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Savor the Bounty!

Tracie Sheahen captured this moment this week of one of our many Arb residents enjoying the bounty of our Home Demo Gardens. (Thanks, Tracie, for sharing it on the Arboretum Facebook.) And suddenly, it's that time of season: Time to start enjoying the fruits of the harvest-from the fresh produce for sale at our SummerHouse to seasonal fare prepared at Arb cooking classes to recipes in our brand-new Arboretum cookbook, "Flavors of the Season" (available very soon in the Arb Gift Store! Stay tuned!)

"Center of Gravity"
Photo by Peter Juhl















This Weekend

--"Center of Gravity" exhibit, rock-balancing demo: Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Arboretum Restaurant Gallery. "Center of Gravity" photographer and balanced-rock sculptor Peter Juhl will demonstrate his rock-balancing skills. No glue, magnets or artificial supports are used in creating these gravity-defying sculptures-some of which only last long enough for a photo to be snapped. Visitors can check out the exhibit while watching the magical balancing act! 

--Tarnished Brass in Concert: Saturday, July 30, 2-3 p.m. Trex Leaf Deck. Enjoy the delightful sounds of this brass septet comprised of three trumpets, horn trombone, euphonium and tuba. Free with gate admission.  

--Basic Digital Photography Immersion Classes, Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  For photographers wanting to learn more about their digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Learning Center. $105 member/ $115 non-member. Call (952) 443-1422 or click here to register.

--Gardening School Class: Growing Roses in Minnesota, Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Snyder Building. Discover how easy it is to grow tender and hardy roses in Minnesota. Includes a stroll through the Wilson Rose Garden.  $35 member/ $45 non-member. Call (952) 443-1422 or click here to register.

--Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds & Flowers. Sat. and Sun., Noon-4 p.m. Learning Center. Learn all about these tiny wonders in this fun learning session.  Free with gate admission. 


Next Week

--Thursday, Aug. 4: Authentic Thai Cuisine with Chef Joe Hatch-Surisook, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Chef Joe's Thai culinary experience started in his family's kitchen in Bangkok, where he learned traditional techniques and a careful balancing of flavors. In 2008, he and his wife opened Sen Yai Sen Lek, the critically acclaimed Thai restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis. Click here to register. $45 member/$55 non-member.

--Friday, Aug. 5: It's Chanhassen/Carver County Day at the Arb! A celebration of the Arboretum's special neighbors in Chanhassen/Carver County.  Free admission for Chan and Carver County residents. Speakers and other events.   


Nature Notes

By Boak Wiesner

A hot sultry day at the height of summer is the perfect time to take a slow walk about the Arboretum.

The chatterboxes of the marsh, common yellowthroats, marsh wrens, and catbirds, still rattle on while most other birds have stopped singing for the season. Now's the time when all this year's fledglings are out of the nests and flying about. Look for some familiar field marks to identify them-like the big beady eyes of the bluebird. A lot of times, immature birds resemble the females of the species.

A viceroy (Limenitis archippus) having a meal on some scat on the new boardwalk. Mimics of the larger Monarchs, they enjoy protection from being eaten themselves by looking like their poisonous look-alikes. That line across the hind wings is one way to tell them apart. They fly differently, too: viceroys constantly flit around while monarchs flap and glide.


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