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March 25 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt 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. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

April 1 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga: Flow/Vinyasa
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. 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. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

April 1 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: Daisy-like Flowers
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. THREE SESSIONS: April 1, 8 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Springtime and daisy-like flowers belong together! Learn about the structure of these surprisingly complex flowers and strategies for drawing them using line techniques in graphite. No prior drawing experience is necessary. $50 for garden members, $60 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by March 25.

April 4 at 8:30 p.m.
  
Night Skies: Spring Viewing
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join the Omaha Astronomical Society for a series of outdoor viewing parties. Participants can observe faint deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon in the darkness of the garden. In this session, participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to enjoy the bright moon in the southeast, Venus in the western sky, and beautiful spring constellations.

April 5 at 2 p.m.
  
Herbs and Mood
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. In this class, participants will explore different classes of herbs and review research/studies that show the mood-enhancing effects of a variety of plants. This session will explain how plants may be used to promote general relaxation, with emphasis on an uplifting sense of well-being.

April 7 at 8 a.m.
  
Walking Club Kick-Off
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join us for healthy snacks, refreshments, and speakers providing great information on health-related topics. Please RSVP by filling out the registration form. Admission for non-members will be collected at the front desk on the day of the event. Sponsored by Immanuel Communities.

April 8 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt 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. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

April 11 at 9 a.m.
  
Bird Hike with the Audubon Society
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join the Audubon Society of Omaha on a bird hike through the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary to explore the diversity of birdlife in the garden.

April 11 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Spring Centerpiece
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m.
  
Kokedama with Ticia
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Create your own Kokedama, a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of the nearai bonsai and kusamono planting styles. Today, Kokedama is very popular in Japanese gardens. $59, $49 for garden members. All supplies are provided. Pre-registration required by April 4. RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 21.

April 11 at 1 p.m.
  
Intro to Herbal Teas
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Learn all about different types of teas during these 1.5 hour sessions with The Tea Smith. Many herbs have long been enjoyed for their taste, as well as their wellness properties. In this class, we will investigate and enjoy some of the most well-known herbal drinks.

April 15 at 6 p.m.
  
Yin Yoga
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. 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. Connect with nature and yourself in these yoga workshops for all levels, led by Suzanne Wright. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

April 17 at 5:30 p.m.
  
Spring Ephemerals Twilight Tour
THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join a trained docent as early spring emerges in the form of ephemerals, bulbs, hellebores, and peonies. Includes a tram ride. Pre-registration is required to ensure the proper docent to participant ratio.

April 18 at 9 a.m.
  
Bird Hike with the Audubon Society
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join the Audubon Society of Omaha on a bird hike through the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary to explore the diversity of birdlife in the garden.

April 19 at 2 p.m.
  
Gel Press
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join Oracle Art Supply for an art class utilizing a new printmaking method- gel press. Use fallen leaves, petals, and buds from the garden to create one-of-a-kind prints.

April 22 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt 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. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

April 25 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Create Your Own Wedding Bouquet
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

April 25 at 10 a.m.
  
Coffee: From Seed to Cup
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join the roasters from A Hill of Beans to learn about the process of coffee from seed to cup. Hear about roasting, different methods of brewing, and how to properly taste coffee.

April 26 at 2 p.m.
  
Herbs and Cosmetics
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. In this class, participants will explore a variety of uses and recipes for creating cosmetics. Recipes may include perfume/body fragrance, toothpaste, deodorant, salves, oils, body butters, skin serum, and hair rinses.

April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: May Day Baskets
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift. Learn basic floral design skills that can be used to create all types of arrangements.

April 29 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt 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. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

May 2 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 of Lauritzen Gardens that will highlight the natural history of these captivating travelers.

Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Ombre Arrangement
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

May 2 at noon
  
Basket Weaving with The Weaving Freak: Patriot Swing Market Basket
Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Jeannie Sisson of Woven Keepsakes will conduct this workshop, where "fun and friendships intertwine" and participants will create their own Patriot Swing Market Basket. All supplies are provided.

May 2 at 8:30 p.m.
  
