By Sarah Jackson
Winter is coming! Here at the Arboretum, that’s good news: It’s a time of transformation, when dark nights and snowy days make things all the more beautiful and bright. Check out the surprising array of activities happening across the Arb’s 1,200-acre grounds and at the ever-changing AppleHouse!
Photo by Susie Hopper (2020)
1. Visit the Holiday Boutique
The Arboretum’s popular AppleHouse — located at 7485 Rolling Acres Road, 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum’s main entrance — becomes a Holiday Boutique in November and December. The change becomes official in November — with new hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 6-Dec. 20. You’ll find everything you need to make the holidays special, including seasonal decorations, gifts and gourmet goodies for your holiday meals. Apples and Arboretum-grown squash will also be available while supplies last. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount with their membership card on AppleHouse purchases — and 20% on Double Discount Days Nov. 9-23. (Bring your membership card.) Parking and admission are free at the Holiday Boutique and reservations aren’t required to stop and shop.
Photo by Jason Boudreau-Landis
2. Double your donation on Give to the Max Day!
Nov. 17 is Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual giving day to support nonprofit organizations close to your heart. The Arboretum relies on philanthropy and sales to fund 92% of its annual budget — your support is critical. Donate for Give to the Max Day and your gift will be DOUBLED! Help us raise $50,000 and we’ll unlock a 1:1 $50,000 matching gift from our Board of Trustees. Together, we’ll raise $100,000 to help share nature’s power with thousands of people. Visit our Give to the Max crowdfunding page to give now! Thank you for your generosity! Finally, tune in to our special webinar with Director Peter Moe on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.! Pete will discuss his favorite places and programs at the Arboretum and how they spread nature’s healing power. Register today!
“Old Memorial Park, Northfield, July” by Andrew Wykes
3. Viewpoints Paintings and Drawings
November is a terrific month for checking indoor art exhibits at the Arboretum, including two new shows opening Nov. 10, followed by Artist Meet & Greets from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, giving visitors a chance to meet four artists and their work in a single afternoon at the Arb. First up is the exhibit opening in the Reedy Gallery —“Viewpoints Paintings and Drawings: Andrew Wykes and Holly Newton Swift.” In this exhibit, experience the diversity of the Minnesota landscape through the engaging paintings and drawings with sources of inspiration ranging from a small urban park in the Twin Cities (Wykes) to the northern wilderness of Minnesota (Newton Swift). At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, hear a presentation from the artists. This exhibit is included with your reservation/gate admission or EZ Pass.
“Fawns” by Olivia Hoppe
4. Art Flies Free
Also opening Nov. 10 with an Artist Meet & Greet from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 is the Cafe Gallery exhibit “Art Flies Free: The Stylings of Olivia Hoppe and Pat Owen.” Discover the freedom these two artists have explored in an immersive art show focused on flora and fauna. Olivia Hoppe uses homegrown gourds, wood and even bone as her canvases (pictured), providing endless inspiration and prompting the viewer to investigate her beautiful compositions more closely. Pat Owen’s works, meanwhile, help us more deeply admire our feathered friends. Owen chose this series topic during the pandemic when everything shut down and no one could go anywhere — except for the birds! This exhibit is included with your reservation/gate admission or EZ Pass.
Photo by Patti Mirabelli
5. Double Discount Days
Arboretum members always receive a 10% discount on Gift & Garden Store purchases, but from Nov. 9-23, members can take an additional 10% off purchases (total discount 20%). Discounts apply at the Gift & Garden store (current hours) and at the AppleHouse Holiday Boutique, 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum’s main entrance, open daily Nov. 6-Dec. 20. Interested in becoming a member? Your next visit can be applied to a new membership. Learn more on our membership options page.
Photo by Sarah Jackson
6. Winter Yoga
With more than 1,200 acres of breathing room, including peaceful indoor spaces (such as the Snyder Auditorium, pictured), the Arboretum serves as a refuge to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit in one of the greenest spaces in Minnesota. All are welcome, including beginners! Bring your own mat and a water bottle. Classes are free for Arboretum members and studio partner members, and included with gate admission for non-members. Advance registration is required for in-person yoga. Starting Nov. 6 you can join yoga virtually! Simply click the Zoom link of the class you’d like to join at the start.
Photo by Wendy Composto
7. Winter Lights Opening Night
Be among the first to experience the magic of Winter Lights as we officially light up the Arb from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17. The lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center with remarks from Arboretum Director Peter Moe and a countdown to light up the Great Hall. Enjoy winter-themed decor indoors and outdoors and a performance from the Minnesota Chorale. Cost is $10 for members, $25 for non-members and $5 for ages 15 and younger. Reserve all Winter Lights tickets at arb.umn.edu/winterlights.
8. Winter Music Series
Fans of live music, take note: The Arboretum’s Winter Music Series is back with numerous performances Nov. 18-Dec. 23 during the day (included with daily admission) and on select evenings as part of Winter Lights (special tickets required). November bands include Flutes of the Spirit, The Barn Cats, Westwind Swing Band, Ascot Brass Quintet, Eden Prairie Community Band, Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, BlueMood, Singers from the Minnesota Chorale, Brad Cattadoris, Cathie English and Brooklyn Big Band. December bands include City of Lakes Chorus, Westwind Five, Crosstown Community Band, The Arbor Bells, Celebration Brass Quintet, Mike’s Brass, The Silverwinds Flutes, The Prairie Brass, Roseville Big Band, Capri Big Band, Westwind Big Band, Waconia Suzuki Ensemble, Flute Cocktail, Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, The Prairie Brass Quintet, Gourmet Jazz, Bend in the River, Jazz on the Prairie Big Band and Comes a Time. See our event page for the full schedule.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens in Florida
9. Plan a trip!
Why travel on your own when you can explore with like-minded individuals and Arboretum leaders who have a passion for plants? Upcoming spring trips include New York City as well as numerous cities in Florida in a single trip. Explore brochures on our website for pricing and more details.
Apple ‘Minneiska/SweeTango’ by Laurie Lonsdorf
10. Slow down in the Skyway Gallery
Do you ever use the skyway to travel from the Oswald Visitor Center and the Snyder Building? Don’t rush. You’ll discover a new art display — “Capturing Colors: 5th Annual Flora and Fauna Illustrata Exhibition” — in the Skyway Gallery. Organized by the Andersen Horticultural Library, this exhibit features scientifically accurate, brightly colored artwork by local artists depicting flowers, fruits, insects and other organisms living at the Arboretum. Stroll through anytime between now and Feb. 28, 2023. Explore the entire exhibit virtually, including an interactive map that shows where each plant is located on the Arboretum grounds.
11. Share your talent: Apply now!
The Andersen Horticultural Library is looking for artists to create scientifically accurate fine art for our Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) collection. This “hundred-year project” aims to document all the plant and animal species that make the Arboretum their home. The library permanently archives the art and facilitates periodic FFI exhibitions. The collection provides a regional and national resource to aid research and serves to inspire learning, discovery, and enjoyment. Learn more about how to apply by visiting the library webpage. The next submission deadline is Nov. 18, 2022.
12. Color away the winter
Don’t let the winter chill get in the way of your relationship with flora and fauna. The Arboretum has numerous free, printable coloring pages. The birds pictured above show just some of the possible colors you can use on the black and white pages available. Grab your art supplies, get inspired and get coloring!