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Gardens of Eatin’ Birch Tree Collection Pocket Gophers

Exhibits, Classes and Activities

Circulators Starting Point – Home Demo Garden Photo by Mark MacLennan

ARBORETUM GARDEN OPEN HOUSES The “stars” of September – the ornamental grasses, the prairie and the dahlia and lily walk – will be showcased in three garden open houses this month. If you’re wondering which grasses would work in your landscape, how to incorporate prairie blooms into your garden, or how to grow a dazzling dahlia or luscious lily, visit one of these “open houses.” It’s a chance to talk to the Arboretum plant experts, see an amazing variety of plant life and enjoy the brisk air of September. Here’s the schedule: Thursday, Sept. 12: Ornamental Grass Collection, 4-6 p.m. with Mary Meyer, professor.

An extra bonus: Mary Meyer will speak at an additional Ornamental Grass Collection open house on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 6 p.m., if you can’t make the September event. SEP TE M BER 2013 • VO L 32, N O. 6 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Magazine is published seven times a year by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318-9613, 952-443-1400. The magazine is a benefit of Arboretum membership. No portion may be reprinted without permission from the Arboretum. The information published in this magazine is not necessarily endorsed by the University of Minnesota. Patrick B. Petersen, Editor Judy Hohmann, Marketing & Communications Manager Tanya Kingery, True Reflection Design, Art Director Edward L. Schneider, Arboretum Director Megan Dayton, President, Board of Trustees Timothy S. Kenny, Director, Education Peter C. Moe, Director, Operations Frank J. Molek, Director, Development and Communications The Arboretum welcomes feedback from readers at The Arboretum is part of The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. To request a copy of this publication in alternate format, please call 952-443-1438.

Ahhs of Autumn

Wherever you choose to go, see the Arboretum in a whole new light. Take the Trumpet Creeper Tram, hop on the free Visitor Circulators for step-on, step-off convenience and hike into the heart of the Arboretum. Whatever experience you choose, we hope it brings an “Ahh” to your lips. Explore the fall Scarecrows on Parade, the garden harvest at the “World of Home Demonstration Gardens” and the spectacle of pumpkins and squash. Do the trails to the Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit, bog walk, Maze Garden, new Sculpture Garden. Don’t forget the fall blooms. Plus, Weekend Family Fun programs, Witch Hazel Hustle 5K and Ar-BOO-retum Halloween day trick ‘n treat fun.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Dahlia & Lily walk, 4-6 p.m. with Paul Sotak, landscape gardener.

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The best fall color in town is at the Arboretum. That’s what we tell our friends and family from out of town. The Arboretum is home to the most diverse collection of trees for fall color of anywhere in Minnesota, according to Matt Schuth, naturalist and volunteer for guided walks. Beyond the natural beauty of a changing season, autumn brings out the spirit of adventure.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Prairie, 10 a.m.-noon with Richard Gjertson, landscape gardener.


A Message From the Director...

There are fall adventures indoors, too. Something for all the senses: appletasting weekends, the Auxiliary Harvest Sale, the “Golden Harvest” art exhibit in the Reedy Gallery, and of course the AppleHouse for your favorite SweeTango,® Honeycrisp, Haralson, Wealthy apples and more. Make the Arboretum your place to visit this fall. See you at the Arboretum.

Table of Contents... Birch Tree Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Flower Arranging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Gala Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Sept. Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Gardens of Eatin’/Apples . . . . . . . . 5

Calendar at a Glance. . . . . . . . 10-11

Donor Feature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Art/Save the Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Pocket Gophers/Travel. . . . . . . . . . . 7

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On the Cover: Fall Crocus Photo by Don Olson

