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Spring Blooms Butterflies Dwarf Trout Lily "Nature in Glass" Exhibition

Classes and Spring Activities

Photo by Ken Evans

Photo by Mark MacLennan

BE SAFE ON THREE-MILE DRIVE Springtime brings change for ThreeMile Drive. As an official roadway of the University of Minnesota, sharing the road is necessary so all can enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Arboretum.

A Message From the Director... Ed Schneider

Color Me Spring

“RULES OF THE ROAD:” • Bicycles are welcomed back and must abide by speed limits • Pedestrians are to use the newly marked pedestrian lane (parallel to drive) • Motor vehicles must abide by speed limits and yield to others

The Arboretum offers a front-row view as Mother Nature sheds (finally!) her wintry coat and unfolds a tapestry of color that signals the arrival of spring. Taking color cues from the earth and outdoors, Arboretum gardeners have re-imagined the landscape with gardens and tree plantings that play to the magic of spring. Experience 37,000 tulips in every color, lilacs, crabapple blossoms, wildflowers, showy ladyslipper orchids and the green woodlands. Create memories with family and friends as you take in this wonderful show of color.

Thanks for your patience, respect and cooperation as these changes take effect.

Springtime is ushering in another change in landscape—a redesigned entry (two lanes branching into three) and enhanced gateway (improved gatehouse and second attendant station) into the Arboretum. After retooling the design and construction schedule, visitors can expect to see work start in late April and continue into late July (with a break for Mother’s Day weekend). Also, spring construction will begin along Three Mile Drive for three Visitor Circulators rest stops. These improvements will help provide a better visitor experience from the moment you enter the Arboretum.

A PRIL-M AY 2014 • VO L 33, N O. 2 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.


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Table of Contents... Spring Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Butterflies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Business Partnerships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Calendar at a Glance. . . . . . . . . . . 8-11

Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily . . . . . . . 5

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

Nature in Glass/Dogs Day. . . . . . . . 6

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On the Cover: Fading Glory Photo by Todd Mulvihill

Photo by Mike Borg


Tulips Takeover

Judy Hohmann Marketing & Communications Manager The rites of spring go wild…with tulips in every color! Catch the colorful crescendo patterns of 37,000 tulips in 103 varieties (see Tulips Color Wheel). Discover your ‘green fashionista’ self and color-match your look to the waves of colors in gardens and container displays (see Finding Tulips). The moving color palette of tulips also includes 6,000 pansies, 1,100 hyacinths and 800 alliums. Landscape gardener Duane Otto is the longtime mastermind behind tulip garden design at the Arboretum. This spring, inspired by the late British garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, Otto borrowed her color-block design, dedicating even proportions of color for each spectrum. “This time of year, we are starved for color. The intensity and brilliance of the light shining through the tulip petals gives off a sheen and glow,” added Otto. Look for photo opportunity places and share your favorites (“selfies” encouraged).     Read more: "The Bulb Expert" – reliable, easy-to-follow advice and information on how to get the very best from your bulbs, both indoors and out. Dr. D. G. Hessayon, $14.95, and Garden Gate Magazines – for the latest in planting trends and color combinations for your gardens, consider two publications by Garden Gate Magazine. The latest topics: "The Secret to Stunning Gardens" and "Amazing Gardens & Ultimate Plants," $9.95 each – all available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

Arboretum Crabapples Photo by Chris Hall

Photo by Don Olson

MORE SPRING BLOOMS Crabapple trees, Hueg lilac collection, Wurtele bog boardwalk, Grace B. Dayton wildflower gardens. Spring Peeper meadow, Bennett- Johnson prairie. Plus, Meyer-Deats Conservatory and Greenhouse at Andrus Learning Center. See a special Spring Floral Exhibit in the Oswald Visitor Center, April 5 – May 2.

