Photo by Mark MacLennan.
Photo by Don Olson.
OK, it's time to dust off the tiara and shake out the feather boa! Join us for Divas Night Out & Holiday Shopping (aka Girlfriends' Night Out) on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening includes wine tastings and food samplings, cash bar and appetizer menu, fashion show and live music by the BZ Girls. Psychic Ruth Lordan and friends will provide readings. Over 25 local artisans and vendors will be selling handcrafted jewelry and clothing, offering massages and more! The cost is $25 per person (includes wine tastings and feather boa). To register, click here or call 952-443-1422. (Guys welcome too!)
We had a great turnout of ghosts, witches & princesses of every age for Ghouls & Goblins at the Maze on Saturday. Sunny weather, ample smiles, giggles and screeches filled the air—lots of fun and adventure! More than 4,000 did the Trick or Treat Trail and dared to enter the Maze. Thanks to all the families, volunteers and staff—and especially presenting sponsor RBC Wealth Management—for making Halloween at the Arboretum extra special this year. Watch a glimpse of the ghouls and goblins...
—Final call for Apples: Get your Honeycrisps and Snowsweets while you still can! The Applehouse will close for the season this Sunday, Nov. 6, and to clear the shelves, it is offering a 30 percent discount on apples and gift items—virtually everything in the store! Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check it out! the Applehouse is located on State Hwy. 5 & Rolling Acres Rd., about 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance.
—Travel Presentation. Stop by this Saturday, Nov 5, for a slide show and talk on the Arboretum's upcoming 2012 trips. Destinations include Washington DC/Virginia, Floriade (international floral expo in Holland), plus Belgium, Scotland, and India. The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in MacMillan Auditorium of the Oswald Visitor Center. Includes cookies and lemonade. The newest offering is the Washington, DC and Virginia tour, including visits to three presidential homes (Mt. Vernon, Monticello and Ashlawn). Dates are April 19-26, 2012. For details, click here or call Mary Ryan at Carlson Wagonlit Travel at 1-800-533-0324.
—Classes next week. Spaces still available in these cooking classes "4x4 Cooking" with Beth Jones & enologist Katie Cook on Thursday evening, Nov. 10, and "Spice of Life" with Kris James on Saturday, Nov. 12, 9-11 a.m. Click here to register.
—Seeking Spectacular Gardens. The Arboretum Auxiliary is looking for interesting, creative or unique local gardens to highlight in their 2012 Private Gardens Tour. Do you have a garden or know of someone who would like to showcase theirs in the annual tour? The committee is looking for visually appealing gardens that offer tour attendees new ideas for their own gardens. These gardens can be created and maintained by the homeowner or by professional landscapers and should be located within 20 minutes of the Arboretum. The annual Auxiliary Private Gardens Tour provides a rare chance to visit some of the area's finest gardens and raises much-needed funds for the Arboretum. The tours will be held on Sunday, July 15, and Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 & 18. For more information or to suggest a garden for the tour, pleasen contact Leanna Rogers at email@example.com.
—It's that time of year! Please consider supporting our Arboretum, its gardens and programs through a tax-deductible donation to the annual fund (call Terri Gustavson at 952-443-1432 or click here). Or purchase a "gift of membership" for friends or family. Memberships start at $45. With each gift membership purchased, you will receive a stunning 2012 Arboretum wall calendar featuring images by the Arboretum Photographers Society. Click here or call 952-443-1440.