Arboretum Birch Trees Photo by Christopher Hall

Abundant Species in Birch Collection

The Fifth in a Continuing Series on Tree and Shrub Collections at the Arboretum Jeffrey Louis Johnson Woody Plants Specialist The Arboretum Birch Collection is among the most popular with visitors for good reason. You can find many birches in the main gardens, but you may want to explore further by visiting the Birch Collection along Three-Mile Drive (park in the Prairie Garden Parking Lot), and the ‘Old Birch Collection’ near the Oak and Nut Collection (park at the Oak and Nut Parking Lot or take the Circulator to the Maze Garden and walk north). The family, Betulaceae, of which Birch (Betula) is the namesake, are a large group of catkin-generating trees and shrubs including many Midwestern natives. When people think “Birch” usually the first thing that comes to mind is Paper Birch – Betula papyrifera. But there are many other, and better, alternatives, due to Paper Birch’s susceptibility to Bronze Birch Borer when planted out of its native range. Asian White Birch – Betula papyrifera – is often recommended and touted as borer-resistant, but the Arboretum has lost

several specimens to borer damage. Some of the less showy native birches such as Sweet Birch – Betula lenta – and Yellow Birch – Betula alleghaniensis – are a good alternative. River Birch, Betula nigra, is a great substitute and highly recommended, with more cinnamon-colored leaves and better disease-resistance. The birch trees between the Oswald Visitor Center and the Snyder Building are holding up remarkably well despite suffering construction root loss. One very interesting specimen of River Birch is in the Bailey Shrub Walk. It is a dwarf, wide-spreading, pyramidal cultivar Betula nigra ‘Little King.’ Read more: “Native Trees of the Midwest” – contains identification, wildlife values and landscaping use for native trees including birches. Sally S. Weeks, $45 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

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Auctioneer Andy Imholte, Fladeboe Auctions Photos by Todd Mulvihill PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Gala in the Gardens – Thank you! On June 20, an evening of sizzling temps and great expectations, more than 300 Arboretum friends and guests converged on the Arboretum for the 25th annual Gala in the Gardens benefit fundraiser, hosted by the Arboretum Foundation.


Jeannine Rivet and Warren Herreid II GOLD SPONSORS:

Then came the garden stroll to the party tent where guests enjoyed music by the Nelson Devereaux Trio and were welcomed by emcee Belinda Jensen of KARE 11 TV, Arboretum Director Ed Schneider and Arboretum Foundation President David Maiser.



Dinner and live auction ensued with lively bidding on such “treasures” as private estate garden tours, Twin Cities live entertainment packages, Gopher statues and seasonal patio displays. Excitement filled the air for the Fund-A-Need bidding. This year’s focus is for a site plan and schematic design for the proposed Farm Garden at the Arboretum’s iconic Red Barn. This new project encompasses indoor-outdoor cooking stations, display and research gardens, bee discovery and pollination gardens and nature-based therapy, paving the way for increased access to science, research, discovery and family fun.


The Fund-A-Need raised more than $85,000 – a record for the Gala. (The evening’s earlier live auction also raised nearly $30,000 for the Arboretum, beyond regular Gala proceeds.) Thank you to everyone who gave so generously!

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Bachman’s, Len Busch Roses, Countryside Gardens, Victoria Rose Floral, Indulge & Bloom, and Foliage Design Systems for the floral arrangements.


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The sultry weather forced the cocktail hour indoors to the Oswald Visitor Center, where guests entered via a festive cordoned-off “green” carpet, enjoyed a “corsage bar,” cocktails and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres while greeting friends – new and old – and perusing silent auction items, to the backdrop of music by the St. Paul Quartet.

Special kudos to Gala committee chair, Foundation trustee Michele Martin, and committee members Susan Campbell, Linda Cutler, Megan Dayton, Nancy McCabe, Kathleen Murphy, Sarah Asebedo and Susan Bachman West.

