Arboretum eNews

November 1, 2017  

Painting by Bob Hautman

Final Days for Hautman

Brothers Exhibit and

Documentary Showings

Nature's Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman Brothers is a must see – and time is running short. America's finest family of wildlife artists, Jim, Bob and Joe, have created 50 new paintings for this Reedy Gallery exhibit. They often use scenes from the Arboretum as inspiration for their work. These Minnesota brothers have a long, winning history in the prestigious federal duck stamp competition, garnering 12 titles in the past 28 years. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 5. A drop-in, guided tour of the exhibit will take place (no registration necessary) on Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Reedy Gallery is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. For more, click here. From Nov.1-5, at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day in the MacMillan Auditorium, visitors can enjoy a showing of the documentary, The Million Dollar Duck – a fascinating and often humorous documentary about the annual duck stamp competition. Follow artists from the conception of their works to the three rounds of judging that lead to the choosing of the winning stamp and awarding of the one million dollar prize. The gallery exhibit and the film showings are free with gate admission – don’t miss out!  Painting by Bob Hautman.

 Photo by Susie Eaton Hopper
Tasty Fall Pumpkin and 

Squash Recipes

  Do you still have squash and pumpkins left but don’t know what to do with them all? Jenny Thull, Assistant Vineyard Manager at the Arboretum's Horticultural Research Center, has some scrumptious recipes for the crisp fall weather. Check out this recent KARE-11 News segment. Many of Thull’s recipes are printed on the page as well. Note that the AppleHouse closes for the season on Nov. 1. Photo by Susie Hopper.

Hands-On Class: The Art

of the Savory Tart

Master the basics of making a tart, and learn how to combine seasonal ingredients with a variety of crust options to create beautiful, mouth-watering herbed tarts that are delicious as appetizers, for brunch, lunch, or dinner!  In this hands-on class, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 9-11 a.m., students will work together in small groups to create recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. Class menu: Autumn Vegetable Tart with Bacon Marmalade, Melange of Mushroom Tartlets with Walnuts and Leeks, and Fragrant Louisiana Bayou Tarts with Spicy Buttermilk Dipping Sauce. Make enough in class to take samples home to share with family and friends! $39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum gate admission and all supplies. Advance registration required here or call 612-301-1210.

Photo by Juan

Veteran's Day for

Arboretum Members

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 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


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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