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Cabinets of Curiosity: Andersen Library Tour at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tue, Sep 10 2024, 10:30am

Location
Andersen Library
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
 

Autumn is a wonderful season in Minnesota so plan to join UMRA at the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for our next Cabinets of Curiosity tour in September. Kristen Mastel, head librarian and curator, will reveal its treasure trove of publications and artifacts relating to plant history, horticulture, and natural history even as this special collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Synder building this year. The reading and research library includes rare books, botanical wall charts, illustrations, and one of the largest collections of vintage seed catalogues in the country. We will also experience its specially constructed Nakashima furniture, rare but fully in use in the main reading room.

After the tour, those who are interested may stay to eat lunch together in the Arboretum's new restaurant, Rootstock, sitting outside if the weather is nice. In the afternoon, UMRA members may elect to join a one-hour tram tour of the entire Arboretum at 1:30 ($8) that includes natural areas of flowering shrubs, bogs, and forests, family garden and landscaping showpieces, and the red barn farm; alternatively, members may choose to walk through special flower displays and exhibits near the main building.

Please register soon if you want to join us at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on September 10, 2024, from 10:30 am until noon. We do need to have all registrations no later than September 4 - and often the limited spaces for these events fill well before the deadline. We will then open a waitlist.

Our group will be admitted (with parking) at no charge, but a donation that day would be a nice gesture of thanks. You will receive an email with final instructions.

Because this venue is in Chaska, Cathy Lee Gierke ([email protected]) will coordinate carpooling for those who want to ride or can accommodate passengers – so let her know of your interest. If you cannot join us this time, watch for more tours in coming months, including a visit to the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature on November 13, 2024. We do need to have all registrations no later than September 4 - and often the limited spaces for these events fill well before the deadline.

Questions? Contact Sally Gregory Kohlstedt ([email protected]), Jan Morlock ([email protected]), or Cathy Lee Gierke ([email protected]).



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