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Purple Carrots Photo by Robynmac

Harvest Time in the Gardens of Eatin’ Rob Woodworth Marketing Intern Carefully plotted within the Home Demonstration Gardens, the Gardens of Eatin’ serve as an “idea lab” for visitors to the Arboretum. Designed and arranged by landscape gardener Ted Pew and his crew, these vibrant gardens offer a multi-purpose and multi-ethnic approach to do-it-yourself gardening and menu planning with fresh ingredients. This year will be an eclectic harvest, as the theme of the gardens transports visitors to the Middle East; a culinary area the Arboretum is exploring for the first time. Selecting varietals native to the Arabian Peninsula, Western Asia, India and Northern Africa, Ted has assembled a diverse and flavorful combination of many different cultivars that will satisfy all tastes and palates. But perhaps what is most exciting is that all the exotic veggies, herbs and legumes grown in the Gardens of Eatin’ will grow happily in your backyard as well! Some of the more unfamiliar plants include okra, chickpeas, black & purple carrots, sesame, coriander, fava beans,


pomegranate, sesame, turmeric and sumac. However, there are plenty of familiar favorites, including peppers, onions, asparagus, eggplant, basil, mint, tomatoes, garlic, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cilantro, squash, spinach and many more! Because of the late and super-saturated spring, Ted is expecting a variable harvest, but confident that the gardens will provide a luscious bounty throughout the fall. Watch for some of the produce in Arboretum Restaurant menu items. For more ideas, tips or recipes, visit the Gardens of Eatin’ blog at Read more: “How to Store Your Garden Produce” – a modern guide to storing and preserving your garden produce. Piers Warren, $14.95, and “Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest” – explains how to savor the bounty of your harvest year-round. Carla Emery, $16.95 – both available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

APPLE HARVEST The University of Minnesota is renowned for its cold-hardy plant and fruit-breeding program. With international favorites like the Honeycrisp, the program is perhaps best known for its varietal development of apple trees. Because of a late and heavy frost last year, all of Minnesota had low yields of apple crop; giving the trees at the Arboretum’s Horticultural Research Center a huge bloom this season. Research Scientist and Pomologist David Bedford is hopeful that pollination efforts were a success despite the wet spring, and that fall will bring a bountiful harvest of Zestar!,® SnowSweet,® SweeTango,® Honeycrisp and more. Visit the AppleHouse daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., beginning in early September. Read more: “The Holistic Orchard” – all the basic information that is needed to create and maintain a living orchard. Michael Phillips, $39.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

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Arbor Gateway to Arboretum

Kandi & Bart Osborn

Passions Rooted in Trees and Plants Judy Hohmann Marketing & Communications Manager

For Bart and Kandi Osborn, a love of the landscape and gardens has made the Arboretum an important part of their life for more than three decades. It all started 33 years ago with a visit to the Arboretum to get ideas on what types of trees and hedges could be planted at their new home. The architect for their new house was Edwin Lundie, designer of the Arboretum’s Snyder Building. Over the years, their relationship with the Arboretum expanded. There is the connection to the Lake Minnetonka Garden Club—one of the historic founders of the Arboretum in 1958; and where Kandi is a current member. They both became dedicated volunteers. Bart was a guide for group tours for a few years and served as a trustee for nine years with the Arboretum Foundation. Kandi is currently serving as a trustee with the foundation, and is in her sixth year. Their passion for trees and plants grew. Bart is a devotee of trees, having completed classes at the Arboretum and

University of Minnesota on tree identification. He estimates their home tree collection at 108 trees, all 87 varieties grown at the Arboretum. The Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit is a favorite spot. Bart proclaims trees as “gorgeous” and shares his love of trees by underwriting metal labels to help identify trees at the Arboretum. The Osborns funded the Arboretum monument sign at Highways 5 & 41 and more recently, donated monies for the pine trees flanking it, establishing an arbor gateway. Kandi is inspired by the Arboretum gardens, especially the dahlia and peony collections. She looks for varieties that would add a pop of color to her home gardens. Her love of plants, shrubs and hedges extended into gardening, photography and cooking classes at the Arboretum. She looks forward to the new bee center at the Arboretum and learning about pollinator gardens. As for Bart, he is excited about the Eastern drive extension off Three-Mile Drive, with potential to ”…double the number of trees.”

