Designer: Moira Bateman, artist
Minneapolis MN
Collaborators: Graham Beech
David Van Eeckhout, Hog's Back Farm

Field to Table celebrates the growing developments in our community around local harvest:
Farm Families practicing organic and sustainable farming methods
Neighborhood Farmers' Markets
Community Supported Agriculture Subscribers
Inspired Chefs working directly with farms for local sourcing

All of these nourish and nurture our relationships with each other and the earth, helping bring us together to live and eat in healthy ways as families and as a community.
Materials: Wood, Steel, Plastic, Potting Mix, Plants


Designers: Barr Engineering LID / Landscape Ecology Team, Minneapolis MN

From the time of the agricultural revolution some 12,000 years ago, we as humans have strategically manipulated plants to feed ourselves. We selectively breed them, arrange them in tidy rows, and prepare the soil to better foster their growth. All of this is done from a deep, underlying recognition that plants derive their energy directly from the sun. They transform solar energy into the food that supports us.
Solar Cultivator is an interactive seasonal sundial. With the participation of Arboretum visitors, it makes visible the remarkable relationship between sun angle, seasonal change and humanity's ability to manage these phenomena, as the cultivator, to sustain itself.
Materials: Marking flags, buckthorn stakes, timber posts, steel posts, farm and garden tools, pig wire, baling wire, sunflowers, paint


Designer: Georgia Kandiko, artist and art instructor
Excelsior, Minnesota

Magical Mystery Treasure Hunt invites visitors to solve a mystery inspired by the Powerhouse Plants theme. Someone is sabotaging gardens at the Arboretum! A gardening crew and a special helper are investigating the case, and find clues at each crime scene. Follow the nine mosaics that mark the story installments. Can you discover the saboteur's identity and what the treasure is before the ninth mosaic?

We cannot live without plants but our actions can threaten their existence. Plants nourish us, delight us with their beauty, and provide us with building materials, fuel, medicines, fibers, and chemicals. Our thoughtful respect for and care of plants is ultimately a gift to the human race.


Designers: Arlene Birt & Adam Jonas, Minneapolis MN

Wandering through a ‘meadow' of wheat, visitors will discover sculptural stucco benches that form a striking contrast with the iconic ‘waves of grain'. Intertwined informational graphics depict how straw (a "waste" material from wheat production) has come full-cycle into these benches and how the same techniques can be applied to construction of buildings.
The unique, multifunctional nature of this important food crop and its value in construction inspired us to tell the story of the cycle of wheat in a way that invites visitors to reflect as they pause for a rest. We hope this installation will encourage visitors to consider the functional aspects of plants and how we can use them both for nutrition and to create lasting and sustainable shelter.
Materials: Straw, chicken wire, wood framing, stucco, graphics


Designer: Nathan Anderson, Avocado Green, Minneapolis MN

Approaching Homegrown, one sees a simple building facade not unlike a child's drawing of a house. Upon crossing through the door, a wall of garden springs to life with a vertical cascade of color, smell and texture.

A vertical garden presents the familiar in a brand new light, inspiring a fresh look at the role plants play in our lives. The landscapes that surround us often become "background" for the casual observer; here plants are "front-and-center". The installation becomes in both form and message a billboard for the power of plants to go beyond their perceived passive role in our everyday lives.
Materials: wood, salvaged building materials, planting panels, soil, annual