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Exhibits, Classes and Activities

Arboretum Barn Quilt Photo by Patrick Witherow

Photo by David Tinjum

Reserve Today Healthy Foods Summit Food & the Environment The 5th Annual Healthy Foods Research Symposium and Summit is co-hosted by Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, leaders in the University of Minnesota initiatives dedicated to public health and well-being. This year’s research symposium will focus on food and the environment: the impact of climate and environmental changes on food production and conversely, the impact of food production on the environment. Register today: www.arboretum.umn. edu/2013healthyfoodssummit.aspx Presented by:

october/november 2013 • VOL 32, NO. 7 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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A Message From the Director Ed Schneider

The Best of Fall Experience the wonders of fall by exploring at your own pace. Take a break from 24/7 technology and “log in” to the rhythms of the trees. The Arboretum woodlands are the most diverse collection in Minnesota. You get a birds-eye view of the most vivid fall colors, from golds to crimsons to purples. Even the pumpkins range beyond orange to green, purple and white. Follow the color…see the top 12 places for fall color experiences (page 3). Hike the marked trails, board the free visitor Circulators for step-on/step-off convenience into the heart of the Arboretum, reserve a seat on the Trumpet Creeper Tram for a narrated tour or do your own driving tour. Get up close to the beauty of nature. Pick up new maps and updated Experience-1 Hour or 2 Hour self-guided tour brochures for your adventure (marked by physical activity levels of easy, moderate or active). Find your zen at Yoga in the Gardens, sponsored by Life Time Fitness. See the Sculpture Garden in autumn’s light. Enjoy the iconic Red Barn with a newly installed “barn quilt” as part of the Barn Quilts of Carver County Tour. Feed your soul…with apples from the AppleHouse (Honeycrisp available in the Gift Store), or lunch on the terrace with harvest from the World of Home Demo Gardens. See you at the Arboretum.

Table of Contents... Maple Tree Collection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Dogs/Membership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Toast & Taste/Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Pop Up Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Gardens of Eatin’/Garden Tips . . . . . . 5

Library Book Sale/Calendar. . . . . . . . 12

Minnesota Wines/Bees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Calendar at a Glance. . . . . . . . . . . . 13-15

Falling Leaves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Art/Save the Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Fall Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9

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On the Cover: Arboretum Red Barn Sunrise Photo by Roger Smallbeck

Strolling Through the Arboretum Maples Photo by By Mark MacLennan

Jewels of the Fall

The Sixth in a Continuing Series on Tree and Shrub Collections at the Arboretum Jeffrey Louis Johnson Woody Plants Specialist Autumn is the favorite season of many Minnesotans. Fall color is a major reason why, and maples are the jewels of fall. Sugar Maple and Red Maple are primarily the maple species commonly associated with vibrant fall color.

One exceptional, small statured maple of note, Acer triflorum, is, in the opinion of many, under-planted. You may see a nice young specimen in the Cloister Garden and mature examples in the northern edge of Maple Collection.

Mature maple specimens are scattered through the Arboretum gardens. They are a mainstay of our landscape. Particularly stunning are the Sugar Maples in the sugarbush behind the Wilson Rose Garden, as well as the Sugar Maple along Three-Mile Drive – across from the new Sculpture Garden. Among Arboretum regulars, that tree is often referred to as the “Traffic Jam” maple because of a back-up of cars on the drive during peak fall color.

For the homeowner, nurseries have discovered that the hybrids Acer x freemanii (Red Maple x Silver Maple) make great trees. The result is the Freeman Maple; a combination of the tough characteristics of Silver Maple, with better architecture and fall color attributable to Red Maple. Many cultivars of Freeman Maple are available.

The Maple Collection north of the Bailey Shrub Walk holds many specimens of unusual species and selections. Park in the Crabapple Parking Lot, or the Bailey Shrub Walk Parking Lot along Three-Mile Drive.

Enjoy these jewels of the fall on your next visit to the Arboretum – and don’t forget your camera! Read more: “Native Trees of the Midwest” – contains identification, wildlife values and landscaping use for native trees. Sally S. Weeks, $45 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

Explore Arboretum Top 12 for Fall See the show of color that Mother Nature splashes throughout the Arboretum outdoors with special fun indoors, too. Hop on the free Visitor Circulator or take to the trails to experience the best of fall. Share your experience on Facebook or on the Nature Notes blog at 1. Sugar Maple collection along Three-Mile Drive 8. Pumpkin Plaza & Great Hall 2. Bog Walk 9. Golden Harvest exhibit in Reedy Gallery 3. Maze Garden 10. Scarecrows in the Garden 4. Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit 11. Ar-BOO-retum (bring the kids 5. Dwarf Conifers collection behind Snyder Bldg. for costumed trick or treat fun on 6. World of Home Demo Gardens Oct. 31 all day long) 7. Green Play Yard and Under the Oak 12. AppleHouse Photo by Chris Factor