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT Matthew Lindholm, of Minnetonka, designed an outdoor map/brochure stand with planter base and a mounted frame for the Arboretum as the project for his Eagle Scout award. A scout in Troop 345, Matt and a team of scouts and family built the structure, now installed outside the Oswald Visitor Center. Thanks and congrats to Matt on his Eagle Scout achievement.


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ARBORETUM TRAVEL with Peter Olin, Arboretum Director Emeritus Reserve now for these upcoming trips: Pocket Gopher Photo by Ruudglasbergen

Aerator of the Plains Matt Schuth Naturalist

The Arboretum’s Goldy Gopher exhibit leaves the grounds at the end of August, but our real gopher is a permanent resident. The pocket gopher is a burrowing rodent that lives its entire life underground. It has been called the “aerator of the plains,” as its extensive digging is a key component in the health of any ecological system where it is present. A study in Yellowstone National Park estimated that one pocket gopher may excavate as much as five tons of soil each year. Think of the time it would take to remove an equivalent amount of soil with just two teaspoons! A pocket gopher’s underground tunnels can run up to 500 feet in length. The soil that is pushed above ground increases plant regeneration and distribution and allows rainfall and snowmelt to more efficiently permeate the soil. A study in Colorado documented at least 22 species of animals utilizing gopher burrows, including snakes, mice, ground squirrels and others. The pocket gopher’s body is uniquely adapted to an underground existence. It has powerful front legs with sharp claws. A pocket gopher’s lips close behind its sharp incisors, keeping dirt out of its mouth while it digs. Like other rodents, gophers must constantly chew on hard objects to keep their teeth from growing. They have tube-shaped bodies, narrow hips and smooth fur that allow them to move easily in cramped spaces. Gophers are solitary animals. One gopher can dig up to 50 mounds. The name “pocket gopher” comes from the fur-lined cheek pouch which is used to store food. The pouches extend up to the front shoulders and can be turned inside out to remove stored material. Pocket gophers have two to six young, once per year. Shoshone Indians believed gophers were medicine animals that could cause or cure sickness. It was thought that birth defects were caused by pregnant women eating vegetables a gopher had touched. Because pocket gopher mounds caused havoc in hayfields, farm kids trapped them and received a bounty for each pair of front feet taken. If they had known Native Americans considered it bad luck to kill a gopher, they may not have been so diligent about catching them! While walking the Bennett-Johnson Prairie, take note of the mounds of soil and know that an unseen friend is helping to keep our world healthy. Read more: “Great Lakes Nature Guide” – a great reference book containing, info on 452 animals and their behaviors, as well as plants and their uses. James S. McCormac, $19.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

Exotic Thailand & Cambodia – Angkor Wat, Thai Gardens and Culture: December 2 – 13. Enjoy art, botanical gardens, floating markets and more. Gardens of South Florida: January 18 – 27, 2014. Edison and Ford estates, Naples Botanical Garden, Miami’s Fairchild Garden, Vizcaya, Truman Little White House. Darwin’s Galapagos and Flora/Fauna of Ecuador: February 27 – March 11, 2014. Historic Quito, orchids, Cloud Forest and Darwin’s domain: Galapagos. Future destinations: Germany and Poland: May 11 – 22, 2014. China: June 15 – 27, 2014. India: November 2014. Contact Peter Olin at 952-443-1412 or or visit our website

FALL COLOR ALERT The Arboretum will soon welcome the most diverse collection of fall color observable anywhere in Minnesota! Take to the grounds on foot or via the Circulator and step into a wooded world of flaming oranges, vibrant reds, and shimmering golds as our broadleaf trees begin their winter hibernation. Marvel at the golden tamaracks on display as you stroll the bog boardwalk. Get the latest scoop on what’s turning leaf and what to expect soon by calling our Fall Color Hotline at 612-625-9791. Read more: “Trees 4 Seasons” – celebrate the spectacular pageant of seasonal change that trees bring to our landscapes. Daniel D, Weinbach, $34.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

