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Spring Expo 2012
Photo courtesy David Cavagnaro and Seed Savers Exchange

Spring Expo 2012: Learning to Grow, Growing to Learn

Biodiversity, heirloom plants and the latest and best gardening advice will be the hot topics at the Arboretum's Spring Expo 2012 planned for Friday-Sunday, March 9-11. The "Learning to Grow, Growing to Learn" event will feature three days of discussion, lectures, book-singings and
networking among gardening enthusiasts. Special highlights include presentations by the Seed Savers Exchange, talks by acclaimed experts/authors Jeff Gillman, Meleah Maynard, Mary Meyer, Lynn Steiner and more. Also, plant societies and vendors will display the newest gardening trends and products. $35 members/$45 non-members (covers the entire three-day event) or $20 members or $25 non-members per day. Register here, or call 952-443-1422

top 10 plants


begonia flower carpet
Gaston Batistini, Labo River.
Photo by Michel Block.












Top 10 Plants

Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today? The Arboretum wants to know, and is encouraging the public to nominate specific plant(s) for a state's Top 10 list. The program is being spearheaded by Professor Mary Meyer, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science and former interim director of the Arboretum. Nominations will be accepted through April 15 and may be entered here or in person at the Oswald Visitor Center.


Flower Carpets, Castles and Palace Gardens

Arboretum tours are filling up!

—The Floriade and Brussels Begonia Carpet, Aug 10-17. The Floriade is held every 10 years in the Netherlands, and at 160 acres, is undoubtedly the largest garden show in the world. Other stops on this trip include the Ardennes to see the Belgian countryside and WWII sites, plus Waterloo, the storybook city of Bruges, the Annevoie Gardens and the Freyr Chateau gardens. A full day in Brussels to shop after viewing the 700,000 begonias in the "Carpet." Contact Jim Glad at gladtotravel@earthlink.net or 612-724-1915.

—Scotland: Gardens and Castles, Sept 22-Oct 1. This special trip, set up by Jim Glad and Peter Olin will visit many castles and gardens in Scotland. See the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Logan and Dawyck. Take a cruise on Loch Ness and maybe spot Nessie, and view the lake from the Urquhart Castle ruins. Tour David Welch's Winter Garden in Aberdeen, Ascog Hall, Castle Kennedy, Lochinch Castle, Drummond Castle, Crathes Castle and more. Contact Jim Glad at gladtotravel@earthlink.net or 612-724-1915.

—India, The Palaces and Gardens of Northern India, Nov 4-15. Explore the Mogul Palaces and gardens; see the Taj Mahal in both the setting sun and in the early morning sun. Stops are made in Delhi and New Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. See Lodhi Gardens, the Red Fort, Deeg Palace, Amber Fort, Samode Palace, Udaipur City Palace, temples, and the Oberoi Udaivilas gardens. Contact Mary Ryan at Carlson Wagonlit, 763-852-8116 or mryan@carlsonwagonlit.com.


Upcoming Exhibits, Classes and Events

The Forever Garden: Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $34 member/ $45 non-member. Learn the concepts of seed-saving and how to create a self- perpetuating garden with instructors from the Seed Savers Exchange organization. Call 952-443-1422 or click here.

All About Weddings Fair. If you need some advice about planning a wedding, don't miss the All About Weddings Fair on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the latest trends, decorating and catering tips and more. Browse among vendor displays featuring florists, musicians, liquor service, photographers and wedding coordinators. (Advance preview entry: noon-1 p.m. for those who have booked 2012 weddings at the Arboretum.) Fee: $5 members/$10 non-members. Register here.

—Mill City Farmers Market. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 17, when the Arboretum's Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall will be transformed into a bustling marketplace of locally produced, quality food items. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can shop for everything from pickles to maple syrup to freshly milled grains and flours, honey and artisan cheeses. Typically located in the Mill City Museum train shed and on the Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater and Spoonriver restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, the market is making a rare off-season appearance in the western suburbs.

—Coming soon - Living with Orchids. March 30-April 29 in the Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center & Meyer-Deats Conservatory, Snyder Bldg. Exquisite display of live orchids and decorative containers from the collection of Orchids Limited, presented by the W. Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation.

—The Journey to Spoonriver: One Chef's Adventures in Fabulous Cooking. Thursday, May 10, 7 - 9 p.m. $10 member/$15 non-member, MacMillan Auditorium. Join Brenda Langton, senior fellow at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, during this exclusive evening. Taste some of the delights from Mill City Farmers Market, learn about new recipes and celebrate the launch of her new book: The Spoonriver Cookbook (co-authored by Margaret Stuart,) and available for purchase and signing. A cash bar will also be available. Register here.

—Weekend Family Fun: Spuds and Buds. Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays in March. Learning Center. Learn about the world's most popular vegetable in this fun, hands-on session. Free with gate admission.

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