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Green Play Yard, opens June 16

Green Play Yard Opens Saturday!

With a grand opening slated for this Saturday, June 16, from noon-2 p.m., the Arboretum's newest feature, "Green Play Yard," will officially be open for play!  Green Play Yard is both a wonderful play destination for young families and a rich "idea place" for preschools, childcares and family backyards.  Its plantings and natural play features show how bringing 'nearby nature' to daily life for our youngest ones can have a significant, positive impact. Giveaways include buttons and vegetable and sunflower seed packets! Come visit the new Green Play Yard located at the Marion Andrus Learning Center.

Iris Pond and Marsh by Al Whitaker
Iris Pond & Marsh. Photo by Al Whitaker.

Bench and plaque at Bruininks tribute site

Monarch butterfly
Photo by Ken Evans.

APS Winner of NPGD Photo Contest

As part of the May 11 National Public Gardens Day, photographers from across the country entered photos capturing the beauty of America's public gardens. The Arboretum is proud to announce that Al Whitaker, of the Arboretum Photographers Society, was chosen as the First Prize Winner! His photo (shown left) was selected from over 1,000 entries by a team of judges: The American Public Gardens Association, Rain Bird, Better Homes and Gardens, and the "Gardener Guy," Paul James. Photos were chosen based upon the following criteria: Beauty, originality, creativity and "Capturing the Essence of Public Gardens." For winning, Whitaker receives $500, a membership to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and a year's subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Congratulations, Al!


Bruininks Tribute Unveiled

The next time you're near the Arboretum's majestic waterfall, seek out the Bruininks Tribute viewing spot. Tucked away among the pines and dwarf conifers, it's a serene refuge.  Sit on the bench, watch the tumultuous cascade, feel the dewy spray on your face and clear your head of worries and care. This scenic overlook is dedicated to Dr. Robert H. Bruininks, former president of the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Susan A. Hagstrum, a former Arboretum Foundation trustee, in recognition of the couple's enduring friendship and support of the Arboretum.  


Events, Classes & Travel

Monarch Conference. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is hosting a 2 1/2 day Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting at the Arboretum on June 21 - 23. The conference will provide an opportunity for monarch biologists and other experts to share new information on monarch population trends, new findings in monarch biology, and successful monarch conservation efforts. Meeting activities will include speaking and poster sessions, field trips, workshops, a banquet with a keynote speaker, and plenty of time for informal sharing and networking. Register for the Lincoln Pierson Brower dinner program "A 58-year journey with the Monarch Butterfly," on June 22.

—SummerHouse. Looking for "Made in the Midwest" jams, honey, fudge and cheese?  How about the Arboretum's new Summer Waltz shrub rose?  Or fresh herb and vegetable plants, including U of M introductions? Look no further than the Arboretum's SummerHouse market, located 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance at the intersection of Rolling Acres Rd. and Hwy. 5. Currently all herb plants, vegetable gardens and potted herb gardens are discounted 25 percent! And any day now, U of M ice cream will arrive! The SummerHouse is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 31

—Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaards. Thursday, June 14, 1 & 6 p.m., Oswald Visitor Center. Learn Nordic walking, the latest fitness trend, with equipment courtesy of Hoigaards staff, who will also provide basic instruction.

Complementing the Grape Cooking Class. Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $50 member/ $60 non-member, Learning Center. Instructor: Chef Michael Grabner, the wine buyer for Century Wine & Spirits.  Call 952-443-1422 or register online.

—Photography Symposium. Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., $60 member/$70 non-member, Oswald Visitor Center. Featuring award-winning photographer Craig Blacklock. Lunch included. Register online or call 952-443-1422.

Friends of the Library Event. Thursday, June 28, 6-8:30 p.m., Snyder Auditorium. Speaker: Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange and author of Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver. Enjoy a buffet dinner and book signing. $28 Friends members/$40 non-members. Registration closes June 20. Register online or call 952-443-1405.

—Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours. The Auxiliary will host their 28th annual Private Garden Tours on July 15, 17 & 18. Guests travel onboard luxury air-conditioned motor coaches. Each garden will have on hand representatives from both the Auxiliary and the homeowners to answer your questions and share their experiences creating their lovely gardens. This is truly the crown jewel of regional garden tours. Read more and register.

Toast and Taste in the Gardens. Thursday, July 26, from 6-9 p.m.  Presenting Sponsor: UnitedHealth Group.  Sample in-season, fresh, local cuisine from the Twin Cities' top restaurants and savor tastes from Minnesota wineries and breweries in the unparalleled garden setting of the Arboretum. Register today!

Travel: Northern India, November 4 - 15There are still openings for this adventure and garden tour.  See Old and New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur the Pink City and Udaipur.  Contact Anna Kamrow at Carlson Wagonlit, 763-852-8119 or akamrow@carlsonwagonlit.com. or contact Peter Olin at olinx002@umn.edu or 952-443-1412. Coming in 2013:  Hawaiian Cruise in January, Peru in May, Poland in June, the Maritime Provinces in August and Scotland in September.

Note: The Arboretum and SummerHouse will remain open during road construction on Hwy. 5 this summer. During road closure, please follow detours.

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