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Blooms, Butterflies & Botanic Royalty Hummingbirds Reserve Today For Toast & Taste

Exhibits, Classes & Outdoor Fun

Photo by Don Olson

Photo by Mark MacLennan

A Message From the Director... Ed Schneider

Summer in Bloom TOUR SCULPTURE GARDEN WITH THE CURATOR THIS SUMMER Learn about the entire collection in the Arboretum’s acclaimed Harrison Sculpture Garden. Register for one of the special Saturday “Sculpture Garden Tours With The Curator” on June 28, July 19 or August 23. Meet Susan Thurston-Hamerski, the collection curator, and hear the fascinating history and stories about the sculptures and the artists. Stop to view and discuss art treasures throughout the collections. Seating is limited. Register at: www.

June ushers in the solar vortex season. For the Arboretum, it signals the start of a robust growing season for glorious perennials and annuals in the display gardens, home demo vegetable gardens and majestic tree collections. The Green Play Yard surges in activity as the preschool and younger set discover the wondrous benefits of outdoor play. Summer exhibits offer nature discovery indoors and out. Butterflies: Beauty in Flight puts you with live monarch and other native butterflies in the Conservatory. Nature in Glass surrounds you with the artistry of glass sculptor Craig Mitchell Smith’s 32 works in outdoor gardens. The garden cam provides a sneak peek via the web. The osprey cam is back, too, for a birds-eye view of the nest, eggs and family life. June commemorates the 40th anniversary of the historic Leon Snyder Building and Andersen Horticultural Library, partners in research, education and outreach. Three days of celebration mirror the 1974 opening. In 2014, events include botanic royalty—opening of the Highgrove Florilegium botanic arts exhibit and rare book featuring the gardens of HRH Prince Charles, programs co-hosted by the Library and an invitation to share memories of the original opening. See you at the Arboretum!

J U N E 2014 • VO L 33, N O. 3 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 Thomas Martin, Interim President, Board of Trustees Timothy S. Kenny, Director, Education Peter C. Moe, Director, Operations and Research 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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The Arboretum is open during construction to expand the gatehouse and entrance lanes, for the enhancement of the visitor experience. Watch for a “Gatehouse” trailer during summer construction. The trees cut down as part of the expansion are being replaced with sugar maples selected for fall color variety. Also, construction is happening along Three-Mile Drive on three Circulator rest stops. Look too, for exciting changes at the Arboretum Gift Store including a terrace door entrance.

Table of Contents... Summer Annuals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Nature in Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Home Demo Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Membership/Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Hummingbirds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Calendar at a Glance. . . . . . . . . . . 9-11

Butterflies/Garden Tours . . . . . . . . . . 6

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

Library/Outdoor Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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On the Cover: ‘Queen Elizabeth’ Grandiflora Rose in the Wilson Rose Garden Photo by Mark MacLennan

Annual Garden Panorama Photo by Don Olson

Color Me Summer Duane Otto Landscape Gardener

This summer, the Arboretum gardens will be ablaze in every hue of the color wheel. In all, 30,000 annuals, roughly 335 varieties, will simulate a bold color crescendo in the style of the late British designer Gertrude Jekyll, who popularized the English cottage garden. The annual garden and other display layouts will start with violethued borders that will blend into blues, greens, yellows, oranges and reds and then echo back to violets, blues and greens. Arboretum visitors will discover lots of fun, colorful surprises in this year's gardens that will incorporate heirloom, antique and newer species and cultivars of annuals, perennials and tropicals. Plants of particular interest are as follows: In the Annual Garden: • Violet color – Penstemon ’Arabesque Violet,’ Pennisetum ’First Knight.’ • Blue shades – Brassica ‘Lacinato,’ Laurentia ‘Starship Blue,’ Salvia ‘Mystic Spires.’ • Green shades – Zinnia ‘Envy,’ Petunia ‘Sophistica Lime Green,’ Nicotiana langsdorfii, Kochia ‘Childsii.’ • Yellow – Cassia ‘Popcorn,’ Petunia ‘Crazytunia Bitter Lemon,’ Dahlia ‘Ferncliff Lemon Aura,’ Duranta ‘Gold Edge.’ • Orange shades – Gerbera ‘Garvinea Classic Orangina,’ Celosia ‘First Flame Orange.’ • Red shades – Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet,’ Hibiscus ‘Luna Red’ and Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red.’

