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Arboretum Overview

Founded in 1958, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum welcomes, informs and inspires all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education. We’re a member-driven non-profit organization featuring more than 1,200 acres of gardens, plant collections and trails. USA Today readers named us the 2019 Best Botanical Garden.

Ten things to know about the Arb:

  1. We’re proud to be a 501-3(c) non-profit that is part of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

  2. We want you to join us in our mission by becoming a member of the Arb. Memberships start at $60, and include free entrance to the Arb, as well as other perks.

  3. Our Horticultural Research Center, established in 1908, focuses on cold-hardy plant research, as well as plant conservation efforts. 
  4. Every year more than 55,000 children participate in Arboretum education programs, including field trips, Plantmobile classes and summer camps. Adult classes and lectures attract nearly 4,000 participants annually.
  5. Honeycrisp, SweetTango, First Kiss and Zestar! apples were all developed at the Arboretum, along with more than 98 cold-hardy fruit introductions.
  6. Cold-hardy grape research at the Arboretum has inspired Minnesota’s burgeoning wine industry with the introduction of new grape breeds, including Marquette, Frontenac, La Crescent and Itasca.
  7. Our Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center educates visitors about the key role that pollinators play in our ecosystem, and its building has won several awards for its sustainable design.
  8. We’re working to create a seed bank for plants native to Minnesota—including native orchids, carnivorous plants and more—though our Plant Conservation Program.
  9. Our Nature-Based Therapeutics program focuses on the healing power of nature through interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes.
  10. Our new Farm at the Arb connects people with food production, through interpretive exhibits highlighting Minnesota crops, Minnesota-grown fruit, vegetable gardening for urban agriculture and more.

Mission

To welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education. 

Arboretum Vision

The premier northern landscape arboretum, welcoming all to enjoy, learn from and connect with nature. 

Core Values

Stewardship
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.

Community
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.

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

Teamwork
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.

Contact

To obtain images, arrange press visits, interviews, or for more information, please contact:

Susie Eaton Hopper
Phone: 515-528-3060
E-mail: sehopper@umn.edu