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Entry and Alkire Drive gardens Snyder Building Flagpole bed Snyder Front Terrace gardens Sensory garden Home Demonstration gardens (2) Center Island bed Oswald Visitor Center beds Dahlberg Terrace containers Annual Gardens (10 beds)

A special thank you to Renata Winsor, sponsor of the 2014 tulip display

TULIPS COLOR WHEEL SPECTRUM: red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet. VARIETIES: Yellow/Orange: Golden Artist, Texas Gold, Yellow Mountain, Formosa, Orange Princess, Sensual Touch, Cash. Red:  Miranda, Rococo, Fostery King. Violet: Rai, Purple Dreams, Cum Laude. Blue: Blue Parrot, Bleu Aimable, Blue Spectacle. Green: Evergreen, Green Star, Spring Green + 84 more. BLOOM TYPES: Parrot, Peony flowering or double late, Lily, multi-flowering, single late.

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Photo by Mark MacLennan

Come Grow with the Arboretum Enhancing Business Partnership MOTHER'S DAY GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP OFFER Purchase a membership for Mom this spring season for a chance to win a free Mother's Day brunch for four! An Arboretum membership is a gift that changes every season. As the seasons transition, families explore the multitude of colors and varieties of flowers and trees that fill the landscape. The Arboretum is the perfect place to connect with family, friends and nature. Plus, each gift membership purchase comes with 2 free VIP Arboretum admission passes – a $24 value – for you to share with a friend! Stop by the Membership Desk in the Oswald Visitor Center, call 952-443-1440 or visit us online at: www.arboretum. edu/join.aspx to take advantage of this offer. MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. seatings, MacMillan Auditorium Enjoy a traditional springtime buffet. $24/$26; ages 4-8, $9.50; 3 and under, free.

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The Arboretum’s enhanced Business Partnership Program builds strong relationships with companies and provides resources for business growth – think offsite, natureinspired team-building and strategic-planning work sessions. At the same time it develops a sustainable pipeline of annual support to ensure the beauty of the Arboretum grounds, strengthens the impact of essential environmental educational experiences for learners of all ages, and increases the Arboretum's ability to scale conservation and research initiatives for local and global economic impact. To create an ecosystem in which both the Arboretum and business partners thrive, partnership offers companies opportunities to grow through uniquely Arboretum offerings and incentives designed to grow teams, increase employee engagement and morale, and provide nature-based resources to help boost your bottom line. Annual Support contributors are connected with Arboretum resources through a corporate concierge and Arboretum Rewards Program. Up to 10% of an annual contribution may be used on Arboretum products or services such as single-day admission tickets for staff or charges for events and meetings hosted at the Arboretum. Recognition in Arboretum-owned media, discounts on everyday small group access for employees, and priority access to team volunteer opportunities are other pluses. This expanded program offers companies the opportunity to invest unrestricted Annual Support dollars at various levels in exchange for special Arboretum facility access for staff retreats and strategic planning sessions as well as for employees to simply enjoy healthy, green family fun during their off-the-clock hours. Grants, sponsorship, matching gifts, and in-kind contributions are also highly appreciated and encouraged. Recognition and benefits are customized to fit each contribution made. The growing season is here! Come grow your business with us.

Reserve at: finedining.aspx or call 612-626-3951.


Beverly Anglum Corporate Relations Manager

To learn more about the Business Partnership Program, contact Beverly Anglum, Corporate Relations Manager, at 952-443-1407 or for a tour of the Arboretum and a firsthand look at the benefits of partnership.

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Minnesota Trout Lily Photo by Chris Hall

Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily Matt Schuth Naturalist With the warming, lengthening days of April and May, one can sit in the Dayton Wildflower Garden, listen to the trickling water as it tumbles down the hillside and almost hear the forest floor move as the ephemeral spring flowers emerge through the leaf litter of the previous autumn. Amongst this wildflower renaissance is the Minnesota dwarf trout lily, one of the rarest flowers on Earth and native only to Minnesota. It occurs on fewer than 600 acres of woodland habitat in Rice, Steele and Goodhue counties. Research suggests that it evolved from the larger white trout lily about 9,000 years ago after the last glaciation. It was first collected in 1871 by Mary B. Hedges, a botany teacher in Faribault, who sent a specimen to the famous botanist at Harvard, Asa Gray. Gray named it Erythronium propullans. Propullans is Latin for “sprouting forth” which describes how the plant reproduces. Unlike most flowering plants, the Minnesota dwarf trout lily almost never produces seeds but