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Ashley Fox

Thursday, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. Presentations will address personal motivation, the influence of social connections on our behavior, and the capacity of individuals and communities to engage in green infrastructure practices. Learn effective techniques that successfully lead to action in a variety of audiences, and gain clearer understanding of ways to engage people to achieve clean water in our communities. $60 members, $70 non-members. Full details: 2013CleanWaterSummit.aspx. Presenting Sponsor:

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Floral Design 101 Jill Leenay Education Coordinator

In May, the Arboretum hosted its first flower arranging class with acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox, of Ashley Fox Designs. The class quickly sold out to a captivated crowd! Lucky participants touted stunning arrangements, fragrant evidence of their new skill. As a result of the overwhelming success, new design classes have been added for fall, including Arranging with Warm Roses and Autumn Leaves, Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece, and Make a Holiday Wreath. In an interview, Ashley shared some of her inspirations and her design philosophy. When did you discover your love of plants? Working with my Dad in his veggie garden when I was a toddler. I loved the smell of dirt. Still do.

RESERVE TODAY FOR MEMBER ORIENTATION Ever wondered how many gardens and collections are at the Arboretum? What gardens are most spectacular during each season? Membership Orientation sessions this fall will reveal secrets and surprises about the Arboretum. Each orientation will vary slightly but will cover in-depth information about the roots of the organization. Arboretum staff will be on-site to give information sessions about garden specifics, volunteer opportunities, donor relations, and more. Stop in for a bit or stay for the whole session. You’re sure to leave with the knowledge you need to make the most out of your membership! Schedule – Sept. 28, Dec. 14, March 15, and June 14, at 1 p.m. To join: or call: 952-443-1440.


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What are your favorite plants? I adore herbs. I also love heirloom garden roses, so indulgent, fragile and beautiful...and the scent! I’m known to experiment with the plants growing in my own yard to see what makes a good cut flower. So you advise using flowers from home gardens? Yes! Learn to appreciate what each season brings. It doesn’t have to be big and grand to be a “wow” work of art. Tell us a secret! I forage from the side of the road. I carry a clipper in my van. I am not the only designer who does this! By the way, there is no clipping allowed at the Arboretum. (laughs) What do you wish for your students? I wish for them to not be afraid to make mistakes. Be fearless. I teach a formula for building a successful design, but after listening to my basic ideas, the students who are truly successful are the ones who do what they love. Make it your own and love it. See a listing of Ashley’s floral design classes and other fall offerings from the Arboretum Education Department under “Adult Classes” at www.arboretum.umn. edu/eventsprograms.aspx. Read more: “Hardie Newton’s Celebration of Flowers” – dozens of helpful hints for picking, arranging and appreciating flowers. Photographs by Sunny Reynolds, $27.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

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{ happenings} Apple-Tasting Weekends Taste-test U of M research apples and rate your favorites! Evalutate them for flavor, size and texture to help apple scientists discover the next Honeycrisp. Sample apple varieties and meet with Master Gardeners during the weekends of: Sept. 21/22, 28/29 and Oct. 5/6, 12/13. Apple tastings run from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center and are free with gate admission. Select varieties of bagged apples will also be for sale in the Gift Store. Auxiliary Harvest Sale by Ann Dryer

Auxiliary Harvest Sale Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Stop in to browse this fall’s offerings as the Auxiliary hosts its annual Harvest Sale and Quilt Raffle. The event features festive, dried floral arrangements, potpourri, greeting cards, wreaths and other scented items for sale. Auxiliary members craft all sale items from natural Minnesota materials, and provide handmade hats, purses, and other clothing accessories as well. Highlighting this year’s sale again is the raffle for a handmade quilt created by the Auxiliary Traditional Quilters. Raffle tickets for the quilt remain available in the Oswald Visitor Center for $2 until the drawing on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. AppleHouse

AppleHouse Opens Early Sept., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily Purchase apples from a changing inventory of 50 varieties throughout the season – from longtime favorites to recent University of Minnesota introductions, including Zestar!.® SweeTango® and Honeycrisp! Select from a variety of specialty food items and merchandise in the AppleHouse Gift Shop. Proceeds benefit the University of Minnesota’s apple research program.

