Program & Field Walk: the Minnesota dwarf trout lily

  • 29 Apr 2017
  • Minnesota Arboretum


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Talk and Garden Walk: the Minnesota dwarf trout lily

led by GRC member Nancy Sather

     Saturday, April 29, 2017

           1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Please register for this event so that we will have a count.

The program and walk is free to GRC members and one guest per member. Arboretum gate admission is $12, free to Arboretum members.

The Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily (Erythronium propullans Gray) is the only wildflower in the state that grows here and nowhere else on the planet.  In the wild it faces increasing challenges from environmental changes and abnormal development. Join botanist and GRC member Nancy Sather for a talk and a field walk to hunt for these extremely rare gems.

Meet at 1:30 PM in Classroom 1 of the Snyder Building.

We will spend up to 45 minutes indoors learning about the biology of the Minnesota dwarf trout lily, its distribution and conservation in nature, challenges to its survival, and the importance of the captive population at the Arboretum.

Then we will hike to the Dayton Wildflower Garden, where we will distinguish this tiny plant from Minnesota’s other two trout lily species, learn the history and habits of several dwarf trout lily colonies, and enjoy other spring woodland wildflowers. Stay as long as you want in the garden.

Weather: This excursion is rain or shine; dress for the weather. Comfortable walking shoes that can get damp or muddy and casual field clothes are recommended. 

Accessibility: The hike is equivalent to 3-4 city blocks. All walking is on pathways. There are benches for resting. There are some slopes, but they are not steep and you do not need to climb to see the trout lilies.

Cost: Event is free to GRC members and one guest per member. Arboretum gate admission is $12, free to Arboretum members.

Late arrival: Ask at the Oswald Building information desk where the botanical artists are meeting. After 2:15 ask if the botanical artists have left the building and walk directly to the Dayton Wildflower Garden.


Trip leader Nancy Sather recently retired from the MN DNR’s Minnesota County Biological Survey Program.  During her 30 years at the DNR, she was the lead botanist for projects related to four federally-threatened plants, monitoring populations in the wild, developing a volunteer (citizen science) monitoring program, and helping the Arboretum establish its rare plant program.

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