Autumn at the Arboretum celebrates the serene beauty of fall with its golden sunlight, brisk air, crackling leaves and flaming palette. The centerpiece event will be a Pumkpin Trail and a whimsical display of scarecrows.
Arboretum AppleHouse. Early September - early November. Purchase apples from a changing inventory of more than 50 varieties throughout the season - from longtime favorites to recent U of Minnesota introductions. Located 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum on State Highway 5. Call ahead for varieties available: 952-443-1409. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through early November.
September Weekend Family Fun: Fall into Whimsy. Tease magic out of seeds, twigs, and leaves to turn them into fairies, gnomes, and elves. Then take them outside into the Green Play Yard and help build them an elfin kingdom under the trees. Saturdays & Sundays in September; noon-4 p.m. Learning Center. Free with gate admission.
Traditional Teas. Wednesdays, Sept. 11, and Oct. 9, 2:30-4 p.m. Snyder Building. Traditional formal tea with sweets & savories. $26/$29. Reserve at 612-626-3951 or online.
Music in the Gardens. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m., Trex Deck. Big band sound from Jazz on the PrairieThe concert is free with gate admission and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic.
Garden Open Houses. Ornamental Grasses: Thursday, September 12, 4-6 p.m. and Thursday, October 3, 2-6 p.m. Prairie: Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Dahlia & Lily Walk: Thursday, September 26, 4-6 p.m.
Japanese Moon Viewing. Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m., Ornamental Grass Collection. An evening of moon viewing, fellowship and haiku. Free with Arboretum admission.
Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit. Sept. 21-Nov. 3, Arboretum grounds. Scarecrows, those silly and scary life-sized stick figures, have graced farm fields since time immemorial. Stuffed with straw, dressed in outsized raggedy clothes and sporting loopy grins, they are compelling characters! Check out these handmade scarecrows created by the public, including design professionals.
Apple Tastings at Oswald Visitor Center. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 21-22, 28-29, and Oct. 5-6 & 12-13; 1 to 3 p.m. Sample University of Minnesota research apples and visit with Master Gardeners. Maybe you'll help discover the next Honeycrisp!
Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard's - Nordic Walking. Thursday, Sept. 26, 1 & 6 p.m. Oswald Visitor Center. Learn the newest fitness craze - Nordic walking! Hoigaard's provides instructor and walking poles for your use. Free with admission.
Pumpkins! Oct. 7-Nov. 10, Arboretum grounds. Take the "Pumpkin Trail" and enjoy our diverse and amazing displays of cucurbits extraordinare, both indoors and out! All specimens were cultivated with care at the Horticultural Research Center.
Annual Auxiliary Harvest Sale & Quilt Raffle. Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snyder Building Auditorium & Lobby. Don't miss this popular sale of botanic arrangements & more, all created by Auxiliary members. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum. Auxiliary's 2013 quilt raffle is Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
Minnesota Herb Society Sale. Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Herbal crafts created by the Minnesota Herb Society.
Library Used Book Sale. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Snyder Auditorium. Don't miss this popular sale of gently used books of all types - from horticultural texts to novels and more. Sponsored by Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library at the MN Landscape Arboretum. Proceeds benefit the library.
October Weekend Family Fun: Harvest Rainbow. 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. Noon- 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday in October. Marion Andrus Learning Center. Free with gate admission.
Spooktacular Concert. Sunday, Oct. 27, 3-4:30 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium. A concert of spooky music performed by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. Free with gate admission.
Ar-BOO-retum Halloween Event. Thursday, Oct. 31, All day, Oswald Visitor Center. Free admission for anyone wearing a costume. Dress up the kids and "trick or treat" for apples in the Gift Store and cookies in the Restaurant. Storytime for the young and young-at-heart and "spooky" tunes.