2019 Gala

Thank you to all those who attended Gala 2019!

Save the date for next year: June 18, 2020.

An evening of entertainment, auction, and food in celebration and support of the Arboretum.

Featuring guest emcee: Belinda Jensen, KARE-11 TV. Hosted by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation. 


Presenting Sponsor

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Other Sponsors

gala sponsors

Event Timeline

Event Timeline

5:30 p.m.Reception in the Perennial Gardens with cocktails, unique appetizers, live music and Silent Auction bidding.
7:00 p.m.Gala Dinner and program al fresco in the Sensory Garden. Silent Auction bidding closes at 7:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.Dessert and Live Auction featuring exclusive Arboretum and trip experiences.
8:45 p.m.Closing remarks, grateful thanks and checkout opens for auction purchases in Oswald Visitor Center.
9:15 p.m.After Party- Linger a bit in the Nelson Rose Garden after the gala dinner to enjoy the music of Connie Evingson, sip a specialty coffee provided by Peace Coffee and nosh on sweet treats from Pastry Chef Katie Elsing.

Event Ticket Options

Event Ticket Options

Gold Patron Table at $6,000
Table for 10

Invitation to the Patron Party on May 9, Recognition in gala program, Arboretum magazine and on website as Gold Patron Table Sponsor, After party inclusion for table host and all table guests..
Tax deductible amount is $4,250.

Silver Patron Table at $3,000 
Table for 10

Invitation to the Patron Party on May 9, Recognition in gala program, Arboretum magazine and on website as Silver Patron Table Sponsor, After party inclusion for table host and all table guests.
Tax deductible amount is $1,250.

Patron Individual at $500
One reservation.

Invitation to the Patron Party on May 9, Recognition in gala program, Arboretum magazine and on website as Patron Guest, After party inclusion for all Patron guests
Tax deductible amount is $325

Guest Individual at $250 
One reservation to the Gala. After party tickets available for $25 per guest.  $100 tax-deductible.

Live Auction Items

Live Auction Items

Behind the Scenes Dinner and Tour with Peter Moe

(Group size - up to 8)

Newly renovated Red Barn tour

New Greenhouse Tour

Winner selects the third location: Lake Tamarack property tour, David Remucal’s orchid growing operation, Drew Horton enology lab

Three course dinner and wine pairings by Arboretum Catering and seasonal samplings and sips along the tour.


Hawaiian 3 Bedroom Ocean view Timeshare for October 12-19, 2019

Stay at the beautiful Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club on the Island of Oahu.

Condo can sleep up to 10

Round Trip airfare for 2 adults

Start your vacation with a tour of the Island by Escape Waikiki Tours.  This tour will set you up with ideas of restaurants and experiences that you won't want to miss for the remainder of your stay.


Healdsburg/Sonoma Wine Experience

Group up to 4 adults

Meet the winemaker, Andrew Berge, at Spell Estate in Santa Rosa, California and take home 2 bottles of their highly rated wines.

Experience the work of Jesse Katz, one of wine's fastest rising stars and the maker of one of the most expensive wines in the world, at a private tasting for up to 4 at Aperture Healdsburg Gallery.  

Taste the honest and expressive wines at Arnot-Roberts with a tasting for up to four.

Dine at Valette Healdsburg with a $250 gift certificate, where dinners are created from the bounty of local farmers, winemakers and artisans.


D’Amico Progressive Dinner for Ten

Sit back and enjoy an evening out with friends with Limousine service provided by ReliaCar Transportation.

Start the evening at D'Amico's newest restaurant, The Brooklyn Restaurant and Bar for appetizers and drinks.  

Next stop is a rustic contemporary Italian dinner at the newly renovated Campiello in Eden Prairie.

Finish the evening with desserts and a nightcap at Cafe Lurcat.


Gopher Experience

Four club access tickets for Saturday, September 14- Gophers vs Georgia Southern

Pregame on field access to watch your favorite players

Tunnel experience - Get prepped for the game with Goldy, the players and coaches as they head out on the field.

Gopher swag including 1 year Alumni Association membership, Gopher themed Woodchuck keychain and bottle opener.

Silent Auction Items

Silent Auction Items

Bidding is now closed.

*Bidding is only open to Gala Registrants. 

Great Gatherings -These items are open to all bidders but space is limited per tour limit of each item.  Sign up now to secure your space. Click above to bid on all silent auction items including these Great Gatherings.