is spread when the underground stem of a flowering plant produces a runner bearing a new bulb. Since only about one-tenth of the plants flower annually, reproduction levels are very small in number. Without seeds to be spread by wind, animals and other means, it is easy to understand why the dwarf trout lily is endangered. The common name “trout lily” possibly comes from the purplish blotches on the leaves which resemble certain trout species. The Arboretum is one of the few places to enjoy this incredibly rare, delicate pale-pink flower – “colonies” of these area plants were moved to the Arboretum for research and preservation. Read more: "Northland Wildflowers" – The ideal wildflower guide for the gardener, hiker and roadside traveler. Includes more than 300 species, captured in full-color images by photographer John Gregor. John B. Moyle & Evelyn W. Moyle, $19.95, – in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

MASTERING THE SECRETS OF A VIBRANTLY COLORFUL GARDEN For the first time ever, the Arboretum will share the secrets behind designing, creating, and appreciating colorful English gardens in the style of Gertrude Jekyll. The Life and Genius of the English Garden, taught by Professor Mary Meyer, will feature the planning and practice of creating a magical cottage garden based on Jekyll's color theory, just in time to inspire your own garden planting! Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $39 members /$50 non-members. For a comprehensive Gertrude Jekyll program, the cost-saving 3-class bundle also includes two classes on Jekyll's "hot to cool" color schemes and her renowned style of flower arranging on July 12. $75 member/ $130 non-member. Descriptions and registration available online at

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Craig Mitchell Smith and glass monarch sculpture

ARBORETUM TRAVEL with Peter Olin, Arboretum Director Emeritus Magnificent India: Gardens, History, Culture: Oct. 17 – Nov. 1: Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Mumbai (Hanging Gardens), and more. Contact Anna Kamrow, Carlson Wagonlit, 763-852-8162 or Gardens of the Midwest: Sept. 18 - 22: Visit gardens in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. Contact Peter Olin, 952-443-1412 or Gardens and Culture of Northern France: July 31 - Aug. 11: Normandy, Utah Beach, Paris and more. Contact John Brawley, Premier Travel, 763-551-9900 or

Summer Exhibition: “Nature in Glass” The Wonders of Craig Mitchell Smith Opens May 31 If you liked our Orchid tree-topper – you are going to LOVE this summer's "Nature in Glass" exhibit! The Arboretum is proud to announce its 2014 summer exhibition: "Nature in Glass: The Wonders of Craig Mitchell Smith," comprising 32 unique and stunning glass sculptures that will adorn Arboretum outdoor gardens and collections. Each large iridescent, fused-glass sculpture will be a masterpiece, created and specifically designed by the artist for the Arboretum's unique outdoor setting. Craig Mitchell Smith has exhibited his glass artwork at botanic gardens and attractions around the country, including Disney's Epcot Center, Norfolk Botanical Garden and Dow Gardens. Prior to the May 31 opening at the Arboretum, he will display his work at Chicago's Navy Pier in March. Smith's sculptural technique involves cutting colorful sheets of glass in the shapes of brushstrokes and using a kiln as a canvas, similar to the style of a painter creating with paint. He lays out shards of glass like paint on a canvas and fires these pieces until they melt and fuse into a desired form. "The Arboretum is delighted to host the imaginative artistry of Craig Mitchell Smith this summer in our gardens. His work will showcase and complement the beauty of our plants and landscape and the gifts of nature," said Ed Schneider, Arboretum director. The exhibit opens May 31 and continues through Aug. 31. Presenting Sponsor:

With support from:

Jackie Smith and Emma Jean Kydd & family


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Celebrate our four-legged friends with a stroll on Three-Mile Drive and a fun, informative Pet Expo with healthy dog treats and information on dog diet and fitness. It’s “All About Dogs Day,” Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Margot Picnic Shelter area and Three-Mile Drive. Also this year: “Meet the Breeds” and a “Pack Walk.” $20members/$25 non-members, pre-registration; $30/$35 walk-ins. (Price is per dog and includes two human companions). *$5 of every registration will go towards Nature-Based Therapy programming at the Arboretum!


