Virtual Gala 2020

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You’re invited to an evening of celebration and support of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
on Thursday, September 17.


Click Here for the Gala Program Event Stream


To watch the live Gala Program you need to "Register Now" (in ClickBid) and log in. That's it! 
The live program feed will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the pre-show at 6:45 p.m. and our live program at 7:00 p.m.
We can't wait to celebrate the Arboretum with you! 

Funds raised at the gala will be invested into the Arboretum’s 1,200 acres of gardens, plant and tree collections, model landscapes and natural areas. Did you know the Arboretum is leading initiatives to save endangered Minnesota plants, including orchids, from extinction? This year’s “Fund-A-Need” features the Arboretum’s Plant Conservation Program.

Select the ticket option that works best for you. Enjoy an inspiring program with emcee Belinda Jensen, hear from U of M President Joan Gabel, bid on auction items and help save Minnesota orchids, all from the comfort of your own home. 

Ticket options:

Virtual Individual: $0/Free

Virtual Silver House Party Host: $1,000*

Virtual Gold House Party Host: $3,500*

*House Party Hosts who live in the Twin Cities metro area will receive a gift basket if registered by Saturday, September 12

Program Overview

6:45 - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Show 

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Program

Belinda Jensen, Kare 11 emcee
Andy Imholte, Auctioneer Fladeboe Advancement
Pete Moe, Arboretum Director 
President Joan Gabel, University of Minnesota
2020 Fund-a-Need: Plant Conservation Program 

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Post Show 

9:00 p.m. Auction Closes



Our Gala Auction is Open!

Registration is open and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Click on this link to go to the Arboretum Virtual Gala page.
  2. Click on the Register Now button. 
  3. Provide some quick information (name, phone, email, etc.) and you'll receive a welcome text and email with a link to start bidding.

All auction winners will be notified. Auction gift cards will be mailed to the winning bidder. There are two options to pick up physical auction items: Friday, September 18 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Monday, September 21 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  


Auction Overview

Dinner with President Joan T.A. Gabel and Dr. Gary Gabel at Eastcliff! 


Package includes:

  • Three-course dinner for up to six guests
  • Location: Patio of historic Eastcliff, home of the University President since 1960
  • Date: Redeemable June - July, 2021


Hydrangea Earrings + $500 Gift Card donated by Max’s

Max's earrings








These naturally beautiful John Iversen hydrangea earrings are a wonderful addition to any jewelry box. The design features an artful arrangement of three nature cast sterling silver hydrangea blossoms with a 14k yellow gold post. Studs measure approximately 5/8" in diameter, and are crafted in East Hampton, NY. They also would make a lovely birthday, anniversary, or bridesmaid gift! Add to that the gift card to Max's and you've got yourself the perfect package.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Arboretum in ANY season! 

Package includes:

  • Your Arboretum in YOUR favorite season: Fall, winter, spring or summer.
  • Tour for up to eight guests
  • Three-course lunch or dinner
  • Date: Fall 2020 - June 2021

Questions?  Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below, or please email or call 612-625-9437 with additional questions.

Frequently Asked Questions




Presenting Sponsor:

gary koch

Gold Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsors:

bailey nursery

cargill logo

Bronze Sponsor:

Otten Bros logo



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Gift in-kind:

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Gala Committee

Gala Committee

2020 Gala Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Allen and Judy Fulk

2020 Gala Committee:
Holly Adams
Susan Campbell 
Linda Cutler
Cate Fossing
Jaime Gearhart
Jeff Iseminger
Brenda Jean
Isabel Keating
Betsy Massie
Marla Ordway
Alene Sussman
Georgia Thompson
Jenny Verner

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

Event inquiries can be emailed to Kim Erickson Heiar at