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Photos by Todd Mulvihill

Toast & Taste: Great Food, Glorious Gardens It was a perfect summer evening for a garden party! Toast & Taste in the Gardens attracted over 500 guests to the Arboretum gardens the evening of Thursday, July 25. A celebration of “fresh, local and green” cuisine, the outdoor garden party featured delectable samples from acclaimed local and regional restaurants, wineries and breweries, who set up serving stands on garden pathways near the blooming and aromatic Perennial Garden, Herb Garden, Terrace Garden and the Snyder Building’s Tea Room Terrace. Adding just the right musical touch were the winsome romantic sounds of vocalist/guitar duo Andrew Hanson & Tyler Hoyt (aka, Hanson & Hoyt) wafting through the air from the MacMillan Terrace Garden. If you forgot your tiara, no worries! Floral designers Ashley Fox and Carrie Guenther created custom head wreaths from fresh vines for all interested guests at the Arboretum education booth. (Fox is a frequent instructor in floral arranging at the Arboretum’s Learning Center.) The event, an annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation, raised approximately $40,000 this year.

The Arboretum Foundation extends a special thank-you to the following for their enthusiastic and generous support: •P  resenting sponsors: UnitedHealth Group, RBC Wealth Management, Jeannine Rivet & Warren Herreid II. • Media partner: Mpls/St. Paul Magazine • Participating restaurants: Café Maude, The Minneapolis Club, Terra Waconia, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Signature Cafe, Sawatdee-Eden Prairie, Arboretum Catering, Wise Acre Eatery, plus Joia All Natural Sodas, Lakewinds and Ferndale Farms. • Participating wineries: Carlos Creek Winery, Indian Island Winery, Northern Vineyards, Parley Lake Winery, St. Croix Vineyards. • Participating breweries: August Schell Brewing Co., Excelsior Brewing, Lift Bridge Brewery, Mantorville Brewing, Summit Brewing Co. & Surly Brewing Co. • Slow Food Minnesota • Arboretum Education Dept. Please support these restaurants, wineries and breweries year-round!

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Arboretum Travel with Peter Olin, Arboretum Director Emeritus Reserve now for these upcoming trips: Gardens of South Florida – January 18 – 27. Ft. Meyers, Naples, Miami, Key West. Darwin’s Galapagos Islands & Ecuador – February 27 – Mar 11. Ecuador, Quito, Mindo & Bellavista Cloudforest, Octavio and the fabulous Galapagos. Germany and Poland – May 11 – 22. Warsaw, Krakow, Breman, Westerstede, Berlin and Rhododendron Festival.


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China and the Floral Expo – June 15 – 27. Beijing, The Great Wall, Quingdao, International Flower Expo, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hong Kong. Magnificent India: Gardens, History, Culture – October/November 2014. Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur (Pink City), Jodhpur (Blue City), Udaipur (City of Lakes), Mumbai (hanging gardens, Elephanta Caves).

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Home Demonstration Gardens

Gardens of Eatin’

Bountiful Harvest

Fall Garden Tips

Rob Woodworth Marketing Intern

What an incredibly edible harvest season in the Gardens of Eatin’! The bountiful World of Home Demo gardens have intrigued visitors with unusual vegetables and ideas for home gardens and recipes. Arboretum gardeners are busy gathering bushels of produce for the Arboretum Restaurant to keep customers deliciously happy with new culinary tastes. But with the approaching change of season, harvest time is quickly coming to a close. Around August, when production was high and the picking was good, the Arboretum had an abundance of fruits and veggies! Thankfully, landscape gardener Ted Pew had several theme-relevant recipes in mind that piqued our culinary creativity. Among the favorites: Egyptian Chopped Salad and Couscous with Currants and Cumin. However, with the transition to fall, less harvesting needs to be done. Ted and his crew have now set their sights on preparing for next year’s growing season. First, they will remove all the old annual plants that are no longer productive and add them to compost. Ted’s tip: cleaning out these old plants will prevent the build-up of disease and harmful insects, and the heat of composting will kill them. Next, they will begin working on soil structure by adding a layer of rich, black compost—about two to four inches thick. The beds will then be turned over and left to sit uncovered through winter. In the spring, the thawed soil won’t need any tilling as gardeners begin planting yet another fantastic vegetable garden! Ted’s tip: this is the most important component of a healthy garden so don’t skip it.

Even though we are in the strong grip of fall, it’s not too early to begin planning for next season. Here are some autumn gardening tips to help you for next year: • Divide and mark your hostas. In the spring, you won’t be able to tell your varieties apart by the pips. Fall is a good time to do this because you can see what you’re working with. •A  dd compost or humus-rich soil to your beds. This will increase fertility but also improve soil structure. It is better to do in the fall because moving wet spring soil around can create compaction. •W  hen planting your spring flowering bulbs, don’t go too deep (two to three times the height of the bulb). Try using under-utilized alliums which bloom from May through August.

