Explore Arboretum gardens, nature and music… and eat Minnesota-hardy!
Named “One of the Top 10 Places to Smell the Flowers” by USA Today, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers a unique connection to nature and the outdoors.
Open year-round, changing gardens and landscapes, nature-inspired exhibits, events and programs, plus open-air tram and free visitor circulators make the Arboretum a popular metro area attraction.
For garden lovers: 1,200+ acres include 32 display and specialty gardens, 48 plant collections, 5,000+ plant species and varieties
For nature explorers: more than 12 miles of hiking trails and paved walkways (plus 16 miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails) beckon
For outdoor enthusiasts: music to yoga to art crawls and 5k races make it fun
More to explore indoors: exhibits, horticultural library, gift store, restaurant, art galleries, nature-inspired classes for all ages, weekly storytimes, master gardener and family programs
The Arboretum was founded in 1958 by the community, lead by the Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minneapolis Men’s Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters as a gift to the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum’s roots reach back to 1908, when the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center began developing cold-hardy apple varieties. Currently, 150 fruit and ornamental plant introductions include the popular 'Honeycrisp' and SweeTango apples.
This will be an evening to connect with:
Garden tours and conversation with Arboretum horticultural staff and volunteers
Excerpts from Nature, the outdoor walking play featuring Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. By TigerLion Arts Theater
Sounds from local performers…and the acclaimed Minnesota music scene, where “Musicians have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community” (City Pages)
Appetite for fresh and local, classic and comfort? Enjoy a Minnesota Garden Dinner, tasty and sweet accompaniments, local wines and brews…served al fresco!