Membership

Open year-round, the Arboretum offers exciting benefits for the whole family, including free admission for children age 15 and under when accompanied by an adult member. Questions? Call the Membership Office at 612-301-1257 or email member@umn.edu

The MN Landscape Arboretum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to be a growing resource for horticultural information, plant conservation, research and education.  To inspire and delight a growing visitorship with outstanding displays, collections and natural areas. The Gardens are funded through memberships, individual donations, memorial and tribute gifts, grants, corporate support and planned giving. Join in our stewardship by donating today! Tax deductible contributions at any level are sincerely appreciated.

Membership Levels

Membership Levels

Solo

$60.00 - Membership includes admission and benefits for 1 adult.

Duo

$100.00 - Membership includes admission and benefits for 2 adults.

Duo +2

$125.00 - Membership includes benefits for 2 adults, plus admission for 2 adult guests each visit.

Friend

$200.00 - Membership includes benefits for 2 adults and additional admission for 6 adults. ($200-$299)

Supporting

$300.00 - Membership includes benefits for 2 adults and additional admission for 6 adults. ($300-$499)

Sustaining

$500.00 - Membership includes benefits for 2 adults and additional admission for 6 adults. ($500-$999)

Associate

$1,000.00 - Membership includes benefits for 2 adults and additional admission for 6 adults. ($1,000+)

Benefits

Benefits

FREE ADMISSION TO THE ARBORETUM

Solo Membership: free admission for 1 adult

Duo Membership: free admission for 2 adults

Duo+2 Membership: free admission for 4 adults

Friend Membership and above: free admission for 8 adults

Children 15 and under are always free

RECIPROCAL GARDENS ADMISSION IN THE U.S.
Access a free directory of participating gardens on the American Horticultural Society's website or click here.

SUBSCRIPTION TO ARBORETUM MAGAZINE AND eNEWS
Get the latest news about events, programs and exhibits, plus an at-a-glance calendar with free Arboretum Magazine delivered bi-monthly and eNews delivered bi-weekly.

FREE GARDENING AND PLANT ADVICE
Visit the Yard & Garden Desk in the Oswald Visitor Center for expert advice. The desk is staffed by Arboretum Master Gardeners from noon-4 p.m. every weekend.

DISCOUNTS ON ARBORETUM TRAVEL TOURS
Join Director Emeritus Peter Olin for an Arboretum-sponsored trip to gardens in the U.S. and around the world. View upcoming travel tours.

RETAIL DISCOUNTS

10% discount in the Cafe, Gift & Garden Store and the AppleHouse

20% discount in the Gift & Garden Store during Double Discount Days (starts Friday after Thanksgiving and runs 10 days)

Two-for-One coupon for the Trumpet Creeper tram

CLASS DISCOUNTS
Reduced member price for classes PLUS a special $5-off selected class coupon.

MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY
A day of celebrating and pampering especially for the Arb's loyal members. Enjoy free treats, games, live music and prizes, plus an additional member discount in the Gift & Garden Store.

Added Benefits For Donor-Level Memberships
(Friend, Supporting, Sustaining and Associate)

INVITATIONS TO SPECIAL MEMBER EVENTS
Join Arboretum staff for the "by invitation only" Spotlight Series, informal gatherings that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Arboretum and its programs.

EZ PASS LANE ADMISSION
Get through the gate quickly and easily even on high-traffic days, simply by scanning the bar code on the back of your Donor/Duo+2-Level membership card. .

DOG-ADDED MEMBERSHIP
With required paperwork, Dog-Added Memberships are included for all Donor-Level Members. 
Learn more about Dog-Added benefits and download the required paperwork.

LISTING IN THE ANNUAL REPORT
Donor-Level members get an exclusive thank you in the Arboretum's Annual Report.

FREE MARTHA STEWART LIVING OR BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS SUBSCRIPTION

FAQs

FAQs

General

Q. Do you offer a Membership that allows me to bring a friend each visit?

A. Yes, all membership levels above our Solo membership level offer general Arboretum admission for one or more additional guests per day. Please visit the Membership section of our website for further details.

Q. Is my membership valid at other gardens, museums and area attractions?
 
A. The MN Landscape Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society ...As a benefit to our members, there are nearly 300 other gardens across the United States in which you may use your membership. If you are traveling, be sure to check out the list of reciprocal gardens by clicking here.

Q. I am a person with a disability and need a caregiver to assist me with my visit. What do you recommend?

A. If you hold or purchase a Solo membership, your caregiver will be required to pay a reduced admission price of $12 (regular admission is $15). You may want to consider purchasing a Duo or Duo+2 Membership which will allow you to bring your caregiver as your additional guest each visit.

Q. Do you offer a Membership for two individuals?

A. Yes, all membership levels above our Solo membership extend membership benefits to two named cardholders within a household.

Q. Do you offer a membership for families with adult children?

A. Yes. All membership levels above our Solo membership offer general Arboretum admission for one or more additional guests each day. Please visit the Membership section of our website for further details.