Read more: “Saving Seeds” – a compact paperback containing what you need to know about growing garden plants from seed. Marc Rogers, $14.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

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Savoring Minnesota Wines

4x4 Culinary Minnesota Wine Dinners The University of Minnesota has advanced the development of cold-hardy grape cultivars to produce award-winning grape varietals such as Frontenac, La Crescent and Marquette, which are now among the go-to choices for Minnesota winemakers. “What was previously an unknown market is now a thriving industry, especially with the trend to support all things local,” says Susan Thurston-Hamerski, manager of adult education and programmer for the 4x4 Culinary Minnesota Wine Series. The Arboretum’s 4x4 series, in collaboration with the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, features a leading chef on each of four evenings. Each of the four evenings pairs four special recipes with four different Minnesota wines. “This was the third year where wine experts and chefs gathered to make selections, and this year’s offerings made choices difficult because all of the Minnnesota wines submitted were truly wonderful,” says Susan. The 4x4 dinners are among the most popular classes offered at the Arboretum each fall. According to Susan, “Everyone leaves the evening with new wine knowledge, the satisfaction

of an incredible meal, and a deeper appreciation for what our Minnesota winemakers are accomplishing.” To hone your wine-tasting skills, Susan also recommends the “Savoring Wine” class. Wines from Minnesota and around the world will be used to tune your senses and will teach you how to think critically about tasting wine. Added Susan, “This class is accessible to everyone and would serve as an excellent complement to the 4x4 experience. There are so many amazing wines from Minnesota, I want everyone to try them and find some new favorites.” 4x4 Culinary Minnesota Wine Dinners are Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., October 3, November 7, December 12, and January 9. Fee per class: $55 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission. To register: Read more: “Growing Grapes in Minnesota” – compiled by The Minnesota Grape Growers Association, this is a comprehensive guide for establishing your own vineyard, $16 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

The Buzz about Bees Due to overwhelming demand, Dr. Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology and director of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, along with University scientist Gary Reuter and graduate students, will present an expanded set of offerings on beekeeping in Minnesota. Hosted by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the first of these intensive and entertaining workshops gives new beekeepers the knowledge they need for their first year of keeping bees.

Beekeeping Photo by Marla Spivak

Beekeeping for Northern Climates Introductory Workshop: Nov 16, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. To register: Read more: “Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities” – describes how raising urban bees makes for a rewarding hobby. Luke Dixon, $19.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).


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Backyard Hives Photo by Marla Spivak

Tamarack in Fall Photo by Herreid

Fallen Ginkgo Leaves Photo by Sepavo

The Falling Leaves Matt Schuth Naturalist

The Ojibwe called it the time of the “Falling Leaf Moon” when Mother Nature throws her paint palette into the sky, creating a delight of descending autumn color. Leaves fall when daylight becomes less. In the spring, leaves contain a large amount of a chemical growth regulator called auxin. In the waning hours of autumn daylight, auxin amounts lessen and a layer of cells called the abscission layer (“abscission” means “to cut off from” in Latin) grows across the base of a leaf stem and, as the cells separate, the leaf is released from the branch. A tree that truly fits this falling leaf phenomenon is the ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). In a matter of hours, the ginkgo will drop its fan-shaped bright banana-colored leaves, creating a beautiful carpet of yellow. Watching this event should be on everyone’s nature bucket list. The ginkgo tree is native to China and is now extinct in the wild. The ginkgo was saved by Buddhist monks who planted the tree around their monasteries. It is considered the oldest cultivated tree on earth. Ginkgo means ‘white nut’ in Chinese because it contains an edible kernel in the fruit that the Chinese use in cooking.

Our native conifer the Tamarack (Larix laricina) is unique in that it drops all of its needles annually in the fall. Other conifers lose their needles but gradually in the course of several years. People often assume the tamarack is dying when its needles turn their magnificent golden-yellow in the fall and then drop, leaving a barren tree. Tamarack is a bog tree that loves acid soils but will also grow in uplands. It clones itself by sending out root sprouts. Tamarack grow further north than any other tree in North America. The Ojibwe used tamarack for wigwam poles and its roots to sew birch-bark canoe edges. It is one of four tree species used to build a birch-bark canoe. Tamarack gum was chewed for indigestion and its inner bark was used to treat burns. Ginkgo and tamarack yellows brighten the autumn scene. Enjoy them at the Arboretum.

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Evaluate U of M research apples for texture, flavor, size, appearance and more. You might discover the next Honeycrisp. Tastings run from 1 to 3 p.m. the weekends of Oct. 5-6 and 12-13 in the Oswald Visitor Center and are free with gate admission. Bagged apples also available for sale in Gift Store while supplies last.

