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The pumpkin-covered Arboretum Gatehouse greets visitors.
Photo by Don Olson.

Fall's Final Fling

Autumn color in Arboretum woods, prairies and gardens is just past peak, with about 30 percent color remaining in fall foliage. Visitors can still see some yellows and oranges in the sugar maples and the oaks are turning rusty brown and maroon. The prairies still have purple and gold splashes from asters and sunflowers. Many of our gardens are still colorful with summer blooms! Read more in our Nature Notes blog. The Arboretum Applehouse will remain open until at least Nov. 6. We have the best supply of Honeycrisp in years and have been picking some high quality late season apples this week. One of the newest U of M introductions, Snowsweet has great flavor and its flesh stays fresh for hours after slicing, making it a great apple for fruit plates or salads. 

Photo by Don Olson.



Photo by Dianne Jandt.







Photo by Mary Ann Land.

Make a Difference

The Arboretum Annual Fund appeal is gearing up, and over the next few weeks, members will be receiving appeal letters in the mail. This year, we have some great news: Arboretum supporters Roger & Nancy McCabe have pledged $150,000 over two years to establish a "Challenge Fund."  They will match any new Annual Fund gifts or the increased portion of any renewed donations. Your financial gift—large or small— truly can make a difference in assuring a bright future for our Arboretum, a vibrant public horticultural showcase and a world-renowned resource for horticultural and environmental education and research.  Every contribution matters!  For more information on the Annual Fund, visit Give or call Terri Gustavson at 952-443-1432.


This Weekend

—Check out Pumpkin Palooza Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Feast your eyes on our colossal cucurbit display—thousands of pumpkins and more than 130 varieties.  Watch pumpkin-carving demos and visit with master growers from 1 to 2 p.m.  Catch "Bill's Big Pumpkins" documentary about champion grower Bill Foss of Buffalo, Minn. Showings at 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center's Azalea Classroom. The Scarecrows on Parade— handcrafted scarecrows on the outside terraces—are really something to crow about!  All free with gate admission.

Saturdays in the Kitchen: Bewitching Buffet.  Saturday, Oct. 22, 9-11 a.m. Learning Center. Create a menu of: Date "Bug" Bites, "I Want my Mummy" vegetable spread, Sinister Squash Salad, Freaky Finger Cookies and more. $30/ $40. Call 952-443-1422 or click here to register.

—Bring the family for Weekend Family Fun, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Learning Center.  Learn why leaves change color and fall from the trees and create an autumn keepsake. Drop-in basis and free with gate admission.


Looking Ahead...

—Reserve a spot for you and Rover at "All About Dogs Day" on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Join in a 5K Dog Walk on Three-Mile Drive at 9 a.m., followed by a Pet Expo on the Oswald Visitor Center welcoming terrace. The fee is $25 per dog (includes two human companions). Advance registration requested; register by Oct. 26 to receive a goodie bag. Click here or call 952-443-1422. Sponsored by ADOGO Pet Hotel.

—Join us for Divas Night Out & Holiday Shopping 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, boutiques and live music by the BZ Girls.  Psychic Ruth Lordan and friends will provide readings. $25 per person (includes wine tastings and feather boa). To register, click here or call 952-443-1422. (Guys welcome too!)

'Evening Down Under'The Botany of Western Australia with Kevin Kenneally Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Snyder Building Auditorium. Enjoy a free lecture by Kenneally, an award-winning botanist extraordinaire and adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Kenneally specializes in the botany and ecology of the remote Kimberley region. The talk is free and open to the public. UPDATE: Reservations requested at 952-443-1422.

Magical Pastry with Your Pinot. Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8 p.m. Learning Center. Michelle Gayer, chef/owner of the Salty Tart Bakery, creates appetizer-style savory and sweet pastries, all paired with wine tastings.  $45/ $55. Call 952-443-1422 or click here.

—Scare up a good time at the Arboretum's Ghouls and Goblins at the Maze, a new family-friendly Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. Dress up in your most imaginative costume and enjoy some "spook-friendly" fun! It's all free (during event hours) but registration is strongly suggested. Click here or call 612-625-9456. Presented by RBC Wealth Management.

Ar-BOO-retum on Monday, Oct. 31.  Free admission for everyone arriving in costume, apples for trick or treaters and storytime and live music with Sheri O'Meara at 10 a.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center.

Travelogue, 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, MacMillan Auditorium. Peter Olin presents 2012 Arboretum tours, including Virginia, Belgium and Scotland. Refresments included. 

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