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, Quilt Raffle, and Holiday Sale.
Auxiliary memberships are available to existing Arboretum volunteers only. Visit arbvol.umn.edu for step-by-step instructions on becoming an Arboretum volunteer.
Private Garden Tours 2021
The Auxiliary Private Garden Tours feature beautiful gardens, each with its own history and distinct beauty. Guests travel in air-conditioned motor coaches and tours are followed by a brunch, luncheon or hors d'oeuvres, depending on the day and time of the tour. To ensure our guests have a memorable experience, volunteers help as bus escorts and garden hosts. All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum.
Click on the times below to register for that tour.
Sunday, July 18 | 3:00 p.m.
Wine & Hors d’oeuvres on Morgan Terrace
Sunday brunch sunset tours: $74.00.
Weekday tours: $64.00
Prices include a $5.00 surcharge to cover Covid restrictions.
Each year, the Auxiliary creates a show-stopping, handmade quilt for the popular Quilt Raffle Fundraiser. The 2021 quilt, "Sights and Sounds of the Arboretum", will be on display in the Red Barn on May 8 and 9 during the Auxiliary Plant Sale. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the sale.
Starting May 10, ticket sales will continue in the Oswald Visitor Center. The raffle drawing will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Snyder Auditorium on the Saturday of the Fall Harvest Sale in September. For more details, call 612-625-9865.
Fall Harvest Sale
Join members in creating seasonal floral arrangements, greeting cards, botanical products, knitted wearable accessories, gifts for the home and both functional and whimsical wood-crafted items. Volunteers help set-up, assist shoppers with their purchases and assist with take down at the end of sale. All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum.
September 24 - 25 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
September 26 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Auxiliary Quilt Raffle drawing also takes place at 2:00 p.m.
Be creative in using natural and faux materials to create wreaths and arrangements, craft
items, knit and felted wearable art, ornaments, gift cards, scented potpourri and soaps, wood-crafted game boards. All for the home and gift giving. Volunteers help set up, assist shoppers with their purchases and assist with take down at the end of sale. All proceeds go to support the work of the Arboretum.
December 3-4 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
December 5 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Auxiliary Plant Sale
Thank you for supporting the work of the Arboretum at the 2021 plant sale. We look forward to seeing you again in 2022.