Come See Why it's the Most Popular Time of Year at the Arboretum!

Fall Annual GardenDiscover nature at its most colorful, fall gardens, creative displays indoors and out, plus family fun .. From the Harvest Festival, to a parade of whimsical Scarecrows; from World of Pumpkins in Great Hall to and outdoor terraces to Ghouls and Giggles to Spooktacular Symphony; from the AppleHouse to the Harvest Hustle 5K.

Fall Colors .. continuing throughout the season.  Maples reign supreme in reds to oranges; look for bursts of yellow in the aspens and birch; oaks provide muted maroons and purples.

Explore the Outdoors .. Walk the trails, enjoy the serenity of the Bog Walk or drive along Three-Mile Drive.

Watch for weekly updates of Seasonal Alerts on the home page of our web site and on our new What's in Bloom page found here. It's time to visit the Arboretum and celebrate everything fall!

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Foraging for Sustenance: Opens Sept. 8, daily throughout the fall season, Andersen Horticultural Library. Artist Karen Gustafson pairs embroidered botanical drawings with related ancient herbals and domestic recipe books to commemorate provide a contemporary perspective on De Materia Medica, an ancient pharmacological text by Dioscorides. Free with gate admission

Reedy Gallery

  • Sept. 8 through Nov. 5: "Nature's Finest: The Artistry of the Hautman Brother"
    In a rare exhibition of their legendary wildlife artistry, all three Hautman brothers, James, Joseph and Robert, come together to present a wonderful collection of their unique talents. This showcase of their collective work features new, favorites, and not-widely-seen paintings, including some landscapes and of course, award-winning duck stamp designs. Often times inspired by the Arboretum setting and wonders of Mother Nature, this trio of talented artists discovered their callings to painting at different stages of life and backgrounds, including a PhD in physics. As kids, they grew up with an artist mother and outdoor-adventurer father (who painted a treasured painting for the family). Plus, the award-winning 2016 Duck Stamp acrylic painting by James Hautman will amaze in detail and artistry. More Information

Cafe Gallery

  • Oct. 6 through Nov. 26: "Moran and Pavett: Finding Peace in Nature"
    Nature is filled with strength, resilience, beauty and mystery. Through these works, many on large canvases, the viewer becomes immersed in the nourishing aspects of nature. Taylor Moran a recent fine arts graduate is paired with Ken Pavett who has been practicing his art for decades as they both rely on the awe inspiring expression of nature to fuel their creativity..

Plant-Maker Studio: Fun activities for visitors of all ages! Saturdays & Sundays, noon-4 p.m., Learning Center, free with gate admission. More Information.

Let's Talk Plants Q&A: Find knowledgeable Master Gardeners who are eager to answer your plant questions and point you towards plants that are at their peak seasonal bloom. Located at the Master Gardener desk in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center. Free with gate admission. More Information.

Garden Fun Stops--The Healing Power of Trees: Every Tuesday and Saturday through September, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Morgan Terrace (behind Snyder Building). Use Nature Based Therapeutics-inspired tips on maximizing the rejuvenating power of trees to help you feel your best. Free with gate admission. More Information.

Guided Walking Tours: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Oct. 8, Oswald Visitor Center. Visit different gardens at their glorious peak bloom to pick up gardening ideas and help you reconnect with nature's serene beauty. Free with gate admission. More Information.

Nature Play for Wee Ones: Saturdays through September, 9:30-11 a.m., Green Play Yard. Swish, scoop, pour and explore the wet wonders of water. Ages 5 and under. Free with gate admission. More Information.

Walks with Matt and Alan: Spend a few hours with a leading Arboretum expert to uncover the mystery and beauty of the ways that plants, animals, and insects at the Arboretum adjust and prepare for the oncoming cold. At each stop along the way you will discover new ecological insights about Minnesota's autumnal season. More Information.

Weekend Brunch: Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-noon and Sundays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Arboretum Cafe, $8.49 per person. Start out your day at the arb with a delicious hot breakfast. More Information.

StoryTime in the Library: Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., featuring nature-inspired stories for toddlers and preschoolers at the Andersen Horticultural Library in the Snyder Building. Free with gate admission.

AppleHouse: Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through early Nov. and offering over 50 varieties of apples, including Minnesota favorites SweeTango®, Zestar® and Honeycrisp. An assortment of food items such as meats and cheeses, as well as holiday gifts and decorations, are also available for purchase. 

