Photo by Barb DeGroot.
The Arboretum's SummerHouse, a rustic, charming garden market located a mile west of the Arboretum entrance on State Highway 5 (at the intersection with Rolling Acres Road) opens this Friday, May 18. Shop 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily for fresh, local fruit, heritage vegetables, herbs, flowers, U of M cheese, fudge, and gardening supplies. The SummerHouse offers visitors a chance to purchase local produce from area farmers, as well as fruit, vegetable and plant introductions from the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center, which is located on SummerHouse grounds.
Note: SummerHouse will remain open during road construction on Hwy. 5 this summer. During road closure, please follow detours.
On consecutive Saturdays (April 28 and May 5) over 50 volunteers from the local Kohl's department stores helped with spring prep at the Arboretum's Learning Center. These volunteers provided over 150 hours of service helping to spruce up "Under the Oak", spreading wood chips and installing a new fence. They also helped in the Children's Garden; cleaning out raised beds, spreading wood chips, laying out the garden, spreading straw in the pathways and pruning the willow structures. Most of this hard work was performed under frigid temperatures and muddy, wet conditions. Kohl's also used a corporate grant to make a donation to the Arboretum. Thank you, Kohl's and volunteers!
—Guided Tour of Iris Collection. Don't miss the guided tour of the Arb's stunning Iris collection on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. - noon in the Iris Garden. The tour will be led by experts with the Iris Society of Minnesota and is free with Arboretum admission.
—Advanced Winemaking. Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.-Noon $90/$95. Learning Center. Work with University Enologist Katie Cook, who has made wine on four different continents and has an advanced enology degree from the University of Burgundy. Register here.
—Paint Break-Out: Spring Bulbs Glory Captured in Watercolor. Saturday, May 19, 9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $90/$95. Learning Center. Georgia Kandiko, watercolor artist and instructor, will guide you in creating fresh, dynamic, and beautiful paintings guaranteed not to wilt. Register here.
—Growing Dahlias. Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $35/$45. Snyder Building. The glorious blooms of the late summer dahlias dazzle and delight us all. Learn about the origin and history of this popular flower with dahlia expert Gary Unger, and get tips on how to grow them successfully yourself. Register here.
—Ladies Night Out at the Arb. Thursday, June 7, from 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a night out for the girls (guys welcome too!) to shop, eat, drink, and have some fun after work. Stroll the Arboretum terraces and surrounding gardens amidst vendors and enjoy music by the BZ Girls! New this year: Roaming Fashion! Get up close and personal to models displaying current trends as they mingle among the guests. Cash bar/appetizers available for purchase. $10/$15. As an added perk, get 10% off at Arboretum Gift Store. (*rain location is the Oswald Visitor Center) Register today.
—Friends of the Library program. Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, will be presenting "Demystifying Heirloom Gardening" at the next "Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library" event on Thursday, June 28, 6-8:30 p.m. Enjoy a buffet dinner and book signing. Friends of the Library $28/regular price $40. Registration closes June 20. Register here or call the Library at 952-443-1405. Become a Friend of the AHL now and register for the event at the "Friends" price!
—Travel: Northern India, November 4 - 15. Enjoy beautiful Moghul Gardens and the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. There will be time to shop for gems, fabrics, and unusual gifts in Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. For a brochure or more information, contact Peter Olin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-443-1412.