July 11 & 12
Mark your calendars for Go Green with a Splash Party Weekend at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! As part of the Arboretum’s Waterosity summer exhibition, Splash Party Weekend will celebrate water with a mix of fun activities for the whole family, drawings and giveaways, plus helpful information on ways to conserve water in landscaping and home use. Most activities, unless otherwise noted, run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up a free rain gauge at the Oswald Visitor Center membership counter Saturday and at the Marion Andrus Learning Center on Sunday, while supplies last! Here’s what’s on tap:
Money-Saving Solutions For Your Landscape Irrigation System
Saturday, July 11, 9-11 a.m., Snyder Auditorium
Discover ways to save money and conserve water – an increasingly scarce resource – through new landscaping and irrigation techniques. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that inefficient landscape irrigation systems waste 50 percent of the water they apply due to wind, evaporation and improper design and maintenance. Learn solutions for conserving water in your landscaping – from simple and low-cost techniques to emerging irrigation technologies.
Craig Otto, of Water in Motion irrigation consultants, is keynote speaker. “Healthy landscapes benefit our lives in many ways, from water filtration to atmospheric cooling. The good news is we can enjoy healthy landscapes and be water-efficient at the same time. Proven watering methods and technologies such as drip irrigation, rain sensors and SMART Controllers can support a durable landscape while limiting water usage,” says Otto, who is a national EPA WaterSense award-winner. Learn more conservation and irrigation tips from Otto at this educational event. The fee is $20 for Arboretum members and Chanhassen residents, $30 non-members. Click Here to register online or call 952-443-1422.
Info Fair and Water-wise Demonstrations
11 a.m.-3 p.m.both days, Oswald Visitor Center
Visit with organizations, cities and government agencies involved in water conservation issues. Participants include the Minnesota Green Roof Council, the Minnesota Water Garden Society, Freshwater Society, Xcel Energy, Water in Motion and more. University of Minnesota Extension and trained Master Gardeners will staff “demonstration stations” at prime Waterosity exhibits. Get answers to your questions about rain gardens, green roofs, rain barrels, low-input lawns, drought-tolerant plantings, water plants, shoreline stabilizing and water-wise gardening.
Info Booth Participants include:
• Xcel Energy – water conservation and general conservation within the house
• Water in Motion/Irrigation By Design – irrigation tips and best practices
• Freshwater Society – water conservation and pollution prevention
• City of Chanhassen – water conservation and stormwater management for homeowners
• Carver County Water Management & Soil & Water Conservation District
• City of Minnetonka – water conservation for homeowners – Saturday only
• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – control of non-point water pollution
• Metro Blooms – rain garden and native gardens
• Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District – watershed, water quality and management education
• University of Minnesota Extension Stormwater Education Program – a mini-lakeshore display, 3D map, videos about shoreland restoration and rainbarrels.
• Blue Thumb-Planting for Water Quality – native gardens, rain gardens, shoreline stabilization
• Minnesota Green Roofs Council – green roof technology and plants
• MN Water Garden Society – water gardening, aquatic plants
• Eden Prairie Conservation Commission – water conservation and management
• Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – water/natural resource stewardship
Green & Blue Express
11 a.m., 12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m. both days; $2.50 per person. All aboard for an exciting family-friendly tram ride with activities, songs, and games. Purchase tickets at the Oswald Visitor Center Information Desk.
“Are You Thirsty?”
A performance by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. both days, MacMillan Auditorium, Oswald Visitor Center. Free with admission. This show brings water issues vibrantly to life, helping us understand our role in the water cycle.
Art Splash in the Garden
Ordway shelter, noon-2 p.m. both days. Enjoy the great outdoors and create an original artwork – watercolor on Saturday or fish print on Sunday – with Minnetonka Center for the Arts staff.
Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m., Trex Leaf Deck. Paula Lammers and Cloud Nine Jazz will perform jazz favorites. Free with admission. Visitors can take a break, pre-order a picnic lunch and relax on the hillside to the sizzling sounds of Paula Lammers and Cloud Nine Jazz, one of the newest jazz ensembles on the Twin Cities’ music scene.
Pollution Putt-Putt Mini-Golf
Noon-4 p.m. both days, Marion Andrus Learning Center. Have fun playing miniature golf with a message.
Drive Green! Car Raffle.
Drawing is Sunday, July 12 at 4 p.m. in Oswald Visitor Center.
Tickets, at $100 each, may be purchased at the Gift Store. Only 500 tickets are being sold. Also during the weekend, there will be drawings for automatic rain sensors (courtesy of the Toro Co.).
Special thanks to presenting sponsors Xcel Energy, Freshwater Society and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, with additional support from UnitedHealth Group, Toro Giving Program and the City of Chanhassen. Catch the wave and join us for Splash Party Weekend July 11 & 12!