Oswald Visitor Center containers will overflow with interesting monochromatic combinations or mixes of color, texture and form. The Snyder Building Sidewalk Bed highlights include: Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Spendor,’ Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ and Solenstemon 'Pineapplette.’ The Arboretum Entrance will come alive with the following blooms: Canna ‘Hellow Yello,’ Verbena ‘Buenos Aires,’ Salvia uliginosa,’ Rudbeckia ‘Green Wizard,’ Solenostemon (Coleus) ColorBlaze, 'Alligator Tears’ and Petunia ‘Horizon Yellow.’ Snyder Building Front Terrace Garden (under the crabapple tree): Milium ‘Flashlights,’ Pilea microphylla, Caladium ‘Florida Cardinal,’ Strobilanthes dyerianus ‘Persian Shield.’ To celebrate this color extravaganza, visitors are encouraged to release their inner ‘green fashionista,’ color-match their clothing to the garden hues and share photos! Come and enjoy our gardens. Read more: “Annuals for Minnesota And Wisconsin” – a practical, common-sense book to help bring color and variety to your garden. Don Engebretson, $18.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439). Garden Cam – You may view the gardens on the east side of Oswald Visitor Center, including the center island, by going to:

LOCAL SUMMER DINNER WITH OUR CHEF Celebrate the fresh, local bounty of the season with Arboretum Catering District Executive Chef Scott Pampuch, Thursday, June 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.



 ummer Celebration of Beets – Roasted red with garlic, golden beets with chives, candy S striped beets with mint, Cedar Summit paneer cheese with honey and Hoch Orchard cider vinegar dressing.

North Shore “Catch of the Day” – Pan roasted – brown butter petite dumplings, sugar snap peas with dill, hay smoked potato puree with toasted horseradish and lemon.

Shortbread Trifle – Arboretum maple glazed rhubarb, candied apples, orange zest + whipped Cedar Summit cream.

$55 member/$70 non-member, price includes Arboretum admission. Reserve at: www.arboretum. Scott Pampuch Photo by Stephanie Meyer

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Home Demo Gardens Photo by Mark MacLennan

Colors of Americana Judy Hohmann Marketing & Communications Manager The Home Demo “Gardens of Eatin’” salute summer with red/ white/blue All-America Selections (AAS) of vegetables. “Victory Gardens” provided patriotic inspiration for landscape gardener Ted Pew in his modern rendition of how-to-grow-your-own designs of 10 garden beds. “You can grow the finest food for your table, fight inflation and start a life-long hobby” states Pew. Visit for Ted’s garden designs and blog. Share your story! TED’S RULES OF (GREEN) THUMB 1. P  lant something you can finish (what is growing time to harvest?) 2. Grow what you like to eat 3. Have fun and repeat ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS AAS annuals at garden edges: Salvia coccinea “Lady in Red”/ verbena/snap dragon/Shasta daisy/Eustoma “Flower Blue” AAS florals and more inspired by color-block design of Gertrude Jekyll: Eustoma Forever Blue/Snow Lady Shasta daisy/Rocket Red snap dragon/allium/chives/garlic/dill/