Oct. 7-Nov. 10, Pumpkin Plaza and Oswald Visitor Center’s Great Hall



Take the “Pumpkin Trail” and enjoy the most diverse and amazing displays of cucurbits extraordinaire both indoors and out! Purple, white, red... tiny, name it! All specimens were cultivated with care at the Horticultural Research Center. Pumpkins by Mark MacLennan

All day, Thursday, Oct. 31 Gather all the little ghosts, fairies and superheroes for a fun day at the Arboretum. Free gate admission for anyone wearing a costume. Trick or treat for apples in the Gift Store, enjoy StoryTime at the Library and more fun!

Scarecrows in the Garden

“A Holiday Affair”

Through Nov. 3, Arboretum grounds

Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m. Reservations: $10 advance/$15 at the door

Enjoy this whimsical collection of scary and silly “garden folks” decorating the Arboretum walkways and garden paths. Created by the general public, Arboretum staff and professional designers, the handmade scarecrows capture the spirit of the season!

Share in the spirit of the holidays with a night of shopping and good cheer amid the Arboretum’s festive decor. Find unique gifts galore, stop by demonstration tables for the latest decorating ideas and savor delicious refreshments. Presented by Savvy Magazine and the Arboretum.

Monthly & Holiday Teas 2:30-4 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13; and Saturday, Nov. 30 (check website for December dates), Tea Room, Snyder Building

Scarecrows by Mark MacLennan

Witch Hazel Hustle 5K Run/Walk Sunday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. start, Arboretum Grounds Starts at Visitor Center and follows scenic Three-Mile Drive. Fee: $20 member/$25 non-member through Oct. 27 $30 for everyone Oct. 28 through race day. Register:


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Enjoy a delightful traditional tea with friends and family. Menu includes freshly baked scones, sweets and savories and a delicious trifle in the warm and welcoming ambiance of the decorated Tea Room. Tea with lemon and cream served throughout. Fee is $26 member/$29 non-member. Call 612-626-3951 or visit Holiday Tea

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Double Discount Days

10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through October or early November (dependent on apple supply)

Friday, Nov. 29-Sunday, Dec. 8

Purchase apples from a changing inventory of 50 varieties throughout the season – from old favorites to recent University of Minnesota introductions, including Honeycrisp. Check out the specialty foods, unique “cottage” merchandise and gardening tools. The AppleHouse is located on State Highway 5 & Rolling Acres Road, 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance. For updates on apple inventory, call the AppleHouse Hotline at 952-443-1409.

Grab your shopping list and head to the Arboretum Gift Store for the latest and best in books, home decor, gardening gear, jewelry, specialty food items and more! During “Double Discount Days,” Arboretum members qualify for a 20 percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise (double the usual member discount). Just show your member card at the cash register. Gift Store

Applehouse by Don Olson

Seasons of Music – Concerts Thursday, Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium The first in a four-part concert series combining music with visual arts. Fee is $25 member/$35 non-member. Reserve at

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Auxiliary Holiday Sale

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4-6, Snyder Auditorium. Calling all book-lovers! Shop this expansive sale of gently used books (in a range of subjects), magazines, DVDs, CDs and other media, with all proceeds benefiting the University of Minnesota’s esteemed Andersen Horticultural Library, which is housed in the Arboretum’s Snyder Building.

All About Dogs Day Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Arboretum Grounds.

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 6 & 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Snyder Building Don’t miss this popular sale of handcrafted holiday wreaths, tree ornaments, table centerpieces and decor, all created by talented members of the Arboretum Auxiliary. Includes handmade textile accessories, potpourri and fresh greens! All proceeds benefit the Arboretum.

Celebrate man and woman’s best friend with a pet expo and an invigorating autumn walk along Three-Mile Drive.

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Photo by Mary Ann Land

Bring Your Dog and Come Out to Play in November Beverly Anglum Corporate Relations Manager

We’re letting the dogs out at the Arboretum on Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for an adventure along Three-Mile Drive and a chance to meet other dog lovers and their families. Filled with treats and experiences for you and your four-legged family member, All About Dogs Day will feature a Pet Expo, a number of interactive demonstration stations, and a walk along the gorgeous Arboretum Three-Mile Drive. This year, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever, as we gear up for the opening of a dog commons area at the Arboretum – a location separate from the Arboretum gardens where dogs and their human companions can together benefit from a dose of green exercise and Vitamin N (for nature)! Since its inception in 2011, All About Dogs Day has been generously sponsored by ADOGO Pet Hotel. Located at the corner of Baker Road and Highway 62 in Minnetonka, ADOGO features overnight, spa, daycare, grooming and training services for your dog. ADOGO owner John Sturgess states: “All About Dogs Day is a great event for dogs and their owners to walk around the University of Minnesota’s

