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Autumn Adventures

"Autumn Adventures" runs from Sept. 8 through Nov. 4. Celebrate the serene beauty of fall with its golden sunlight, brisk air, crackling leaves and flaming palette. The centerpiece event will be "Pumpkin Palooza,"
(Sept. 29-Nov. 4) an eye-popping display of fall's favorite plant varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds, to be exactin the Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall. Check out the whimsical array of visitor-submitted "Scarecrows in the Gardens" during the entire run of "Autumn Adventures." Making a return engagementfor two days this yearwill be the popular, family-friendly "Ghouls & Goblins in the Gardens" event on Oct. 27 & 28. Don't miss the all-day "Ar-BOO-retum" Halloween event, Oct. 31, with free admission for anyone wearing a costume. Dress up the kids and "trick or treat" for apples in the Gift Store and cookies in the restaurant.

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AppleHouse Open!

Purchase apples from a changing inventory of more than 50 varieties throughout the season, from longtime favorites to recent U of Minnesota introductions, plus local produce, U of M ice cream, fudge, pies, jams and more. The AppleHouse is located 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum on State Highway 5. Call ahead for varieties available: 952-443-1409. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through early November.


Events, Classes & Travel

—'10 Plants that Changed Minnesota' Class. Explore the roles of significant plants that have transformed the state. Led by Dr. Mary Meyer and guest presenters, this series runs on Thursdays (Sept. 13-Nov. 15) from 7-8:30 p.m. (public portion), in the Oswald Visitor Center. $65/$77 for the series (or $10 per individual lecture.) Read more and register or call 952-443-1422.

Grape-Breeding Program Open House & Fall Tour. Learn about the characteristics of cold-hardy grapes developed at the University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Center (HRC) at this public open house and fall tour, Sat., Sept. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. Several varieties will be available for sampling and discussion. Also includes a tour of the research vineyards and a visit to the experimental wine lab. The HRC is located on State Hwy. 5, about 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance, at the intersection with Rolling Acres Road. (Look for the AppleHouse signs.)

—Clean Water Summit. This year's Clean Water Summit public policy symposium explores the concept of "living soil" and the connection between healthy soil and clean water in our communities. "Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: Essential Role of Soil" takes place Thur. Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center, and is open to professionals and the public. Register online or call 952-443-1422. Platinum Sponsor: Pentair Foundation; Gold Sponsor: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

—Monthly Traditional Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a traditional formal tea with sweets & savories on Wed., Sept. 12, from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Snyder Building. $23 members/$26 non-members. Reserve at 612-626-3951 or online.

—Summer Music in the Gardens. Wild Cathedral will bring their "synthpop" to the terrace behind the Snyder Building, Thur., Sept. 13, 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. Don't miss this special day of activities, demonstrations, entertainment, and refreshmentsrain or shineon Sun., Sept. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at the picnic shelters west of the main parking lot. Free to members and their immediate families, 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.

—Save the Date/Donate Now. The Andersen Horticultural Library is accepting donations (through Sept. 17) of good-condition, gently used books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs for our annual book sale Oct. 5-7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Make room on your bookshelves by donating now - and then fill those shelves again at the sale!

—Weekend Family Fun: Seed Savers. 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. Saturdays & Sundays in September; noon-4 p.m. Learning Center. Free with gate admission.

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