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This year the Arboretum invites all veterans who are current Arboretum members to visit on Friday, Nov. 10, for a Veteran's Day celebration. Continuing the tradition, this year, the Veteran's Photo Wall of Honor will be placed in the Oswald Visitor Center. Submit a photo of your veteran for display. Please submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 9, at 12 p.m. Also, as a way of saying thank you, the Arboretum Cafe will give active military and veterans a free meal that day* and there will be free cake in the Oswald Visitor Center. Anyone may write a note of thanks or remembrance for someone who has served, is serving or will be serving and hang it on a special tree in the Oswald Visitor Center. Finally, renew your own – or purchase a gift membership for someone else – and use your 10% veteran’s discount. *Free meal applies to veterans only. Valid Nov.10, 2017 only. Photo by Juan Moyano@Dreamstime.com.
Arboretum Instructor Show Debuting Soon in Reedy Gallery – Don’t miss the Arboretum Instructor Show opening Friday, Nov. 10, and running though Jan. 4 in the Reedy Gallery. The Arboretum is proud to showcase these talented artists who instruct many of the Arb’s arts classes. A wide variety of media will be on display, including painting, drawing, mixed media, fiber art and photography.
Featured Class: Introduction to Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation – On Saturday, Nov. 11, 1-5:30 p.m., the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center will provide a unique setting in which to learn the proper way to taste and describe wine, how to read a wine label, understand wine glasses, and sample some wine and food pairings. This class is for ages 21+. $80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, light hors d'oeuvres, extensive wine sampling and Riedel wine glass. Advance registration required here or call 612-301-1210.
Making Spirits Bright With a New Twist – The Arboretum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) but will reopen Friday, Nov. 24 with a holiday season brimming with merriment and wonder with a festive connection to nature. The beautiful Poinsettia tree returns, along with other decorated, lighted trees, stunning natural decorations, glistening lights (indoors and out) and holiday musical entertainment – all in unparalleled serene and peaceful natural settings throughout the Oswald Visitor Center, Cafe and Snyder Building. New this year will be an after-hours outdoor LED holiday light display. Visitors will enjoy special self-guided walking tours of outdoor lighted displays such as a Polar Pond, Festive Farmstead, Frozen Forest and more. Also debuting this year will be a holiday tree-lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center. More details coming.
Double Discount Days Coming! – Running Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 3, the Gift & Garden Store is the place to shop for the nature-lover on your holiday list. 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. Save the date for these “Meet the Author” book-signing sessions – all slated for 1-3 p.m., in the Gift & Garden Store: Saturday, Dec. 2: Matt Schuth, Nature at Our Doorstep; Saturday, Dec. 9: Mary Meyer, Ten Plants That Changed Minnesota; Saturday, Dec. 16: Alan Branhagen, Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden.
PlantMaker Studio Features Cattail Creations in November – Saturdays and Sundays through Nov., drop in and try your hand at twisting strong, flexible cattail cordage and weaving them into a mat. Look closely at fluffy-seeded cattails and learn how they adapt to survive in standing water. Click here for more information.
Let's Talk Plants Q&A – Stop by the Master Gardener desk in the Visitor Center year round on Saturdays and Sundays to pose gardening questions to our volunteers, get information on sustainable practices and find out what areas are at their peak of bloom and beauty.
StoryTime in the Library Makes Thursdays Special for Young Visitors – Every Thursday from 10:30-11 a.m., gather round the table in the Andersen Horticultural Library for stories geared towards the young...and the young at heart!
Yoga in the Gardens--Indoors – The next scheduled sessions of Yoga in the Gardens – Indoors, led by instructors from Yoga Bella, YogaFit and Yoga 4 You, are Sunday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov.30, at noon, in the MacMillan Auditorium. The sessions are for all levels. Please bring your own mat and water bottle. The classes are always free for Arboretum members and studio partner members; and free with gate admission for non-members. See the full schedule here.
Nature Notes Bloggers Encourage Cool Weather Exploration at the Arb – Minnesota Master Naturalist Holly Einess found that the east side trails provide color, myriad wildlife and, – if you be still and take it all in – beautiful, whispering trees. Check out her blog: Treasures on the East Side Trails. Another Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer, Greg Lecker, uses words, photos and paintings to urge early bird visitors to leave the main buildings behind and venture out near Green Heron Pond in: Great and Small.
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