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 Jenny Ekeren-Holm
Fall is almost here with crisp evenings, shorter days and apples! Scarecrows are making an appearance on our grounds this month, and the AppleHouse is open selling apples, cider and more. Attend a concert, visit new exhibits in the Cafe Gallery and Reedy Gallery and explore the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center on the weekends. The Arb is your place for fall fun!
1. Attend a live, outdoor concert.
Join us for AppleJam, a family-friendly event 5-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Farm at the Arb. Listen to the Daisy Dillman band starting at 6 p.m., and enjoy great music, an apple-related scavenger hunt, apple bingo and lawn games included with your ticket. Beverages from Excelsior Brewing Co. will also be available for sale.
2. Bite into fall flavors at our AppleHouse.
The Arboretum’s AppleHouse is open for the season! The AppleHouse, located at 7485 Rolling Acres Rd., is 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum off Highway 5 and Rolling Acres Road. Shoppers will find a rotating selection of our famous apples and a limited supply of other seasonal produce, as well as fall decor, gourmet food items and pumpkins. Starting Sept. 1, North Star Donuts will sell apple cider mini donuts outside the AppleHouse from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Oct. 31. The AppleHouse is free and open to the public – no reservations required.
3. Learn about corn at Farm at the Arb.
Explore the Arboretum’s Farm at the Arb at the Corn is Everywhere event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12 to learn more about corn and how it impacts our everyday life. This family-friendly festival features ‘corny’ games, a scavenger hunt, food samples and more. Minnesota is home to 24,000 corn growers, and the corn they grow is used in everything from carpet to crayons. Visitors can learn about the complete growing and harvesting process, practice corn shucking skills, participate in corn hole olympics, thank a farmer and much more. Only 1 percent of corn production in the United States is dedicated to sweet corn — find out what the other 99 percent is used for!
4. Visit the new Arb Glass Pumpkin Patch.
Glass pumpkins have taken over the Arb Sept. 10-12! The Arb Glass Pumpkin Patch in the Snyder Building and Morgan Terrace features ten award-winning, professional glass artists from the Midwest and California, who will display and sell their glass pumpkins and demonstrate glass blowing. Arboretum visitors will experience free glass-blowing demonstrations daily and browse through a display of 2,000 gorgeous glass pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and colors — all available for sale. The purchase of these handcrafted pumpkins supports the artisans and the Arboretum.
5. See the bees at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center.
The Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center will re-open on weekends from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4-Oct. 31. Explore interactive exhibits, observe bees at work and learn more about these amazing creatures. Walk the grounds surrounding the building to learn about plants that attract bees and pollinators. To visit the Bee Center, enter through the Arboretum’s main Gatehouse and take Three-Mile Drive to Eastern Drive, which leads to the Farm at the Arb.
6. Explore the Green Play Yard.
The Green Play Yard is open! Located outside the Learning Center, it is a destination for young families. Plantings and a natural play area provides ideas for bringing ‘nearby nature’ to daily life for our youngest ones, at an age when they are growing and changing quickly and the impact is significant. The Learning Center will remain closed.
7. Discover Farm at the Arb under a Harvest Moon.
Join us 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at Farm at the Arb for an after-hours experience during the September Full Harvest Moon. Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with lawn games and free popcorn. The Arb Snack Cart will also be on hand for more snacking options. After the sun sets, explore the moon-lit farm paths or relax and view the Harvest Moon from the event lawn or prairie overlook. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Sept. 1.
8. Meet the scarecrows.
Arriving Sept. 18 and on our grounds through Oct. 31, the scarecrows are a fall must-see at the Arb. The popular Scarecrows in the Gardens adds a festive note to the Arboretum’s autumn displays on the Dahlberg Terrace and Scarecrow Hill. Check out the artistry of the experts from Bachman’s, as well as Arboretum staff.
9. Practice yoga in the gardens.
Take time for yourself and relax at our Autumn Yoga Retreat on Sept. 18. The day will feature classes from multiple instructors, as well as time for walks and quiet contemplation in the gardens. Half and full day options available.
Participate in free yoga classes on Arboretum grounds at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 and 6 p.m. Sept. 16. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle, and make sure to sign up for your class in advance.
10. Shop for unique, handmade gifts at the Auxiliary Fall Harvest Sale.
Shop the Auxiliary Fall Harvest Sale from 9 a.m.- 4p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 26 for seasonal floral arrangements, greeting cards, botanical products, knitted wearable accessories, gifts for the home and both functional and whimsical wood-crafted items — all made with care by members of the Arboretum Auxiliary.
This year’s sale will also include a limited number of tulip bulbs. These are high quality bulbs from the Netherlands in the same colors that will be planted at the Arb next spring. Tulip bulbs will be sold in packets with a minimum of 6 bulbs for $9. Mix your choice of colors, and enhance your spring garden. All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum.
