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Faced with a substantial need to research plants suitable for growing and surviving in a rugged northern climate, in 1956 the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis approached the Minnesota State Horticultural Society with an idea for an arboretum. An option was taken on 160 acres of land near the University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm west of the Twin Cities, and with the help of a gift from the Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, the land was purchased in 1958 and given to the University of Minnesota for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 


1908: The Horticultural Research Center was established.

1958: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was established.

1968: Arboretum Auxiliary officially organized. The Auxiliary plans events and fundraisers in support of the Arboretum.

1974: The Leon C. Snyder Education and Research Building, named for the Arboretum’s first director, opened its doors. The building was designed by noted Minnesota architect Edwin Lundie. 

1983: The Andrus Learning Center opened.

2005: The Oswald Visitor Center opened.

2016: The Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discover Center opened.

2019: Farm at the Arb opened. The Arboretum’s iconic Red Barn was renovated and opened to the public for the first time. 


ArbNet Accredited Arboretum - Level IV

Botanic Gardens Conservation International Accredited Garden

Our Mission

At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum we seek to: Welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education.

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Disclosure Statement

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Financial and other information about the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation's purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting the Finance Manager at 3675 Arboretum Blvd., Chaska, MN 55318 or 612-301- 7587, or for residents of the following states, as stated below. Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Maryland: For the cost of postage and copying, from the Secretary of State.  Michigan: MICS No. 50198.  New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING 973-504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. New York: Upon request, from the Attorney General Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. Washington: From the Secretary of State at 1-800- 332-4483. The registration required by the state charitable solicitation act is on file with the Secretary of State's office. West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Wisconsin: A financial statement of the charitable organization disclosing assets, liabilities, fund balances, revenue, and expenses for the preceding fiscal year will be provided to any person upon request. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW. REGISTRATION IN A STATE DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM FOUNDATION BY THE STATE.

Our Values


We are dedicated to conservation, the protection of plants, and deeper public understanding of the value, beauty and critical nature of plants in their lives.


We are a meaningful and core part of the community, reaching out to the natural world around us, accessible and welcoming to all.

Fiscal Responsibility

We are committed to sound financial practices and governance that supports our shared mission and vision while further assuring that the Arboretum continues to welcome, inform and inspire for generations to come.


We are dedicated to excellence through innovation, inspiration, creativity, research and professional development.


We are one Arboretum team, supportive, respectful of each other, aligned under our common vision as the premier northern landscape arboretum, welcoming all to enjoy, learn from and connect with nature.

Our Leadership

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the product of hard work coming from each and every one of our employees and the leadership that guides our progress! 

Learn more about the minds behind the magic of the Arboretum!

Our Funding

The Arboretum's annual operating budget is funded primarily by individual members, donors, and private foundations in the form of gifts and grants. 

Learn more about the Arboretum's operating and financial strategy.