Art in the Garden

Back for its seventh year, Art in the Garden is a unique showcase of art and nature, geared to Arboretum visitors of all ages. Find a wide variety of art displayed by talented artists in the "Artist Village" near the Margot Picnic Shelters. The Artist Village is a place where visitors and artists can mix, mingle, stroll, eat and shop!

Friday, August 16, 4-8 p.m. (Exclusive member preview)
Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, August 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


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Family Fun Events

  • Friday live Music: Paul Imholte, 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday live music: Matt Jennings, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday live music: Mary DuShane and Nick Jordan, American Fiddle Music, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sunday Yoga in the Gardens on Scarecrow Hill at 12 p.m. led by Yoga Bella
  • An Arboretum Catering food tent will be on site to serve hungry, thirsty patrons!

About Paul Imholte

Like a harvester gathering vintage grapes, Paul Imholte collects the wonder of acoustical string music and shares that beauty with audiences. Known as the “stringman,” he sings and plays a dozen traditional instruments. He performs at festivals, schools and concerts across the United States. For the last ten years, Paul has been composing and recording instrumental music for the hammered dulcimer and songs about life in the Midwest.

Paul's featured instruments is the hammered dulcimer. The hammered dulcimer is an ancient string instrument from the Middle East. It is played with light mallets or hammers. Along with the hammered dulcimer, Paul plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandola, mountain dulcimer, cello, viola, autoharp, harmonica, jaw harp and spoons.

About Mary & Nick

Mary DuShane was the original fiddler for the Powdermilk Biscuit Band on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion radio show. Since then, she has worked in bands playing country rock, old time, country swing, country blues and Cajun music.
Mary is very happy to be teamed up these last few years with Nick Jordan, a seasoned player who sings well and plays guitar, mandolin, flute, whistle and foot percussion. Together they present a lively array of vintage old time, Cajun and swing songs, with Appalachian and some Irish fiddle tunes.

About Matt Jennings

Matt Jennings is a guitarist-songwriter from Minneapolis. His music is an INTERNATIONAL FUSION of rhythms and styles. You can hear elements in his playing as varied as flamenco, bossa nova, mariachi, surf, jazz, and rock. Studying in Mexico, and living for a time in China, greatly influenced his worldview and approach to music. He has self-released three albums and one EP and toured the continent extensively, sharing the stage with acts such as Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jarabe de Palo, Dengue Fever, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Bombino. He is currently working on an album of instrumentals to be released in 2019.