11. Experience a new exhibit in the Reedy Gallery.
Enjoy the artwork of Teo Nguyen in a Reedy Gallery exhibit opening
Sept. 9 on Sept. 23 [9/7/21 Editor’s note: The exhibit opening date is now planned for Sept. 23]. Teo’s Arboretum exhibition brings his stunning large-scale photorealistic paintings into the Reedy Gallery, allowing viewers to interact with natural beauty in an intimate setting. His works, some directly taken from the Arboretum landscape, capture the beauty and spirit of our natural world. His facility with paint reveals his subject in a wholly new way. He has a reverence for the land and states, “if I wasn’t an artist, I’d be a gardener.” Teo’s works can be found in permanent and corporate collections, including Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum.
Don’t miss the final days of Nature: Wild and Wonderful through Sept. 6. Four renowned artists, Jackson Dainty, David Lefkowitz, Eleanor McGough and Sonja Peterson come together with wildly different styles. Each work contains a larger narrative that entices the viewer to move closer to discover deeper intentions.
12. Ride the Trumpet Creeper Tram.
Take a narrated tram tour highlighting the Arboretum’s varied collections, display gardens and demonstration gardens. Buy same-day tickets for $5/person at the Oswald Visitor Center Information Desk.
13. Bike through the Arb.
Bring your bike or arrive at the Arb using the new Highway 5 Regional Trail connection, which runs along the Arboretum grounds. While the bike trail connection won’t be completely open until October, bicyclists and walkers are welcome to use the trail to access the Arboretum. Admission for bicyclists and walkers is $12 for non-members and free for members. Bicyclists and walkers can purchase these tickets using their smart phone at a kiosk near the Arboretum’s gatehouse. Members can make reservations as they normally do.
Once inside the Arb, bike along Three-Mile Drive. The Annual Garden, Behren’s cabin, Prairie Garden, and the Maze Garden are stops along the way. Bike along Eastern Drive to the Farm at the Arb and see the crops growing and visit the Red Barn.
Make plans to celebrate the new trail under a full moon in October. Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Sept. 1.
14. Explore nature through art in the Cafe Gallery.
Visit the new exhibit opening Sept. 3 in the Cafe Gallery, and discover the textile art of Jeanne Aaron and Marie Westerman. This art form has experienced a renaissance over the past century as artists push the boundaries in dyes, materials and processes. See how these two artists translate their inspirations from nature into works of art that are simultaneously beautiful and inspiring. Art exhibit is open through Oct. 10.
15. Celebrate the Season of Trees with the Andersen Horticultural Library.
This fall, the Arb will continue to host the Season of Trees. Andersen Horticultural Library is participating with two exhibits. Examine the beauty of trees at the Arboretum in Celebrating Trees: 4th Annual Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) Exhibition in the Skyway Gallery. The FFI is the Andersen Horticultural Library’s “hundred-year project” to document all the species of plants and animals living at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum through scientifically accurate fine art. In honor of the Arboretum’s Season of Trees, this exhibition includes original artworks from the FFI collection celebrating individual trees that live at the Arboretum. Use the GPS coordinates or scan the QR code beneath each artwork to locate the living tree on the Arboretum grounds and compare it to the artist’s rendition.
The second exhibit is Turning Over a New Leaf, which celebrates a new woodcut image each week from an old book. While the book is from 1755 (Traité des Arbres et Arbustres [Treatise on Trees and Shrubs]), 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. Learn more about both exhibits on display through Oct. 31.
16. Buy a raffle ticket for the 2021 Auxiliary Quilt.
Time is ending soon to secure your chance to win the 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 during the Auxiliary Fall Harvest Sale. All money from the sale of raffle tickets supports the Arboretum.
17. Find what’s blooming in our gardens.
Updated weekly on Tuesday, our What’s in Bloom website highlights the changing beauty of our gardens throughout the season. Visit the plants on the grounds and read about our blooming plants. Use the information for a guide in your own garden.
18. Enjoy a meal in the Arboretum Cafe.
The Arboretum Cafe offers a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and bakery items, freshly made daily. Stop in from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.
19. Make reservations for the Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library Book Sale.
Book lovers won’t want to miss this annual sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1-3. Stock up on winter entertainment as you browse through used books, CDs and DVDs in a wide variety of subjects. In addition to the book sale, author Jim Gilbert will sign copies of his latest book, Minnesota’s Outdoor Wonders (on sale for $10 at the event), on Saturday, Oct. 2. Reservations for October will be available on Sept. 1.
20. Register to run through the leaves.
Reserve your place in the 2nd annual Fall Color Trail Run/Hike on Oct. 8-10. Experience fall color at the Arb in a whole new way during our 5K/10K/1K run or hike. Enjoy this event, which is staggered over three days to prevent overcrowding of the trail space and maximize enjoyment for all participants. We will mark the routes, so runners and hikers can enjoy the trail. Race packets include a long sleeve t-shirt and a Gift & Garden Store 10 percent off coupon good on the day of your run. Registration is $30 for members and $45 for non-members.