It's impossible to appreciate this time of year, but if you're sick of winter, here's a comforting thought -- in just a few months, we'll again be enjoying one of America's finest tree canopies!SEE ALSO: North Siders upset about city of Minneapolis's tree-planting tornado commemoration According to ... More >>
It's clearly the summer of beer, or so our events list would suggest: Town Hall releases its latest brew, and the Twin Cities Beer Festival takes the Mall of America by storm this Week in Food. 8/7 Be one of the first folks to sample Town Hall's newest brew, MPLS (Minneapolis Pale Lager Style), wh ... More >>
Our unusually mild winter has left many wondering just how much sap will run from the sugar maple trees this season. Will we be relegated to purchasing 100% Canadian maple syrup when the local supply inevitably runs out? Fortunately, there is still a possibility of a strong syrup season, according t ... More >>
Pick fruit, help fight hunger.The Minnesota Project is hosting a launch party for its Fruit of the City gleaning initiative, a program by which volunteer pickers stock local food shelves with fresh fruit. Food shelves tend to receive more boxed and canned foods vs. perishable ones so the proj ... More >>
Todd MulvihillThe Arboretum's Toast & Taste in the Gardens celebrates summer cuisine.Who's got the best digs for a garden party? The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, of course, and it will be hosting its annual Toast & Taste on Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The arboretum recruits several ... More >>
Beware the fiddlehead...Morels, ramps, and fiddleheads are all some of our favorite edible signs of spring. But their fleeting nature means we often don't have a lot of experience preparing them, and with fiddleheads that can be a big concern. Take this experience of one unwitting fiddlehead ... More >>
The new voodoo lily at MN ZooJust in time for spring, the Minnesota Zoo has acquired a flower that blooms and smells like something died. Amorphophallus konjac--also known as Voodoo lily or Devil's tongue--landed at the zoo on Tuesday and is expected to bloom within the next few days. You don't ... More >>
Juicy, sweet and coolThe University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Center at the Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen doesn't sound like the kind of place you'd want to visit on your weekends. But the items it produces--most famously the Honeycrisp apple--are a consistent draw, which is w ... More >>
Image via YouTubeThe stink is off the corpse flower's bloomFor a few short days, Perry the corpse flower really stank out the joint at Linnaeus Arboretum on the Gustavus Adolphus campus. But the rank stench of rotting meat from its big-as-a-human bloom is off. According to students posting on ... More >>
Via Titan Arum WebcamPerry the corpse flower, doing what comes naturallyNote to the Grunke brothers: When the thrill of digging up a corpse for sex no longer rings your ding-a-ling, there's always Perry the blooming corpse flower at Gustavus Adolphus College. And those condoms you brought to ... More >>
Volunteer pickers help get fresh fruits into "food deserts."Some sections of the Twin Cities might be considered "food deserts," meaning that residents don't have easy access to fresh, healthy food. Meanwhile, in other neighborhoods surplus fruit from backyard fruit trees goes to waste. Last ... More >>
Via WikipediaA corpse flower in the U.S. Botanic Gardens (yes, it stinks, too)You could excited about the Titan Arum, or Amorphophallus titanum, that it will soon bloom at Gustavus Adolphus College. After all, it's only found naturally in the tropical rain forests of Sumatra. But what you re ... More >>
Brett Bullion finally steps up to the mic
We've heard from a couple concerned residents who saw what seemed to be healthy trees meeting their fate shortly after being spray-painted with the green ring of death. Apparently the city decided to clear out the ash trees in the city before the emerald ash borer even has a chance to strike. I ... More >>
Grapevine heist has U of M officials concerned, puzzled.
Get apple happy at the AppleHouse, now open for the season in Chanhassen.
Money magazine ranks the Minneapolis suburb No. 2 in the nation for its small-town charm and natural surroundings.
If you're not the type to drive to Chanhassen or Stillwater just for dinner--here are a few more stops to make the trip worth your while.
Shakopee's Rahr Malting plant and Koda Energy are brewing up enviro-beer
The Arboretum offers a host of locally grown meals. Imagine the beautiful flowers at the table!
Baxterization, beaten paths, and the great riparian land rush of northern Minnesota
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation...tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trill ... More >>
Grandees of Horticulture Pantsuit (Sookie Sookie Records) Expectorating shards of pneumatic kraut-skronk (don?t mess with my Teut-Tuet, coach), Grandees of Horticulture set about reshaping Akron indie by teaching Hegel the Continental and slathering phat-ass basslines in Thousand Island dressing. ... More >>
The case against Minnesota's 1.2 million forest-destroying, disease-spreading deer
Swapping Oz for the way back home