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Photo by Don Olson

Spring Butterfly Exhibit Takes Flight May 17 Barbara DeGroot Public Relations Specialist Who doesn't delight in seeing a butterfly in flight? There's something truly magical in watching those boldly patterned wings beating rhythmically as the creature flits from flower to flower, gracefully performing the life-sustaining task of pollination. Visitors to the Arboretum will have an opportunity to view the wonder of butterflies up-close and personal when the exhibit "Butterflies: Beauty in Flight" opens May 17 and continues through Aug. 17 in the Arboretum's Meyer-Deats Conservatory. Located in the Snyder Building, the conservatory will be filled with live butterflies that are native to Minnesota, as well as common plants that sustain these pollinators. Additional features include an "emergence cabinet" showing the insects in the pupa (chrysalis) stage as they transition into butterflies, as well as signage on their life cycle. Look for butterfly-friendly "pollinator plantings" in containers and gardens. Also planned are special butterfly releases on certain days during the exhibit and Tamron will sponsor a butterfly photo "treasure hunt" with interpretive signage providing photo tips for capturing close-up butterfly images. The exhibit entry fee will be $3 for ages 3 and up; free for kids 2 and under. (Arboretum members will receive free one-time passes.) Arboretum gate admission applies. Exhibit hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry at 4:45 p.m.) and, due to the nature of the exhibit, only a limited number of people will be allowed entry at a given time. No strollers please. Presenting Sponsor:

With support from:

For camera buffs – look for special-access photography classes – "Butterflies Up-Close Macro Photography" (May 15 & 17) offered through the Learning Center: Read more: "Butterflies of the North Woods" offers an innovative format that makes field identification of butterflies easy. Larry Weber (local author and science teacher), $18.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

BUTTERFLY SUMMER DAY CAMPS DELIGHT AND INSPIRE The Arboretum’s butterfly exhibit is the source of fun artistic inspiration for specially-designed three-day Arboretum camps this summer. Using science, color theory, and natural observations, campers will get the unique opportunity to explore the magical beauty inside the butterfly conservatory. Try sketching, sculpting, painting and other creative media. Let your child’s creativity take flight! Butterfly and Garden Art Day Camp: for 1st-2nd grade grads June 17-19; for 2nd - 4th grade grads July 29-31. $81 member/$90 non-member. Petals and Pollen for Kindergarten – K grads or Pollinator Power for 1st-2nd and 2nd - 4th grade grads. Info and registration by age group at: www.

GARDEN LOVERS! Hosta and Grasses Sale: May 3-4, building hours, Gift Store Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale: May 10-11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Margot Picnic Shelter Area

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CALENDAR-AT-A SPRING PROGR AMS & EVENTS... Tuesday, April 1 7TH ANNUAL APS JURIED SHOW & SALE 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through April 4, Restaurant Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center “Best of the Arboretum: Through the Lens of the Arboretum Photographers Society” features a variety of seasonal topics and photo styles, all taken on the grounds of the Arboretum.

WINTER BUS TOURS Noon & 1:30 p.m. weekends through April 27, $3/children 2 and under free, Oswald Visitor Center Explore plants and wildlife in the changing season plus the new Sculpture Garden. We regret the Arboretum bus lacks a chair lift; winter tours are not currently wheelchair accessible.

Sunday, April 6 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See April 5)

Wednesday, April 9

Thursday, April 3 OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM DINNER (800-04-03-14) 6:30–8:30 p.m., $55 member/$70 non-member, Learning Center Indulge in tantalizing seafood dishes and wine tastings with Chef Robert Wohlfeil. For menu:

BOOKS IN THE GARDEN WITH TONI McNARON: GARDENS REAL AND IMAGINED (100-04-09-14) Noon–1:30 p.m., $85/$105 for 6 sessions, also including May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13 & Sept. 10, Snyder Building U of M professor emeritus Toni McNaron instructs.

