Season of Trees Activities

Season of Trees Finale with Our Noble Trees Mara Pelecis
October 24 - 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Join us for the finale of the Arboretum’s Season of Trees with special guest Mara Pelecis and an exhibition of her ongoing project, Our Noble Trees. See the tree stories that she has collected locally and from abroad. All guests will have the opportunity to contribute to Mara’s project: bring a story and photo of your favorite tree or simply come ready to share your story. This is an open house event, but be sure to register for a 12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. time if you would like to be present for a short presentation by Mara Pelecis at 1 p.m. The Arb the Tree Gnome Scavenger Hunt winners will be announced following Mara's presentation.

UPDATE!  At the conclusion of the Season of Trees Finale, come join us in MacMillan Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. for the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra performance of Into the Forest.  The performance is free as part of your Arboretum admission! 
Click here to register for any (or all) of the day's events! 

Tree Trek 

Take a self-guided tour of some of our favorite trees on the grounds. Check our digital map for the tree trek, download a brochure or pick one up in the visitors center. 

Find Arb the Tree Gnome 

Arb the Tree Gnome is a fun-loving creature who likes to explore. As his name implies, he especially loves to learn about trees. You can find him touring our tree collections and hanging around interesting trees throughout the Season of Trees. When you find him, answer the fill-in-the-blank trivia question. Collect the letters found on each gnome and unscramble them to find the answer.  Collect all 24 answers for a chance to win Arb the Tree Gnome or one of his friends at the end of the Season of Trees. Click here to play.

Celebrating Trees: 4th Annual Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) Exhibition

Opens July 10 through October 31, 2021. The FFI is the Andersen Horticultural Library's "hundred-year project" to document all the species of plants and animals living at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum through scientifically accurate fine art. In honor of the Arboretum's Season of Trees, this exhibition includes original artworks from the FFI collection celebrating individual trees that live at the Arboretum! Use the GPS coordinates or scan the QR code beneath each artwork to locate the living tree on the Arboretum grounds and compare it to the artist's rendition. We are always seeking submissions to the FFI collection; click here for more information.

Flora and Fauna Illustrata Coloring Pages

Want to get a jump on Arbor Day activities? We’ve turned images from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) collection into coloring pages. Help us celebrate this wonderful collection by adding your own artistic touch. When you’re done coloring, email a photo of your creation to, and we might post it on our Nature Notes blog, Instagram or Facebook.

Click here to download the Flora and Fauna Illustrata coloring book.

Self-Guided Digital Map Tours

Take a self-guided tour of interesting trees on our digital map.

Create a Pollinatory-Friendly Yard

There are many trees, shrubs and vines that are also favorites of bees, butterflies and other pollinators. You can add seasonal interest to your landscape while providing food and habitat for beneficial insects and birds. Use this guide from Univeristy of Minnesota Extension to find the right tree or shrub for your yard.

Turning Over a New Leaf Exhibit

The Andersen Horticultural Library’s latest exhibit, “Turning Over a New Leaf,” is centered on an especially rare book from 1755: Traité des Arbres et Arbustres or Treatise on Trees and Shrubs. A new page of this book and others will be displayed in the library each week through October 31. 

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