Night Skies: Gibbous Moon
Join the Omaha Astronomical Society for a series of outdoor viewing parties. Participants can observe faint deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon in the darkness of the garden. In this session, participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to enjoy a look at the moon in its gibbous phase. Participants should bring a flashlight.

May 6 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. Presented by Immanuel Communities.

May 13 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt 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. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

May 13 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: A World of Seeds
THREE SESSIONS: May 13, 20, and 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Seeds are as interesting and as varied as the plants they will become. Have fun learning to use artist watercolor pencils to illustrate a variety of seeds in this class. We'll draw them in graphite, and then add a burst of color with the watercolor pencils. No prior drawing experience is necessary. $50 for garden members, $60 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by May 6.

May 16 at noon
  
Intro to Bonsai Workshop
If you are new to bonsai or want to get started, this workshop is for you. Each participant will receive a plant specimen, a suitable pot with soil, and a two-hour workshop, led by recognized bonsai artist Max Miller, designed to give you the basic skills needed to create and care for your own bonsai. The picture is representative of, but not identical to the specimen that participants will receive.

Saturday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m.
  
Macramé Plant Hangers
Macramé is back and is better than ever! Join Andrea Elarton for a two-hour workshop to learn how to make basic knots, and then make your own macramé plant hanger and pot up a plant to take home in your new masterpiece.

Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: Memorial Arrangements
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

May 20 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.

May 22 at 5:30 p.m.
  
Spring Flowering Walk Twilight Tour
Join a trained docent to view the spring flowering walk, which includes our magnificent flowering crabapples, peonies, lilacs, and other spring bloomers. Includes a tram ride.

May 27 at 6 p.m.
  
Yoga for Beginners
Encircled by these beautiful botanical gardens, Janie Helt 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. She will be your guide as you tune into breath, connect with your body, and take in your surroundings as you flow through gentle movements.

Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: European Hand-Tied Arrangement
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

May 30 at 1 p.m.
  
Iced Teas
Learn all about different types of teas during these 1.5 hour sessions with The Tea Smith. Americans drink about 80% of their tea iced. In this class, we will look at the history of iced teas and try some great new ways to make them. We will also enjoy some new seasonal selections.

Sunday, May 31 at 2 p.m.
  
Natural Fabric Dyeing: Indigo Intensive
Ashton Page will introduce participants to the illustrious and alluring Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria), a dye with an interesting history and intense color. Each participant will create their own personal starter vat of Indigo in the fermentation method.

Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m.
  
Watercolor Painting
Capture the beauty of the garden while learning about the basics of watercolor painting. Great for beginners!

Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
  
Natural Fabric Dyeing: Exploration of Fabrics
This class is for the curious investigator in all of us! As with all-natural dyes, Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) reacts differently, in both color and robustness, to different fibers. In this class, participants will experiment with protein fibers (from animals) and cellulose fibers (from plants) and will learn different dipping techniques used to create a variety of shades.

Wednesday, June 10 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: Trees and Leaves
First of two sessions: Trees contribute so much to our lives. Cool off this June with a drawing class dedicated to our shade trees. Learn how trees are classified, and how this applies to illustrate them. Explore ways of recording leaf structure through leaf rubbings (not just for children!), tracings, and sketches.

Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Intro to Modern Trends
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

Saturday, June 13 at noon
  
Basket Weaving with The Weaving Freak: Market Basket
Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Jeannie Sisson of Woven Keepsakes will conduct this workshop, where "fun and friendships intertwine" and participants will create their own market basket.

Saturday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m.
  
Macramé Plant Hangers
Macramé is back and is better than ever! Join Andrea Elarton for a two-hour workshop to learn how to make basic knots, and then make your own macramé plant hanger and pot up a plant to take home in your new masterpiece.

Sunday, June 14 at noon
  
Polymer Clay Pens
Inspired by patterns found in nature, make your own customized polymer clay pens for work or home.

Wednesday, June 17 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: Trees and Leaves
Second of two sessions: Trees contribute so much to our lives. Cool off this June with a drawing class dedicated to our shade trees. Learn how trees are classified, and how this applies to illustrate them. Explore ways of recording leaf structure through leaf rubbings (not just for children!), tracings, and sketches.