Q. Do the primary and secondary cardholders need to live in the same household?

A. Yes. An Arboretum membership is a household membership. The 2 cardholders do need to live in the same household. As a non-profit, the Arboretum is able to grow through the generous support of our members. Card-sharing greatly reduces the ability for the Arboretum to grow. If you are currently sharing and would like to purchase separate memberships, please contact the membership office at 612-301-1257.

Q. Do I have to have a secondary cardholder?

A. For certain membership levels, a secondary cardholder is part of the package if both adults live in the same household. Membership benefits extend only to named cardholders and, where applicable, their children ages 15 and under. If your membership includes a secondary cardholder, we recommend that you name a second member (in your household) but it is not a requirement. However, having a secondary cardholder allows you to take advantage of all the benefits of of being a member of the Arboretum, i.e., Gift Store discounts, etc. People living alone can buy a Duo or higher-level membership and always bring guests.

Q. Do you offer a membership for students?

A. No, we do not offer student memberships. However, current University of Minnesota (all campuses) students with a valid student ID are granted free admission each visit.

Q. Do you offer any other types of discounted membership?

A. Yes, discounted memberships are offered to affiliate groups associated with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Discounts are also given to employees of current corporate partners. Please visit the Membership page on the Arboretum website to see a full list of eligible discount partners.

Q. Do you have two-year memberships?

A. In an effort to continue to provide satisfying  experiences for our members, we limit our memberships to one year. By limiting the length of membership, we are able to more easily evolve and enhance the membership program and benefits to better serve member needs. Members are still able to take advantage of all of the benefits that they currently enjoy. Renewal notices will continue to be sent with incentives to encourage members to renew early.

Q. Do you have a lifetime membership level?

A. We do not offer a lifetime membership and have no plans to offer this in the near future.

Q. Is my membership refundable?

A. Membership funds are considered a tax-dedctible donation to the Arboretum. Memberships are non-refundable.  

Q. Is my membership transferable? 

A. Memberships are not transferable. 

Q. I purchased a membership. Does my employer match my membership donation?

A. You may make a larger impact through your giving if your company has a matching gift program. Many companies offer programs that match charitable contributions from their employees at rates as high as 2 to 1 or higher. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please check with your employer’s human resource department for a form to submit. 

Renewing

Renewing FAQs

Q. If I renew my membership before it expires, how will this affect my expiration date?

A. You will not lose any time if you renew early! Your membership is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. If you renew your membership early, that membership will not start until your current one expires. If you upgrade your Membership in the middle of a cycle, the new membership will not start until your current one expires.

Q. I recently joined and still have not received my membership card. I'd like to visit soon.

A. Membership processing takes about 2 weeks. During busier seasons, processing can take longer. If you would like to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum prior to receiving your Membership cards in the mail, please let the Gate House know that you have recently Joined/Renewed and you need to pick up a temporary membership card. They will then direct you to the Membership or Information Desk to pick up your temporary card. If you purchased online and you do not have your temporary card or email confirmation of your purchase, stop by the Membership or Information Desk and we will provide you with a temporary card.

Q. I have not received any mailings since I became a Member.

A. Please call us at 612-301-1257 or email us at member@umn.edu to let us know so we can look into the problem and be sure to mail or email all pertinent information to you. You should be receiving the Arboretum Magazine bi-monthly and the Arboretum eNews bi-weekly.

Q. How do I update my contact information?

A. You can update your contact information by calling 612-301-1257 or email member@umn.edu. If you have an online profile visit www.arboretum.umn.edu and login update your information.

Q. How can I get a replacement Membership card?
 
A. Yes, if your card has been lost, we can replaceit  for a processing fee of $5. Please call our office at 612-301-1257 or stop by the Membership or Information Desk to request replacement materials. 

 

Q. Can I still get in if I forgot my member card?

A. Yes, the Gate House attendant will take your license and check to make sure your membership is active in the system.  

Q. I misplaced/threw away my complimentary one-time use VIP admission passes. Can they be reissued?

A. Unfortunately, complimentary guest tickets cannot be reissued, as they have a $30 retail value ($15 each).

Q. How do I change my Membership to take advantage of more benefits?

A. We would be delighted to upgrade your Membership at any point during the year. Please call 612-301-1257 and ask for details.

Q. Why did I just receive another renewal notice, when I already renewed my Membership?

A. If you have already renewed your Membership and sent in payment, please disregard the renewal notice. The renewal notice and payment probably crossed paths in the mail.

Q. How do I set up recurring gifts?

A. Recurring payments can only be set up online. You must first create an account. For step-by-step recurring payment instructions click here.

Q. Can my membership be auto renewed?

A. To schedule a recurring/auto renewed membership  at the time of Joining or Renewing your membership online a check box can be found at the billing information check out page. Currently, you are unable to change your account to auto renewal until time of renewal without being charged. 

If you check Auto Renewal it will securely save your credit card information for the following year and charge the account a few weeks before expiration of your membership.