Photo by Mary Ann Land.
Making Spirits Bright holiday fun continues with the Great Hall of Storybook Trees (with reading nooks), visits (& photos) with Santa, horse-drawn sleigh rides (on wheels in case of no snow), the Holiday Kids' Shop and live music. On Saturday, the Minnetonka Chamber Choir performs at 11 a.m. and noon in the Great Hall, followed by Celebration Brass at 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, catch F Sharp Keyboard Duo at 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. and OVation at 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. For complete details, click here. Oh, did we mention the new Reflections of the Season exhibit in Reedy Gallery (don't miss the gorgeous mosaic) and the Season to Imagine exhibit in the Restaurant Gallery featuring charming prints by the late Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha and vintage French travel posters? See what all the buzz is about at Weekend Family Fun at the Learning Center (free with Arb admission), featuring "Gifts from the Bees" (Sat. & Sun. noon to 4 p.m.). Drop in and make some great family memories.
In dormant winter months, indoor houseplants are an important source of "Vitamin N" for our mental and physical wellbeing. Here are a few plant care tips:
- Keep your indoor plants clean. Use a soft, wet rag to wipe away any dust that accumulates on leaves. This will enhance the photosynthesis process for light-hungry plants.
- Keep cut-flower bouquets and floral arrangements in cool locations, out of direct sunlight, so they'll last longer. But place flowering potted plants in or near a window with direct sun. They need that valuable light for photosynthesis; without an energy source, new buds will produce flowers that are smaller and less intensely colored.
- Study the winter landscape in the Arboretum gardens, neighbors' yards and community parks to identify plants and grasses that create interest in winter gardens. Incorporate this into your own garden for year-round interest.
—Holiday Teas and Gourmet Dinners. If you're thinking of attending one of our popular holiday teas or gourmet dinners, get your reservation in now. Some teas are already sold out, but many still have openings. Click here or call 612-626-3951.
—Save the dates: Mark your calendar for our Sing-Along "Messiah" with the Minnetonka Chamber Orchestra and Chorus on Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m. The popular new Flavors of the Arboretum: 101 Tastes of the Season cookbook is flying off the Gift Store shelves. Get your own autographed copy - chefs Beth Dooley and Kris James will be here for signings on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here for a KARE-11 clip of chef Amalia Damgaard, demonstrating Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers from the cookbook.
—What are your favorite Arboretum winter memories? Whether snowy outdoor adventures or indoor exhibits that tickled your fancy...maybe even a favorite Valentine's Day experience....send to firstname.lastname@example.org for sharing in Arboretum News.
—Another fun family event is our Thursday children's storytime in the Andersen Horticultural Library (10:30-11 a.m.), plus Storytimes by the Holiday Trees on weekends.
—Coming soon: Globe ice lantern demos in the Gift Store and outdoor terrace on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring ice wrangler Jennifer Hedberg of Wintercraft. (Wintercraft is a local company that offers do-it-yourself kits along with custom winterscaping installations.)
—Travel Update: Two great Arboretum tours are filling fast—Washington D.C. and Virginia, April 19-26 and the Floriade (Holland) and Belgium (Brussels Begonia Carpet) tour August 10-17. Visit travel or contact Peter Olin at email@example.com or 952-443-1412.
—Consider the gift of an Arboretum membership for friends and family. One size fits all and it's a gift that keeps on giving! Memberships begin at $45. Call 952-443-1440 or click here. Or honor a loved one with a gift to the Arboretum in their name. Call 952-443-1432 or click here for details.