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Welcome, Fall!

Autumn begins on Friday, and a few trees are starting to show color early (due to drought earlier this summer). Shades of red-orange are visible in Sugar Maple, Red Maples, Sumac, Viburnums, Burning Bush. Look for yellows in Green Ash, Honeylocust, Hackberry, Boxelder. Purple is showing up already in White Ash.

Plants in the prairie are adding color to the landscape with maroon in big Bluestem, little Bluestem; and yellows in Goldenrod, Indian grass, sunflowers, golden Aster, prairie dropseed.

Fall flowers complement the weather with hues of blue-purple in Asters, Liatris, white Asters and false Aster.

Make plans now: Peak fall color is predicted for the second through the third week in October at the Arboretum, a tad on the early side this year, with plants under drought stress from earlier this summer. The Arboretum has the most diverse collection of fall color trees and prairie grasses and flowers in the metro area. Get fall color alerts or check out the Garden Cam.




2011 Auxiliary Quilt



More Signs of the Season

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


Coming Up

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). 


Ghouls and Goblins at the Maze

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 Gardenfull 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 dreez001@umn.edu.)

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. 

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