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Spring in Bloom

Spring is in full swing at the Arboretum! Three-Mile Drive is open, and blooms are opening despite a brief covering of snow this week. (Fortunately, early spring flowering bulbs are quite frost-tolerant, and undamaged by snow and these cooler temperatures.) Get your own spring bloom report here or call (612) 625-9791.

From Earth Day activities to brilliant blooms (32,000 tulip, 10,000 daffodil and 6,000 hyacinth bulbs!) … it’s time to visit the Arboretum and celebrate what’s in store for spring!

Photo: The secret life of bees: Elizabeth Traff captured this shot of a honeybee in action at the Arboretum recently.

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This Weekend

Friday, April 22: Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at the Arboretum with Walks for the Curious, 10:30 a.m. ($7.50 member/$15 non-member). Click here to register: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/walksandfitness.aspx Or join us for a Green Health talk
10-11 a.m., Oswald Visitor Center, when Molly Ferguson shares simple, nature-based steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing. Free with Arboretum admission. 

Saturday, April 23

All About Dog’s Day at the Arboretum: Reserve a spot for you and your faithful canine companion for an invigorating walk together on Three-Mile Drive, followed by a pet expo fair at the Margot picnic shelters … all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Arboretum, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $25 per dog. Walk-ins welcome. Doggie Goodie Bags are on a first come basis. 

Steelroots: Touching Earth & Sky guided walking tour of 16 sculptures, 10:30 a.m., Departs from Visitor Center. Free with Arboretum admission.

The Community Orchard: Growing Fruit in Your Community. Find out what you really need to know about all of your fruit-growing options at the Growing Fruit in the City Symposium, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30 members / $35 non-members. Register at (952) 443-1422

Sunday, April 24

Easter Bunny Brunch: Enjoy this Arboretum tradition complete with a visit by a candy-distributing, 6-foot tall Easter bunny. Three seatings starting at 9:30. Brunch is served in the MacMillan Auditorium, Oswald Visitor Center. $20/22. For online reservations, click here or call (612) 626-3951. 

Saturday and Sunday 

Weekend Family Fun: Squish of Spring, weekends in April, noon- 4 p.m.; Learning Center, free with Arboretum admission.

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Summer Fun for Kids

It's prime time for registering the kids for summer fun and learning at the Arboretum. Check out Peapods for Preschoolers Summer Daycamps and Summer Children's Garden.

Here's a peek at The Children's Garden, which begins in May:

The first seeds of the Children's Garden Summer have sprouted in the Learning Center Greenhouse. Lipstick peppers, Genovese Basil, Sun Gold tomatoes and Italian parsley are this year's firsts to poke their green leaves up towards the light.

In just over one month, these tiny little greenhouse seedlings will be ready for Children's Gardeners to transplant outside into their own Arboretum garden plots during planting days.
And then a summer of growing fun really begins for kids ages pre-K through 8th grade.

Registration is open and slots are filling fast with planting days right around the corner. Check out http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/childrensgarden.aspx for details and a link to online registration for all the summer programming for kids at the Arboretum.

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Coming Soon

Explore: On Arbor Day, Friday, April 29, join us for Walks for the Curious, 10:30 a.m. ($7.50 member/$15 non-member); or our Who Needs Trees program, which explores art, science, planting and more. 10 a.m. Free with Arboretum admission

Walk and run: The 2011 Arboretum Bud Break 5K Run/Walk and Youth Daffodil Dash is set for Sunday, May 1. This run/walk is a certified asphalt course that winds through scenic spring Arboretum landscapes, including challenging hills and prairies. Kids ages 5-12 can join in the 1-mile Youth Daffodil Dash Run/Walk. Preregistration price is $20/$25 until Sunday, April 24, then price goes to $30. To register and for more information, go to http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/budbreak.aspx

Learn: Arboretum Gardening School, Saturday, April 30, spring planting for summer color. Register at www.arboretum.umn.edu/learn.aspx.

Shop: Celebrating Our Roots hosta and ornamental grass plant sale, Gift Store, Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Looking ahead: Shop for hard-to-find plants, shrubs, trees at the Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale, Saturday May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Margo Picnic Shelter area.)

Travel: There's still time to sign up for the Rhode Island-Martha's Vineyard trip June 23-30. This is the great trip to visit the summer homes of the rich and famous of yesterday (Newport), and see where the rich and famous of today spend their summers (Martha's Vineyard). Contact Mary Ryan at Carlson Wagonlit: (763) 852-8116 or (800) 533-0324 or by e-mail mryan@carlsonwagonlit.com.

Also, you can still squeeze in the Ireland trip May 18 - 28 (extension to Belfast May 28 - 30). Contact Jim Glad at (612) 724-1915 or gladtotravel@earthlink.net

Gala in the Garden: Summer in Bloom.  Wednesday, June 15, 6-9 p.m. Reserve today at www.arboretum.umn.edu/gala.aspx or call 612-625-9437. 

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