Arb Summer
Arb Summer

The Sparkle of the Gardens

The colors that a diamond reflects when it sparkles—silver, white, pink, lavender, blue and violet—became the inspiration for the 2018 annual garden design, celebrating the diamond anniversary of the Arboretum and its 60 years in the community. With his dedicated crew of 50 employees and volunteers, the annual garden will present 30,000 flowers and foliage, featuring more than 350 varieties, including unusual and rare varieties, in a palette combination of white while still incorporating the Pantone color of the year: purple. Expect summer blooms throughout July and August. “The garden palette serves as a mirror of a cloudless sky, integrating blues, silvers and darker tones,” noted Otto, and this summer’s Origami in the Garden exhibit and its aura of peace influenced the design, too. Visitors can see these plant highlights and surprises in the Griggs/Burke Annual Garden, entrance bed outside Oswald Visitor Center, patio containers on Dahlberg Terrace; Snyder Building sidewalk bed, flag pole bed, Spiegel entry garden, Morgan Terrace; and Home Demo Gardens. 

ONGOING EVENTS

OrigamiOrigami in the Garden exhibit, Community Folds, classes and folding workshops
Through Oct. 21

Reedy Gallery exhibits InsideOut and Harmony with Nature
Through Oct. 21

Cafe Gallery exhibit Mother Nature's Medium: Explorations with Wood
Through Sept. 30

RECURRING PROGRAMS & EVENTS

EVERY TUESDAY

Garden Fun Stop: Hidden Views
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free with gate admission, Morgan Terrace (behind Snyder Building)

EVERY THURSDAY

StoryTime in the Library­
10:30-11:30 a.m., free with gate admission, Andersen Horticultural Library
Children of all ages are welcome. The stories reflect seasonal, gardening or nature-related themes.

One-Hour Guided Walking Tours
10:30-11:30 a.m., free with gate admission, Visitor Center

EVERY SATURDAY

One-Hour Guided Walking Tours
1-2 p.m., free with gate admission, Visitor Center

Garden Fun Stop: Hidden Views
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,free with gate admission, Morgan Terrace (behind Snyder Building) 

Nature Play
9:30-11 a.m. through Sept., free with gate admission, Green Play Yard

EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

PlantMaker Studio: Handmade Plant Paper
Noon-4 p.m., free with gate admission, Learning Center

Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk
Noon-4 p.m., free with gate admission, Visitor Center

Weekend Brunch
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sunday), $8.99, Arboretum Cafe

Garden Fun Stop: House Hunting for Pollinators
12:30-3 p.m., free with gate admission, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Garden Fun Stop: Garden Origami Folding Station
Noon-4 p.m., free with gate admission, Learning Center

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Yoga in the Gardens 

 Thursday, Aug. 9
 Yoga in the Gardens
 Noon-1 p.m., free with gate admission, Shade Tree Exhibit

Music in the Gardens: John "A-Frame" Beck
6-7:30 p.m., free with gate admission, Ordway Shelter

Thursday, Aug. 16
Music in the Gardens: U Can Jug or Nots
6-7:30 p.m., free with gate admission, Ordway Shelter

Monday, Aug. 20
Yoga in the Gardens
Noon-1 p.m., free with gate admission, Garden for Wildlife

Wednesday, Aug. 29
Arboretum at the State Fair
9 a.m.-9 p.m., U of M Building
Play the garden wheel, win prizes, enjoy apple tastings at 10 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2
Yoga in the Gardens
Noon-1 p.m., free with gate admission, Hedge Collection

Thursday, Sept. 13
AppleJAM at the ARB
7-10 p.m., $30/$35/$50, Arboretum grounds

Yoga in the Gardens
6-7 p.m., free with gate admission, Ornamental Grasses Collection

Monday, Sept. 17
Yoga in the Gardens
Noon-1 p.m., free with gate admission, Maple Collection

Links for Children's Autumn Fun 
PeaPods for Preschoolers
Home School Days 
StoryTime in the Library: Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., featuring nature-inspired stories for toddlers and preschoolers at the Andersen Horticultural Library in the Snyder Building. Free with gate admission.

Links for Adult Class Offerings by Category
Food & Wine
Gardening & Horticulture
Fine Arts, Crafts & Books
Photography

Thanks for sharing the roadway on Three Mile Drive so all can enjoy the beauty and wonder: motor vehicles, bicycles, Tram and new pedestrian lane.