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Dance of the Daffodils continued

Unlike tulips and hyacinths, daffodils are long-lived perennials that increase every year, resulting in impressive displays of welcome yellow, orange, pink and white flowers year after year.

Daffodils grow very well in the heavy clay soil found throughout the Arboretum and are usually not eaten by deer or rabbits. They also tolerate the vagaries of weather we experience most years in Minnesota and bloom normally through both cool and warm springs.  Ironically, hot windy weather has more of a negative impact on daffodil flowers than sub-freezing temperatures earlier in the season.

Are they Narcissus, daffodils or jonquils? According to the American Daffodil Society, Narcissus and daffodil are synonyms, and daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus. While many people call all any yellow daffodil a jonquil, this is usually incorrect.  True jonquils have several yellow flowers per stem, are very fragrant and have narrow, reed-like foliage. ‘Quail’ is a jonquil with golden-yellow, fragrant flowers that has performed very well at the Arboretum.

Come to the Arboretum to see an impressive variety of these sunny spring flowers!


This Week continued

--Friday, May 6: National Public Garden Day.  As an incentive to visitors, the Arboretum is one of many public gardens offering two free admissions on May 6 to anyone arriving with a voucher, exclusively available through Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  (To download this voucher, visit BHG.com/freegarden.) The voucher is valid only on May 6 and is made possible through a partnership with the American Public Gardens Association, Better Homes & Gardens and Rain Bird irrigation products.  For more information on National Public Gardens Day, visit http://www.NationalPublicGardensDay.org.


This Weekend continued 

Go to Gardening School. The “Beautiful Lawns” class takes place Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. You can have a lawn that requires less mowing, less water, and less chemical use and cost. And it will be greener and more beautiful. (Next weekend: Hard Core Perennials, Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Find out which perennials can really handle Minnesota's seasons of extremes and which are longest-lived and easiest to maintain.) $30 member/$40 non-member. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/gardeningschool.aspx


Coming Up continued

--Saturday, May 14: Walks for the Curious, 10:30 a.m. Spend a few hours with a leading Arboretum expert to discover what plants are unfurling and blooming and which creatures are coming and going throughout the Arboretum. Register at http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/walksandfitness.aspx

--Sunday, May 15.  Bog Bash! Celebrate the re-opening of the boardwalk on Green Heron Pond, a remnant glacial bog. The Bog Bash celebration features music by Charlie Maguire at 1 and 2 p.m. and appearances by the creators of the "Big Belching Bog" book! All at the Ordway Picnic Shelter and along bog trail.

--Monday, May 16: “Nature Principle” book tour. Be among the first to hear Richard Louv discuss his newest book "The Nature Principle," when the author comes to the Arboretum for a discussion emceed by Don Shelby and book-signing. The event begins with 6 p.m. registration, appetizers and cash bar; with a discussion with Louv at 7 p.m. and book-signing and further conversation at 8 p.m.  $35/$40.  Call (952) 443-1422 or visit

In addition to the May 16 , Louv will be keynote speaker at the Arboretum's "The Nature Principle:  Health, Nature and the Quality of Life" public policy conference on Tuesday, May 17. 7:30 a.m.-noon, $50-$65. Call 952-443-1422 or visit http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/learn.aspx. 

--Sign up the kids for summer! It’s prime time to act on options for children’s classes, camp, gardening and activities at the Arb this summer: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/kidclasses.aspx

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