For Immediate Release                                                    Media Contact: Barb DeGroot, 952-443-1459

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Events & Classes - January – February 2014

Enjoy the beauty of winter − indoors and out − at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Outdoor offerings include 8 miles of cross-country ski trails and 8 miles of snowshoe trails through picturesque landscapes. (Also, snowshoe rentals!) Indoors, the Arboretum offers tantalizing exhibits, family fun and adult classes in a variety of subject areas. Here’s a sampling of wintertime offerings:


7th  Annual Arboretum Photographers Society Show & Sale. Jan. 8-April 4, Restaurant Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center. A juried show of the “best of the Arboretum” through the lenses of the Arboretum Photographers Society.

‘Minnesota Magic’ - Member Art Exhibit & Sale. Jan. 17-March 31, Reedy Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center. This juried exhibit of paintings captures the magical beauty of Minnesota, as interpreted by members of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Presented in collaboration with Wilcock Gallery.

Orchid Tree Exhibit. Jan. 11-Feb. 14, Oswald Visitor Center. Experience a touch of the tropics at the Orchid Exhibit in the Oswald Visitor Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Free with Arboretum admission.

Tiny Treasures Fairy Garden Exhibit. Feb. 22-March 23, Oswald Visitor Center. Enjoy a whimsical display of miniature gardens and the fairies, sprites and gnomes that inhabit them.

Weekend Family Fun- Plant Partnerships. Saturdays & Sundays in February, noon to 4 p.m. (drop-in basis),

Learning Center. How do animals survive in winter? Fly south like the migrant birds and monarch butterflies. Visit the greenhouse and hunt for the tropical flowers and fruits that help replenish weary migrants. Create a seed ornament. Free with gate admission.

Gardening Class - Pruning Essentials for the Health of Your Trees and Shrubs. Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Learning Center. Jeffrey L. Johnson, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum horticulturalist, demonstrates proper pruning techniques for shrubs and trees to ensure their long-term health and productivity. Includes time in the collections for outdoor demonstrations and practice sessions. Be prepared to work with pruning tools. $38 member/$50 non-member.

Spaces still available in Winter PeaPods for Preschoolers sessions. PeaPods for Preschoolers is an Arboretum program that invites children with an adult to laugh, learn, play, and be social with new friends. Each week celebrates a
new plant-based theme (see website for list of weekly themes) with music, story time, planting projects, art, sensory and science discovery, warm greenhouse adventures and a healthy snack! Tuesdays through April 8, 9:30 - 11 a.m., $80 for the remaining 8 sessions member/$96 for the remaining 8 sessions non-member. Want to try it first? Individual session pricing available, call 952-443-1422 to register.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest and a premier northern arboretum, is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota and developed as a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research, and public education. It is located nine miles west of I-494 on Highway 5 in Chanhassen. —END—