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

SPRINGTIME TEA 2:30-4 p.m., $26/$29, Snyder Building Tea Room Menu includes freshly baked scones, sweets and savories and a delicious trifle. Tea with lemon and cream served throughout. $26 member/ $29 non-member. Reserve at 612-626-3951 or visit

Saturday, April 5 SPRING FLORAL EXHIBIT Through May 2, Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center Marvel at a 20-foot indoor “tree” comprised of cyclamen, florist azaleas, anthuriums and more spring flowers. Also enjoy 9 Gronomics displays (2 elevated beds, 2 bench planters, 2 modular raised beds, 2 planter boxes and a pergola planter) with various plants including cool season vegetables and herbs, along with cool-season annuals. "CENTER OF GRAVITY II BY PETER JUHL," PHOTO EXHIBIT/SALE Through May 17, Restaurant Gallery WEEKEND FAMILY FUN: SQUISH OF SPRING Noon-4 p.m. (drop in), free with gate admission, Learning Center Dig up some decomposers who help create great garden soil, peer through a microscope and see up-close what soil is made of. THE LIFE OF THE GENIUS OF THE ENGLISH GARDEN: GERTRUDE JEKYLL (150-04-05-14) 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $35/$55, Oswald Visitor Center Professor Mary Meyer shares the magic behind Jekyll’s timeless influence on English and American gardens. (See page 5) NATURE WRITING IN THREE DIMENSIONS (100-04-05-14) 10 a.m.–Noon, $60/$80 includes session 2 & 3 April 12 and 26, Oswald Visitor Center Explore writing haiku poetry, personal nature prose and journalistic nature prose. Jeannie Hanson instructs. YOU CAN BECOME A VINTNER: INTRODUCTION TO WINEMAKING (200-04-05-14) 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $70/$90, Learning Center With U of M enologist Katie Cook.

Thursday, April 10 A CULINARY EVENING WITH ACCLAIMED CHEF AND AUTHOR RAGHAVAN IYER: FROM BOMBAY TO MINNEAPOLIS (800-04-10-14) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $70/$90 with book, $50/$70 without book (Price includes Indian cuisine tastings), Snyder Building Fireplace Room STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See April 3)

Friday, April 11 SPROUT! HOME SCHOOL DAY (965-04-11-14) 12:30-1:45 p.m., $8/$10 includes student and one adult educator, Learning Center Suggested ages: Pre-K-1st Grade.

Saturday, April 12 ORCHIDS 101 (150-04-12-14) 10 a.m.–Noon, $60/$70 (Fee includes an orchid plant), Learning Center Learn the essentials of orchid care from Ariel Dressler, Arboretum education specialist. ADVANCED WINEMAKING (200-04-12-14) 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $70/$90, Learning Center Go to the next level with U of M enologist Katie Cook. ARTISAN CHEESE MADE WITH LOVE (800-04-12-14) 9–11 a.m., $35/$45, Learning Center Learn the process of making fresh ricotta by Jodi Ohlsen Read of Shepherd’s Way Farm. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See April 5)

Sunday, April 13 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See April 5)


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Above photo by Ken Evans

To Register for Classes: call 952-443-1422 or visit

Thursday, April 17 DESIGN A SPRING FLORAL BASKET (100-04-17-14) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $80/$100, Learning Center Floral design class with a focus on ephemeral ranunculus. NORDIC WALKING WITH HOIGAARD’S 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See April 3)

Saturday, April 19 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See April 5)


PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD—AND PHOTOGRAPH IT TOO! (750-04-26-14-02) 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $90/$110, Oswald Visitor Center Add the skills needed to capture the beautiful images of your harvest and creations from your kitchen with Tamron’s Jillian Bell. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See April 5)

Sunday, April 27 ALL ABOUT DOGS DAY 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Margot Picnic Shelters and Three-Mile Drive (See page 6) WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See April 5)

Monday, April 28

EASTER BUNNY BRUNCH 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m., $24/$26, MacMillan Auditorium Enjoy a traditional springtime buffet. $24/ $26; ages 4-8, $9.50; 3 and under, free. aspx or call 612-626-3951.

STRAW BALE GARDENING AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING 1-2:30 p.m., FAHL members free/$15 FAHL membership (good for 1 year), Snyder Auditorium This meeting of the Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library (FAHL) will feature Joel Karsten, author of “Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with No Weeding.”


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Tuesday, April 22

PUBLIC WALKING TOURS 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through mid October, free with gate admission, Oswald Visitor Center Enjoy a free docent-led “Arboretum Seasonal Highlights” walking tour.