The AppleHouse is located 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance on State Highway 5 and Rolling Acres Road. For a daily update of available apple varieties, call the AppleHouse Hotline at 952-443-1409. Go to to download the 2013 estimated harvest apple availability sheet.

Japanese Moon Viewing Enjoy an evening of moon-viewing, music, haiku and tea on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ornamental Grass Collection on Three-Mile Drive (near the Maze Garden). The event is inspired by Japanese and Chinese harvest traditions. Celebrated by emperors and commoners alike and called “Tsukimi” in Japan, the moon-viewing tradition became linked to a farmers’ festival when the rice was harvested and the end-of-summer fruits and vegetables were ripe. Japanese Moon Viewing is open to the public and is free with Arboretum gate admission. For walkers, the Ornamental Grass Collection is about a half-mile walk from the Oswald Visitor Center. There also is a small parking lot adjacent to the Ornamental Grass Collection, if you’re driving to the event. Scarecrow by Jackie Smith

Scarecrows in the Gardens From Sept. 21 to Oct. 27, stroll through the Arboretum grounds and check out our collection of one-of-a-kind scarecrows scattered throughout the gardens. Created by Arboretum staff and professional designers, each garden figure is uniquely designed to capture the spirit of the season. There will also be a judged scarecrow competition that will accept entries from the public.

Music in the Gardens: “Jazz on the Prairie” Sunday, Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m. Enjoy toe-tapping Big Band jazz on the Trex Deck, including sounds of Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson. Free with gate admission. Sponsored by Park Dental.

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CALENDAR-AT-A PROGR A MS & EV ENTS... APPLEHOUSE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (beginning early Sept.) 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance, on State Highway 5 and Rolling Acres Road Purchase apples from a changing inventory of 50 varieties throughout the season, specialty food items and merchandise in the AppleHouse Gift Shop. Proceeds benefit the University of Minnesota’s apple-research program. For a daily update of available apple varieties, call the AppleHouse Hotline at (952)443-1409.

Sunday, September 1 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN: FALL INTO WHIMSY Noon-4 p.m. (drop in), free with gate admission, Marion Andrus Learning Center Tease magic out of seeds, twigs and leaves to turn them into fairies, gnomes and elves. Then take them outside into the Green Play Yard and help build an elfin kingdom under the trees.

Thursday, September 5 STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY 10:30-11 a.m., free with gate admission, Andersen Horticultural Library, Snyder Building Stories for the young and young at heart. Geared toward toddlers and preschoolers.

STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See Sept. 5) 2013 CLEAN WATER SUMMIT 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $60/$70, MacMillan Auditorium (See Page 8)

Friday, September 13 APPLE HARVEST HOME SCHOOL DAY (965-09-13-13) 1:15-2:30 p.m., $8/$10, includes adult admission for home-school educator, Horticultural Research Center Suggested ages: 1st-6th grade. Tour the birthplace of the Honeycrisp Apple and find out how U of M scientists are growing better apples, from breeding research to Integrated Pest Management.

Saturday, September 14 WALK WITH MATT: MUSHROOM HUNT! (960-09-14-13) 10 a.m.-Noon, $10/$25, Ordway parking lot Join Matt Schuth, Arboretum naturalist and birding expert, to learn the secrets and beauty of autumn fungi and mushrooms. Along the way, you’ll learn about the late summer flowers, birds and insects that make autumn one of the most glorious times for exploring at the Arb!


