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Something for Everyone This Summer at the Arboretum!
Blooms, Butterflies, Botanic Royalty

Chanhassen, MN (June 5, 2014) - The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum presents a summer season with something for everyone - from glass in the gardens to botanic art and butterflies! The summer gardens are beautiful - from exquisite "English cottage-style" color schemes to the rose garden, Maze Garden, azaleas, the peony walk and more!   Here's a summary of upcoming events:   

Summer Exhibition - "Nature in Glass: The Wonders of Craig Mitchell Smith," now through Aug. 31. Don't miss these 32 unique and stunning glass sculptures in Arboretum gardens, all created by the nationally acclaimed glass artist. Discover a 15-foot dandelion puff in the Lily Walk, a field of glass sunflowers, copper-colored iridescent koi fish in the Japanese Garden pond and more!

Continuing Exhibit - "Butterflies: Beauty in Flight," now through Aug. 17.  Live butterflies, all native to Minnesota, are swarming among the luscious plants in the Meyer-Deats Conservatory (Snyder Building).  It's a rare, close-up view of these amazing, magical pollinators.  $3 entry fee (free for ages 2 and under). Open daily: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.   Gate fee applies.  (Free days for members:  Monday,  June 16, or Sundays, July 20 or Aug. 17.)  

Gallery Exhibits
April 1-June 16: "Spring Color Blast."
The beauty rituals of vibrant spring as interpreted by talented local and nationally known painters.  Reedy Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center.

May 18-July 20: "Bugs and Butterflies." Photographer Bill Johnson brings beetles and bumblebees, dragonflies, water bugs and butterflies up close and personal.  Restaurant Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center.

June 24-Sept. 1: "Highgrove Florilegium." Forty botanical art prints depicting the plants in Prince Charles' garden, as interpreted by the finest botanical artists in the world.  Reedy Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center.

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS

  • JUNE 14 The Bazillions, 11 a.m.-noon.  Trex Deck.

  • JUNE 22  Minnetonka  Symphony ,  2 p.m.  Trex Deck. 

  • JUNE 26 Dragonfly, 5:30-7 p.m.  Sensory Garden.

  • JUNE 29 Bend in the River Big Band. 1-2:30 p.m. Trex Deck.

  • JULY 6 The Carlsons, 1-2:30 p.m. Trex Deck.

  • JULY 12 Teddy Bear Band, 11 a.m.-noon. Trex Deck.

  • JULY 13 & AUG. 7  Paul Cherba. 1-2:30 p.m. Trex Deck.

  • JULY 20  Jazz on the Prairie. 1-2:30 p.m.  Trex Deck.

  • AUG. 10 Celebration Brass, 1:30-3 p.m. Trex Deck.

  • AUG. 14  OVation, 5:30-7 p.m. Sensory Garden.

  • AUG. 24 Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble, 1:30-3 p.m., Trex Deck.

June 14, 22 & more dates: Yoga in the Gardens. Savor the unique experience of yoga outdoors in the Arboretum's serene gardens.  Led by Life Time Fitness instructors.  Also July 3, 20 & Aug. 7, 24.  Times:  6 p.m.  on  Thurs. sessions; noon on Sun. sessions.  Free for Arboretum and Life Time members.  Register at www.arboretum.umn.edu/yoga.aspx.                   

June 11, July 9, Aug. 13.  Traditional Teas. 2:30-4 p.m., Tea Room, Snyder Building.  Enjoy a multi-course traditional tea in the charming Tea Room.  $26/ $29.  www.arboretum.umn.edu/teatime.aspx or 612-626-3951.

Every Saturday & Sunday:  Weekend Family Fun.  Noon to 4 p.m. (drop-in) Bring the family for hands-on activities and fun.  June theme - Hungry Caterpillars;  July -Nectar Sippers; August - Prairie Pollinators.

June 14 & 22  "Twelfth Night."  6:30 p.m. Enjoy one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, performed by Theatre Pro Rata. Free with gate admission.

June 14 Walk with Matt. 9-11 a.m. Explore the Arboretum's wild areas and look for bobolinks and meadowlarks with Matt Schuth.  $10/ $24.

June 19 Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard's. 1 & 6 p.m.  Learn Nordic walking techniques with Hoigaard's staff who will provide instruction and equipment to try.  Oswald Visitor Center.  Free with gate.  

June 24-26  Andersen  Horticultural Library Turns 40! Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this jewel of a library in the Snyder Building with special activities. Key events: June 24- Librarian Kathy Allen displays and turns pages of the very rare Highgrove Florilegium book of watercolor images from noon to 2 p.m.  On June 25,  Allen presents a talk on "Mania and Delirium: Plants that Drove People Crazy" and explores plant crazes such as Tulipmania, Fern Fever and Orchidelirium from 1 to 2 p.m. (also add your memories to a Memory Book and enjoy refreshments).  June 26 - 'Green Carpet' entry and grand-opening reception for the Highgrove Florilegium exhibit, with remarks by U of M librarian Wendy Lougee.  Reservations at 952-443-1405.

July 13, 15 & 16 Arboretum Auxiliary Private Garden Tours. Several morning departures. Tour four exquisite private gardens  in the west metro, via air-conditioned bus.  Also enjoy brunch/lunch on the Arboretum's Morgan Terrace, accompanied by live music. Reserve at www.arboretum.umn.edu/auxiliarygardentours.aspx  or 612-625-9865.  All proceeds benefit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

July 16  Toast & Taste. 7-9 p.m.  It's the garden party of summer!  Stroll the Arboretum gardens while enjoying  samples from the Twin Cities top 'green & local' restaurants and regional brews and wines.  $75 per person. ($125 for special early entry at 6 p.m.)  Reserve at www.arboretum.umn.edu/toastandtaste.aspx.

Aug. 8  Chanhassen/Carver County Day. All day.  A special way to celebrate our wonderful neighbors.  Free admission all day for residents of Carver County and Chanhassen.  Coffee, refreshments and opening remarks by Arboretum and city/county officials at 10 a.m.  Enjoy guided walking or tram tours or explore on your own!

Aug. 16-17 Art Crawl Through the Gardens. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Enjoy an outdoor art fair featuring works by local artists, along Three-Mile Drive.  Free with gate admission.   

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest and a premier northern arboretum, is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota and developed as a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research, and public education. It is located nine miles west of I-494 on Highway 5 in Chanhassen.     -END-