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15 Things to do in November 2021

As the seasons change, connect with nature this month at the Arboretum.

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!

Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ near Three-Mile Drive before the Prairie Demonstration Garden on Oct. 25. Photo by Liz Potasek.

by Jenny Ekeren-Holm

As we experience the final hurrah of fall colors and brace for the coming chill of winter, there’s plenty of ways to revel in nature this November at the Arboretum. Light up dark evenings at Winter Lights, explore the natural world through the eyes of local artists in the Cafe and Reedy Galleries and complete your holiday shopping at the Gift & Garden Store and AppleHouse Holiday Boutique (members, don’t miss double discount days Nov. 22-30).

Please note: As the season’s change, so do our hours. Starting Nov. 1, Arboretum grounds are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and buildings are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Arboretum is closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 25.

Winter Lights 2020. Photo by Jason Boudreau-Landis.

1. Make plans to see Winter Lights.

Winter Lights returns as a walking tour for 2021. As in years past, we’re extending our hours so visitors can enjoy the Arboretum’s gardens filled with lights during the darkest time of year. Get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air of a winter evening, as you experience 16 outdoor light displays, featuring flowers, nature and winter fun, on an accessible, stroller-friendly walk that’s just over a half-mile. Warm up midway through the walking tour at a bonfire and roast marshmallows over the fire — s’mores packages will be for sale. Embrace all that a Minnesota winter has to offer — dress for the weather!

Reservations open Nov. 1 for members and Nov. 5 for non-members. Choose your date and time, 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 5-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday from Nov. 18-Jan. 2. Visit the Winter Lights website for details about special nights that include Opening Night (Nov. 18), Photography Night (Dec. 1 or 8), Family Night (Dec. 2 or 9), Date Night (Dec. 16) and a New Year’s Eve Party (Dec. 31).

2. Get creative at an in-person Arboretum art class.

Receive hands-on instruction and all supplies to create an ever-changing Heirloom Kaleidoscope from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 ($109/$129 includes all supplies). Explore kaleidoscope techniques and design elements, assemble the component parts and choose your own unique objects.

Explore the portable, versatile medium of pastels and their dynamic, painterly qualities at Pastel: Red Fox from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 ($79/$94 bring your own supplies OR $99/$114 supplies included). Helpful demonstrations will encourage you to create a refined drawing of a red fox that balances line, form, color and composition.

Create 2-3 unique glass ornaments, selecting from a variety of provided patterns or creating your own at Kiln Glass Holiday Ornaments from 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 ($89/$104 includes all supplies). Learn about the various forms of glass and explore basic cutting, assembly skills and design techniques.

Explore all more Arboretum art classes.

3. Enjoy live music.

The Arboretum’s Winter Music Series is back! Enjoy live music from local performers and community groups throughout November and December. Concerts are included with Arboretum admission. Tickets to visit the Arboretum must be purchased in advance of your visit. Performances starting after 5 p.m. are included with Winter Lights tickets.

4. Arboretum members, shop with a discount.

Arboretum members can double their regular store discount to get 20 percent off their purchases when they shop the Gift & Garden Store and AppleHouse Holiday Boutique from Nov. 22-30. Stock up on seasonal decor and gifts for everyone on your list.

5. Relax at a yoga class.

Participate in yoga three times this month at 10 a.m. Nov. 7, noon Nov. 18 and noon Nov. 21. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle, and make sure to register for the yoga class in advance.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum No. 1, by Teo Nguyen.

6. Connect with nature through Teo Nguyen’s large-scale photorealistic paintings.

Teo Nguyen: A reflection on Being, brings stunning large-scale photorealistic paintings into the Reedy Gallery, allowing viewers to interact with natural beauty in an intimate setting. Nguyen’s 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.” Nguyen’s work can be found in permanent and corporate collections, including Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum. The show will be up through Nov. 29.

