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21 Things to do in February at the Arb

From the Spring Flower Show to winter recreation, there are plenty of fun things to do in February at the Arboretum.

A babbling brook runs through the Great Hall as a part of the Spring Flower Show,
open Feb. 1 through March 1.

1. Soak up the beauty of the Spring Flower Show. This year’s theme is Branching Out, and it features the wide diversity of life in the forest, as well as glass sculptures from artist Donna Rice. After you’ve enjoyed the show, shop it in the Gift & Garden Store. Many of the accessories displayed in the Flower Show vignettes are for sale in the Gift & Garden Store.

Photo by Robert Evans.

2. Tour the Harrison Sculpture Garden in the winter, and see how the sculptures are transformed under a blanket of snow. Ingrid and Alfred Harrison, the benefactors of their namesake garden, will be on hand to share personal insights into the collection. Tours are available on Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9, and cost $5 for members and $20 for non-members. Reserve your spot here.

“Into the High Country,” photo by Sue Isaacson.

3. See how photographers capture the important and beautiful natural worlds found in gardens, arboretums and parks throughout America in the Arboretum Photographers Society’s 12th annual juried show through March 8 in the Cafe Gallery.

The society is also offering free clinics to help you improve your own photography skills. No registration required. Drop in from 1-2 p.m. at the Oswald Visitor Center:

Feb. 1: Night Photography
Feb. 8: One Flower, 10 Photos
Feb. 15: Photographing Flowers & Bugs
Feb. 22: 5 Tips for Great Landscape Photos
Feb. 29: What a Photographer Sees

4. Take a yoga class at 10 a.m. Feb. 2, noon Feb. 13 and noon Feb. 23 as a part of Yoga in the Gardens.

5. Join us for Member Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8 for prize drawings, popcorn, board games and live musical events throughout the day. Members will also enjoy a discount in the Cafe and double discount in the Gift & Garden Store, as well as a gift offer for upgrading memberships. RSVP here. Not a member yet? Become a member today.

Photo by Chris McNamara.

6. Enjoy a bottomless pot of tea and a delightful array of sweet and savory goodies at the Arboretum’s Flower Show Teas. A special Valentine’s Day menu includes two pours of wine for ages 21 and older. Reservations are $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Valentine Tea is $60. Make your reservation today.

Jules Loft bird feeders will be at the Arboretum’s Winter Art Fair on Feb. 15 and 16.

7. Shop the Arboretum’s Winter Art Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16, and find ceramic pieces, jewelry, word, wearable art, paintings, mixed media, glass, photography and culinary delights.

8. Experience snowshoeing at the Arboretum with equipment from Hoigaard’s. Meet in the Fireplace Room in the Snyder Building at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 for a quick presentation and sign up. Snowshoe from 1:30-3 p.m. If there’s enough snow, Hoigaard’s will also bring Nordic skis. Pre-registration preferred. To register, email how.events.mn@gmail.com.

9. Everyone gets free admission to the Arboretum on the third Monday of the month. Non-members can explore the Arboretum and check out the flower show for free on Feb. 17.

10. Listen to nature-themed stories at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays as a part of Storytime in the Library.

11. Drop in between noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in February for Plantmaker Studio. Family-friendly activities include practicing propagation skills, potting a plant to take home and learning how to take care of it.

Art by Luis Fitch.

12. Check out a new exhibit, Conectado por la Naturaleza: Twin Cities Inspired Latinx Art, showcasing work from Jessica Bortoni, Luis Fitch and Javier Tavera. The exhibit is on display Feb. 1-March 29 in the Reedy Gallery.

13. Enjoy a weekend breakfast in the Arboretum Café, which features a rotating menu of specials from 9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays.

14. Take an Arboretum class. Pick from a wide selection, including Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors on Feb. 29 or Paint the Arb: Winter Watercolor Workshop on Feb. 26.

15. Visit the Marion Andrus Learning Center, and explore the conservatory to see trees that produce chocolate, coffee and more. Learn about food and nature through interactive exhibits.

16. Visit the Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center. Learn more about the fascinating lives of bees and their contributions to our ecosystem through interactive displays. (Use the 82nd St. entrance.)

Art by Susan Feigenbaum.

17. Flights of Fantasy: Birds, Nature and Art at Play, an exhibit by Susan Feigenbaum, opens Feb. 5 in the Andersen Horticultural Library.

18. Visit the conservatory in the Snyder Building, and breathe in the warm, tropical air.

19. Walk through the YouBetcha stick structure in the snow.

20. Bring your own Nordic skis or snowshoes and take a winter trek on our groomed trails (weather permitting). Find maps at our information desk.

21. Catch up on your favorite gardening magazines. Find more than 200 periodicals in the Andersen Horticultural Library. Stop by Tuesday through Saturday and read up on the latest gardening trends.

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