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Nature Notes

The Arboretum gardens are lush and fragrant, and we defy you to find a more beautiful spot to while away an afternoon. The sights, sounds and fragrances of nature will keep you occupied for hours.

Naturalist Matt Schuth reports birds singing, including the sedge wren, indigo bunting, great crested flycatcher, clay colored sparrow and Eastern wood pewee.

The first young ospreys will be banded at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Horticultural Research Center. Meet in the Horticultural Research Center parking lot. Baby ospreys will also be banded at 8:30 a.m. July 6 on 82nd street (at the nest by the intersection of Bavaria road and 82nd Street). Public is welcome to both events.

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Veggies in the Home Demo
Garden, Photo by Mark MacLennan





Toast & Taste in the
Gardens, Photo by Mark MacLennan




This Weekend

No matter what happens elsewhere, the Arboretum is not shutting down, folks! Come on out. A few ways to enjoy:

--Visit the Gardens of Eatin' in the Home Demo Garden. New signs outline what's growing, along with tips from Arb gardening guru Ted Pew. Find out more about these gardens on our website: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/gardensofeatin.aspx

--Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers. Learn what habitats hummingbirds like best, and plant flowers to feed them. Make a hummingbird nest out of moss, bark and dry grass. Free with Arboretum admission. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Learning Center.

--Take time to stop and admire our new rose. Then help us name it:  http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/nametherose.aspx

See What's Happening July 4-14


After Hours

--Make plans now to attend Toast & Taste in the Gardens, Thursday, July 28, 6 to 9 p.m. Star Trib called it the "best outdoor party of the summer" ... and who are we to argue? Read all about it in the digital edition of the Arboretum newsletter. Then sign up for the fun!

--Gala in the Gardens: Smiles, blooms and good cheer abounded at the Gala in the Gardens on June 15, even with rain showers. The reception and "Mystery Box" gifts  moved indoors to the visitor center . Then, the clouds parted and out came the sun as garden party guests  made their way to the Gala  tent for dining al fresco-followed by  auction and program, with guest emcee Belinda Jensen of KARE 11-TV. Many thanks to Gala co-chairs Julie Hagen Showers and Susan Campbell, Gala sponsors, patrons, supporters and guests. Auction and Fund-A-Need proceeds exceeded goals!


Deals, Deals...

We have deals!

--Go shopping at the Arb SummerHouse: All plant material, pottery, bird baths and ironworks currently 30% off.

--Free Members Event: Saturday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. Gather in the garden for the second in our three-part series featuring "People, Plants, and . . . Literature"  when Toni McNaron, U of M English professor emerita, reads and discusses the works of William Shakespeare. Meet on the terrace immediately behind the Snyder Building; dress comfortably for walking and lawn-sitting. In case of rain, the event will move to the Snyder Auditorium. Members: RSVP to member@umn.edu. Non-members, $7.50; call (952) 443-1440 to register.

--There's still time to buy a gift of membership AND receive the bonus of a Better Homes & Gardens subscription.

 --Watch for an Arboretum deal on Star Tribune's Steals and Deals site starting June 30!

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