7. Triple your donation to the Arboretum on Give to the Max Day.

November 18 is Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual giving day to support nonprofit organizations.

The Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on philanthropy and sales to fund about 90 percent of our budget – your support is critical to ensure everyone has access to the healing power of nature.

When you donate as a part of Give to the Max from Nov. 1-18, your gift will be tripled! Help us raise $30,000, and we’ll unlock a $60,000 matching gift from our Board of Trustees. Your donation helps to keep nature accessible to everyone.

AppleHouse Holiday Boutique in 2020. Photo by Susie Eaton Hopper.

8. Visit the AppleHouse Holiday Boutique.

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6-Dec. 20, the Arboretum’s Applehouse has transformed into the Holiday Boutique, featuring unique gift items, holiday decor, seasonal produce and more. A few Gnomes might be popping up as well!

9. Connect with artwork from John Sterner.

Visit the Cafe Gallery to see artwork from Lakota artist John Sterner, who suffuses his art with his experiences of life and nature. From the majesty of a mountain to the quiet, contemplative feel of a small stream, Sterner observes and makes his mark in many different mediums. Through his art, Sterner is “pursuing the idea of what it is to be a modern, displaced American Indian,” he says, adding: “I explore different mediums and ideas, searching for the connection between me and my race in today’s world, mixing traditional and contemporary Lakota beliefs.”

10. Make plans to attend Holiday Tea.

Tickets are going quickly, but there are still a few reservations available to attend a Holiday Tea at the Arboretum in December. The Arboretum’s beloved holiday tea tradition returns for 2021. Spend a cozy afternoon in our Tea Room or Fireplace Room enjoying a selection of traditional teas accompanied by soup, finger sandwiches, pastries and other delightful treats. Tea time is 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Wooden seedboxes and seed packets from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s collection will be on display starting Nov. 6 in the library.

11. Explore the history of seed catalogs.

Visit the Andersen Horticultural Library in the Snyder Building to see Beyond the Catalog: Seed & Nursery Artifacts, which opens Nov. 6. Get a glimpse into gardening history and look at artifacts from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s Historic Seed & Nursery Catalog Collection, including wooden seedboxes, colorful seed packets, belt buckles, toy trucks, seed testers, and more.

12. Locate Conifer trees on the Arboretum grounds.

Opening on Nov. 6, find a new exhibit from the Andersen Horticultural Library in the Skyway Gallery between the Oswald Visitor Center and the Snyder Building. Forever Green: Conifers from the Genus Pinus provides plenty of green, even in the midst of a Minnesota winter. Exquisitely depicted cone-bearing trees from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s rare 1842 edition of “A Description of the Genus Pinus” are featured. Many of the images were created by renowned Austrian artist Ferdinand Bauer. Scan the QR code below each illustration to locate that species on the Arboretum grounds, and compare the living trees to the historical artists’ renditions.

13. Explore fun, outdoor spaces for our younger guests.

Visit the Green Play Yard located outside the Marion Andrus Learning Center. Our youngest visitors can explore the outside world using ‘natural play features.’ (The Learning Center remains closed.) Located on Three-Mile Drive and near the Pine Collection, the Maze Garden is also a favorite among guests of all ages.

14. Enjoy a meal in the Arboretum Cafe.

Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, the Arboretum Cafe is located on the second floor of the Oswald Visitor Center. Guests can purchase a wide variety of freshly made grab-and-go items, as well as sandwiches, soups, salads, and bakery items like fresh baked pies, muffins and more. The cafe is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

15. Join the staff at the Arboretum.

Apply to be part of the team at the Arboretum. Seasonal job opportunities are available in our Gift & Garden Store and AppleHouse. Staff receive a free Arboretum membership and discounts on gifts and services.

2 comments on “15 Things to do in November 2021

  1. Pingback: Arb Links, vol. 53 | News from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

  2. Wonderful nature 🌹🙏🏼👌🏼 awesome photography 👏🌹

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