canna lily/milkweed/Golden Gleem 8’s nasturtium/Eustoma Forever Blue/Snow Lady Shasta daisy/Janie French marigold AAS Vegetables: Jubilee tomatoes/Bright Lights swiss chard/ Superstar onion/Grand Duke kohlrabi/Ruby lettuce/Topcrop snap beans/Lady in Red salvia/Profusion White zinnia/Honey & Pearl sweet corn/Big Beef tomato/Paramount parsley/Gold Pak carrot/Burrells Yellow Valencia onion/Melody spinach/ Jade Cross Brussels sprouts/Amy melon/Butter King bibb lettuce/Perfected Detroit beets/Ruby Ball cabbage/Sugary cherry tomatoes/Marketer cucumber pickles/Fernleaf dill/ Hansel eggplant/Gretel eggplant/Thumbelina carrot/Delfino cilantro/Burgundy or Orange Blaze peppers/Juliet or Big Beef or Hulk or Gold tomatoes/Faerie watermelon/Bush Delicate squash/Melody spinach/Buttercrunch lettuce/Red Sails red bibb lettuce/Grand Duke kohlrabi/Stonehead cabbage/Bush Derby snapbean bush/Kentucky Blue Green pole beans/Ruby Queen beets/Savoy Ace savoy cabbage/Diva cucumber/ Premium Crop broccoli Others: Deep Blue verbena/Papayo Pea summer squash/ Yukon Gold potatoes/Straight Eight cucumber/New Zealand spinach/Storo Johnny’s 6’s chives/Argenteus thyme

GARDEN TOUR & TRAVEL with Peter Olin, Arboretum Director Emeritus Gardens of the Midwest: Sept. 18 - 22: Visit gardens in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. Contact Peter Olin, 952-443-1412 or 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


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Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Photo by Charles Brutlag

Avian Mighty Mites Matt Schuth Naturalist The Mayans believed when the Great God of creation made the birds, he had parts left over and decided to use them to make the smallest bird of all and the hummingbird was born. Ruby-throated hummingbirds weigh one-tenth of an ounce and are three inches long – that’s less than the middle toe of a bald eagle! A hummingbird’s heart beats 600 times per minute, giving it the highest metabolic rate of any vertebrate in the world – 100 times faster than the elephant. It is the only bird whose wings are connected directly to the shoulder joint allowing it to fly in all directions. Hummingbirds can beat their wings 75 times per second and they are the only species that can fly backwards. The ruby-throated hummingbird (only males have ruby throats) is the only hummingbird that nests in Minnesota. Researchers believe the reason for this is our state’s lack of the red flowers that the birds feed on. Bees are color blind to red and green and do not compete with hummingbirds for nectar. The hummingbird is the only pollinator of the beautiful red cardinal flower. During spring migration, hummingbirds will feed on tree sap from the holes made by the yellow-bellied sapsucker. Northward migration of hummingbirds is likely limited to that of the sapsucker. They survive the cooler nights by going into

Photo by Mark MacLennan

a torpor, which can drop their body temperature 50 degrees from their normal 105 degrees. After mating, the female does all of the work including nest building, incubating and raising the young. The two eggs laid are the size of M & M’s candy. Hummingbirds lick nectar with their tongues and are extremely territorial and aggressive around larger species as well as their own kind. A great place to see the hummingbirds at the Arboretum is along Green Heron Trail during the summer months and especially in September during migration. They are continually zipping in and out of the flowers such as the touch-me-nots. Keep an eye out for them! Walk with Matt – Saturday, June 14, 9-11 a.m. (See page 10) Read more: "Hummingbirds" – children's paperback book combining hummingbird facts with tales from various cultures. Jeanette Larson, $8.95; and "Amazing Hummingbirds" – with compelling photographs and descriptions presenting the lives of these enchanting backyard birds as you've never seen before. Stan Tekiela, $14.95, – both available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

THREE-MILE DRIVE ETIQUETTE Now that biking/walking/driving season is fully underway, sharing the road is necessary so all can enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Arboretum. As an official roadway of the University of Minnesota, Three-Mile Drive again accommodates bicyclists. Walkers should use the newly marked pedestrian lane. Bicyclists – watch for marked roadway symbols, please abide by the speed limits and announce your presence to pedestrians. As always, motor vehicles should yield to the Arboretum Trams and Circulators, and must also abide by the posted speed limits. The Arboretum is for everybody – let’s keep it safe and enjoyable for all.

