Arboretum Director

Pete MoePeter C. Moe has been named Director of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, effective September 16, 2016,.

The director announcement was made by Brian Buhr, dean of the U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), which oversees the Arboretum.

Moe has been director of operations and research at the Arboretum since 1991. He is a graduate of CFANS and, along with his role at the Arboretum, he has been an instructor in the Department of Horticultural Science.

"Moe's expertise is in working in rare plant conservation and the evaluation and selection of plants for the northern United States," says Buhr, who credits Moe as being "the common denominator as Arboretum collections have grown dramatically in size and quality."

"Along with collections growth, Pete has been at the core of land acquisitions at the Arboretum, adding forest, wetlands and farmland to showcase conservation and research for visitors. Nobody knows the delicate and vibrant balance of the arboretum better than Pete, and we're delighted that he will bring this experience and vision in his new position," says Buhr.

Director of Operations

AlanAlan Branhagen is Director of Operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where he supervises capital improvements, horticulture and natural resources, plant curation, facilities, and information technology.

For over 20 years, he was Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanical Garden, and prior to that he served as Deputy Director of Resource Development for the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District in Rockford, Illinois. 

Alan received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University with emphasis on planning, plants and design with nature. He is the author of Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden and The Gardener’s Butterfly Book. Beyond public garden management, Alan is an all-around plantsman and naturalist, specializing in botany, birds and butterflies. He is currently creating and restoring a three-acre prairie and woodland garden around his home overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in Chaska.

Board of Trustees Officers

Board of Trustees Officers

President John M. Bryant
Vice President Jenny L. Verner
Treasurer Linda Cutler
Secretary Alison Humphrey



Jennifer Allen

Gordon J. Bailey, Jr.*

Patrick Bassett

Armand Brachman

Brian Buhr*

Rhonda Fleming Hayes

Emily Hoover, Ex Officio*

Isabel Keating

Karen Koenig

Wendy Lee

Bridget Levin

Donald MacMillan

Heather Mainella

Betsy Massie

Ron Olson*

Marla Ordway

Kathy Persian

Bernadette Piacek-Llanes

Donald Ryks

Diane Shelgren

Glenn Stolar

Linda Tank

Georgia Thompson

William H. Upjohn

Catlan McCurdy

David Phelps

Alene Sussman


* Appointed by U of M Board of Regents