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Scarecrows in the Gardens
Photo by Barb DeGroot.

Scarecrows in the Gardens

Don't miss the dazzling array of whimsical "Scarecrows in the Gardens" throughout the Arboretum grounds.  These life-sized (and larger-than-life-sized) stick figures, dressed in raggedy clothes and sporting loopy grins, are compelling characters! Check out these handmade scarecrows created by Arboretum staff and the publicfree with gate admission, through Nov. 4. Then vote for your favorite! Also, check out this video segment featuring a visit from Fox 9 Garden Guy, Dale K.

And don't miss Pumpkin Palooza! This celebration of cucurbits (squash, pumpkins and gourds) opens Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 31. Enjoy the sight of hundreds of unusual specimens in the Oswald Visitor Center's Great Hall and on the Arboretum grounds.

man and stroller walking by dwarf conifers
Photo by Mark MacLennan.

apple tasting

Flautist at Japanese Moon Viewing
Photo by Roger Pavelle.

Tips on Trees and Shrubs

Fall is a great time to save on and plant trees and shrubs in your yard.  The Arb's Dwarf Conifers area, around the main waterfalls, is a tremendous resource for people to look for inspiration.  Here you may find evergreens that take up very little space and provide multi-season interest.  Also, the Bailey Shrub Walk is a great place to peruse many of the shrubs currently available at local garden centers as retailers pare down inventory before late fall. A visit to the Arboretum is a great way to assess shrubs and trees in their natural size and habit before you buy.


Apple-Tasting Weekends

Sample and rate University of Minnesota research apples and visit with Master Gardeners. Maybe you'll help discover the next Honeycrisp! Apple tastings take place from 1-3 p.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 22-23, 29-30, and Oct. 6-7, 13-14. Selected varieties of bagged apples will also be available for purchase in the Gift Store.


Events & Classes

Japanese Moon Viewing. Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m., Ornamental Grass Collection on Three-Mile Drive. The event is inspired by Japanese and Chinese harvest traditions, celebrated by emperors and commoners alike, as an homage to the bountiful harvest and the wonders of nature. Event is open to the public and is free with gate admission. 

—Author talk and book-signing. Sat. & Sun., Sept. 29 & 30, 1-2:15 p.m., Gift Store. Naturalist Jim Gilbert will share images and observations from his new book "Minnesota Outdoor Wonders." A book-signing will follow at 2:30 p.m. The book was written primarily at the Arboretum and will be available for purchase at the Arboretum Gift Store. Fee: $5. To register for the talk, call 952-443-1422.

Auxiliary Harvest Sale. Sat., Sept. 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 30, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Snyder Building Auditorium. Don't miss this popular sale of one-of-a-kind nature-related gift items. Select from beautiful arrangements and wreaths, as well as fiber arts, note cards, potpourri, and other scented items.

Healthy Foods Summit 2012. Mon. & Tues., Oct. 1 & 2. Day 1 topics: organics, food production, bee health, chemo-preventive foods, and food addiction research. Food justice activist Bryant Terry will present an evening program following Day 1. Day 2 will look at case studies, pinpoint which foods are safest for your family, explain how to integrate healthy food into our communities, and identify ways to be active in the healthy food movement. Developed by The U of M Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Read more and register.

—Saturdays in the Kitchen: Roots of Flavor. Saturday, Sept. 29,  9 a.m.-11 a.m. $35 member/$45 non-member. Autumn is bounty time for these powerhouse foods, our root vegetables. Instructor Chef: Joan Donatelle. Register online.

—Used Book Sale. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Snyder Auditorium. Annual used book sale by the Andersen Horticultural Library. All types of books, CDs and DVDs available. Sunday is "bag day"get a grocery bag full of books for only $2!

—Pea Pods for Preschoolers Fall 2012. Tuesdays, Oct. 9 - Dec. 11, 9:30-11 a.m. Age: 3-5 years + adult. Fees: $100/$120 for the ten session series.  Pea Pods is a wonderful opportunity for you and your special little one to experience the enchantment of the plant world together.  Weekly themes delight the young learner through planting, art, sensory and science discovery zones, action and music, story time, outdoor and greenhouse adventures, and snack, all to discover at your own pace. See a listing of session themes and register or call 952-443-1422.

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