Arboretum and enjoy its wonderful environment. As a graduate of the University of Minnesota, a local resident and business owner, I am honored to work with the Arboretum’s team. ADOGO is committed to the local community, and helping bring the dog community closer to nature through this venue is beneficial to all of us.” Bring your dog for a lap around the gorgeous Arboretum grounds before the snow falls. Register today: Read more: “Made for Each Other” – how the human/animal bond shaped our evolution and that of the animals we love. Meg Daley Olmert, $15.95, and “Dog-Friendly Gardening” – essential information for dog owners and gardeners. Karen Bush, $22.95 – both available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

Apples, Apples, Apples! Help Create a Member Indoor Apple Orchard The Arboretum is brimming with apples this season. What better way to honor Arboretum members than by giving them a fun apple keepsake. Purchase any level membership in the months of September or October, and your name will adorn a beautiful paper apple, which will then be added to the “Member Apple Orchard” in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center. More of a DIY creative type? You are invited to stop at the membership desk during business hours and “design” your own paper apple for display. Help build the Members Indoor Apple Orchard. Bring a friend to enjoy the spectacular fall at the Arboretum.


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Smart Snack Pop Up Gardens Photo by Xavier Porter

An Abundant Harvest of Innovative Partnerships Beverly Anglum Corporate Relations Manager

A new trend in gardening was growing on Nicollet Mall and several Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods this summer. Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo and community partners Hennepin Theatre Trust, Birchwood Café and Downtown Improvement District, Smart Snacks for Humans and Pollinators Pop Up Gardens yielded an abundant harvest.

with tomato and basil plants as healthy fruit and vegetable snacks for people while the third bag is planted with flowers to attract bees, birds and other pollinators. Pop Up Gardens also add beauty to the landscape. Interpretive signage at each site offers information about healthy, fresh food choices and the important role of pollinators.

The Smart Snacks project is a new extension of the Arboretum urban youth education program, “Growing for Good” and was made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions Fund. This award is part of their nationwide corporate commitment to support creative and innovative solutions for environmental and community challenges. The Smart Snacks project combines the power of youth employment, community partnership, corporate volunteers and philanthropy to support growing an ecosystem of healthy foods, bees and other pollinators.

The Wells Fargo Green Team promoted the project to employee groups and coordinated team members to serve as mentors. Unique learning opportunities for the youth included financial fitness, public speaking and presentation skills, resume writing and interviewing techniques, and for a first-hand look—professional staff interactions such as “Career Day” at the Wells Fargo headquarters in Minneapolis.

Each Smart Snack Pop Up Garden site contains three large grow bags (each 4' diameter x 1.5' deep) that are planted by urban youth teams working alongside Wells Fargo Green Team volunteers. At each site, two grow bags are planted

“This is a win for everyone, from the Pop Up Garden installations in the community to youth experiences at Career Day, to Green Team employees and mentors working with youth. Everyone involved in this project has been changed in some way,” observed Emily Tuseth of Wells Fargo. “This is truly a successful harvest on so many levels.” Visit for more info.

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calendar-at-a Progr a ms & Ev ents... Tuesday, Oct. 1 AppleHouse 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1-4, 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance at Highway 5 and Rolling Acres Road Purchase specialty food items, merchandise and apples from a changing inventory of 50 varieties throughout the season. 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. Guided Walking Tour 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 13, free with gate admission, Oswald Visitor Center Visit various gardens at their glorious peak bloom, glean gardening ideas and reconnect with nature’s serene beauty during this 60-to-90-minute guided tour led by an expert volunteer Arboretum guide. No registration needed.

Used Book Sale One of the great sounds of autumn at the Arboretum is the gasp of delight when someone finds the perfect gift book or comes upon a long-forgotten childhood favorite or the latest bestseller at the popular Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library Book Sale. This year’s sale runs Friday – Sunday, Oct. 4-6, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Snyder Auditorium. Explore 20,000 gently-used items (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, even jigsaw puzzles) on every subject: art & music, cooking, gardening (of course!), fiction, mystery, history, self-help, kids’ books, sports, crafts, new titles, old collectibles and everything in between – you name it, we have it! This year we have an especially large selection of nature books and magazines. Stock up for winter reading or do your holiday shopping early; plan your garden, your menu, your travel – your choice! Don’t forget – Sunday is Bag Day – pick up a bag and fill it – only $2 each! All proceeds go to the Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library.

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Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: Acorns and Animals (975-10-01-13) 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 3, $100 member/$120 non-member, Learning Center Pea Pods for Preschoolers provides the opportunity for you and your child to be enchanted by the plant world through planting, art, sensory and science discovery, music, story time, snack and outdoor/greenhouse adventures.