June 17 at 6 p.m.
  
Savory Spices: BBQ
Savory Spice Shop owners Debbie and Murat Akyurek love to share their passion for cooking and knowledge of spices. From rubs to salts to specialty seasonings, learn about the best in BBQ spices, just in time for grilling season!

June 18 at 7 p.m.
  
The Living Landscape - Summer Solstice Lecture
Presented by Rick Darke, this richly illustrated talk will provide ideas for the plant selection, design, and care of home and community landscapes that are practical and durable, but also beautiful and joyfully livable.

June 19 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Bartending: Whiskey
Join Spirit World Omaha for a variety of botanical bartending classes with Alzuri, Spirit World's own "Spirit Guide." In this session, learn about the process of making whiskey and then enjoy a whiskey tasting.

Monday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: Sparkle for the Fourth
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

June 24 at 6 p.m.
  
Chocolate Tasting with Chocolaterie Stam
Join us for a chocolate tasting with Chocolaterie Stam (located in Shadow Lake). This session will include information about the rich history of chocolate and Chocolaterie Stam, fun facts about chocolate, and samples of some of the shop's most delicious chocolates.

Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Dried/Preserved Floral Arrangement
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

Saturday, June 27 at 9 a.m.
  
Woodcarving: Russian Fan Birds
A traditional craft from Eastern Europe, fan birds have long been thought to protect the home and bring happiness and health to those in it. Join Ty Thornock, a green woodworker from Persia, Iowa, for a day-long course to learn the basics of knife skills and woodcarving using locally-sourced wood (mostly fallen branches and trees that are removed).

Sunday, June 28 at noon
  
Cyanotype Sun Printing
Cyanotypes are a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print, or blueprint, that can be used to create a beautiful botanical piece of art for your home. Join us for this workshop with Samantha Gueldon to learn about this artform and create your own piece.

Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.
  
Gel Press
Join Oracle Art Supply for an art class utilizing a new printmaking method- gel press. Use fallen leaves, petals, and buds from the garden to create one-of-a-kind prints.

July 18 at noon
  
Basket Weaving with The Weaving Freak: Cherokee Wheels Basket
Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Jeannie Sisson of Woven Keepsakes will conduct this workshop, where "fun and friendships intertwine" and participants will create their own Cherokee Wheels basket.

Saturday, July 18 at 12:30 p.m.
  
Macramé Plant Hangers
Macramé is back and is better than ever! Join Andrea Elarton for a two-hour workshop to learn how to make basic knots, and then make your own macramé plant hanger and pot up a plant to take home in your new masterpiece.

Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: Under the Sea
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

July 22 at 6 p.m.
  
Chocolate Tasting with Chocolaterie Stam
Join us for a chocolate tasting with Chocolaterie Stam (located in Shadow Lake). This session will include information about the rich history of chocolate and Chocolaterie Stam, fun facts about chocolate, and samples of some of the shop's most delicious chocolates.

July 24 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Bartending: Gin
Join Spirit World Omaha for a variety of botanical bartending classes with Alzuri, Spirit World's own "Spirit Guide." In this session, learn about the botanicals used in the gin-making process and the wide variety of botanical gins on the market, while enjoying a gin tasting.

Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Intro to Ikebana
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

Saturday, July 25 at noon
  
Watercolor Painting
Capture the beauty of the garden while learning about the basics of watercolor painting. Create your own masterpiece with instructor Samantha Gueldon guiding you each step of the way. Great for beginners! A supply list will be provided in advance of the class.

July 26 at noon
  
Savory Spices: Salt-Free Seasonings
Savory Spice Shop owners Debbie and Murat Akyurek love to share their passion for cooking and knowledge of spices. In this session, learn about the spices and mixes that will add great flavor to your food without adding extra salt.

Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m.
  
Natural Fabric Dyeing: Woad Apron
This class is designed for anyone who loves a soft blue and is in need of a new apron! Woad (Isatis tinctoria) is the cousin of Indigo, and this dye bonds particularly well with cellulose fibers.

