2013 Spring Expo

Growing to Learn - Learning to Grow (150-03-08-13)

Friday, March 8; Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10
NEW! Free with gate admission for all three days and
Free for Arboretum Members
MacMillan Auditorium, Oswald Visitor Center

showcases area experts offering up their predictions on trends for the coming growing season. Hear from Arboretum Director Ed Schneider about the "State of the Garden."

5:30 p.m. - Welcome

5:35 p.m
. - Design looks and trends for home and outdoor: Rich Maund, Seasonal Concepts : Fresh looks for bringing outside in and inside out. Two outdoor living vignettes on display in Great Hall through March 31.

5:45 p.m.
- Keith Wilcock from Wilcock Gallery and painter: How to Enter the Landscape

6 p.m.
- "Seed Catalogs":  See favorite examples from the renowned collection of 61,000 seed catalogs with Renee Jensen of the Andersen Horticultural Library

6:15 p.m
. - Fairy Gardens: Master Gardener Maren Christopher shares tips on creating your own fairy garden

6:30 p.m.Craig Isaacson from Arboretum Photographers Society : Photographing the Arboretum in the Off-Hours/After-Hours

6:45 p.m. General Q&A. Introduction of Arboretum Director

7 p.m. - "State of the Arb" with Arboretum Director Ed Schneider. Learn about what the upcoming hopes, prospects, and trends are at the Arboretum.

7:30 - 8 p.m. Informal visit and more Q&A with experts; meet up with other gardeners--from novice to experienced and compare notes and experiences.

Japanese Garden

Joan Steffend
Joan Steffend

Saturday features the inside scoop and exclusive access to our Arboretum experts and gardeners when they share with you what they're planning for 2013 and what you can try on your own at home.

10 a.m. - Welcome

10:10 a.m
. - From the Timeless to Trendy: Magic of the Japanese Garden with Arboretum expert Mary Bigelow

10:45 a.m. - Top plant picks: Focus on Ornamental Grasses with Arboretum expert Mary Bigelow

11:15 a.m. - Peace in and Peace Out with Joan Steffend, author, Emmy-award winning journalist and former HGTV host

11:50 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. -
Book signing with Joan Steffend in Arboretum Gift Store

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lunch break

12:30 p.m.
- Top trends and picks of trees and shrubs with Arboretum resident arborist Jeff Johnson

1 p.m. - Rising Popularity of Espalier (a plant-shaping method to grow plants in one plane on a permanent framework, often in an artistic design) with Katherine Aby

1:30 p.m. - Break

1:45 p.m.- Trends and top picks for lilies and more with the Arboretum's Paul Sotak

2:15 p.m. - Top picks for color this year at the Arboretum with Duane Otto  

Visit the Expo:

  1. Minnesota Tree Care
  2. Minnesota Hosta Society
  3. North American Rock Garden Society
  4. North Star Lily
  5. Minnesota Herb Society
  6. A Season to Imagine collection of watercolors and oils exhibit in Reedy Gallery
  7. Arboretum Photographers Society photo exhibit in Restaurant Gallery
  8. Seasonal Concepts vignettes on display in Great Hall

Take time in the Conservatory, walk Three-Mile Drive, relax and take stock.

On Sunday, participants will hear top authors of the University of Minnesota Press talk about new and popular titles focusing on living well and with flavor.

10 a.m. - Welcome

10:10 a.m. - Beth Dooley, Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook (note:  this book available in May)
                   Savoring the Seasons; The Northern Heartland Kitchen

10:45 a.m. - Jenny Breen, Cooking Up the Good Life

11:15 a.m
. - Atina Diffley, Turn Here Sweet Corn

11:45 a.m. - Break for lunch; book sales and signings at the Gift Store

1 p.m. - Brenda Langton, The Spoonriver Cookbook

1:30 p.m. - Debbie Lonnee, Growing Perennials in Cold Climates

2 p.m. - Break

2:15 p.m. - Welby Smith,
Native Orchids of Minnesota

2:45 p.m. - Richard Hass, Growing Roses in Cold Climates

Visit the Expo:

  1. Minnesota Hosta Society
  2. North Star Lily
  3. A Season to Imagine collection of watercolors and oils exhibit in Reedy Gallery
  4. Arboretum Photographers Society photo exhibit in Restaurant Gallery
  5. Seasonal Concepts vignettes on display in Great Hall


The Spoonriver Cookbook