Thursday, Oct. 3 Ornamental Grass Collection Open House 2-6 p.m., free with gate admission, Ornamental Grass Collection on Three-Mile Drive Meet Prof. Mary Meyer and learn all about ornamental grasses. October 4x4 Minnesota Culinary Wine Series: OCTOBER WINE-FEST DINNER (800-10-03-13) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $55/$65, VIP bundle series of four $210/$260 (includes reserved seating at front), Learning Center (See Page 6) 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.

Friday, Oct. 4 Friends of Andersen Library Used Book Sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free with gate admission, Snyder Building Auditorium. (See Page 12)

Saturday, Oct. 5 apple tasting (See Page 8) The Art of Bird Portraiture with Graphite and Pencil (100-10-05-13) 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $95/$110, Learning Center Using taxidermy and other bird models, learn about sketch development, scaling technique, line and shading, drawing transfer techniques and more. Work at your own pace, with individualized instructor attention. Pre-registration required. Weekend Family Fun: Harvest Rainbow Noon-4 p.m. (drop in), free with gate admission, Learning Center Help prepare a garden-fresh bite of colorful vegetables and fresh herbs. Discover how putting a rainbow of plants on your plate fuels your body. Mix paints to match the exact pigment of heirloom tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, and many more colorful edibles fresh from the garden.

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To Register for Classes: call 952-443-1422 or visit Friends of Andersen Library Used Book Sale (See Page 12)

Composing Your Autumn Photographs for the WOW! (750-10-12-13) 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $85/$100, Learning Center Take your autumn color photographs to the next level with acclaimed photographer and Arboretum instructor John Pennoyer. Learn how to improve visual perspective in the classroom, then take what you’ve learned out into the field and apply your new skills. Sponsored by Tamron and National Camera Exchange.

Sunday, Oct. 6 apple tasting (See Page 8) Friends of Andersen Library Used Book Sale (See Page 12) Weekend Family Fun (See Oct. 5)

Watercolor Technique Intensive: Painting Water (100-10-12-13) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $60/$75, Oswald Visitors Center Award-winning water colorist Georgia Kandiko will show you how to master the techniques needed to breathe life and wonder into the water features of your work. Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Monday, Oct. 7 Pumpkin Plaza Begins in the Great Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 8 Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: Ahhh…Autumn (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)

Rose-Tying Demo 8 a.m.-1 p.m., free with gate admission, Wilson Rose Garden Demo by Arboretum staff and MN Rose Society.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 Monthly Afternoon Tea 2:30-4 p.m., $26/$29, Snyder Tea Room (See Page 8)

Weekend Family Fun (See Oct. 5)

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apple tasting (See Page 8)

Birchwood CafE Dinner (800-10-10-13) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $55/$65, Learning Center The Birchwood Cafe’s Chef Marshall Paulsen draws inspiration from deep relationships he made with the farmers he has gotten to know through visiting and doing hard work on their farms. Wine tastes are paired with dinner courses. Visit for menu.

Yoga in the Gardens Noon, free with gate admission, Arboretum grounds Get your zen on while enjoying yoga in the Arboretum gardens. Sponsored by Life Time Fitness. Register at www.arboretum.umn. edu/yoga.aspx or call (952)443-1440. Weekend Family Fun (See Oct. 5)

Monday, Oct. 14

StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Friday, Oct. 11 It’s a Pumpkin’s Life Home School Day (965-10-11-13) 12:15-2:15 p.m., $8/$10, Learning Center Play Life Cycle Bingo and search for plants in all stages of their lives. Estimate a giant pumpkin’s weight and see the amazing diversity of the pumpkin family. Suggested ages: 1st-2nd grade. Includes adult admission for home-school educator. Siblings are welcome but all participants should be registered.

Foods Summit 2013: Food & the Environment Commons Hotel, Minneapolis (See Page 2)

Tuesday, Oct. 15 Foods Summit 2013: Food & the Environment Arboretum Oswald Visitor Center (See Page 2)

Saturday, Oct. 12

Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: Apple Pickin’ Time (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)

apple tasting (See Page 8)

Thursday, Oct. 17

Walk with Matt: Autumn’s Glory! (960-10-12-13) 10 a.m.-Noon, $10/$25, Ordway Parking Lot Be rejuvenated and invigorated by autumn’s glories with Arboretum naturalist and birding expert Matt Schuth. Discover which birds are migrating.

StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Saturday, Oct. 19

Grow and Maintain Your Own Apple Trees (150-10-12-13) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $40/$55, Horticulture Research Center Peter C. Moe, Arboretum director of operations, will demonstrate how growing apples in your own yard can be a flavorful, crunchfilled joy. Learn which varieties perform best and discover how to properly plant, prune and control pests using organic techniques.