EARTH DAY Learn about butterflies and pollinators

Thursday, April 24 THE EDIBLE PLANTER GARDEN DUO (150-04-24-14) 6:30–8:30 p.m., $55/$75, Learning Center Bring a pair of planters and get hands-on instruction on how to fill it with fresh greens and herbs. All plants included in fee. SEASONS OF MUSIC CONCERT 6 p.m. Light refreshments, 7 p.m. concert, MacMillan Auditorium The third in a four-part concert series combining music with visual arts features pianist Ivan Konev and members of the Minnesota Orchestra performing spring-themed music for piano and strings. $25/$35. STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See April 3)

Friday, April 25 ARBOR DAY Share your favorite tree photos and stories online at

Saturday, April 26 HOW TO SELECT A ROSE (150-04-26-14) 10 a.m.–Noon, $35/$55, Oswald Visitor Center WALKS WITH MATT: BIRDS AND BLOOMS (960-04-26-14) 10 a.m.–Noon, $10/$24, five-class bundle: $40/$105, Ordway Parking Lot Arboretum naturalist Matt Schuth takes you on the first walk of the season.

Above photo by Mark MacLennan


Saturday, May 3 HOSTA & GRASSES SALE – GIFT STORE Purchase hard-to-find and new hosta varieties and ornamental grasses at this annual sale. Includes native grasses and a diverse variety of hostas with an emphasis on plants that thrive well in our zone. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN: BLOOMING BASKETS Noon-4 p.m. (drop in), free with gate admission, Learning Center Explore the greenhouse with your family and discover the fiber-producing plants used to make clothing, paper and rope. Weave a May basket and plant a spring flower to take home. GARDEN CHEFS SUMMER CHILDREN’S GARDEN PROGRAM FOR 3RD-8TH GRADE GRADS (973-05-03-14) 9-11:30 a.m., $190/$210 for 12 sessions including Sat. May 17 and Wed. June 11, 18 & 25, July 9, 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6 & 13, Learning Center MIGHTY MITES SUMMER CHILDREN’S GARDEN PROGRAM FOR ENTERING KINDERGARTEN-1ST GRADE GRADS (971-05-03-14) 2-3:30 p.m., $140/$155 for 12 sessions including Sat. May 17 and Wed. June 11, 18 & 25, July 9, 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6, Learning Center Each week, you and your garden partner will dig in and discover a different topic about gardening.

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CALENDAR-AT-A LEARNING LIGHTROOM TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY (750-05-03-14-02) 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $110/$120, Oswald Visitor Center Photographer Carlyn Iverson instructs. WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY (750-05-03-14) 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $110/$120, Learning Center John Pennoyer instructs. RAIN GARDENS: DON’T LET THE RAIN RUN DOWN YOUR DRAIN (150-05-03-14) 10 a.m.–Noon, $35/$55, Oswald Visitor Center Pete Moe, director of facilities and research at the Arboretum, demonstrates how a rain garden filters polluted runoff, attracts birds and butterflies, and reduces discharge of sediment into waterways.

Sunday May 4 2014 ARBORETUM BUD BREAK 5K RUN/WALK AND YOUTH DAFFODIL DASH RUN/WALK 8 a.m. registration/9 a.m. start Enjoy a springtime run on a certified asphalt course through the beautiful landscapes of the Arboretum. $20/$25. Medals and prizes to top finishers. All participants receive a race shirt. To register:

Saturday, May 10 SEED SOWERS SUMMER CHILDREN'S GARDEN PROGRAM FOR 1ST-4TH GRADE GRADS (972-05-10-14) 1-3:30 p.m., $180/$200 for 12 sessions including May 31 and Mon. June 9, 16, 23, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 and Aug. 4 & 11, Learning Center Each week the group will investigate a different garden mystery and make a tasty snack with produce from the garden! WALKS WITH MATT: THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM (960-05-10-14) 9–11 a.m., $10/$24, five-class bundle $40/$105, Ordway Parking Lot Join Arboretum naturalist Matt Schuth to catch the spring sights and sounds. MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS TEA 2:30-4 p.m., Snyder Building Fireplace Room Grandmothers, mothers and daughters are invited to create a special memory at the Arboretum's annual Mothers and Daughters Afternoon Tea. Dress up in your prettiest hats and gloves and enjoy a multi-course tea complete with freshly-baked scones and English trifle. $26/$29. Reserve at 612-626-3951 or visit AUXILIARY SPRING PLANT SALE 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Margot Picnic Shelter Area Featuring hard-to-find varieties and University of Minnesota introductions. Unique plants and informative garden helpers give you new ideas for your garden. All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See May 3)

