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Dance of the Daffodils

Of all the signs of spring unfolding daily at the Arboretum, the sunny yellow daffodils are the most prominent. Though they have been in peak for more than a week, many of these hardy flowers have been blooming on south-facing slopes since early April. According to Peter Moe, Arboretum operations manager, the Arboretum has so many different species and cultivars that the total daffodil bloom season is almost two months long.

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Daffodils in bloom at the feet of “Romeo and Juliet” Steelroots sculptures. Photo by Linda Lemke.

The magnolias are
starting to bloom! Photo
by Tracie Sheahen.



The local wildlife has had
their turn. Now the Bog
Walk will re-open to
humans on May 15.
Photo by Lizzo Wallace.

This Week

Thursday, May 5: First in a series: "Vine to Wine: Appreciating the Bounty of the Grape." Arboretum oenologist Katie Cook Shares keys to great wines in ths series. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for wine by learning how grapvine breeders and growers approach the art and science of cultivating grapes particularly suited for wine. Thursdays, May 5, 12 and 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Andrus Learning Center. Class fee is $80 for Arboretum members and $90 for non-members. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/horticulturetechniques.aspx


This Weekend

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Come out and enjoy the spring blooms with Mom. Take a drive on Three-Mile Drive. Enjoy a stroll on the terrace. Discover the massive Steelroots sculptures outdoors. Indoors, spend some time in the Oswald Visitor Center: Pick up an orchid as a gift, for sale in the Arboretum Gift Store. Peruse the exhibits: "Tree Trunk Treasures" and “Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life & Gardens in America.” Head to the Andrus Learning Center; there, make a May basket and plant spring flowers (noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) in our “Blooming Baskets” Weekend Family Fun program. Enjoy making memories with Mom this weekend.



Coming Up

Friday, May 13: Summerhouse opens.  Purchase local fruits and veggies, U of M cheeses, baked goods, jams and jellies, live plants, shrubs and trees, plus gardening tools and more at this charming rustic market, located just 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance.  Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the summer.

Saturday and Sunday, May 14- 15: Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Margot Picnic Shelters. Don’t miss the best plant sale in the Twin Cities! Shop for hard-to-find plants, shrubs and trees.   


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