The Auxiliary is a group of Arboretum enthusiasts who volunteer time and talent to support the work of the Arboretum. Auxiliary members may participate in Auxiliary crafting groups to create items for sale at fundraising events. These groups include: Botanicals, Floral Design, Fiber Arts, Paper Crafting, Quilting and Woodworking. Volunteer and educational opportunities exist on many levels for our members.  The Auxiliary presents fundraising events which include: Summer Garden Tours, Arb Glass Pumpkin Patch, Fall Harvest Sale, Quilt Raffle, and Holiday Sale. Call 612-625-9865 to request information.

Auxiliary memberships are available to existing Arboretum volunteers only. Visit for step-by-step instructions on becoming an Arboretum volunteer.

2022 Auxiliary Events

Quilt Raffle Fundraiser
May 8-Sept. 24; Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center
Drawing is 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Snyder Auditorium.

Private Garden Tours
July 17, 18, 19

Arb Glass Pumpkin Patch
Sept. 9, 10, 11, Snyder Building

Fall Harvest Sale
September 23, 24, 25; Snyder Building

Holiday Sale
December 2, 3, 4; Snyder Building
*More details will be available closer to sale date.

Knit & Stitch
10 a.m.-noon alternating Wednesdays and Fridays January-May; Azalea Classroom, Oswald Visitor Center

2022 Auxiliary Quilt Raffle Fundraiser

May 8-Sept. 24 in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center

Buy a chance to win a handmade quilt created by the Arboretum Auxiliary. “In the Garden,” this year’s quilt, features a contemporary design representing popular garden flowers from a book of flower patterns by Ruth McDowell. The 69” x 78” quilt is a kaleidoscope of color, featuring daylilies, tulips, coneflowers, columbine, sweet peas, iris and morning glories. Find it on display in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center and buy a raffle ticket for $2 for a chance to win the quilt. The drawing will be held Sept. 24 in the Snyder Auditorium as a part of the Arboretum Auxiliary’s Annual Harvest Sale. Money raised from the quilt raffle benefits the Arboretum.

Knit & Stitch

Alternate Fridays and Wednesdays January through May, Azalea Classroom in Oswald Visitor Center

From winter to spring, join other Auxiliary members and interested Arboretum visitors for a morning of knitting, crocheting, handwork, or just visiting. We can help you get started with a handiwork project. Knit & Stitch is free and open to the public, with gate admission. Bring your own project and materials and join us.