Home Demo Gardens Sprout Seeds of Inspiration

By Barbara DeGroot Innovative, adventurous and always relevant, the Arboretum’s Home Demo Gardens never fail to engage and delight visitors.  This year is no exception. Arboretum gardener extraordinaire Ted Pew shares a few highlights: Edible Pollinator Garden This garden is designed to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bamboo “teepee” structures support Phoenix climbing nasturtiums (reds…

Square Foot Garden

By Vidya Venkateswaran, Public Relations Volunteer Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be a great way to grow your own food and learn something new and fun. One of the easiest and effective ways to plant your own vegetable garden is the square foot method. First popularized by Mel Bartholomew, square foot gardening aims…

Purple People Eatin’s

As if they’re making up for lost time, the Gardens of Eatin’ have been producing at a rate that’s hard to keep up with. Today alone, our awesome volunteers helped us to collect twenty pounds of ‘Fordhook’ zucchini, half a bushel of ‘Provider’ green beans, about a dozen purple radishes and hardy amounts of ‘Red…

Gardens of Eatin’ Corn Looks Golden

Fruits and vegetables are swelling up everywhere in the Gardens of Eatin’; tomatoes and peppers, pomegranates and squash. But although all of our gardens are experiencing wonderful growth, there is one patch that has left others in the dust. By midsummer, a healthy crop of field corn should be more than 6 feet tall and…

Midnight Snack

Perhaps the greatest compliment you can pay a gardener is to eat and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Farmers and hobbyists alike take delight in watching smiles manifest after someone bites into their fresh and flavorful produce. Unfortunately, here at the Arboretum Home Demonstration Gardens, we’ve been receiving ‘’compliments” from unwelcome visitors. An obnoxiously…

Heat of the Harvest

With temps in the nineties and relative humidity hovering at a balmy fifty-five percent, many of us here at the Arboretum are feeling as though we’ve entered the dog-days of summer. But the Gardens of Eatin’ have been responding quite well to the stifling heat we’ve been experiencing. We’re thrilled to see such lush and…

Better late than never

We finally made it. The Minnesota summer is in full swing and the delicious plants and cultivars in the Gardens of Eatin’ couldn’t be happier. Because of this years Mediterranean theme, many of the plants are accustomed to much drier and more moderate climates than the Midwest has to offer. The heavy rains and low…

Fall colors are here

What’s this – cool temperatures? Leaves turning and falling? The Gardens of Eatin’ aren’t finished by a long shot and yet it seems fall has decided to shove aside summer like a little brother and showcase its autumn colors.  Taking cue, these Swiss Chard almost radiate as they complete their final leg to the dinner table. Many others in Home…

Where have these bean all our lives?

Red Noodle yard-long beans? Rattlesnake snap beans? …any surprise? Ted continues to dish out some head-scratchers as the harvest continues. Cut straight from the vine out of the Vegetable Heirloom and Ornatmental gardens, these beans, as with everything else from the Gardens of Eatin’, are being utilized by the quite-capable chefs of the Arboretum Restaurant. What they…

Run-of-the-mill melons? Hardly.

Ted’s crew snipped out many more melons  from the patch this week (Ted wasn’t exactly sure how many) – a variety of Moon and Stars and Shiny Boys that continue to ripen as leaves start to fall. “The Shiny Boys came at us all at once,” Ted said of the popular watermelons. “Our others, like the…

Harvest update in the Gardens of Eatin’

More from the gardens! A stroll through the Home Demonstration these days gives some appetizing views – much of what was planted a few short months ago is finally producing for Ted and the Arboretum restaurant. These Swenson Reds Grapes, a 1977 University of Minnesota release, is catching notice from visitors. Evidence from nibblers shows…

Worth the wait

Patience, of course, is a virtue, and it’s thanks to Ted’s own vigilant prudence that the Arboretum is finally eating out of the Patch. Weeks of wait, and a few early taste-tests, have finally heralded a solid harvest of watermelons, and just in time. Ted recently filled two full cart-loads from the grassy knoll, a selection of Faerie, Shiny…