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Photo by Todd Mulvihill

Monarch and Honey Bees Photo by Don Olson

RESERVE TODAY Toast & Taste in the Gardens, an annual Arboretum fundraiser, is a celebration of fresh, local and “green” cuisine, with more ethnic offerings this year, regional wines and local brews. This year’s event takes place on Wednesday, July 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Along the beautiful Arboretum garden paths, approximately 20 local restaurants and producers will serve delicious tastes prepared specially for the event. Guests can toast with sips from area wineries and local breweries. There will be music and even dancing as you make your way through the beautiful gardens. Patron Reception at 6 p.m. ($125 per person) with general admission at 7 p.m. ($75 per person). Reserve at: www.

Butterflies Inspire Creativity and Hope Beverly Anglum Corporate Relations Manager The Arboretum’s “Butterflies: Beauty in Flight” exhibit includes butterfly-release events at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, July 12 – August 16. Releasing native butterflies into the wild is inspiring other creative activities at the Arboretum and at Arboretum partner sites. Tamron USA offers visitors ‘Tips for Photographing Butterflies’ (see insert or pick up in the Oswald Visitor Center). Look for photo-tip signage at seven pollinatorfriendly locations throughout the gardens. Arboretum visitors can join in the butterfly-release experience and release their own butterfly at any of the designated events. An online reservation and butterfly pre-order is required. The cost is $3 for a Painted Lady and $6 per Monarch. Call 952-443-1411 to reserve your butterflies. Finally, an Arboretum butterfly release will set the stage for a celebration of hope in the Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center healing garden Saturday, June 28, as part of the Cancer Center’s first annual Cancer Survivorship Day. Presenting Sponsor:

With support from:

Hosted by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum. Presenting Sponsors:

Jeannine Rivet & Warren Herreid II

Read more: “Nomads Of The Wind” – this photographic record of the monarch migration is accompanied by informative text on recent research. Ingo Arndt, $39.95; and “A Butterfly Called Hope” – provides children with an excellent introduction to the natural world through the rearing of monarchs. Mary Alice Monroe, $9.95 – both available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

AUXILIARY’S 30TH ANNUAL PRIVATE GARDEN TOURS Come experience the joy of gardens! Inspiration awaits you in the four exquisite gardens that have been chosen to celebrate the 30th year of the Arboretum Auxiliary Private Garden Tours, planned for Sunday, July 13; Tuesday, July 15; and Wednesday, July 16. Wander through a nationally-recognized hosta glen, enjoy a creative wooded dry creek-bed retreat, immerse yourself in the quiet overlook of Lake Minnetonka and stroll through a well-planned and colorful country garden. Sunday brunch or weekday lunch will be served on the Arboretum’s beautiful Morgan Terrace featuring tasty recipes from the original Arboretum Tea Room. Reservations and information: or call 612-625-9865.


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BOTANIC ROYALTY ARRIVES The Arboretum is the first stop in the Midwest for Highgrove Florilegium: A Celebration of Contemporary Botanical Art, a traveling exhibit of 40 botanical watercolors featuring plants from the Highgrove Gardens of His Royal Highness Prince Charles. Runs June 24 – Sept. 1.

Mieko Ishikawa Jasminum nudiflorum The Highgrove Florilegium published by Addison Publications Ltd © A G Carrick Ltd.

Beverly Allen Cyathea australis The Highgrove Florilegium published by Addison Publications Ltd © A G Carrick Ltd.

Celebrate 40 Years in Three Days Happy 40th birthday to the Andersen Horticultural Library and the Leon Snyder Building…partners in horticultural research, public education and community outreach. Both officially opened on June 26, 1974, with three days of grand programs. In 2014, three eventful days celebrate this milestone.

Arboretum Director Emeritus Peter Olin, who joined the University of Minnesota landscape architecture staff in 1974, invites you to share memories of the library and Snyder Building grand opening 40 years ago for the Library Memory Book.

DAY 1: JUNE 24 Reedy Gallery presents Highgrove Florilegium: A Celebration of Contemporary Botanical Art and a rare display of the bound Highgrove Florilegium. Librarian Kathy Allen of the Andersen Horticultural Library turns 124 pages of watercolors continuously from noon-2 p.m.

Free events with Arboretum admission and includes a taste of birthday cake, while it lasts.

