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Wednesday, May 5 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Lindsay VanZee invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga.

Friday, May 7 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Bartending: Mother's Day Wine Tasting
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. JOIN US ON MAY 26 FOR ANOTHER WINE TASTING. Join WineStyles Tasting Station for a celebration of white wine. Taste 8 wines, 4 varieties of Chardonnay and 4 Sauvignon Blanc, and try to detect the subtle differences, accents, and notes in taste. Learn about the notable regions for these varietals, the sweetness, great pairings, and more from regional experts. A special addition to this event will be a chocolate tasting, a decadent way to toast spring and Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m.
  
Warbler Walk
In celebration of Nebraska Migratory Bird Month in May, director of conservation Jim Locklear will lead a walking tour highlighting the natural history of these captivating travelers.

Saturday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m.
  
Macramé Plant Hangers
Learn how to make basic macramé knots, and then make your own macramé plant hanger, and pot up a plant to take home in your new masterpiece.

Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: The Basics
Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

Wednesday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
  
Flow/Vinyasa Yoga
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Please bring a mat or towel. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

Saturday, May 15 at 8 a.m.
  
Qigong and TaiChi Practice
Focus the breath and improve circulation with slow-flowing moves, emphasis on the breath with Qigong forms.

Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m.
  
Digital Photography Level 1
This two-hour class is for beginner photographers. Advance beyond using the automatic settings on your DSLR camera to learn why and when to use the variations of aperture, shutter speed, and lighting. By the end of the two hours, participants will understand in simple terms, the hows and whys of operating their camera.

Saturday, May 15 at noon
  
Spring Watercolor Painting
En Plein Air – Painting what you see- A specific plant or view from the garden! -Sketching before painting – building the image (weather dependent, plans will vary if we have to stay inside!)

Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m.
  
Digital Photography Level 2
This workshop is for upper-level beginner to intermediate photographers. Participants will gain an understanding of what makes a great photo and pick up some tips, tricks, and techniques that professional photographers use.

Saturday, May 15 at 3 p.m.
  
Digital Photography 3: Mindfulness
Learn awareness of composition and the use of positive/negative space and the lines within the frame.

Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m.
  
DIY Dye Garden
Trying to decide what you want to plant this year? How about adding dye plants to the mix? In this class you will learn about various annuals and perennials that can grow in our climate that can also be used as dyes.

Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Lindsay VanZee invites you to come as you are right now. She asks you to call on your inner child, inviting a playful, lighthearted approach to yoga.

Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
  
Evening Photography
Come learn and expand your knowledge of evening/nighttime photography in the beautiful urban oasis that is Lauritzen Gardens. This after hours exploration will be led and coached by instructor Will Fields. Join Will for evening sessions that will help you further your camera at different times of the year and in differing light and color.

Friday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.
  
Spring Flowering Walk Twilight Tour
Experience one of the most beautiful garden areas during the spring months as a trained docent leads you on a stroll of the spring flowering walk among the magnificent flowering crab apples, peonies and spring flowering bulbs. Cost includes tram ride.

Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m.
  
Woodcarving: Jam Spreaders (Beginner)
Develop the confidence to carve jam spreaders from fresh timber using a basic carving knife. The jam spreader is an outstanding introductory project into woodworking, and it is also a functional utensil that can be used for years in your kitchen.

Saturday, May 22 at 12 p.m.
  
Woodcarving: Scandinavian Spoon (Intermediate)
Develop the confidence to carve traditional wooden spoons from roughed-out spoon blanks with a variety of knives. The style of carving is based on traditional Scandinavian methods using freshly harvested timber.

Saturday, May 22 at 9 p.m.
  
Night Skies: Moon, Mercury, Venus
THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT. Observe faint deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon in the darkness of the garden. Take the tram out to the middle of the garden to view the sky under the light of the moon (masks are required on the tram). Participants should bring a flashlight. $15, $5 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m.
  
Yin Yoga
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that combines deep stretching and relaxation. This more meditative practice helps to lengthen ligaments, soften joints, and improve flexibility over time.

Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Bartending: Sweet Spring Wine Tasting
Spring has sprung! Come celebrate the season by enjoying a series of 8 hand-picked flavored sweet wines and semi-sweet Italian Moscatos provided by WineStyles Tasting Station! Must be 21 to attend. Pre-registration is required. $40, $30 for garden members.

Saturday, May 29 at 8 a.m.
  
Qigong and TaiChi Practice
Focus the breath and improve circulation with slow-flowing moves, emphasis on the breath with Qigong forms.

Wednesday, June 2 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga: Flow/Vinyasa
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you'll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Please bring a mat or towel. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

Wednesday, June 9 at 6 p.m.
  
