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Summer Bounty!

Come and get it! The Arboretum SummerHouse is now brimming with summer produce. This week we have fresh tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, green beans, cucumbers and sugar snap peas. And trees and shrubs are 30 percent off. The SummerHouse is located a mile west of the Arboretum entrance on Highway 5 and Rolling Acres Road. 


Japanese Garden,
Photo by Don Olson









Toast & Taste in the
Gardens. Photo by Todd




This Weekend

--Saturday, July 16: Sign up for Gardening School: The Japanese Garden. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn the elements of the Japanese garden from Mary Bigelow, Arboretum landscaper. $35 member/ $45 non-member. Or go on a Walk for the Curious. 10-11:30 a.m. Explore the prairie with an Arboretum naturalist. $7.50 member/ $15 non-member. Call (952) 443-1422 to register for either event or visit the learn page.

--Sunday, July 17: The Arb will reverberate with the infectious, bluesy, country-rock rhythms of Traveled Ground, a Waconia-based band specializing in American roots music. The performance, planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the outdoor Trex Leaf Deck, is part of the Roots Rhythms Outdoor Music Series, inspired by the Arboretum's Steelroots summer sculpture exhibition of 16 root-shaped artworks by sculptor Steve Tobin. 

Come early and make a day of it. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to spread out on the lawn by the Trex Deck. Pack your own picnic lunch or pre-order a Flowerpot lunch from the Arboretum Restaurant (612) 626-3951. The Traveled Ground outdoor concert is free with Arboretum gate admission.

--Also on Saturday and Sunday: Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds & Flowers. Noon-4 p.m. each day (drop-in basis, free with gate admission), Learning Center.  Learn all about these fascinating birds.


Coming Up

--Toast & Taste in the Gardens: You're invited to our annual summer bash! Thursday, July 28, 6 to 9 p.m. Sample in-season, fresh, local cuisine from the Twin Cities' top restaurants. Savor tastes from Minnesota wineries and breweries. Sign up for the fun!

--Third Thursday Happy Hour. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, Arboretum Restaurant. Enjoy wine and beer specials, plus delectable appetizers.

--"Center of Gravity - Balanced Rock Photographs by Peter Juhl."  Friday, July 22 - Sunday, Sept. 11. Restaurant Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center.  Don't miss local artist Juhl's photos of the unbelievable balanced-rock sculptures he has created in some awesome natural settings.



Make plans to explore the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina with Peter Olin, director emeritus of the Arboretum, Jan. 16 - 28, 2012. Fly to Santiago, Chile, and spend two days seeing the sights, museums and vineyards. Then it's on to Chiloe Island in Southern Chile to see historic villages, a sunken forest, penguins and other animals, and  immerse yourselves in the local culture. Visit many lakes of staggering beauty, and finally boat through the Andes Mountains into Argentina arriving at Bariloche, a wonderful Patagonian resort town. Finally, a ride over the mountains back to Chile and home. Click here for the brochure.

Hotels on the trip are resort-oriented, historic and unusual on this exciting trip. For more information contact Jordan Harvey (612) 877-1735, or jordan.knowmad@gmail.com or visit our web page under Travel. For more information, contact Peter Olin at olinx002@umn.edu.

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