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15 Things to do in June 2021

From incredible blooms to inspiring art and a day for dogs to nights for fireflies, there’s plenty of fun to find at the Arb this month.

Visiting the Arboretum: All members and visitors need to make a reservation in advance of their visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. We hope to see you soon!

By Liz Potasek

1. Experience nature with your dog.

Join us for All About Dogs Day on June 5 at the Arboretum’s Dog Commons On-Leash Dog Trails. Explore the 65-acre trail system and visit up to 40 vendors at the Dog Expo. Enter your dog(s) into virtual pet contests by June 1, and winners will be announced at All About Dogs Day.

The Dog Commons is not “just an on-leash dog trail.” It is about the entire experience of being outside in a plant-rich landscape with an animal companion. A goal of the Dog Commons is to inspire a shift from walking the dog as a chore to walking the dog as a mindful and restorative experience that benefits health and well-being for humans and pets.

Registration is by person this year. Every person needs to register to gain admission to the Arboretum. A separate daily admission ticket is not needed. All dogs need to remain on-leash at all times and be up to date on all vaccinations. Registration is $5 for Arboretum members with a dog-added membership, $15 for Arboretum members, $30 for non-members and free for children 15 and younger. 

Fireflies at the Arboretum in June of 2020. Photo by Jason Boudreau-Landis.

2. Watch the summer skies light up.

Experience the magic of summer nights at the Arb with hundreds of fireflies flashing through the sky. We’re staying open late for select Firefly Viewing Nights on June 25 and 26 and July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Bring your family – and a camera – and marvel at the wonder of these glowing winged beetles (also known as lightning bugs). Tickets are $5 for members and children 15 and younger and $20 for non-members.

3. Support the Arboretum.

Show your support for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at the virtual Gala in the Gardens on June 17. Enjoy an inspiring program with emcee Belinda Jensen, hear from Arboretum Director Pete Moe and help the Arboretum heal people through nature, all from the comfort of your own home. Funds raised at the gala will be invested into the Arboretum’s 1,200 acres of gardens, plant and tree collections, model landscapes and natural areas.

Make the Gala evening special and hassle-free with food and a signature cocktail from Red Sauce Rebellion and Coalition! Several food options are available to help customize your catering, and 25 percent of all the food proceeds will be donated back to the Arboretum.

4. Tour the Arb on the Trumpet Creeper Tram.

Take a narrated tram tour highlighting the Arboretum’s varied collections, display gardens and demonstration gardens. Buy same-day tickets at the Oswald Visitor Center Information Desk. Tickets are $20 for a full row of four seats. June 1 update: Tickets are $5 per person. Masks are required when riding the tram.

5. Seek balance in the Arboretum Cafe Gallery.

The “Art Rocks!” exhibit highlights two artists who spend countless hours with Minnesota rocks. Enjoy work from Peter Juhl and Anne Legeros from June 9-Aug. 25 in the Arboretum Cafe Gallery. Author, artist and instructor Peter Juhl not only teaches rock balancing classes but also photographs his gravity defying creations. Anne Legeros executes paintings that highlight the interplay of light and water to produce an endless variety of fascinating images. 

Azaleas in the Japanese Garden on May 21. Photo by Liz Potasek.

6. Check out What’s in Bloom.

We’re looking forward to a June filled with Iris, peonies and showy lady slippers! Find out what’s blooming each week at the Arboretum on our What’s in Bloom web page

The Arboretum’s Osprey Cam is live-streaming as the osprey pair broods two eggs this year.

7. Watch the Osprey Cam.

The pair of osprey in the nest on the Arboretum’s live-streaming Osprey Cam have laid two eggs. If all goes well, the eggs should be hatching in late June. Read more about what’s happening with the osprey at the Arboretum this season.

8. Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat.

Relax your mind and refocus your energy at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat on June 19. Choose from half-day or full day options and select the class that’s right for you from the three options available at each time slot. Start the day by setting your intentions with a morning meditation and wind down with a Yoga Nidra session and happy hour. The cost is $20/half-day for Arboretum member, $35/half-day for non-member, $40/full day for Arboretum member and $55/full day for non-member.

