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Name the Rose


Rosa 66, a shrub rose, is still quite rare, with less than 100 test plants available. To see a grouping of these shrub roses up close, go to the Arboretum's Cloister Garden, located near the Ordway picnic shelter.

Submit your ideas for naming the rose through Sept. 30.  Entries can be submitted in person at the Arboretum's Oswald Visitor Center or online at http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/nametherose.aspx. All entries will be reviewed by a VIP panel for final judging.

About the Northern-hardy plant and fruit research program:
The University of Minnesota's horticulture program is nationally known for its Northern-hardy plant and fruit research program, which has resulted in well over 400 proven hardy varieties.  It has provided a foundation for Minnesota's $2 billion horticultural industry, spanning the borders from Roseau grass seed growers south to Lanesboro vineyards.  

About the Horticultural Research Center:

In 1908, the University of Minnesota created the Fruit Breeding Farm on 80 acres near Victoria, Minn., for the purpose of developing hardy apple trees for the northern climate. Successful introductions include Fireside, Haralson, Honeygold and more recently Honeycrisp, Zestar!®, and SweeTango® Apples. Over the years, the research facility has introduced more than 100 new varieties of apricots, cherries, cherry-plums, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, as well as successful wine and table grapes. 

In 1967, the Fruit Breeding Farm was renamed the Horticultural Research Center (HRC) to reflect its increased plant diversity.  Additional activities include the breeding of landscape plants, including ornamental grasses, plant cold-hardiness research and restoration ecology research. Thirty-nine new trees and shrubs have been introduced, including the 'Lights' azalea series, 'Northwood' maple, and 'Northern Sun' forsythia. The wetland ecology project started the successful Spring Peeper Meadow wetland restoration project in 1995. In 1985, the HRC joined with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (located just east of the research center) and the combined unit remains an important research arm of the Department of Horticultural Science at the University. 















Father's Day at the Arb


--Membership: This year, why not give Dad a new "experience"? A gift of Arboretum membership--starting at $45--is an "experience" gift that keeps on giving. Benefits include free gate admission for every visit, reciprocity at 270 botanical gardens nationwide and discounts on Arboretum classes and purchases. Plus, if you purchase a gift membership before June 30, you'll receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine as a bonus!  Call (952) 443-1440 or apply online at www.arboretum.umn.edu/join.aspx.

--"Grilling, Camping & Gardening" themed gifts at the Arboretum Gift Store. Dad will get all "fired up" when he sees these "must-have" grilling & camping gifts-everything from cast-iron cookers for hot dogs and brats, burgers and pies--great for a campfire!  There's even a "S'Mores" grill tool and popcorn popper too!  Not to mention the fajitas grill pan. Camping tools include "sporks"--a three-in-one eating utensil--and a compact lunch container that clicks to your toolbelt or backpack.  "Rub a Dub-Dub"--The rub's the thing these days-all kinds of steak and chicken spice rubs and even a beer-can chicken kit. Also, Dad would love the 1,000 Lakes Fish Coating from Sturdiwheat.  

Other Father's Day gift ideas include the Presto Bucket, a waterproof collapsible fabric gardening bucket, and other garden tools for every need.  If Dad's a birder, consider birdhouses, birdseed, birding guides and even an "audio birdsong dictionary."  Can't decide?  There's always the old standby-an Arboretum gift card! All available at the Arboretum Gift Store.  

For still more ideas, pay a visit to the Arboretum SummerHouse, the charming garden market located mile west of the the Arboretum off
Highway 5.


More Happenings


--Coming Up: Flat Out Fabulous Flat Breads: Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. $30 member/$40 non-member. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx#K11

--Twin Cities Garden Tour: Nothing says summer like a Minnesota garden full of beautiful blooms, lush hosta and peaceful hideaways. The Arb Auxiliary Garden Tour takes place Sunday, July 10, Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. 

Considered the crown jewel of regional garden tours, this year's edition will visit four spectacular gardens, including two fairy gardens, a lifestyle garden and a backyard retreat complete with wooded area, sloping terrace and bursts of vibrant color. For more information or to register, visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/auxiliary.aspx or call (612) 625-9865. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum.  

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