YOU CAN BECOME A VINTNER: INTRODUCTION TO WINEMAKING (200-09-14-13) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $70/$80, Marion Andrus Learning Center Katie Cook, U of M enologist with an advanced enology degree from the University of Burgundy, shares techniques based on research from the U of M, a leader in cold-climate wine grape breeding. For all levels.

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MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: JAZZ ON THE PRAIRIE 1-3 p.m., Trex Deck, free with gate admission This 20-piece big band from Eden Prairie performs jazz from the Roaring ‘20s to the Big Band era and later.

Sunday, September 15 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See Sept. 1)


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Wednesday, September 11

JAPANESE MOON VIEWING 6-8 p.m., Ornamental Grass Collection (See Page 9)

MONTHLY AFTERNOON TEA 2:30-4 p.m., $26 member/$29 non-member, Snyder Tea Room Enjoy a multi-course traditional tea, complete with sweets and savories, scones and English trifle. Call (612)626-3951 for reservations.

Thursday, September 12 OPEN HOUSE IN THE GARDEN: ORNAMENTAL GRASSES 4-6 p.m., free with gate admission, Ornamental Grass Collection (See Page 3) YOGA IN THE GARDENS 6 p.m., free with gate admission, Arboretum grounds Get your Zen on while enjoying yoga in the beautiful Arboretum gardens. Sponsored by Life Time Fitness.


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Saturday, September 21 MINNESOTA LOCAL – HONEY, CHEESES, APPLES & MORE (800-09-21-13) 9-11 a.m., $35/$45, Marion Andrus Learning Center This Cooking in the Kitchen class celebrates Minnesota’s autumn harvest. Visit for more information. THE ARBORETUM BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR 9:30 a.m.-Noon, $15/$30, Oswald Visitor Center Hop on the Arboretum bus and be a part of this exclusive tour with expert horticulturist Jeffrey Johnson. Learn about the Arboretum’s history, heritage and its scientific research endeavors. Advance registration required.

To Register for Classes: call 952-443-1422 or visit OPEN HOUSE IN THE GARDENS: THE PRAIRIE 10 a.m.-Noon, free with gate admission, Prairie areas on Three-Mile Drive Learn all about prairie plants from an Arboretum expert. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See Sept. 1) APPLE TASTING (See Page 9)

Sunday, September 22 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See Sept. 1) APPLE TASTING (See Page 9)

Thursday, September 26 ARBORETUM OUTDOORS! WITH HOIGAARD’S 1 & 6 p.m., free with gate admission, Oswald Visitor Center. Learn the techniques of Nordic walking. STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See Sept. 5) LOCAL FARM BOUNTY DINNER AND BOOK SIGNING (800-09-26-13) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $55/$65, VIP Pricing $75/$90, Marion Andrus Learning Center Join Beth Dooley, restaurant critic, food columnist and author of “Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook.” Buy a signed copy from the author and feast on vegetables, fruits and sausage paired with award-winning artisan cheeses from Shepherd’s Way Farms. Limited VIP registration includes reserved seating and a bag of local farm goodies. See for menu. OPEN HOUSES IN THE GARDENS: DAHLIA & LILY WALK 4-6 p.m., free with gate admission, Dahlia & Lily collections Learn all about the many varieties in these collections from an Arboretum expert. STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See Sept. 5)

Friday, September 27 “TREES FOR MINNESOTA” HOME SCHOOL DAY (965-09-27-13) 12:15-2:15p.m., $8/$10, includes adult admission for home-school educator, Sensory Garden Program Center Suggested ages: 3rd-6th. Find out how scientists classify trees and practice identification in the Woodland Wildflower Garden using a scientific key. Learn methods for estimating the height of a tree, and tour the Pillsbury Shade Tree exhibit to compare the qualities of many different shade trees.