Relaxation Yoga
This gentle, relaxing introduction to yoga is perfect for beginners or yoga practitioners of all levels.

Thursday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  
Botanical Bus Tour of Kansas City
Take a bus trip with fellow plant enthusiasts and gardeners on an excursion to explore some of the horticultural highlights in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the beauty of Kaufman Memorial Garden, to learn about the history of Jacob Loose Park, and to be inspired by Powell Gardens.

Saturday, June 12 at 9 a.m.
  
Woodcarving: Jam Spreaders (Beginner)
Develop the confidence to carve jam spreaders from fresh timber using a basic carving knife. The jam spreader is an outstanding introductory project into woodworking, and it is also a functional utensil that can be used for years in your kitchen.

Saturday, June 12 at 9 a.m.
  
Digital Photography Level 1
This two-hour class is for beginner photographers. Advance beyond using the automatic settings on your DSLR camera to learn why and when to use the variations of aperture, shutter speed, and lighting. By the end of the two hours, participants will understand in simple terms, the hows and whys of operating their camera.

Saturday, June 12 at 1 p.m.
  
Photography Level 2
This workshop is for upper-level beginner to intermediate photographers. Participants will gain an understanding of what makes a great photo and pick up some tips, tricks, and techniques that professional photographers use.

Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m.
  
Photography Level 3-Point of View
Learn how to change the point of view by changing perspective and the elements within the frame.

June 12 at 10 a.m.
  
Beginner Watercolor Painting
This course will focus on the fundamentals of water color painting. In this hour we will learn how to set up your workspace, how to plan a painting, and how to best approach layering your work from start to finish. We will use a reference image in the classroom set up. This class is a great transition into the intermediate course where you can jump right in to your designs!

June 12 at noon
  
Intermediate Watercolor Painting
Color Mixing: Use the basics (red, blue, yellow) to build all the other colors! We will use a standard palette but blend colors to create all of the different tints, shades, and hues that you could imagine in a garden painting.

Saturday, June 12 at noon
  
Woodcarving: Scandinavian Spoon (Intermediate)
Develop the confidence to carve traditional wooden spoons from roughed-out spoon blanks with a variety of knives. The style of carving is based on traditional Scandinavian methods using freshly harvested timber.

June 14 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: Boutonnieres and Corsages
Dive into the basics of boutonniere design as well as pin-on wrist corsages.

Wednesday, June 16 at 6 p.m.
  
Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that combines deep stretching and relaxation. This more meditative practice helps to lengthen ligaments, soften joints, and improve flexibility.

Wednesday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
  
Evening Photography
Come learn and expand your knowledge of evening/nighttime photography in the beautiful urban oasis that is Lauritzen Gardens. This after hours exploration will be led and coached by instructor Will Fields. Join Will for evening sessions that will help you further your camera at different times of the year and in differing light and color.

Saturday, June 19 at noon
  
Basket Weaving: Country Clothespin
Create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come in these workshops, where “fun and friendships intertwine”.

Saturday, June 19 at 12:30 p.m.
  
Macramé Plant Hangers
In this two-hour workshop, you will learn how to tie basic macramé knots so you can make your own macramé plant hanger! You will also receive a potted plant to take home in your new masterpiece!

Wednesday, June 23 at 6 p.m.
  
Relaxation Yoga
This gentle, relaxing introduction to yoga is perfect for beginners or yoga practitioners of all levels.

June 24 at 10 a.m.
  
Summer Solstice Lecture
- Virtual - Expanding on the subject of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, this richly illustrated talk will present ideas for the plant selection, design, and care of home and community landscapes that are practical and durable, but also beautiful and joyfully livable.

Wednesday, July 7 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga: Flow/Vinyasa
Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you’ll find the peace and stillness inherent in the garden. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels.

July 10 at 12:30 p.m.
  
Macramé Plant Hangers
In this two-hour workshop, you will learn how to tie basic macramé knots so you can make your own macramé plant hanger! You will also receive a potted plant to take home in your new masterpiece!

Wednesday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
  
Relaxation Yoga
This gentle, relaxing introduction to yoga is perfect for beginners or yoga practitioners of all levels.

Saturday, August 21 at noon
  
Basket Weaving: Autumn Blessings
Create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come in these workshops, where “fun and friendships intertwine”.

Saturday, September 25 at noon
  
Basket Weaving: Falling Leaves
Create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come in these workshops, where “fun and friendships intertwine”.

Saturday, November 20 at noon
  
Basket Weaving: Tote Basket
Create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come in these workshops, where “fun and friendships intertwine”.
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