Identification bands will be placed on the young osprey that nest near and on Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center grounds for the purpose of further studying their behavior and flight patterns. This will take place Friday, June 29, at the following times and locales: 8:30 a.m. on HRC property near Hwys. 5 & 41; at 9:15 a.m. near Bavaria Rd. and 82nd St.; and around 10 a.m. near the SummerHouse on HRC grounds. (Banding also takes place Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Carver Park Reserve. Pls. note this is new info - updated 6/28. The SummerHouse bird-banding is on Friday at 10 a.m., not Thursday as previously mentioned.) The public is invited to watch the banding process. Just look for the bucket truck and you'll know you're at the right spot. Please observe any Hwy. 5 detours in the area.
Hundreds of Arboretum donors and guests enjoyed a lovely evening and dinner. See party photos. More than $50,000 was raised for the Fund-A-Need, a new step-on, step-off Arboretum Cirulator that will transport visitors across the grounds. In addition, thanks to the generous donations from a live auction, mystery gifts, corporate/patron sponsorships and in-kind support that benefit the Arboretum.
—Auxiliary Garden Tours. It's filling up fast...but some open slots remain on Sunday, July 15, for the Arboretum Auxiliary Garden Tours! The tours will visit four stunning private west metro gardens. Guests travel via air-conditioned buses and enjoy outdoor brunch or lunch accompanied by live music on the Morgan Terrace at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. $50 (Sunday)/$55 (Tuesday, Wednesday). Proceeds benefit the Arboretum. Call 612-625-9865 or reserve online.
—Celebrate Independence Day at the Arb. The Arboretum will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on the 4th of July. Come on out, stroll the gardens, check out "Dirt-O-Rama" and the new Green Play Yard.
—Sizzlin' Summer BBQ. Make your company picnic, family gathering and church picnic the best under the sun at the Arb! Leave the work to us—it's as simple as calling 952-443-1411.
—Toast & 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!
—Summer Day Camps. For PreK-Kindergrads: Petals and Pollen, Tues.-Thurs., July 10-12, Session 1: 9-11:30 a.m. Session 2: 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. $63 member/$70 non-member, Learning Center. Price includes snacks and project supplies. For 2nd - 4th grade grads: Fridays in the Kitchen: Cheese Lovers! July 6, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $32/$35, Learning Center. Make a variety of cheesy snacks, and discover why we need to thank plants for this tasty food! For 5th-8th grade grads: Young Artists Series: Clay Sculpture, Friday July 13, 9 a.m. - noon $27/$29, Learning Center. Instructor: artist Gretchen Wagener. Register online.
—Food as a Metaphor: A Writing Workshop. Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-Noon, $38/$49, Learning Center. Instructor: Published writer and educator Jules Nyquist. Register.
—Orchids for Sale. Purchase orchids and orchid supplies from Orchids Limited in the Arboretum's gift store. Orchids are priced from $20-$60. Supplies include: potting bark, fertilizer and humidity trays.
—Travel. The Palaces and Gardens of Northern India, Nov. 4 - 15. Now is the time to sign up! Visit Old and New Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur and Udaipur. Contact Anna Kamrow: firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-852-8119. Lost Lands of the Inca, May 4 - 17, 2013. An exploration of Peru, Machu Picchu, the Amazon, the gardens and museums of Lima and the Sacred Valley and Cuzco. Contact Jordan Harvey, email@example.com or 612-877-1735.
Note: The Arboretum and SummerHouse will remain open during road construction on Hwy. 5 this summer. During road closure, please follow detours.