Botanical Bonanza

Botanical Bonanza

Fall Festival

October 5 & 6

It’s time for a Bell celebration of the fascinating world of plants! After spending the summer watching them bloom and grow, join us this fall to explore some unique uses for botanical items, discover UMN research lending insight into how plants grow and evolve, and learn more about their hidden (and sometimes dangerous) side.

Walk the halls of a ramshackle manor and encounter over 100 fascinating plants with the Wicked Plants exhibit. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book, “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” the exhibit offers a fun, safe and educational way to experience some of nature’s most toxic flora, from the putrid odors of stinking iris to the deceptively dangerous teddy bear cholla.

Enjoy talks throughout the day with UMN researchers and community experts.

Interactive stations
Delve into the good, bad and ugly in the botanical world with learning stations throughout the museum.

Art Making
Create your own plant-based gifts and art.

Urban Roots: On Saturday, learn about youth urban farming and land conservation and get info on invasive plants and species.
Ramsey County (UMN) Master Gardeners will share displays on poisonous plants.
Brent Arenz from CFANS Department of Plant Pathology will talk about microbes that infect plants and make them dangerous.
Artur Stefanski from CFANS Department of Forest Resources will discuss his research on forests and climate change.