30th Anniversary for the Grass Collection: 1987-2017

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2017 marks the 30th Anniversary for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Grass Collection. Throughout the year, there will be a number of educational events and publications to celebrate and a chance for everyone to learn and enjoy the Collection. Watch for:

New methods of spring clean up in the Collection. We are cutting back the native grasses instead of burning to preserve native butterfly larvae. We sill still burn the non-native Miscanthus in early spring.

In June the Master Gardener State Conference will tour the Grass Collection and learn which grasses are best for difficult sites and have proved the hardiest in Minnesota. Also in June we will be distributing a new Native Grass Poster that showcases the benefits of native grasses along with native Lepidoptera they support.

Public Open Houses will be held in the Grass Collection on Thursday, August 24, 2017 4:00-8:00 PM and Tuesday, October 10 2:00-6:00 PM. Walk the Collection with Dr. Mary Meyer and pick your favorite grass, get a copy of the new grass poster and enjoy the summer and fall in Minnesota.

Take a Grass Class and learn the best of the plants for Minnesota gardens on Sat, October 28, 2017 at the Arboretum.

Throughout the year articles will be published on the grasses in the Arboretum News, and the University of Minnesota Extension Yard and Garden Newsletter.