DAY 2: JUNE 25 Librarian Kathy Allen presents a talk on “Mania and Delirium! Plants That Drove People Crazy” and explores plant crazes such as Tulipmania, Fern Fever and Orchidelirium. Snyder Auditorium, 1-2 p.m.

DAY 3: JUNE 26 “Green Carpet” Entry and Grand Opening Reception for Highgrove Florilegium exhibit, with remarks by University of Minnesota Librarian Wendy Lougee. Reservations at 952-443-1405. Hosted by University of Minnesota Libraries and Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library.

KIDS GROW OUTDOORS Alarming recent statistics state that children spend as little as four minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day! Most adults hold fond memories of play time spent exploring woods, wading streams, climbing trees, picking flowers, and running through fields. Give the child in your life the same wondrous gift of nature! You will rejoice in the cognitive, social and health benefits, and they will thank you for providing them with memories to last a lifetime. Register for a day camp at the Arboretum! “Mud, Water, Sun” and “Nature Play” are 3-day camps with sessions available for 1st - 2nd Grade Grads and 2nd - 4th Grade Grads. $81-$120. Register at: or call 952-443-1422. Read more: “Nature Seeker Workbook” – workbook for parents and teachers regarding connecting to the beauty found in your neighborhood, Lawrence Wade, $23.95; and “Sunflower Houses” – will remind you of the memorable outdoor experiences of childhood and how to keep them alive for the next generation, Sharon Lovejoy, $13.95, – both available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

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“Nature in Glass” Enhances Garden Experience Barbara DeGroot Public Relations Manager A fanciful 16-foot dandelion puff in the Herb Garden, a field of glass sunflowers, copper-colored iridescent koi fish leaping from the Japanese Garden pond, a swarm of bigger-than-life Monarch butterflies ascending into the sky. The Arboretum’s summer exhibit “Nature in Glass: The Wonders of Craig Mitchell Smith” is a “wow-filled” walk in the gardens. In all, 32 unique and stunning glass creations by Smith will occupy Arboretum gardens and landscapes, as well as the interior of the Oswald Visitor Center. The exhibit opens May 31 and continues through Aug. 31.

• Making a Wish. A 16-ft. tall dandelion puff. • The Lilac Mr. Lincoln. Ornamental lilac sculpture. • Crepe Myrtle. 14-ft. tall red glass creation. • Weeping Willow. Hundreds of cascading glass willow leaves. • The Hydrangea. Blue hydrangea sculpture. • Grape Arbor. Metallic vines teeming with gorgeous glass grapes. • Potted Geranium. Red glass geranium with green leaves. • Blue Star Rising. Blue and purple glass blazing star on a stainless steel frame. • Fireball. Fire-colored glass flames around a stainless steel orb. • Poppies of Oz. Thirty large orange, red and yellow glass poppies.

Each large iridescent, fused-glass sculpture is a masterpiece, with at least 15 of the 32 artworks created specifically for the Arboretum’s unique setting. When the exhibit opens at the Arboretum, Smith will have just wrapped up a display at DisneyWorld’s EPCOT Center.

• Water Garden. Glass lotus, koi and water lilies.

Planning the Arboretum exhibit was a journey for Smith, who first visited here in summer of 2013 to draw inspiration from Nature’s “artistic canvas” and meet with staff.

•O  ctober Gust. A swirl of autumn glass leaves and stainless steel branches.

“I had a lovely time meeting everyone in Minnesota! First I talked to staff and asked what their favorite Arboretum spots were, favorite gardens. Then I asked which gardens deserved more attention. I considered all that and then I also spent the next day all alone, wandering the gardens and drawing inspiration at specific locations,” said Smith. “This is all quite a process. And I’m having a lot of fun doing it!”

•H  osta Dreams of Flight. Glass and steel depicting hosta leaves blowing in the wind.

The results are now here for everyone to see and enjoy. Don’t miss “Nature in Glass” this summer at the Arboretum. GLASS SCUPLTURES BY CRAIG MITCHELL SMITH: •S  tar of Minnesota. This 6-foot striking glass star adorned the Arboretum Poinsettia Tree. • Gravity. 15 unique glass human figures rising. • Road to Provence. 30 glass sunflowers. • The Golden Chain Tree. An ornate glass tree.

