COVID-19 Update: All members and visitors need to make a reservation in advance of their visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Find updates and information here.
By Liz Potasek
Whether you’re in full hibernation mode and want to link up with the Arboretum virtually or you’re looking for ways to connect with nature and art onsite, we’ve got you covered:
1. Snowshoe under the Full Moon. (SOLD-OUT!)
2/3/21 Update: This event is sold-out. Snowshoe by the Full Snow Moon from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27. Come out for our first snowshoe after dark at the Arb — we have set up a scenic 1.5K loop around Wood Duck Pond for you to enjoy. Warm up around one of the multiple bonfires spaced to allow for social distancing. Bring your own snowshoes or rent a set for one hour (first come, first serve) for $7. Dress for the weather — this event is completely outdoors. Tickets are $5 for members and children and $15 for non-members. The Gift & Garden Store will be open for this event.
2. Celebrate the beauty of a year at the Arboretum.
The Arboretum Photographers Society’s 13th annual juried show features pictures of plants and animals taken at the Arboretum in the last year. “Flora and Fauna: Life at the Arboretum” is a virtual show that can be experienced online through March 31.
3. Look for trees with winter interest.
The Arboretum digital map includes a “layer” highlighting trees with winter interest. Click on the blue tree icon to read about Concolor Fir, Blue Beech, Eastern Redbud and more, and see where specific trees are located at the Arboretum. The map can be used to virtually explore Arboretum grounds from home or onsite as a navigational tool on your smart phone. If you give the map access to your location, it’ll show you where you are on the map. (Don’t see the blue tree icon? Turn the map layer on by clicking the stack of squares or “layer list” in the upper right corner of the screen, and make sure “Winter Interest Plants” is checked.) Read more about our Dwarf Conifer Collection, which provides beautiful shades of greens, yellows and golds throughout the year.
4. Explore graffiti art in the Reedy Gallery.
Check out Breakout Creations: DASKARONE Art of Graffiti by local artist Peyton Scott Russell on display in the Reedy Gallery through March 14. Join Peyton for a Facebook live event to learn more about his art and the Arboretum show from 11 a.m.-Noon Feb. 13 on the Arboretum’s Facebook page.
5. Buy a Valentine at the Gift & Garden Store.
Pick up some honey for your honey or bring home flowers in the form of jewelry. The Gift & Garden Store has a wide collection of items at a variety of price points, whether you’re picking up a set of cards to send in the mail, searching for a gourmet treat or looking for luxurious bath and body products. Get 20 percent off at the Gift & Garden Store through Feb. 15 when you mention ‘Patti’ in honor of store manager Patti Mirabelli, who retired in January.
6. Connect your body and mind with our free virtual yoga classes.
We’ve teamed up with yoga teachers from local studios to offer virtual yoga classes at 10 a.m. Feb. 7, noon Feb. 18 and noon Feb. 28.
7. Explore our grounds in winter.
We’re offering expanded access to our grounds by maintaining Three-Mile Walk and Three-Mile Drive for use all season long. Walkers can enjoy the beauty of Three-Mile Walk and drivers use Three-Mile Drive to gain access to gardens throughout the grounds, including the Harrison Sculpture Garden. We’re also maintaining cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Snowshoe rental is available in the Oswald Visitor Center. Find details about trail and drive conditions, snowshoe rental and all things winter at the Arb.
8. Feel our gratitude.
Our Arboretum members have supported us through an incredibly challenging year, and we’re looking forward to thanking you during this year’s annual Member Appreciation Event. We’re celebrating members during a week-long virtual event from Feb. 1-5. Visit arb.umn.edu/support/membership for updates.
9. Take an online class.
Develop your photography, painting and/or culinary arts skills with online classes offered through the Arboretum.
10. Find inspiration for a tired winter meal plan.
If cooking fatigue is starting to set in at your house this winter, check out the Andersen Horticultural Library’s Food in the Library!?! exhibit. In addition to the library’s large collection of books on landscaping, horticulture and botany, it also offers resources containing recipes and other meal planning inspiration. Visit the library to refresh your menu, and check out a few of the featured recipes.
Two things to do now to plan for March:
Sign up for the Minnesota Plants: A Spring Webinar Series.
Learn about the plants that grow in Minnesota through a series of 13 live online classes on Tuesdays starting March 2. Access to the entire series is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.
Buy tickets to MapleFest on March 27.
Get your maple syrup fix at our annual MapleFest. This year’s event has been reimagined with pandemic precautions in place, which means that pancakes are offered to go. Take an early spring hike at the Arboretum, shop the Arboretum Gift & Garden Store for maple syrup and maple syruping-related supplies, and then pick up a pancake breakfast to-go with three pancakes, two sausage links, butter and real maple syrup in the Oswald Visitor Center. Pancake breakfasts are $15 for members and $20 for non-members and must be ordered in advance — the deadline to order pancakes is March 21.