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Spring Has Sprung!

Needless to say, the unseasonably warm temperatures have everyone excited about the early-emerging flora throughout the Arboretum grounds. Among the arrivals to date: Yellow and white daffodils on the slopes near the Arboretum entrance; a few red tulips in the Annual Garden; marsh marigolds along the bog and wildflower garden; Apricot trees and vibrant yellow forsythia in and around the Perennial Garden; Helleborous (Lenten Rose), crocuses, dwarf irises and a few hyacinths behind the Snyder Building; wildflowers, including trillium, mainly in the Wildflower Garden and crocuses blooming in the grassy areas of the Home Demo Gardens. Along Three-Mile Drive, blooms are found on the magnolias, apricots, Sargent cherries and in the rhododendron garden. The redbuds are close to floweringpossibly in the next few days. For the latest, read the Bloom Report or call the Bloom Line at 612-625-9791.

all about dogs day, April 7
Photo by Mary Ann Land.

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





nordic walking with Hoigaards
Photo by Vienna Volante.

Dogs Have Their Day This Saturday!

It's time to honor man and woman's best friend with "All About Dogs Day" at the Arboretum Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pack up your pooch, come to the Arboretum and take a walk together on scenic Three-Mile Drive and enjoy a pet expo at the Margot Picnic Shelters. New for this year is a Dog Easter Egg Hunt and in informal doggie fashion show. $25 per dog with two Arb members/$30 per dog with two non-members. Register online for Dogs Day or call 952-443-1422.


Living with Orchids

Orchids in all their variety and splendor are currently on display, through April 29, at the Arboretum's "Living with Orchids" exhibit. Dual display venues are the McQuinn Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center and the Meyer-Deats Conservatory. The "Great Hall of Orchids" exhibit is free with Arboretum gate admission. Several complementary events are planned with the exhibit, including: Orchid Treasures from the Library, Saturday, April 21, free with gate admission. See the Andersen Horticultural Library's collection of exquisite orchid images. Orchid Culture 101 Class, Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Jerry Fischer presents tips for growing orchids in your own home. $45/ $50. Call 952-443-1422 or register online for Orchid Culture. Orchids Up Close: An Evening of Macro-Photography, Thursday, April 5, or Thursday, April 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Explore the orchid exhibit with your macro-lens in this class with Ben Manlove. $45/$50. Call 952-443-1422 or register online for Orchids Up Close.


Events, Travel and Top 10 Plants

—Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard's, Nordic Walking. Thursday, April 5, 1 & 6 p.m. Oswald Visitor Center. Try out Nordic walking poles and learn the techniques of this popular fitness trend. Free with admission, equipment courtesy of Hoigaard's.

—Mother's Day Brunch. Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, Seatings at 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Fee: $21.49 members; $23.49 non-members; $9 ages 4-8; free for ages 3 & under. Call 612-626-3951 or register online. Please note the Easter Bunny Brunch is sold outcall 612-626-3951 to get on the waiting list.

—Bud Break. 5K Run/Walk and Daffodil Dash, Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. check in; 9 a.m. start. $20 members/ $25 non-members through April 29; $30 for members and non-members April 30 through May 2; $35 for race day registration. Sign up early - limited to the first 750 registrants. Participants receive a commemorative shirt.  Register for Bud Break online.

—StoryTime at the Library. Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Andersen Horticultural Library, Snyder Building. A half-hour of stories for the young and young-at-heart (especially geared toward preschoolers). Free with Arboretum gate admission.

Weekend Family Fun: Knot in the KitchenPretzels! Every weekend in April, noon-4 p.m., Marion Andrus Learning Center. Turn that crank, twist that dough into the oven and out for a flavor-filled homemade snack! While your pretzel is baking, find out about Minnesota's grain growing and milling history. Free with Arboretum gate admission.

—Arboretum Travel. Visit the Palaces and Gardens of Northern India, November 4-15. Get a first-hand feel for the people and culture of India. Tour Mogul Gardens, The Taj Mahal, New and Old Delhi. Enjoy gardens, the countryside and wonderfully exotic food. Contact Anna Kamrow at Carlson Wagonlit, 763-852-8102 or akamrow@carlsonwagonlit.com or Peter Olin, 952-443-1412.

—Top 10 Plants. There is only a few days left for you to submit your nominations for the Arboretum's "10 Plants that Changed Minnesota" initiative. Is it the succulent Honeycrisp-bearing apple tree? How about the ever-versatile wheat plant? Maybe a beautiful northern-hardy rose? You decideand tell us why. Nominate or cast your vote at the Oswald Visitor Center by April 15.

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