• Rose Blossom. Single yellow glass rose with stainless steel leaves. • Birdsnest Spruce. Fifteen sky-blue bird’s nests in a Birdsnest Spruce. • Bonsai Tree. Green glass bonsai sculpture. • T he Green Man. Mythic face created from jade green glass on steel stand.

• F light of the Monarch. An ascending swarm of large monarch butterflies reach to the sky.

• Japanese Iris. Pristine and lovely glass irises. • The Loon. Our state bird, in black and white glass. • Apple Blossom. Glass on metal frame. •W  isteria. A glass depiction of the U of M “Summer Cascade” wisteria introduction. •W  avecrest. A 6-ft. cresting wave, appropriate for the Land of 10,000 Lakes. • T ropical Splendor. Exquisite bird of paradise plant surrounded by croton leaves. •Q  uestion of Balance. Larger-than-life human figure balancing on a tightrope, umbrella in hand. •H  ollyhocks. Three tall violet-hued glass hollyhocks (measuring from 11 to 14 feet in height). Presenting Sponsor:

With support from:

• Big Fish #1 & Big Fish #2. Glass and copper koi sculptures.


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Jackie Smith and Emma Jean Kydd & family

C A L E N D A R - AT- A Photo by Todd Mulvihill

Give a Gift of Membership to Enter! Toast & Taste in the Gardens Experience Purchase a gift membership during the month of June for your chance to win a pair of Toast & Taste in the Gardens general admission tickets. Two pairs of tickets will be given away on July 7. ($150 value per pair of tickets) The lucky winner will be able to sample in-season, fresh, local cuisine from the Twin Cities’ top restaurants and savor tastes from Minnesota wineries and breweries in the unparalleled garden setting of the Arboretum, July 16 at 7 p.m. Stop by the Membership Desk, call 952-443-1440 or visit for this offer. “Butterflies” exhibit free-entry Member Days: Monday, May 19; Monday, June 16; Sunday, July 20 and Sunday, August 17.

SUMMER PROGRAMS & EVENTS... Sunday, June 1 “NATURE IN GLASS: THE WONDERS OF CRAIG MITCHELL SMITH” 8 a.m.-sunset daily through Aug. 31, free with gate admission, Arboretum Grounds 2014 summer exhibition of 32 unique glass sculptures in the gardens and collections. BUTTERFLIES: BEAUTY IN FLIGHT 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Aug. 17, $3 with gate admission/ kids 2 and under free, Snyder Building Meyer-Deats Conservatory Butterflies up close and personal and several plant species that help sustain them. Butterfly Release Days on Saturdays from July 12 – August 16. BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES Daily through July 20, Oswald Visitor Center Restaurant Gallery Photography exhibit focusing on pollinators and the insect world. SPRING COLOR BLAST Daily through June 16 Watercolors, oils exhibit, Reedy Gallery HIGHGROVE FLORILEGIUM: A COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY BOTANICAL ART Runs June 24 through Sept. 1, Reedy Gallery WEEKEND FAMILY FUN: HUNGRY CATERPILLARS Noon-4 p.m. (drop-in), free with gate admission, Learning Center Learn which plants are right to feed caterpillars, find monarch butterfly eggs in the milkweed patch and pot a caterpillar host plant.

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DOUBLE THE FUN FOR YOGIS Thanks to you, the first year of “Yoga in the Gardens” was a great success! The outside experiences were amazing, and the indoor Fireplace Room location was wonderfully cozy. In year two, the Arboretum will again be partnering with Life Time Fitness and will double the experience. Vinyasa Flow classes will be offered twice a month, alternating between a Thursday evening at 6 p.m. and a Sunday at noon. Thursday classes will take place in the Sensory Garden with varying Sunday locations. A Family Yoga class will be offered on Saturday, June 14. All yoga classes are modified for all experience levels and are free for Arboretum and Life Time Fitness members, but registration is required. Full schedule and registration:

