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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist

‘Straw Hat’ sedge

Carex pensylvania ‘Straw Hat’ has numerous, showy yellow flowers. An early bloomer, flowers appear in mid to late April in Minnesota. The plants shown above were plugs planted in 2016. ‘Straw Hat’ appears to be an improvement on the native … Continue reading

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30 years, 1987-2017, for the Arboretum’s Grass Collection

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary 1987-2017 for the Grass Collection at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! We will be having events throughout the year, including Open Houses and classes, watch this blog and the Arboretum Facebook page for more information.  Plan … Continue reading

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Giant Miscanthus at end of winter

No snow now in Minnesota.  Soon we will be cutting back the native grasses (to preserve native butterfly larvae) and burning the non-native ones.

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Blond Ambition wins award in Colorado

Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blond Ambition’ was recently selected as the 2016 overall grand winner of the Colorado Plant Select trials from 5 state evaluations. This is a great native plant that has been marginally hardy in Minnesota (it was selected from New Mexico) … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle at Grass Collection

Sighted recently above the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grass Collection was this bald eagle. Many birders enjoy the Arboretum, but this is a first time for me to see an eagle at the Grass Collection. Fun! 

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Grass Collection featured on 2017 Calendar

Hoffman Nursery featured the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on the cover in their 2017 calendar. John Hoffman and his progressive company in North Carolina has made a significant impact on landscape grasses in the U. S.

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Miscanthus Tree Decoration

Miscanthus flowers used as a tree garland decorate one of the ‘natural ornaments only’ trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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