, 29
1 -3 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 3/22/2015 and ending 3/29/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $72.00 ea.

Handmade Paper Bowls (March 28, 12:30-3:30pm)
Winnie Radolan
Papermaker, Artist, Educator

Create personal and unique "paper vessels" by using hand-cast paper pulp and including your own mementos. We will use clear plastic bowls with high sides as molds. Learn to decorate your colorful paper vessels with flat inclusions. Your vessel can commemorate a special occasion or simply be a handsome receptacle for your special collections of shells, dried plant materials, or other knick-knacks. No experience is necessary for this meditative process. Bring some flat treasures to collage onto the outside of your vessel. Examples are stamps, feathers, embroidery thread, string, old foreign paper money, old letters, maps, sheet music, etc., basically any interesting 2D item that won't rust or bleed color. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, March 28
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/28/2015 at 12:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

Green Roof Nest Box Workshop (April 4, 1-3pm)
Louise Clarke
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Join Morris Arboretum's green roof horticulturist, Louise Clarke, to construct and plant a green roof nest box that you can take home! Each student will customize an untreated pine, Peterson-style bird box roof to accept a colorful mixture of hardy, low growing, low maintenance sedums that will bloom in yellow, white, and pink. An introduction to green roof benefits, maintenance for your nest box, tips on attracting birds, and mounting your verdant, bird-friendly nest box are discussed. Your potential nesters will enjoy a home that is cooler and its roof will provide a convenient place for perching. Please wear work clothes and bring garden/work gloves if desired, as well as a #1 Phillips head screwdriver. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, April 4
1 - 3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/4/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $65.00 ea.

Wedding Flower Design Workshop (April 11, 9:30am-2:30pm)
Cheryl Wilks
Floral Educator, Florist, and Owner of Flowers on Location

Just in time for spring weddings and special events... Learn techniques to make easy bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. This special one-day intensive class is a demo along with hands-on designing. You will work with a colorful selection of flowers to master new design mechanics. You will leave with lots of new skills and ideas. The class fee includes everything. Bring a box to take finished pieces and a bag lunch and drink.

Saturday, April 11
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/11/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.

Resin Casting with Natural Materials (April 12, 1-2:30pm)
Jenny Lauer
Rose Garden Intern, Morris Arboretum

Would you like to create a beautiful necklace, pendant, or paperweight with your favorite dried flower or leaf? Try resin casting! By encasing natural materials in resin, you can preserve your favorite flora as a smooth, glassy pendant that will last a lifetime. Personalize your creation with transparent dyes, tiny photographs, glitter, and more. Learn the techniques for mixing epoxy and hardeners, choosing different molds, and creating unique jewelry with your own found natural objects. Participants will be able to keep whichever mold they choose. Please bring a box to bring your resin-filled mold home, as it will need to sit overnight to harden before you attach the clasp. Bring your own small, dried plant material or photographs to craft with; or choose from a collection of tiny leaves, ferns, and flower petals available. The class includes the clasp or finding but not the necklace chain.

Sunday, April 12
1-2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/12/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

Garden Chair Building Workshop (May 17, 1-4pm)
Dan Benarcik
Horticulturist, Chanticleer

The chair you build in this workshop will be perfect in your garden and give you years of enjoyment. Dan first fell in love with this chair on a trip to Wave Hill because of its simplicity, elegance, and comfort. He has been building, refining, and enjoying it for nearly 20 years. The chair is constructed of red cedar for superior weather resistance. Students attending this workshop will each build and take home their own chair. No carpentry skills are required. The class includes all jigs and drill bits for quick and accurate building, all adhesive, sandpaper, and hardware.
Bring one fully charged cordless drill/screwdriver and extra battery or charger. Be prepared to take home your chair; truck and vans make it super simple, backseats of most cars will accommodate one chair. Roof racks, bike racks, etc. can work too as long as there is tie-down cord or straps. The class meets at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Sunday, May 17
1-4 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/17/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $215.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $225.00 ea.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop - Session I (May 30, 10am-12pm) (Class is Full)
Louise Clarke
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum
Anna Bower
Natural Lands Intern, Morris Arboretum

Join Arboretum staff for a delightfully messy, hands-on hypertufa trough-making workshop. Hypertufa is a lightweight, porous concrete mixture made from Portland cement, peat, and perlite that mimics tufa rock. Your small, weatherproof container will welcome plants that like well-drained conditions such as sedums, hens and chicks, and rock garden plants. Ideal for those with limited space, troughs can be planted as miniature gardens or to display choice specimens. Your instructors will provide individual attention and step-by-step instructions from mixing to molding to aftercare. Please bring a small cardboard box no larger than 8" x 10" x 5" deep to use as the
form. Also bring a plastic grocery bag, a pair of sturdy kitchen-type rubber gloves (mandatory) for working with the cement mixture, and a board or piece of plywood large enough to transport your trough home for final curing. Wear clothing that you won't mind getting dirty. We will meet at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, May 30
10 a.m.-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 5/30/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop - Session II (May 30, 1-3pm)
Louise Clarke
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum
Anna Bower
Natural Lands Intern, Morris Arboretum

Join Arboretum staff for a delightfully messy, hands-on hypertufa trough-making workshop. Hypertufa is a lightweight, porous concrete mixture made from Portland cement, peat, and perlite that mimics tufa rock. Your small, weatherproof container will welcome plants that like well-drained conditions such as sedums, hens and chicks, and rock garden plants. Ideal for those with limited space, troughs can be planted as miniature gardens or to display choice specimens. Your instructors will provide individual attention and step-by-step instructions from mixing to molding to aftercare. Please bring a small cardboard box no larger than 8" x 10" x 5" deep to use as the
form. Also bring a plastic grocery bag, a pair of sturdy kitchen-type rubber gloves (mandatory) for working with the cement mixture, and a board or piece of plywood large enough to transport your trough home for final curing. Wear clothing that you won't mind getting dirty. We will meet at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, May 30
1-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/30/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

The Art of Japanese Ink Painting (May 30, 10:30am-12:30pm)
Allison Zito
Artist and Teacher

Sumi-e is the art of Japanese ink painting, a noble and time honored pursuit of the scholar. This craft teaches much more than the art of ink painting. The techniques we will learn to paint bamboo are the basic strokes used to create all forms of Japanese ink painting. The art is in the touch of the brush stroke, the quality of the line, appreciation of the natural world, and the beauty in asymmetry. All supplies are provided. Come to class dressed to paint.

Saturday, May 30
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/30/2015 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

Impressionist Painting (June 7, 12:30-2:30pm)
Allison Zito
Artist and Teacher

Vibrance and energy shimmer on the canvas of the impressionist painter. Working in an intuitive manner, they captured in color and rhythm the spontaneity of the moment. It was a time of change, a time of new ideas and innovation. These innovations took the impressionists outdoors to paint in the open air. The impressionist artists developed a kind of painterly short hand, using visible brush strokes to recreate the fleeting qualities of light as it danced across the natural world. In this class, we will discuss the impressionist artists. Everyone will be encouraged to develop their own personal intuitive style of painting. Like the impressionists, we will paint in the open air, with the breathtaking gardens of the Morris Arboretum as our own personal Giverny. (In the event of inclement weather we will paint indoors, from great works of the Impressionists.) Come to class dressed to paint. All supplies are provided.

Sunday, June 7
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/7/2015 at 12:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

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