Thursday, June 5 SPECIAL ACCESS: PHOTOGRAPHING THE MOVABLE LIGHT OF GLASS (750-06-05-14) 7-9 a.m., $90 member/$110 non-member, Oswald Visitor Center Learn how to catch and capture the mutable nature of light through glass in this photography workshop during the “Nature in Glass” exhibit. MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: DAVE HOYT 5:30-7 p.m., free with gate admission, Trex Deck Enjoy the guitar and vocals of this old-time jug band specializing in folk and blues. YOGA IN THE GARDENS SERIES 6 p.m., free with gate admission, Sensory Garden Partner: Life Time Fitness. Vinyasa Flow Yoga, modified for all experience levels. STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY 10:30-11 a.m., free with gate admission, Andersen Horticultural Library Stories for toddlers, preschoolers and the young at heart.

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Saturday, June 14

PEAPODS FOR PRESCHOOLERS SUMMER SERIES: A PLANT FOR EVERY PURPOSE (975-06-06-14) 9:30-11 a.m., $105/$125 includes gate fee for one adult, Learning Center Pea Pods for Preschoolers 10-session package includes Fridays through August 15 for adult and preschooler.

THE iPHONE AND OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY (750-06-14-14) 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $90/$110, Visitors Center Photo tips, tricks and applications for your iPhone/Smartphone and editing techniques.

Saturday, June 7 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See June 1)

Sunday, June 8 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See June 1)

Tuesday, June 10 PHOTOGRAPHY DAY CAMP: CREATING ANIMATED GIFS FOR 2ND-4TH GRADE GRADS (993-06-10-14) 9 a.m.-Noon, $81/$90, Learning Center Three-day series: June 10-12. Learn how to make mini stop-motion movies using animated GIF technology!

WALKS WITH MATT: BOBOLINKS AND MEADOWLARKS (960-06-14-14) 9-11 a.m., $10/$24 or bundle all five walks $40/$105, Ordway Parking Lot Observe birds of beauty and learn about the flora and fauna with naturalist Matt Schuth. MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: THE BAZILLIONS 11 a.m.-noon, free with gate admission, Trex Deck Educators/musicians Adam and Kristin Marshall and Kenny School students. FAMILY YOGA IN THE GARDENS, FAMILY EDITION Noon, free with gate admission, Sensory Garden (See page 9)

PHOTOGRAPHY DAY CAMP: CREATING ANIMATED GIFS FOR 5TH-8TH GRADE GRADS (998-06-10-14) 1-4 p.m., $81/$90, Learning Center Three-day series: June 10-12. See listing above.

Wednesday, June 11 “FROM EARTH TO OVEN” HOME SCHOOL ADVENTURE (AGES 3-6) (965-06-11-14) 9:30-10:30 a.m., $8/$10, Learning Center Learn how food comes from plants. TRADITIONAL TEA 2:30-4 p.m., $26/$29, Snyder Building Tea Room Reserve at 612-626-3951 or

Thursday, June 12 STORY TIME AT THE LIBRARY (See June 5)



Sunday, June 15 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See June 1)


Tuesday, June 17 “MUD, WATER, SUN” DAY CAMP FOR 1ST-2ND GRADE GRADS (985-06-17-14) 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $108/$120, Learning Center Three-day series: Play, build and paint with mud. Mash up plant parts with water and learn about the sun’s powers to make food. BUTTERFLY AND GARDEN ART DAY CAMP FOR 1ST-2ND GRADE GRADS (988-06-17-14) 1-4 p.m., $81/$90, Learning Center Three-day series: June 17-19. Explore the Arboretum’s gardens and butterfly exhibit to create art.

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LOCAL FOOD SEASONAL SUMMER DINNER (800-06-19-14) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $55/$70, Learning Center U of M Executive Chef Scott Pampuch is passionate about food, cooking and the land that sustains us. (See page 3).

