Escape to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen this winter to experience the magical world of fairies and miniature gardens. Let your imagination take flight as you wander through the whimsical miniature gardens on display from Feb. 22 through March 23 in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center.
Among the highlights: a 20-foot tree cascading with Tahitian Bridal Veil and spider plants. (See if you can find the fairies hidden under leaves!)
The actual fairy gardens will be encased in nine wooden container planters provided by Gronomics, a gardening products company in East Bethel, Minn. Visitors can also try their hand at creating their own fairy garden at the exhibit’s “Creation Station.” You may even be inspired to create a fairy wonderland for your home or your garden this spring. Delight in the possibilities!
The exhibit is free with Arboretum gate admission ($12 adults; free for ages 12 & younger).
Upcoming Arboretum events
Enjoy the beauty of winter − indoors and out − at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Outdoor offerings include 8 miles of cross-country ski trails and eight miles of snowshoe trails through picturesque landscapes. (Also, snowshoe rentals!) Indoors, the Arboretum offers tantalizing exhibits, family fun and adult classes in a variety of subject areas. Here’s a sampling of wintertime offerings:
• 7th annual Arboretum Photographers Society Show & Sale. Jan. 8-April 4, Restaurant Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center. A juried show of the “best of the Arboretum” through the lenses of the Arboretum Photographers Society.
• ‘Minnesota Magic’ – Member Art Exhibit & Sale. Jan. 17-March 31, Reedy Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center
This juried exhibit of paintings captures the magical beauty of Minnesota, as interpreted by members of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Presented in collaboration with Wilcock Gallery.
• Weekend Family Fun- Plant Partnerships. Saturdays & Sundays in February, noon to 4 p.m. (drop-in basis), Learning Center. How do animals survive in winter? Fly south like the migrant birds and monarch butterflies. Visit the greenhouse and hunt for the tropical flowers and fruits that help replenish weary migrants. Create a seed ornament. Free with gate admission.
• Gardening Class – Pruning Essentials for the Health of Your Trees and Shrubs. Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Learning Center. Jeffrey L. Johnson, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum horticulturalist, demonstrates proper pruning techniques for shrubs and trees to ensure their long-term health and productivity. Includes time in the collections for outdoor demonstrations and practice sessions. Be prepared to work with pruning tools. $38 member/$50 non-member (www.arboretum.umn.edu/gardeningclasses.aspx)