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Name the Arboretum Rose

A rose by any other name is ... that is the thorny question. A new pink rose at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, known as 'Rosa 66,' the selection name, will make its flowery debut in the marketplace in 2012--and YOU are invited to name it.

The public is invited to submit ideas for naming this Arboretum-exclusive rose, which features a scalloped, double-petal bloom. Born out of the Northern-hardy tradition of the University of Minnesota woody landscape plant breeding program at the Horticultural Research Center, Rosa 66 can endure Minnesota climate and is resistant to black-spot disease.  This rose blooms intermittently throughout the summer and is a standout with its classic pale pink hues and light fragrance.

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Showy Lady-slipper
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Father's Day at the Arb

Are you ready for Father's Day, this Sunday, June 19? Here are some ideas for Dad from the Arb: 

--Spend Father's Day at the Arboretum. Come for the roses and stay for the rhythm! The gardens are gorgeous. After your stroll through the roses, stop by the Arboretum Restaurant for lunch--salad, pizza or hot entrée, and wine and beer also available. Then let the music begin:

  • Catch the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir in concert from 2 to 4 p.m. June 19, in MacMillan Auditorium of the Oswald Visitor Center. Free with gate admission.
  • For an outdoor musical experience, head to the Trex Leaf Deck (near the Ordway Picnic Shelter) where Route 3, a local quartet, will perform classic jazz, music of the 20s and swing era from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 19.

While you're here, take a guided open-air tram tour of Three-Mile Drive, offered at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Purchase tickets ($3 each) at the Oswald Visitor Center info desk.  Free guided walking tours also are offered: 10:30 a.m., Steelroots tour and 1 p.m., garden walk.  

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Our Minnesota state flower, the Showy Lady-slipper, is blooming in the wildflower garden. Visitors there will also delight in seeing the dramatic Yellow Lady-slipper; the shrub rose garden along Three-Mile Drive; the perennial garden; and our peony walk--all are filled with delightful blooms. 

The weigela flowering shrubs are stunning this time of year, as well. While you're enjoying the ever-changing displays, check out the engaging Steelroots sculptures set amongst the gardens and collections. And if you haven't explored the new Wurtele Bog Boardwalk, now's the time! Enjoy!


More Happenings

--Thursday, June 16: You're invited--Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard's Nordic Walking, 1 and 6 p.m. Try out Nordic walking poles and learn the techniques of this popular fitness trend.   Free with admission. ... Also: Third Thursday Happy Hour in the Arb Restaurant, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wine sampling, beer and appetizers. Free admission every third Thursday after 4:30 p.m.

--Need a plan for Saturday, June 18? Try this: Start the day with a "Walk for the Curious," 8:30 a.m. $7.50 member/$15 non-member.  http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/walksandfitness.aspx ... Then you'll have time to go to Gardening School: Trees and Shrubs Selections class, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Arb landscape gardener Jeff Johnson (woody plants specialist) will help you gain insight into which trees and shrubs are best for your garden and yard. Take a hike into the gardens to see examples of Arboretum selections that will work in your setting. $30 member/$40 non-member. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/gardeningschool.aspx

--Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19: Join us at the Andrus Learning Center noon to 4 p.m. each day for Weekend Family Fun: Root Roast. Bake a delicious root snack in the Harvest Kitchen. View roots up close, take part in a root experiment, and create art with roots. Free with Arb admission.


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