To Register for Classes: call 952-443-1422 or visit ARBORETUM OUTDOORS WITH HOIGAARD’S 1 & 6 p.m., free with gate admission, Oswald Visitor Center Nordic walking with Hoigaard’s experts who will provide equipment and advice. STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY (See June 5)


Saturday, June 21 WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See June 1)

Sunday, June 22 MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: MINNETONKA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2-3 p.m., free with gate admission, Trex Deck



Saturday, June 28 THE POWER OF BALANCE: STONE SCULPTURES FOR YOUR GARDEN (100-06-28-14-02) 9:30 a.m.-Noon, $35/$55, Snyder Building Stone-sculpture artist Peter Juhl demonstrates rock-balancing techniques, and guides you to create your own balanced rock sculpture. Photo by Peter Juhl


Tuesday, June 24 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 8 a.m.-6 p.m., free with gate admission, Snyder Building Come see the Snyder Building all wrapped up with a huge bow and help celebrate the 40th anniversary. (See page 7) HIGHGROVE FLORILEGIUM BOTANICAL ART EXHIBIT Daily through Sept. 1, free with gate admission, Oswald Visitor Center Reedy Gallery Through art, explore the gardens of Highgrove, the Gloucestershire country estate of Charles, Prince of Wales. (See page 7)

SCULPTURE GARDEN TOUR WITH THE CURATOR (100-06-28-14) 10 a.m.-Noon, $20/$40, Visitor Center Hop aboard with sculpture collection curator Susan Thurston-Hamerski to the acclaimed Harrison Sculpture Garden and additional stops featuring art treasures. Limited seating. CRAFT COCKTAILS, MUDDLING AND SIMPLE SYRUPS— GARDEN INSPIRED (800-06-28-14) 9-11 a.m., $35/$45, Learning Center Learn how to make summer drinks in class. You’ll have the know-how to recreate at home and add your preferred spirits. See menu at: WEEKEND FAMILY FUN (See June 1)

Wednesday, June 25

Sunday, June 29

40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 8 a.m.-6 p.m., free with gate admission, Snyder Building (See page 7)

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: BEND IN THE RIVER BIG BAND 1-2:30 p.m., free with gate admission, Trex Deck This 17-piece band features the vocals of Linnea Nelson Marrin. From big band to contemporary jazz/rock.

Thursday, June 26 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 8 a.m.-6 p.m., free with gate admission, Snyder Building (See page 7)



MUSIC IN THE GARDENS: DRAGONFLY 5:30-7 p.m., free with gate admission, Sensory Garden Enjoy the sounds of this five-member folk ensemble formerly with the Dakota Valley Symphony Chorus.

The Minnesota Dwarf Trout-Lily, Erythronium propullans, was misidentified in the April/May edition of Arboretum Magazine. See photo to the left.

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Phil Delphey Above photo by Roger Pavelle

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


Hours... Grounds open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (or sunset) daily. Oswald Visitor Center (Apr.-Oct.) Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Arboretum 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. Andersen

Horticultural Library (Snyder Building) Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 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.

SPRING COLOR BLAST • Through June 16 A spring color-tinged collection that interprets the beauty of this most vibrant season. Features talented local and nationally known painters. HIGHGROVE FLORILEGIUM EXHIBIT • June 24 - Sept. 1 Featuring 40 exquisite botanical art prints inspired by Prince Charles’ gardens. See page 7 for grand opening and 40th anniversary event information.

RESTAURANT GALLERY BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES • Through July 20 Photographer Bill Johnson brings beetles and bumblebees, dragonflies, water bugs and butterflies up close and personal.  

SAVE THE DATE ART CRAWL THROUGH THE GARDENS Saturday, Aug., 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, Aug., 17, noon – 4 p.m. Enjoy an open-air art fair along Three-Mile Drive. Over 30 local artists will exhibit a variety of media among the Arboretum’s rose gardens, prairie, shrub displays and shade trees

GALA IN THE GARDENS Wednesday, Sept., 10, 6 to 9 p.m. For the first time, this premier garden party and fundraiser has moved to the most colorful time of the year and will feature the beautiful early fall colors of the Arboretum! An evening you won’t want to miss – al fresco reception and dining, music, a return of the popular silent auction and a live auction. Reserve at: or call 612-625-9437.

MN Arboretum Newsletter June 2014  

MN Arboretum Newsletter June 2014