Auxiliary

The Auxiliary is a group of Arboretum enthusiasts who volunteer time and talent to support the work of the Arboretum.  Volunteer and educational opportunities exist on many levels for our members.  The Auxiliary presents fundraising events which include:  Spring Plant Sale, Summer Garden Tours, Fall Harvest Sale and Quilt Raffle, and Holiday Sale.

Click here to learn more about Auxiliary Volunteer Opportunities. 

Holiday Sale

Holiday Sale

Kick off the holiday season with gorgeous gifts handmade by Auxiliary volunteers. Knit wear apparel, felted ornaments, potpourri, gifts for a favorite pet, holiday arrangements and wreaths. And for the first time wood crafted pieces.


All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum.

Fall Harvest Sale

Fall Harvest Sale

Don't miss this popular sale of one-of-a-kind nature-related gift items. Auxiliary members create beautiful arrangements, swags and wreaths as well as greeting cards, botanicals, fiber arts and other scented items from natural materials found in our Minnesota landscape. Auxiliary crafters also have branched out into textile arts, creating one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wool hats, mittens and scarbes and other accessories for this special sale. Visa/Mastercard/Discover/AmEx accepted.

Auxiliary Quilt Raffle drawing also takes place at 2 p.m.

All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum.

Spring Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale

With more than 1,000 varieties, there will be a stellar selection of sun and shade plants, curated grasses, heirloom vegetables, plentiful herbs, native Minnesota plant species and University of Minnesota introductions. Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist shoppers who have questions. Catalogs will be available for $1 at the gatehouse and at Oswald Visitor Center prior to the sale.

Summer Garden Tours

Summer Garden Tours

Guests travel on board luxury air-conditioned motor coaches, viewing four lovely gardens each with its own history on distinct beauty. Followed by Sunday brunch or weekday lunch buffet, which will be served on the Morgan Terrace outside the Snyder Building.

Knit & Stitch

Knit & Stitch

Spend a winter morning chatting, knitting, crocheting or hand-sewing with designers and crafters of the Arboretum's Auxiliary. Bring your relatives, friends, neighbors - all levels of experience from beginners to advance are welcome. Auxiliary members can help you get started with a handiwork project such as embroidery, answer a knitting question, share patterns, etc. Bring your project and materials to the Oswald Azalea Classroom (down the hall from the balcony) from 10 a.m. to noon, and meet the crafters who bring you the Quilt Raffle, as well as the Spring, Harvest and Holiday sales. For further information, call: (612) 625-9865.

Quilt Raffle

Quilt Raffle

Each year, the Auxiliary creates a show-stopping, handmade quilt for the popular Quilt Raffle Fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased in the Visitor Center for $2.00 each. The raffle drawing will be held at 2 p.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center on the Saturday of the Fall Harvest Sale in September.

This year’s quilt sewn by 8 accomplished Auxiliary volunteers will be on display in the Great Hall of the Oswald Building beginning Mother’s Day weekend. The quilt raffle begins May 12 with the drawing taking place on September 21 at 2:00 p.m. All money from the sale of raffle tickets supports the Arboretum.

The queen size quilt, “Arboretum Gardens”, will capture the essence of what a guest might encounter as they stroll through the gardens in the summer.  There will be many shades of green and blue plus over 45 colors that will represent flowers in full bloom.


For more details or call 612-625-9865.

All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum.

 

Upcoming Events

Knit & Stitch - 2020
Jan. - April Dates TBD

Spring Plant Sale - 2020
Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Quilt Raffle Fundraiser - 2020
May 10-Sept. 26

Summer Garden Tours - 2019
Sunday, July 19, Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21

Fall Harvest Sale - 2019
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Holiday Sale - 2019
Friday, Dec 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.