Saturday, August 8 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Cigar Box Arrangement
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

August 8 at noon
  
Cyanotype Sun Printing
Cyanotypes are a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print, or blueprint, that can be used to create a beautiful botanical piece of art for your home. Bring your own surface to sun print in this workshop with Samantha Gueldon. Coasters, a tote bag, pillowcases, poster paper, you name it!

August 9 at noon
  
Polymer Clay Pens
Inspired by patterns found in nature, make your own customized polymer clay pens for work or home. Workshop includes time to make your own decorative pens, instruction from Skyler Kuehn, supplies, and information for kilning them at home.

August 15 at 9 a.m.
  
Woodcarving: Scandinavian Spoon
Join Ty Thornock, a green woodworker from Persia, Iowa, for a day-long course to learn the basics of knife skills and woodcarving using locally-sourced wood (mostly fallen branches and trees that are removed), and create a beautiful and functional Scandinavian spoon.

August 15 at 12:30 p.m.
  
Macramé Plant Hangers
Macramé is back and is better than ever! Join Andrea Elarton for a two-hour workshop to learn how to make basic knots, and then make your own macramé plant hanger and pot up a plant to take home in your new masterpiece.

August 16 at noon
  
Savory Spices: Baking
Savory Spice Shop owners Debbie and Murat Akyurek love to share their passion for cooking and knowledge of spices. From cinnamon for your snickerdoodle cookies, cocoa powder for a chocolate cake, vanilla for creme brulee, and more, spices, extracts, and sweeteners give a depth of flavor to baked goods. Learn about the spices from all over the world that are at the heart of baking, and those that can shake up the most classic of recipes.

August 21 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Bartending: Scavenger Hunt
Join Spirit World Omaha at Lauritzen Gardens for a variety of botanical bartending classes with Alzuri, Spirit World's own "Spirit Guide." In this session, stroll through the garden, snap a picture of the flower or herb from the scavenger hunt list, and bring your picture back to sample a liquor featuring that particular plant!

Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Rose Arrangement with a Modern Twist
Make beautiful floral designs to display at home or give as a gift.

August 26 at 6 p.m.
  
Chocolate Tasting with Chocolaterie Stam
Join us for a chocolate tasting with Chocolaterie Stam (located in Shadow Lake). This session will include information about the rich history of chocolate and Chocolaterie Stam, fun facts about chocolate, and samples of some of the shop's most delicious chocolates.

Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: Fruit
First of two sessions: August 27 and September 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. What exactly is a fruit? Is an eggplant or an acorn a fruit? Join us as we investigate the mysterious and fascinating world of fruits while drawing! Learn how to create an accurate illustration of fruit in graphite using line techniques and measurements.

August 29 at 9 a.m.
  
Woodcarving: Woodware for the Home
Join Ty Thornock, a green woodworker from Persia, Iowa, for a day-long course to learn the basics of knife skills and woodcarving using locally-sourced wood (mostly fallen branches and trees that are removed), and create practical woodware for the home.

August 29 at 2 p.m.
  
Natural Fabric Dyeing: Enliven Your Wardrobe with Eco-printing
In this session, participants will take a leisurely hike around the garden and collect fallen plant materials with unique structures, shapes, and sizes and then use them to create a special piece of wearable art. The diversity in nature will create an abundance of possibilities and opportunities to experiment and will yield beautiful results.

August 29 at 9:30 p.m.
  
Night Skies: Showpiece Planets
Join the Omaha Astronomical Society for a series of outdoor viewing parties. Participants can observe faint deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon in the darkness of the garden. In this session, participants will take the tram out to the middle of the garden to view the moon, as well as Jupiter and Saturn's return to the night sky. Participants should bring a flashlight.

Thursday, September 3 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing for Beginners: Fruit
First of two sessions: August 27 and September 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. What exactly is a fruit? Is an eggplant or an acorn a fruit? Join us as we investigate the mysterious and fascinating world of fruits while drawing! Learn how to create an accurate illustration of fruit in graphite using line techniques and measurements.

September 12 at noon
  
Basket Weaving with The Weaving Freak: Freedom Market Basket
Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Jeannie Sisson of Woven Keepsakes will conduct this workshop, where "fun and friendships intertwine" and participants will create their own Freedom Market Basket.
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