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Nature Notes


The prairie is begining to bloom nicely. Pink blooms of Prairie Phlox stand out. Dainty white blooms of Northern bedstraw and tall flowering stalks of white while indigo contrast in size. Yellow Oxeye and the first Hoary Vervain are also blooming. First Great Spangled Fritillary, common ringlet and Least Skipper butterflies are active in the prairie.

Elsewhere: the Catalpa tree is in bloom at Pillsbury shade tree collection. Showy Lady's Slippers still colorful in the Wildflower Garden and at the Boardwalk. Beautiful wine cap Stropharia mushrooms fruiting on Wood Duck Trail.
















July 4-13


 --July 7: Complementing the Grape II with Michael Grabner (800--07-07-11) 6:30pm-8:30 p.m. Back by demand, our chef is Century Wine & Spirits Wine Buyer and culinary adventurist Michael Grabner. Find out what he considers when pairing wines, while we enjoy a delicious, summer meal with wine tastings. Michael's approach to cooking is to keep the ingredients to less than 10 per recipe and let the complementing flavors do the talking. $45 member/$55 non-member, Learning Center. Registration required. www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx.

--Saturday, July 9: Free Members Event, 10:30 a.m. (Non-members welcome for a $7.50 fee with advance registration.) Many Shakespearean plays are set in nature, so it's appropriate to gather in the garden for the second in our three-part series featuring "People, Plants, and . . . Literature" Saturday, July 9 when Toni McNaron, U of M English professor emerita, comes to the Arboretum to read and discuss the works of William Shakespeare. Meet on the terrace immediately behind the Snyder Building at 10:30 a.m.; 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 can call (952) 443-1440 to register.

--Saturday, July 9:  Pestos With PIZAZZ!  9 a.m.-11 a.m. There's a plethora of pestos beyond basic basil (no offense to the basil)! We get to taste and make a variety of these versatile pestos. How about Walnut Sage Pesto, Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, Cilantro Pesto, Wild Mushroom Pesto and even a fruit pesto! Kris James, instructor. $30 member/$40 non-member, Learning Center. www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx

--July 10, 12 and 13: Have you signed up for the Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours?

For more events and happenings, take a peek at the digital edition of our July-August Arb newsletter -- available all year long to members.

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