1) Beth Dooley, Drew Horton, Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, and Arboretum Catering - appetizers and wine/beer pairings at the Red Barn farm.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 21 4-5:30pm

Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Red Barn

Cost: $100 per person

Tour limit: 16

Enjoy an evening of appetizers and wine pairings in the newest building on the Arboretum grounds, the Red Barn.  Appetizers from award winning food writer and cookbook author, Beth Dooley prepared by Arboretum Catering. Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery will provide wine samples paired to perfectly to the appetizers. Drew Horton, Arboretum enology specialist will provide a brief but fascinating presentation on the U of MN’s grape breeding & Enology project.  


2) Tour of Martha Head’s Lake Minnetonka Garden

Date/Time: Saturday, July 13; 10:00-11:30 am

Location: 2090 Shoreline Drive, Wayzata, MN

Cost: $50 per person

Tour limit: 10

Enjoy a private tour of the gardens, homes, boathouse and gazebo of Willow Point. Located in Crystal Bay, this property is best known for its distinctive peninsula and boathouse which thousands of boaters pass each year as they head under the Arcola Bridge. Willow Point has been in continual ownership since 1908 and has never been open to the public. Recently featured in Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka by Karen Melvin and Melinda Nelson.

Tours of the gardens will be led by gardener Kim Knutsen, Director of Horticultural Services at Phillips Garden. Ms. Knutsen has a degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Horticulture, Agro-ecology, and Natural History. She has been working in all manner of landscapes: urban and rural, public and private for 35 years.


3) Wine and appetizers with Artist Bill Mack

Date/Time: Friday, September 27, 2019; 5-7 p.m.

Location: 5222 West 78th St. Minneapolis. Previously known as “The Camelot Restaurant”  

Cost: $50 per person

Tour limit: 20

Meet Bill Mack....Best known locally as the artist who created larger than life statues of legendary Twins baseball players...Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Kent Hrbek at Target Field.  See the working studio and collection of Bill’s work plus his private collection including the “Gates” of Marilyn Monroe. Learn about the original Hollywood sign and how Bill has used the sign to paint famous Hollywood figures.  In addition, you will see “Griffin Gallery”, which is operated by Bill’s wife Deb.

Wine and Lite Bites are part of this grand tour.

Deb is offering special pricing should someone want to purchase any of the art.  In addition, they will return a percentage of the proceeds to the Arboretum.

4) Bachman’s Greenhouse & Farm Tour

Date/time:  Friday, September 13; 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Location - Bachman’s Cedar Acres Wholesale Nursery & Hardscape Center 23004 Cedar Ave. South, Lakeville, MN

Cost: $50 per person

Tour limit: 10

Take a tour of Bachman's greenhouse and production nursery in Lakeville, Minnesota.  Tour will be led by Bachman President, Susie Bachman West, Director of Bachman’s Wholesale, Doug Danielsen, and General Manager Greenhouse and Nursery Production, Eric Nordlie. Enjoy dessert afterwards amongst the flowers.


5) Spring Flora and Fauna tour with Alan Branhagen

Date/time –Saturday, May 16, 2020; 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tour limit: 16

Description: Celebrate spring with the special bird and spring bloom tour of the Arboretum grounds with Director of Operation, Alan Branhagen. Alan will astound these lucky few with views of the Arboretum’s blooms and bird sightings that most visitors miss when visiting the grounds.  


6) Bailey Nursery Tour

Date/time - TBD

Location Nord Farm 1325

Cost: $50 per person

Tour limit: 8

Spend the afternoon with the Baileys as they give a behind the scenes tour of Bailey’s Nord Farm Propagation facility and demonstration garden and contain grown plant production.  Tour will be followed by dessert and coffee.


7) Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery Behind the Scenes Tour

Date/time -TBD

Location: Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery - 1179 E. Pearl Street, Kasota, Minnesota

Tour limit: 12

Behind the scenes tour of Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery.  More details to come.



Inspire children to appreciate nature by helping the Arboretum replace our current Plantmobiles, which are over 10 years old. The Arboretum Education Department uses the plant mobilePlantmobiles to provide plant-based learning experiences to more than 11,000 children each year. During the school year, Plantmobiles bring a piece of the Arboretum to schools within a 90-minute radius. In the summer, Plantmobiles serve as passenger vans for students in Growing Good and Summer Camp Programs, which prepare inner city tweens and teens for college and future careers in agriculture. Support the new Plantmobiles and grow Arboretum plant-based education in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation appreciates your support. Email to ArbGala@umn.edu for more information.

For sponsorship opportunities contact cfossing@umn.edu and event inquiries, comp0002@umn.edu.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation is a 501 (c)3 tax deductible organization.

Gala Co-Chairs

Jennifer Allen
Georgia Thompson



Linda Cutler
Judy Fulk 
Isabel Keating
M.E. Kirwan
Marla Ordway
Jenny Verner
Susan Bachman West