Photo by Theresa Mieseler.
As part of the Arb's summer "Dirt-O-Rama" exhibition, a Clayhouse is rising before our very eyes (check out the slideshow!) in front of the Learning Center. Visitors can still watch, and even join in, as Arizona clay artists and adobe builders Athena and Bill Steen shape three tons of clay, burlap, straw, branches and vine into a playful, child-friendly earthen structure. The public can watch Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27, and get their hands dirty to help complete the build Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Watching or helping build is free with Arboretum admission! Special thanks to Acme-Ochs Brick & Stone in Springfield, MN for their generous donation of clay.
If traveling westbound on Highway 5 toward the Arboretum, stay on this road through the intersection of Highway 5 and 41 to the Arboretum entrance; there is no need to follow local detours. If traveling southbound on Highway 41, please follow detours and allow a little extra travel time. Thank you for your patience. Visit MnDOT for more on detours and the construction project.
—Journey Through Thyme: Herbs in the Garden, Kitchen, & Beyond. Friday, Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $45 member/$60 non-member. Learn from national experts and authors about the endless possibilities of gardening and cooking with herbs. Topics range from cooking with roses (the 2012 "Herb of the Year") to harvesting, landscaping and seasonal tips. Sponsored by the Minnesota Herb Society. Register online.
—The Forever Garden: Seed Saving Isolation Techniques and Seed Harvest. Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $38/$50, Learning Center. Learn to harvest and save your own seed in this special collaboration with the Seed Savers Exchange. Register.
—Harvest Hoopla: Day Camp for Pre-K - Kindergarten Grads. Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 7-9, Session 1: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Session 2: 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. $63/$70. Your little ones will harvest garden treats from the Children's Garden each day and learn about the wonders of vegetables. Daily activities will include circle time, a snack, garden time, and an adventure or two! Register.
—Chanhassen-Carver County Day. Friday, Aug. 3. It's time to celebrate our great neighbors—the residents of Chanhassen and Carver County, who will receive free gate admission all day (please show proof of residency). Come and enjoy the gardens at their peak, beginning with a 10 a.m. welcoming ceremony at the Oswald Visitor Center.
—Summer Music in the Gardens. Mark you calendar for the next "Summer Music in the Gardens" outdoor concert Thursday, August 9. Will & Stymie will bring their Latin rhythms and melodic blues to the MacMillan Terrace Garden, behind the Snyder Building, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The concert is free with gate admission and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic. Enjoy another free concert with Wild Cathedral on September 13.
—Travel. The Palaces and Gardens of Northern India, Nov. 4-15. Still time to sign up!