Fall Color at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Fall color at the arboretum

Fall Color at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Free Admission this Monday, September 18

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where you’ll find the most diverse collection of fall color in Minnesota. For me, the colors are more spectacular in the fall than during any other season, including spring with its incredible bulb display.

I always make time to visit the arboretum in the fall, and the first place I visit is the Japanese Garden. I enjoy taking a slow stroll through its winding paths and have been awestruck in the past by the intense color I’ve discovered in and around the Hosta Glade. If you hit it just right, you too will be dazzled by the fiery brilliance of fall.

Fall Colors at the Arboretum

According to Alan Branhagen, the arboretum’s director of operations, fall color typically peaks at the arboretum around October 10, though it can vary by as much as a month, depending on Mother Nature. For an update on current color, visit the What’s In Bloom web page.

Fall colors range from bursts of yellow in the aspens and birch to the muted maroons and purples provided by the oaks. When you explore trails at the arboretum you’ll discover everything from native maples and prairie plantings to wildlife and fall gardens.

Fall Color at the Arboretum

Even if you don’t make it during the season’s peak, however, any time is a great time to enjoy all that the arb has to offer. Special events coming up include Free Third Mondays, the Fall Harvest Festival, Scarecrow Village, an art exhibit featuring the renown Hautman Brothers, and ongoing guided walking tours:

  • Free Third Mondays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through October
    This Monday, September 18 is the next FREE admission day!

    Visitor Center and buildings close at 6 p.m.
  • Fall Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Fall Harvest Festival promises to be a lively event the whole family can enjoy. Featuring arts and crafts, games, apple and local brewery tastings and live music, the fall inspired event is free with gate admission. Located in & around the Margot Picnic Shelters, you can also enjoy fall-inspired food and a marketplace featuring local crafters and artisans. Download a coupon for $5 off gate admission.
  • Scarecrow Village, September 22 through October 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Dahlberg Terrace, Picnic Shelter
    Check out the collection of handmade, one-of-a-kind scarecrows created by arboretum staff and professional designers from Bachman’s. Enjoy fall color amidst the whimsical display of pumpkins and gourds in the Great Hall.
    Fall Color at the Arboretum
  • Nature: A Walking Play, October 5 – 8
    Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendly journey that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world. The arboretum offers five performances, with an exclusive member preview on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Other show times are Friday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Nature’s Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman Brothers
    Reedy Gallery Exhibit available September 8 through November 5, 2017
    Visit the arboretum to enjoy this rare exhibition of the Hautman brothers’ legendary wildlife artistry. Featuring the collective work of James, Joseph and Robert Hautman, 50 awe-inspiring new works will be showcased, as well as all 12 of their winning Federal Duck Stamp original paintings.
  • Guided Walking Tours (One Hour)
    Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. & Saturdays at 1 p.m. through October 8
    FREE with gate admission no registration needed.
    Show up at the start time to learn about the arboretum during an informative tour based on seasonal highlights. Led by an arboretum docent, you will enjoy gardens at their peak bloom and reconnect with nature’s beauty. No two tours are the same. Tours begin in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center. Best for adults and ages 12 and above.

Photos by Chaz Nichols

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