Best of the Arb

"YouBetcha" Stick Sculpture

YouBetcha

Internationally-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty starts work on his yet-to-be-named 301st sculpture on May 6. The woven stick structure will be completed by May 24 and on display at the Arboretum for the next 1-2 years.

PlantMaker Studio

kids and plants

Drop in from noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for family-friendly nature activities that change with the season.

Garden Fun Stops

girl with apple

Beginning in June, find fun activities or get your garden questions answered at pop-up fun stops throughout the Arboretum.

Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

bees

Learn about pollinators while exploring interactive exhibits, and see honeybee hives in action. This building has won awards for its environmentally-sustainable design.

Japanese Garden

japanese garden

Sit in the Garden House, listen to the rushing waterfall and count the koi.

Bog Boardwalk

bog walk

Take the boardwalk across Green Heron Pond. Look for herons, dragonflies, orchids and tamaracks.

Maze Garden

maze garden

Get a little lost in the twisty, turning paths of the Maze Garden. A two-story tower provides an overview of the entire maze.

Story Time in the Library

story time

Enjoy seasonal, garden-related or nature-themed stories at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Anderson Horticultural Library.

Three-Mile Walk

walkers

Explore the Arboretum’s new Three-Mile Walk, which provides an excellent overview of the grounds and meanders through a variety of gardens and exhibits, including the Maze Garden, Pine Collection, Crabapple Tree Collection, Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit and Dayton Wildflower Garden. Want to walk more? Hike through the Arboretum’s 16 miles of nature trails.

Classes & Summer Camps

summer camp

Take an intergenerational class with your favorite kid or sign them up for their own class or summer camp.

Arboretum Cafe

girl eating muffin

Grab a snack (kids love our cookies and muffins) or a whole meal, and dine inside in the cafe or outside on the Newton Dining Terrace.

Farm at the Arb

red barn

Planting begins this spring around the Arboretum’s iconic Red Barn. The barn and surrounding farm will feature educational exhibits on Minnesota food from plant to plate. Don’t miss the first Red Barn Farm Field Festival: Celebrating the Grains in our Plains on September 14, 2019.

Green Play Yard

green play yard

A safe space to explore nature for children ages 5 and younger.

Chinese Garden

chinese garden dragon

Visit Bing the Dragon (a 10-foot-tall steel coiled dragon sculpture), and learn a bit more about Chinese culture.

Ride the Bee-Line Shuttle

trees and road

Hop on board one of the two nine-passenger Bee-Line Visitor Shuttles. The free transportation runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Nature Play with Wee Ones

kid playing

Play outside with your children ages 5 and younger with a variety of guided activities in the Green Play Yard.

Pack a Picnic

picnic

Find a picnic table in the Arboretum’s Ordway Picnic Shelter, overlooking the Green Heron Pond, or the Margot Picnic Area near the Andrus Learning Center. Picnic tables are also available near the Maze Garden and Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. Planning a big picnic? Picnic shelters can be reserved.

Myers-Deats Conservatory

succulents

When the weather outside is frightful, there’s still plant life to be found in the Meyer-Deats Conservatory where orchids, succulents and other tropical plants grow year-round.

Andrus Learning Center

kids learning

Explore interactive exhibits and the plants in the “Please Touch” Greenhouse.

Sensory Garden

sensory garden

This garden is designed to engage the senses, so go ahead and touch, smell, listen and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Shade Tree Exhibit

shade tree

Explore fun little playhouses and learn more about the trees that could live in your yard.

Pine Collection

pine cones

See the Minnesota State Tree (Red Pine), and marvel at more than 200 specimens of pine trees. Walk through a tree trunk to learn even more about these trees.