Photo by Barb DeGroot
Photo by Roger Pavelle
—Tiny Treasures: Fairies & Gnomes. An enchanting display of fairy gardens and gnomes opens Saturday in the Oswald Visitor Center. Presented by Tonkadale Greenhouse, "Tiny Treasures" will encompass three vignettes featuring miniature landscapes and fairy gardens, plus gnome displays. Also includes fairy dish gardens created by Arb staff & volunteers. On through March 4.
—Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer Benefit. Saturday, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Stomp out breast cancer at this snowshoe fun race/walk sponsored by Tubbs Snowshoes. Day-of registration is $42 adults & $32 youths. Ages 5 and younger free. (If there's insufficient snow cover, this will be a Nordic walking event.) Register at www.tubbsromptostomp.com/mn. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen organization.
—Weekend Family Fun: Prehistoric Plants. Saturday & Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Learning Center. Hands-on learning about plants from the time of the dinosaurs. Free with gate admission.
—The birds and bees ... and seeds. Learn the sex education basics every gardener should know! Sexual Reproduction: Working with Seeds meets this Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ($35-$45). Propagation expert Jim Caulkins will discuss the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more. (He also will teach Asexual Reproduction: Cuttings, Layering and Specialized Structures on Feb. 4 & Grafting on Feb. 11.) Click here to register or call 952-443-1422.
The recent light snowfall has us pining to hit the ski & snowshoe trails here at the Arboretum. At this writing, however, the snow base is too thin for either activity. But stay tuned! We'll try to keep you posted here (where you can also download trail maps) or call 612-625-9793.
—Want a mid-winter getaway that doesn't require packing a suitcase? Join us for the Ladies' Evening Escape on Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Fee: $10 per person (includes gate fee). Listen to live music by the BZ Girls (Carol Zimmerman & Tara Brueske); catch fashion shows; and browse displays featuring more giftware from 25 local fashion, jewelry and home-decor vendors, artisans and more. Wine and appetizers available for purchase. The Arboretum Gift Store will be open, offering a 10 percent discount. (Guys welcome too!) Register here.
—Valentines Gourmet Dinner. Impress that special someone with a gourmet romantic dinner in the charming Snyder Building on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The evening starts with appetizers and champagne in the Snyder lobby followed by dinner in the Auditorium. First course: warm salad of citrus-braised endive with crispy prosciutto and micro greens. Second course: seared jumbo scallop with roasted fennel puree and saffron jus. Third course: pheasant cake with wild mushroom cream sauce. Entrée: seared beef tenderloin medallion on a bed of lobster mashed potatoes, roasted corn, and wilted leeks. Dessert: soft baked chocolate cake with raspberry and caramel. Plus wine pairings. $65 member/ $70 non-member. Reserve at 612-626-3951 or click here.
—Dinner with a Chef: Valentine Cuisine for Cupids.Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $50-$60. Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard.demonstrates a tantalizing Valentines menu. Includes wine tastings. Click here to register or call 952-443-1422.
—Saturdays in the Kitchen. "Chocolate: The Decadent Journey" Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-Noon. $35 member/$45 non-member. Learning Center. Learn all about chocolate's origins and create your own chocolate delight. Instructor Anna Bonavita, Ph.D., is a scientist with a passion for chocolate. Click here to register or call 952-443-1422.
—Sign Up Now for PeaPods. Registration is open for the winter/spring session of PeaPods for Preschoolers for ages 3-5 and their special adult friends (parent, grandparent or caregiver). Sessions meet Tuesdays, Feb. 7- April 10, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and the fee is $100 for a member's child or $120 for a non-member's child. To register call 952-443-1422 or click here.
—New Web Features Coming. In February the Arboretum will begin implementing enhanced web features designed to improve the overall experience for members, donors and friends. These new features include expanded payment options, membership status, auto renewal, giving history and more. Users will also have the option of creating a profile with a user name and password if they wish to take advantage of many of the new features. So stayed tuned; more details will be coming in future Arboretum communications.
- Plant Hardiness Zone Map Updated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new Plant Hardiness Zone Map, reflecting overall warming trends. The Twin Cities is still Zone 4 (with minor changes) but other parts of the state have experienced some adjustments. For more details, click here: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/138043053.html