9. Turn a new page in the Andersen Horticultural Library.

In honor of trees, the library is displaying beautiful woodcut images from the book Traité des Arbres et Arbustres (Treatise on Trees and Shrubs), turning to a new page in the book each week through October 31. While the book is from 1755, the original woodblocks are from 1563. Nineteenth-century nurserymen’s plate-books, laced together to enable turning of several colorful images of trees and fruits at once, will also be featured in each of the library’s display cases. Read more about the “Turning Over a New Leaf” exhibit.

10. Find Arb the Tree Gnome.

Arb the Tree Gnome (and his friends) are visiting a different tree collection and hanging around interesting trees at the Arboretum throughout the summer. He moves around the Arboretum each week, and we’ll update his current location on our website each Friday. When you find him and his friends on our grounds, collect the letters found on each gnome and unscramble them to answer a fill-in-the-blank trivia question. Submit your answers online each week for a chance to win your own tree gnome at the end of the season.

“Running Hot” by Sonja Peterson will be on display with the “Nature: Wild and Wonderful” show opening June 17 in the Arboretum’s Reedy Gallery.

11. Marvel at artistic interpretations of nature.

“Nature: Wild and Wonderful” opens June 17 in the Reedy Gallery. Be prepared for the unexpected in this nature-themed exhibition featuring four renowned artists — Jackson Dainty, David Lefkowitz, Eleanor McGough and Sonja Peterson — who come together with wildly different styles. Each work contains a larger narrative, enticing the viewer to move in closer and discover deeper intentions.

“Double-Crested Cormorant on Como Lake,” by Emily Donovan is on display through June 14 in the Arboretum’s Reedy Gallery. Join Donovan for a webinar on June 12.

12. Meet Artist Emily Donovan.

Join Emily Donovan, whose work is currently on display in the Reedy Gallery’s “Birds of a Feather: Contemporary Avian Artists” show, for a free online Zoom art demonstration moderated by Wendy DePaolis, Arboretum Curator of Art, from 10-11 a.m. June 12. Emily will demonstrate her art process to create wholly original multimedia paintings live from her backyard studio. Watch Emily use local native plant materials to make natural dye and pigment. The presentation is free, and participants can register here for Perspectives of an Artist-Birder – Finding Color, Meaning & Connection.

13. Celebrate the Season of Trees.

Pick up the Season of Trees brochure in the Oswald Visitor Center to find a tree scavenger hunt, as well as tree care advice. Check out our Season of Trees webpage for activities and tree information throughout the season.

14. Buy a chance to win the 2021 Auxiliary Quilt.

Members of the Arboretum Auxiliary created “Sights and Sounds of the Arboretum,” a quilt that highlights birds of Minnesota. The quilt is on display at the Oswald Visitor Center. Raffle tickets are $2, and the raffle drawing is scheduled for September. All money from the sale of raffle tickets supports the Arboretum.

The Arb Beverage and Snack Cart, donated by Toro, sells a variety of snacks and beverages. Find it stationed off Three-Mile Drive near the Ordway Shelter and Elizabeth Carr Slade Perennial Garden on Saturdays-Tuesdays. Photo by Terre Kemble.

15. Enjoy a meal in the great outdoors.

The Arboretum Cafe will open starting June 2. It’ll be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Hungry guests can also find a variety of snacks and beverages in the Gift & Garden Store and the Arb Beverage and Snack Cart stationed off Three-Mile Drive near the Ordway Shelter or Elizabeth Carr Slade Perennial Garden. Look for the Arb Beverage and Snack Cart from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

Depending on the day (and the weather) food trucks will be parked between the Snyder Building and Oswald Visitor Center.

Guests are also welcome to bring their own food to the Arboretum. Want to find the best places to set up? Check out these 10 spots for the perfect picnic.

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