Photo by Barb DeGroot.
The Arboretum is seeking public submissions of handmade scarecrows for its "Scarecrows in the Gardens" exhibit set for Sept. 8-Nov. 4, as part of our Autumn Adventures celebration. The deadline for entry forms and scarecrow delivery has been extended to Wednesday, Sept. 5—entry form and scarecrow can be turned in at the same time (or call 952-443-4401 to arrange an alternate time). Awards will be presented for first through third prizes overall and there will also be a People's Choice Winner. Download the brochure and entry form.
The Arboretum will host members of the Leon Snyder Heritage Society at an annual luncheon on Sept. 6 and also, for those society members are unable to attend a daytime event, at an evening reception on Sept. 13. The events will honor the Society's members, celebrate the spirit of philanthropy, and provide an update on new developments at the Arboretum. The featured speaker will be Dr. Al Levine, dean of the U of M's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. The Heritage Society, named for Arboretum founder Dr. Leon C. Snyder, was established to recognize our friends who make gifts to the Arboretum in their estate plans. If you have questions, please call 952-443-1475.
—Visit us at the fair! Come visit the Arboretum booth at the Minnesota State Fair. We're in the U of M building on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We'll have prizes and a fun activity about the Top 10 Plants. Stop by and say 'hi'!
—AppleHouse Opens Sept. 1. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1- early November. Purchase apples from a changing inventory of more than 50 varieties throughout the season, from longtime favorites to recent U of Minnesota introductions. Located 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum on State Highway 5. Call ahead for varieties available: 952-443-1409.
—Save the Date/Donate Now. The Andersen Horticultural Library is accepting donations of good-condition, gently-used books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs for their annual book sale Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Deadline to donate is Mon., Sept. 17. Make room on your bookshelves by donating now, and then fill those shelves again at the sale!
—Summer Music in the Gardens. Mark your calendar for the last "Summer Music in the Gardens" concert Thursday, Sept. 13. Wild Cathedral will bring their "synthpop" to the terraces behind the Snyder Building, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Synthpop veers between party anthems, surreal parables and rock & roll tunes. The concert is free with gate admission and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic. (Rain location: Great Hall).
—Arboretum Member Appreciation Event. Sunday, Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m., picnic shelters west of the main parking lot, free to members and their immediate families. Enjoy a special day of activities, demonstrations, entertainment, and refreshments—rain or shine! There will be numerous activities for children, along with adult education samplers, Master Gardener advice, container gardening demonstrations, and surprise giveaways. RSVP to 612-625-9481 by noon Wed., Sept. 12.
—Inside the Collection: Flowers Personified. Wednesday, Sept. 5, noon-1 p.m. $7.50 member/$12 non-member, Snyder Building. Learn the "language of flowers" and examine books that pair floral bouquets with poetry. Andersen Horticultural Librarian Kathy Allen will share the English and French versions of the book "The Flowers Personified" or "Les Fleurs Anime´es." Take home a print scanned from this lovely book. Register.
—September Weekend Family Fun - Seed Savers. Saturdays & Sundays in September; noon-4 p.m. Learning Center. Free with gate admission. Become a seed saver and find out how to harvest, store and replant heirloom seeds. Discover how gardens are pollinated and why it is important to save garden seeds. Create art from seeds to take home with you.
—Free Peapods Event. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9:30-11 a.m. You and your pre-k through preschool grad are invited for a complimentary trial day of Peapods for Preschoolers. The theme of the day will be "Little Red Hen's Friends," and we will explore the world of wheat and grains through a variety of interactive, hands-on activities and take-home projects. Planned activities include learning how to grind grains, making a pretzel, planting wheat, creating grain art, and more! Registration is free and limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online or call 952-443-1422.
Note: Three-Mile Drive will be closed for a drain installation project next Monday, Aug. 27.