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Walks with Matt


Having been associated with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum since 1982 has given me the opportunity to work at a variety of tasks including managing the maple syrup production, working on wetland projects with graduate students, and helping to prepare and maintain research plots. I have set up bluebird trails, wood duck houses, and osprey nests, and recorded sightings of bird, mammal, and butterfly species for the Arboretum. I continue to write about the natural world for the Arboretum Magazine and do many nature walks and talks. photo: Susie E. Hopper

Author of 
Nature at Our Doorstep

Walks with Alan


Alan Branhagen is Director of Operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and previously held the position of Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden. He is the author of The Gardener's Butterfly Book and has written articles for publications including Fine Gardening, Missouri Gardener, Missouri Prairie Journal, Landscape Maintenance, and Restoration and Management Notes. Alan is a naturalist and plantsman specializing in botany, butterflies, and birds, utilizing his background in garden design and management. He is currently creating and restoring a three-acre prairie and woodland garden around his home.

Author of 
Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden

The Gardener's Butterfly Book


Alan Branhagen

Walks with Alan: Evergreens (200-10-22-17)
Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticultural author

Pop quiz: is an evergreen always a conifer? Learn this and more fascinating tree-trivia as you join learn about our northern evergreens. Meet Alan in the Carlson Dining Room as you start with an overview of the incredibly unique traits that allow evergreens to grow so successfully in our climate. Then the class heads outside for a leisurely walk while Alan discusses the landscape value of these trees, how they can reduce your winter heating bill and introduces you to the Arboretum's featured evergreen species and cultivars along the way. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits.
Limit 20, meet in the Carlson Dining Room
NEW LOCATION! Meet in Snyder Builiding, Classroom 1

register $10 member/$25 non-member, Arboretum admission included


Matt Schuth

Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter? (960-11-04-17)
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. - noon

Matt will uncover the mystery and beauty of the ways that plants, animals, and insects at the Arboretum adjust and prepare for the oncoming cold. Matt always has recently collected treasures to show, with stories to tell, and he'll explain the science behind the selected stops on this walk to greet winter. After the walk, continue the conversation with a warming beverage in the restaurant.
Limit 25, Meet in the Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom


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$14 member/$26 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a voucher for a beverage in the restaurant

photo Don Olson/Arboretum Photographers Society 

Matt Schuth

Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice (960-12-23-17)
Saturday, December 23, 10 a.m. - noon

By now, winter is in full sway and with a little luck, the Arboretum has become a winter wonderland. Matt will begin with a show-and-tell about some of the Arboretum's fauna and flora. Then he will lead you outdoors to track animals and identify trees and plants in their winter form. You'll learn more about their history and mystery, then return to the Visitor Center for a warming cup of hot chocolate. Many have made this winter walk with Matt one of their holiday and year-end traditions.
Limit 25, Meet in the Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $14 member/$26 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a voucher for a beverage in the restaurant

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