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Spring Blooms...and Brooms

Spring Blooms: This just inThe Crabapple Collection is approaching peak bloom! This week is a great time to drive or walk to the collection on Three-Mile Drive and check out Mother Nature's exuberant pink and white showcase! Elsewhere at the Arboretum, a carpet of white and yellow daffodils surrounds the Romeo and Juliet sculpture at the entrance. Check it out! The tulips in the Annual Garden and elsewhere are opening in brilliant red, pink and orange waves and the exotic redbud trees are covered with dainty, hot pink blooms.

And Spring Brooms: Eighteen volunteers from Tennant Co. arrived at the Arboretum last week to clear our roads, parking lots and garden paths of sand, dirt, leaves and other winter debris. For this comprehensive April 11th effort, Tennant utilized state-of-the-art equipment, cleaning nearly 1 million square feet of hard surface (about 22 acres) and removing more than 25 yardsover 20 tonsof debris. Read more. (Special thanks also to Logix and ATS Specialized for transporting the equipment.) 

Bud Break, May 6
Photo by Linda Olstad.

Arboretum Gift Store

living with orchids exhibit, March 30- April 29
Photo by Kathy Aspenwall.

Bud Break 5K

Surround yourself with the glorious blossoms of spring at the Arboretum during the 15th annual Bud Break 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 6 at 9 a.m. Register online here. Register by April 29 for $20 member /$25 non-member. From April 30-May 2, it's $30, and on race day, $35. The Daffodil Dash Run/Walk for ages 5-12 begins at 10 a.m. Participants receive a moisture-wicking T-shirt and top finishers receive gift cards. Medals awarded in various age levels. Presenting sponsor is Lifetime Fitness. Come and join us for an exhilarating day of fun and fitness!


Gift Store Double-Discount Days

Looking for a unique graduation, wedding or birthday gift? Need to stock up on gardening tools or books? Now's the time! It's Double-Discount Days at the Arboretum Gift Store. Now through Sunday, April 22, members will receive double their normal discountfor a whopping 20 percent off everything except event-related merchandise. This opportunity won't happen again until November!


This Week's Events & More...

—'Living with Orchids' Exhibit. View many one-of-a-kind orchid specimens and exquisite antique containers and pedestals in this amazing exhibit by Orchids Limited. Once you've surveyed the blooms in the Great Hall, head over to the Meyer-Deats Conservatory in the Snyder Building for more! On display now through April 29. Free with Arboretum admission. Presented by the W. Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation.

—Music in the Garden: Vivaldi, Spring and More. This Thursday, 7-9 p.m., $35 member/$45 non-member, MacMillan Auditorium. In this second of three sessions dedicated to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, you will listen to and explore how Vivaldi evoked the awakening of spring - from birdsong to babbling brooks. Join acclaimed musicologist and pianist Daniel Freeman, Ph.D., for this delightful session this Thursday evening. Call 952-443-1422 or register online.

—Tram & Walking Tours Update.  The Trumpet Creeper Tram will be running on Three-Mile Drive to accommodate visitors this weekend, April 21-22.  It will begin its 7-day-a-week schedule on April 28 and continue through Oct. 21.  The Free Guided Walking Tours will begin for the season this Saturday, April 21.  They will be offered Tuesday-Friday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.

—Weekly Children's Garden Classes. Kids, dig in and grow your own garden at the Arboretum this summer! We have gardening classes for kids ages 5-14 where you will plant, tend, and harvest from your own plot. Each week, we will learn about a different garden theme and use some of our produce to make yummy snacks. Hurry! Classes are almost full and we begin in May. Learn more or register.

—Saturday: Orchid Culture 101. Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. - Noon. $45 member/$50 non- member. Oswald Visitor Center. Growing orchids in a Minnesota home environment is easier than in a Florida backyard. Jerry Fischer of Orchids Limited will share tips and techniques for success. Take home a small orchid. Sign up for this class or call 952-443-1422. While you're here, check out the "Living with Orchids" exhibit in the Great Hall. Speaking of orchids, Andersen Horticultural Library will show exquisite orchid images from its collection of rare orchid books in the Teaching Classroom from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

—Weekend Family Fun: Knot in the Kitchen-Pretzels! Bake your own pretzel and learn about Minnesota's milling history. Noon-4 p.m. Sat & Sun. Learning Center. Free with Arboretum admission.

—Rose Society Demo: Minnesota Rose Society members will demonstrate how to plant bare-root and potted roses in the Wilson Rose Garden, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Free with admission.

—Sunday: Earth Day Guided Walk & Celebration Brass. Celebrate this amazing home, Planet Earth, on an Earth Day Walk with gardener Richard Gjertson this Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet in the Ordway Parking Lot. $5/$7.50. Call 952-443-1422 or register online. Also on Sunday, Celebration Brass ensemble will perform in concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in MacMillan Auditorium of the Oswald Visitor Center. Free with admission.

—Arbor Day Walk. Take a walk with landscape gardener Richard Gjertson and learn all about favorite trees at the Arboretum. Friday, April 27, noon-2 p.m. Fee: $5 member/$7.50 non-member. Call 952-443-1422 or register online. Departs from Ordway Parking Lot.

—Arboretum Tours. The Floriade and Brussels Begonia Carpet, August 10 -17. This Arboretum tour will explore the Netherlands great garden show, The Floriade, in Venlo and the Brussels Begonia Carpet. Also: Bruges, Brussels, the Ardennes, Bastogne, and Waterloo. The trip is a "go" with 21 signed up now. Contact Jim Glad at Glad to Travel , 612-724-1915 or gladtotravel@earthlink.net

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