Beyond the Great Pumpkin! (150-10-19-13) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $40/$55, Horticulture Research Center With private staff-only access, explore the famed pumpkin patches of the Arboretum with gardener Jenny Thull. Learn which squashes and gourds are the best to grow for beauty, flavor, or both. Taste recipes and pick out a gorgeous cucurbit to take home! Read more: “Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook” – a cookbook featuring a tantalizing variety of pumpkin recipes, trivia and even carving tips! $9.95 – available in the Gift Store (952-443-1439).

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calendar-at-a Saturdays in the Kitchen: Mushroom Lovers (800-10-19-13) 9-11 a.m. $35/$45, Learning Center Learn about the beauty, flavors and versatility of mushrooms from mycology aficionado Kevin Doyle of Forest Mushrooms, Inc. Then join Chef Kris James, accomplished cooking instructor, caterer, and owner of Artful Brew Tea, in the kitchen to make delicious recipes that highlight their flavors. Rose-Tipping Demo 8 a.m.-4 p.m., free with gate admission, Wilson Rose Garden. Demo by Arboretum staff and MN Rose Society. Weekend Family Fun (See Oct. 5)

Sunday, Oct. 20

Weekend Family Fun (See Oct. 5)

Tuesday, Oct. 29 Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: Spooky Spiders (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)

Thursday, Oct. 31 Ar-BOO-retum! 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission for anyone in costume, Oswald Visitor Center & Snyder Building Gather the little ghosts and goblins and come to the Arboretum! Enjoy spooky StoryTime in the Andersen Horticultural Library (Snyder Bldg.) at 10:30 a.m., then “trick or treat” for an apple at the Gift Store and a cookie for kids in the Restaurant.

Weekend Family Fun (See Oct. 5)

StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Saturday, Nov. 2

Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: Calling All Crows (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)


Thursday, Oct. 24 Fall in the Forest Home School Day (965-10-24-13) 1:15-2:30 p.m., $8/$10, Learning Center Meet the “Talking Tree” and learn who lives in each forest layer. Search for signs of forest plants and animals on a forest hike. Suggested ages: K-1st grade. Includes adult admission for homeschool educators. Siblings are welcome but all participating siblings should be registered. StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Friday, Oct. 25 Balancing the Paths of Life (855-10-25-13) 6-9 p.m., $275 before 9/1, $300 after 9/1, U of M Nutrena Conference Center, St. Paul Also includes Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Join Tanya Bailey, licensed clinical social worker and the Arboretum’s AnimalAssisted Interaction Program Specialist, for a transformational 1.5-day retreat that offers a combination of lecture, hands-on activities with horses, mindfulness, journaling and opportunities to share with others how to continue your life journey with balance and gratitude. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, Oct. 26 Autumn Photography Up Close and Personal— Macro Workshop (750-10-26-13) 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $85/$100, Learning Center Bring your macro equipment and be ready to enter autumn in new ways with acclaimed photographer John Pennoyer. Learn the essentials of macro-photography in the classroom, then take what you’ve learned out into the field and apply your new skills. Sponsored by Tamron and National Camera Exchange. Weekend Family Fun (See Oct. 5)

Sunday, Oct. 27 Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra: Spooktacular Concert 3-4:30 p.m., free with gate admission, MacMillan Auditorium A concert of spooky music performed by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra.


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Walks with Matt: Harvest Ramble! (960-11-02-13) 10 a.m.-Noon, $10/$25, Ordway Parking Lot Join naturalist and birding expert Matt Schuth for this guided hike. Uncover the magic and beauty of how the plants, animals, and insects throughout the Arboretum get ready for the big chill. Portraying Animals in the Natural World with Pencil and Acrylics (100-11-02-13) 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $95/$110, Learning Center Taught by professional illustrator Carlyn Iverson. Choose an amphibian, reptile or an insect as the focus for your illustration. Pencil and acrylic techniques and color theory will be discussed. Grilling up the Harvest: Roots, Squash and Comfort Food Cooking Class (800-11-02-13) 9-11 a.m., $35/$45, Learning Center With late-season veggies and roots, experience complex layers of flavor that are created with a grill. Accomplished chef and Byerly’s culinary instructor Joan Donatelle will create dishes that feature squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets and more. Weekend Family Fun: Prehistoric Plants Noon-4 p.m. (drop in), free with gate admission, Learning Center Meet some living fossils, prehistoric plants from the days of the Diplodocus. Look at spores and cones up close with a microscope. Create your own fern print on cotton cloth, hunt for prehistoric plants in the greenhouse, and plant a prehistoric plant to take home with you.

Sunday, Nov. 3 Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2) Witch Hazel Hustle 5K Run/Walk (See Page 8)

Tuesday, Nov. 5 Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: Pumpkin Patch Party (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Auxiliary Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon (See Page 16)

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

Thursday, Nov. 7

Saturday, Nov. 16

Yoga in the Gardens 6 p.m. (See Oct. 13)

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $80 without lunch/$93 with box lunch, MacMillan Auditorium Learn about the first year of beekeeping with Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter From the U of M. Topics include purchasing equipment and bees, hiving packages, keeping bees in urban and rural settings, honey production, successful wintering strategies and keeping bees healthy.