Saturday, September 28 MAKE AND TAKE: WARM ROSES AND AUTUMN LEAVES 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $68/$84, Bundle all 3 upcoming flower design classes for $200 member/$240 non-member, Marion Andrus Learning Center Talented floral designer Ashley Fox is back with the inspiration and ingredients for you to make your own breathtaking autumn arrangement and bring this glorious season indoors. PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE INTENSIVE: TEXTURES AND PATTERNS IN NATURE (750-09-28-13) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $180/$210, Marion Andrus Learning Center 3 sessions. Also includes Saturdays Nov. 9 and Dec. 7. Instructor Carlyn Iverson will take you from concept, to the field, to software and final printing of several of your own creations in this new three-part intensive class series. Required materials: Bring personal laptop (PC or Mac) and digital camera to each session. CREATING A HOME LANDSCAPE YOU CAN LOVE & ENJOY (150-09-28-13) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $120/$133; duos working on the same project $180 member duo/$200 non-member duo, Marion Andrus Learning Center 4 sessions. Also includes Saturdays, Oct. 12 & 26 and Nov. 9. Learn from acclaimed horticulturist and designer Jim Calkins and realize your dream of having a beautiful home landscape. AUXILIARY HARVEST SALE 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free with gate admission, Snyder Building Auditorium (See Page 9) AUXILIARY QUILT RAFFLE DRAWING 2 p.m., free with gate admission, Oswald Visitor Center Drawing of the winner of the Auxiliary’s handmade quilt. $2 raffle tickets may be purchased at the Oswald Visitor Center. DAFFODIL SOCIETY OF MN BULB SALE 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free with gate admission, Oswald Visitor Center WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See Sept. 1) APPLE TASTING (See Page 9)

Sunday, September 29 AUXILIARY HARVEST SALE 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (See Page 9) DAFFODIL SOCIETY OF MN BULB SALE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (See Sept. 28) WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See Sept. 1) APPLE TASTING (See Page 9)

Above Birch Tree photo by Christopher Hall

september 2013

arboretum magazine


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Hours... Grounds open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (or sunset) daily. Labor Day Hours (Sept. 2) Regular Monday hours Oswald Visitor Center Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gift Store Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Restaurant Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Summerhouse Daily 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (thru early Sept.) Applehouse Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m (beginning early Sept.) Andersen Horticultural Library (Snyder Building) Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Labor Day (Sept. 2), 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission Fee Visitors: $12 for ages 13 and up Members: Free Children 12 & under: Free Arboretum memberships start at $49 Thursday Admission Apr.-Oct., Third Thursday Free after 4:30 p.m.

ART AT THE ARBORETUM Golden Harvest by Minnesota and National Artists – Reedy Gallery, continuing through Oct. 31 An exhibit of golden sunsets, golden leaves on aspen trees, and fields of golden grain. Presented by Wilcock Gallery. Exhibit pieces available for purchase in the Gift Store. Beauty in a Briefcase – Snyder Bldg. Lobby and Andersen Horticultural Library, continuing through Oct. 13 A showcase of vibrant images from horticultural sample books. Selected images available for purchase in the Gift Store. Laura Hallen – Restaurant Gallery, Opening Sept. 7 Local multi-media artist Laura Hallen showcases her riveting and thought-provoking exhibit “Ex-Situ.” Inspired by her recent residency at the Millenium Seed Bank in the UK, this exhibit is intended to demonstrate the fragility of our Earth and the need for conservation. (Laura Hallen is a 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.)

SAVE THE DATE Friends of Andersen Library Used Book Sale – Friday, Oct. 4, Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 – Snyder Building Auditorium – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular Concert – Sunday, Oct. 27 MacMillan Auditorium – 3-4:30 p.m. All About Dogs Day – Saturday, Nov. 2 – Oswald Visitor Center and Arboretum Grounds – 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Witch Hazel Hustle 5K– Sunday, Nov. 3 – Starts at Oswald Visitor Center and follows scenic Three-Mile Drive

MN Arboretum Newsletter September  

MN Arboretum Newsletter September Issue