Sunday May 11 Photo by Todd Mulvihill


MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. seatings, MacMillan Auditorium (See page 4) AUXILIARY SPRING PLANT SALE 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Margot Picnic Shelter Area (See May 10)

Thursday, May 8 MAKE AN ARRANGEMENT OF PEONIES FOR MOM OR YOU! (100-05-08-14) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $80/$100, Learning Center Another of Ashley Fox’s popular floral design classes and a perfect gift for mom!


Wednesday, May 14


SPRINGTIME TEA 2:30-4 p.m., $26/$29, Snyder Building Tea Room (See April 9)

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Thursday, May 15

NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY All day, free admission, Arboretum grounds


READY SET GROW! HOME SCHOOL DAY (965-05-09-14) 1:15-2:30 p.m., $8/$10, Learning Center Suggested ages: Pre-K-2nd Grade. What would plants, birds and insects like planted to make their habitats more hospitable?


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Friday, May 16 "JAPANESE GARDEN" HOME SCHOOL DAY (965-05-16-14) 1:15-2:30 p.m., $8/$10 includes admission for one adult educator, Sensory Garden Suggested ages: 1st-6th grade. Discover how the culture and geography of Japan is reflected in garden design.

Above photo by Ken Evans

To Register for Classes: call 952-443-1422 or visit

Saturday, May 17

Saturday May 24

“BUTTERFLIES: BEAUTY IN FLIGHT” OPENS Through Aug. 17, Meyer-Deats Conservatory, Snyder Building (See page 7)


SPECIAL ACCESS: BUTTERFLIES UP-CLOSE MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY 7–9 a.m., $90/$110, Meyer-Deats Conservatory, Snyder Building You and your macro lens will have exclusive access, during non-public hours, to the special Butterfly Exhibit. Instructor is Tamron’s Jillian Bell, professional photographer and educator.


SELECTING TROPICAL AND HARDY PLANTS FOR YOUR POND (150-05-17-14) 10 a.m.–Noon, $35/$55, Oswald Visitor Center Shauna Moore, award-winning horticulturist and educator instructs.

Sunday, May 25 Thursday, May 29 "DISCOVER SPRING PEEPER MEADOW" HOME SCHOOL DAY (965-05-29-14) 12:30-2:30 p.m., $8/$10 includes admission for one adult educator, Learning Center Suggested ages: 2nd-6th Grade. Discover the function and value of wetlands in our community with Zeta Kilbride.

MOREL MUSHROOMS MAGIC AND MORE (800-05-17-14) 9–11 a.m., $35/$45, Learning Center Mushroom expert Kevin Doyle, president of Forest Mushrooms, Inc., will talk morels with you and supply them to culinary instructor Kris James, for savory creations and recipes we’ll taste.

CRAFT BEER AND BITES 2014 (800-05-29-14) 6:30–8 p.m., $30/$42, Learning Center Local craft brewers and Michael Agnew, certified cicerone (beer expert), will discuss the complex flavors achieved in various beer styles, food-beer pairing and more. Culinary instructor Kris James will also share and sample her beer-friendly recipes!

BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE OUTDOOR AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $115/$135, includes gate admission Instructed by John Pennoyer.