NOVEMBER 4X4 MINNESOTA CULINARY WINE SERIES: HARVEST ABUNDANCE DINNER (800-11-07-13) (See Page 6) StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Friday, November 8 Minnesota Harvest Home School Day (965-11-08-13) 12:15-2:15 p.m., $8/$10, Learning Center Suggested ages: 3rd-6th grade. Students will learn about where their food comes from and prepare tasty treats with sweet potatoes, popcorn and apples. Includes adult admission for home-school educator. Siblings are welcome, but all participating siblings should be registered.

Saturday, Nov. 9 Sweet Gifts from the Kitchen (800-11-09-13) 9-11 a.m., $35/$45, Learning Center Join Kris James, accomplished cooking instructor, caterer, and owner of Artful Brew Tea, to create sweet culinary indulgences that make great gifts for friends, teachers or party hosts. Selections include the favorite Italian cookie biscotti and Basil Lime Sugar cookies. Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2)

Sunday, Nov. 10 Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2)

Tuesday, Nov. 12 Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: Forest Floor Friends (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)

Wednesday, Nov. 13 MONTHLY AFTERNOON TEA 2:30-4 p.m., $26/$29, Snyder Tea Room (See Page 8)

Thursday, Nov. 14 Good Life Comfort Food (800-11-14-13) 6:30-8:30 p.m., $55/$65, Learning Center Chef Jenny Breen, locavore, nutritionist, teacher and cookbook co-author of “Cooking Up the Good Life,” melds wholesome ingredients into hearty, honest food that tastes and looks beautiful. Wine tastes are served with dinner. Visit for more information. Seasons of Music 7-8:30 p.m., $25/$35, MacMillan Auditorium The first in a 4-part concert series combining music with visual arts. StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2)

Sunday, Nov. 17 Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2)

Tuesday, Nov. 19 Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: A-maize of Corn (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)

Thursday, Nov. 21 StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Saturday, Nov. 23 Flower Arranging: Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece (100-11-23-13) 9:30 a.m.-noon, $68/$84, Learning Center Be inspired by acclaimed floral designer Ashley Fox ( while creating a fresh and lush design to impress your guests on Thanksgiving. You’ll use squash, artichokes and pears, along with fresh cut flowers and trailing vines. All materials provided. Savoring Wine: (200-11-23-13) 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $125/$150, Learning Center This 3-part class also includes Saturday Dec. 7 & 14. Taught by Katie Cook, University of Minnesota enologist with an advanced enology degree from the University of Burgundy. Take a fascinating journey into the world of wine and learn to taste wine like an expert! Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2)

Sunday, Nov. 24 Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2)

Tuesday, Nov. 26 Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall Series: The Evergreen Tree (975-10-01-13) (See Oct. 1)

Thursday, Nov. 28 StoryTime at the Library (See Oct. 3)

Friday, Nov. 29 Double Discount Days in the Arboretum Gift Store (through December 8) (See Page 9)

Saturday, Nov. 30 Weekend Family Fun (See Nov. 2) MONTHLY HOLIDAY TEA 2:30-4 p.m., $26/$29, Snyder Tea Room (See Page 8)

Above Birch Tree photo by Christopher Hall

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*The Arboretum is closed Thanksgiving Day Oswald Visitor Center October Hours:

Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NOVEMBER Hours:

Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gift Store October Hours:

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NOVEMBER Hours:

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Restaurant October Hours:

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. NOVEMBER Hours:

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Applehouse 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through October (dependent on apple crop). Andersen Horticultural Library (Snyder Building) Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed Nov. 29) 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. Free admission all day Thursdays Nov.-March.

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. Ex-Situ Restaurant Gallery, continuing through Oct. 30 Local multi-media artist Laura Hallen showcases multi-dimensional art inspired by her recent residency at the Millenium Seed Bank in the UK. This exhibit demonstrates 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 Auxiliary Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon Wednesday, November 6. $12. Snyder Auditorium, 10 a.m. business meeting, 11:30 a.m. lunch and program. Guest Speaker: Heidi Heiland, CEO of Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens on “The Future of Gardenscaping.” Reservations by October 28. Mail to Joyce Jecha, 5250 Vernon Ave. South, 423, Edina, MN 55436. Make checks payable to Arboretum Auxiliary. Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library Regular Meeting Monday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. Snyder Auditorium. Jason Husveth, botanist and ecologist, will speak on “Minnesota’s Native and Rare Orchids.” Making Spirits Bright Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Decorated trees, holiday music, storytimes, and special visits with Santa.

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MN Arboretum Newsletter Oct Nov

MN Arboretum Newsletter Oct Nov  

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