—Have you seen our Scarecrows on Parade?
—Pumpkin Palooza: We visited the pumpkin patch this morning and were overwhelmed by the array of pristine specimens of 130 different types of cucurbits (pumpkins, gourds and squash), compared to just over 100 last year. The weather has conspired to create an excellent, if later crop, than anticipated. We will have beautiful indoor and outdoor displays as well as sales at the AppleHouse. This weekend, featured apples for sale at the AppleHouse include Honeycrisp, Zestar® and their offspring, SweeTango®, along with other varieties.
—Read about the Arboretum from the perspective of master naturalists and others in our Nature Notes blog.
—Thursday, Sept. 22: StoryTime in the Library, 10:30 a.m., and later, Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard's: Try Nordic walking at 1 and 6 p.m. Walking poles provided free with admission for walk on Three-Mile Drive.
—Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25: Auxiliary Harvest Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and auxiliary quilt raffle with drawing Saturday at 2 p.m.). Minnesota Herb Society Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Apple tastings, 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Weekend Family Fun (free with Arb admission), noon to 4 p.m., Cattail Creations (get to know amazing wetland plants that survive in standing water, and weave your own cattail creation).
The Arboretum is planning a new major event, Ghouls and Goblins at the Maze, a family-friendly Halloween event set for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Dress up in your most imaginative costume and come out to the Arboretum for ""spook-friendly" fun. Walk the half-mile Trick or Treat Trail to the Maze Garden—full of surprises! Then head back to the Visitor Center for family activities and "spooktacular" music.
(And volunteers are needed! Sign up for volunteer workshops, including one happening this Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 to 4 p.m. Make half masks of goblins or ghouls and simple costumes. Participants could also work on painting any props or sets that need to be constructed or built. Contact Thom Dreeze, events manager, at (952) 443-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Arboretum gate admission is free during the event hours, but registration is suggested at www.arboretum.umn.edu/ghoulsandgoblins.aspx; or leave a message on (612) 625-9456. Ghouls and Goblins at the Maze is presented by RBC Wealth Management.