SPECIAL ACCESS: BUTTERFLIES UP-CLOSE MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY 7–9 p.m., $90/$110, Meyer-Deats Conservatory, Snyder Building (See class description, May 17)

THE POWER OF BALANCE: STONE SCULPTURES FOR YOUR GARDEN 9:30 a.m. - noon, $35/$55, includes gate admission, Snyder Building Instructed by Peter Juhl



Sunday May 18 “INSECT POLLINATORS – BEYOND THE HONEYBEE” PHOTO EXHIBIT Through July 20, Restaurant Gallery “Minnesota Bug Hunt” book-signing and demo, 1-3 p.m. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See May 3)

Wednesday, May 21 WALKS WITH MATT: SING LIKE THE BIRDS (960-05-21-14) 9-11 a.m., $10/$24, five-class bundle: $40/$105 Ordway Parking Lot Learn to identify a bird by ear with Arboretum naturalist Matt Schuth.

Thursday, May 22 SPECIAL ACCESS: BUTTERFLIES UP-CLOSE MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY 7–9 p.m., $90/$110, Meyer-Deats Conservatory, Snyder Building (See class description, May 17) STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See April 3)

Friday, May 23 “WOODS IN BLOOM” HOME SCHOOL DAY (965-05-23-14) 1:15-2:30 p.m., $8/$10 includes admission for one adult educator, Sensory Garden Program Center Suggested ages: 3rd-6th Grade. Explore the ephemeral beauty of the woods in spring bloom.

Above photo by Don Olson

Saturday, May 31 SUMMER EXHIBITION OPENS: “NATURE IN GLASS: THE WONDERS OF CRAIG MITCHELL SMITH” Through Aug. 31, Arboretum grounds (See page 6) SPECIAL ACCESS: PHOTOGRAPHING THE MOVABLE LIGHT OF GLASS (750-05-31-14) 7–9 p.m., $90/$110, Oswald Visitor Center The Craig Mitchell Smith “Nature in Glass” sculpture exhibit offers breathtaking glasswork inspired by nature. Learn how to catch and capture light through glass during non-public hours with educator Jillian Bell from Tamron. FIELD SKETCHING AT THE ARBORETUM (100-05-31-14) 10 a.m.–2 p.m., $80/$100, Oswald Visitor Center Learn from professional illustrator Carlyn Iverson. SCULPTURE GARDEN TOUR WITH THE CURATOR (100-05-31-14) 10 a.m.–Noon, $20/$40, Oswald Visitor Center Jump on the Arboretum golf cart for an exclusive, limited-seating tour of sculpture treasures at the Harrison Sculpture Garden with Susan Thurston-Hamerski, manager of adult education and curator of sculpture. FIRE IN THE GARDEN: FISH AND SEAFOOD SIZZLE ON THE GRILL 10 a.m.-Noon, $60/$80, or $100/$140 for two-class bundle, Learning Center Learn how to make a tasty grilled seafood feast from Patrick Fraunfelder of The Fish Guys. Tastes and recipes included. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See May 3)

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arboretum magazine


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Delight in the beauty found indoors in the Oswald Visitor Center. Art available for sale through the Gift Store, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Arboretum.

REEDY GALLERY SPRING COLOR BLAST • April 1-June 16 A spring color-tinged collection that interprets the beauty rituals of this most vibrant season. Features talented local and national painters.

RESTAURANT GALLERY CENTER OF GRAVITY II • April 5-May 17 (Sunday, April 20, book-signing and demo) Rock-balancing artist Peter Juhl returns with a new photography exhibit showcasing his natural stone sculptures. INSECT POLLINATORS – BEYOND THE HONEYBEE • May 18-July 20 (May 18, 1-3 p.m., Minnesota Bug Hunt book-signing and demo with author Bruce Giebink and photographer Bill Johnson) Photographer Bill Johnson brings beetles and bumblebees, dragonflies, water bugs and butterflies up close and personal.   

SAVE THE DATE HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY, ANDERSEN HORTICULTURAL LIBRARY! Thursday, June 26 Rare book showing, StoryTime, coloring activity & treats.

HIGHGROVE FLORILEGIUM EXHIBITION June 24 - September 1, Reedy Gallery Forty exquisite botanical art prints and one of the volumes of the Florilegium on display.

30TH ANNUAL AUXILIARY GARDEN TOURS Sunday, July 13; Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16 View gardens from a peaceful hosta glen, recognized by the National Hosta Society, to a cheery English cottage garden and more. Three air-conditioned coaches each day. Reservations beginning May 1 at: or 612-625-9865.

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