Scarecrows in the Garden and Scarecrow Village: Daily Sept. 22 through Oct. 31. Featuring scarecrows created by Arboretum staff as well as the design experts at Bachman's along on Dahlberg Terrace outside the Visitor Center, and throughout the gardens that are located near the main buildings. Back for 2017, Make-a-Scarecrow event will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 in conjunction with the Fall Harvest Festival. Bring old clothes and accessories to create your masterpiece! The Arboretum will provide hay for stuffing, a body base and scarecrow head to participants for a $10 fee. Participants may choose to take their creations home, or leave them to be included as part of the Village and visitor voting for favorite Arboretum scarecrow!

World of Pumpkins: Daily Sept. 22-Oct. 31. Displays of popular pumpkins and squash (with heirloom and unusual pumpkins added in early Oct.) - both edible and ornamental categories - will be featured in Great Hall and outdoor terraces at the Visitor Center and Snyder Bldg.  Be sure to snap some selfies!

ONE-TIME EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Saturday, Sept. 9-Sunday, Sept. 10
Sogetsu Ikebana Show
, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium. Be inspired by the individuality and imaginative arrangements that practitioners display through this disciplined art form steeped in a centruies-old philosophy of developing a closeness with nature. More Information

Sunday, Sept. 10
Yoga in the Gardens,
noon, Sensory Garden. More Information

Friday, Sept. 15
Pollinator Summit 2017
, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $70/$80, MacMillan Auditorium. More Information & Register 

Saturday, Sept. 23
Auxiliary Quilt Raffle Drawing, 2 p.m., Visitor Center Great Hall. More Information

Saturday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 24
Auxiliary Fall Harvest Sale
, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Snyder Auditorium.  More Information

Minnesota Herb Society Autumn Sale, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Visitor Center Balcony. Featuring herb-infused vinegar, gifts, kitchen and personal-care items with an herbal theme. All handmade by members.

Apple Tastings, 1-3 p.m., near the indoor entrance to the Gift & Garden Store. Taste new varieties developed by the Horticultural Research Center and rate your favorites for flavor, appearance and texture.

Thursday, Sept. 28
Yoga in the Gardens,
6 p.m., Sensory Garden. More Information

Make a ScarecrowSaturday, Sept. 30
Fall Harvest Festival,
noon-4 p.m. The Fall Harvest Festival will be lively with activities for the whole family in and around the Margot Picnic Shelters: Arts 'n crafts, lawn games, face painting (extra fee), a corn roast community Make-a-Scarecrow Activity (see description above under Scarecrow Village) and fall-inspired food and beverage concessions featuring craft brews. Thanks to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association for their generous sponsorship of the Fall Harvest Festival! More Information.

Saturday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 1
Apple Tastings
, near indoor entrance to the Gift & Garden Store. Taste new varieties developed by the Horticultural Research Center and rate your favorites for flavor, appearance and texture.

Sunday, Oct. 1
Harvest Hustle 5K
, 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. start. Enjoy envigorating fall breezes as you navigate the Arboretum's certified asphalt 5K course on Three-Mile Drive. More Information

Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8
Friends of AHL Used Book Sale
, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Snyder Building Auditorium. Calling all book lovers! Shop this expansive sale of gently used books (in a wide range of subjects), magazines, DVDs, CDs and other media, with all proceeds benefiting the Andersen Horticultural Library in the Arboretum Snyder Bldg.

Saturday, Oct. 7-Sunday, Oct. 8
Apple Tastings
, 1-3 p.m., near indoor entrance to the Gift & Garden Store. Taste new test apple  varieties developed by the Horticultural Research Center and rate your favorites for flavor, appearance and texture.

Sunday, Oct. 8
Yoga in the Gardens, noon, Tea Room or Tea Room Terrace, weather permitting. More Information

Saturday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 15
Apple Tastings
, 1-3 p.m., near indoor entrance to the Gift & Garden Store. Taste new test apple  varieties developed by the Horticultural Research Center and rate your favorites for flavor, appearance and texture.

Sunday, Oct. 8
Yoga in the Gardens,
noon, Tea Room or Tea Room Terrace, weather permitting. More Information

Thursday, Oct. 26
Yoga in the Gardens, noon, Tea Room or Tea Room Terrace, weather permitting. More Information

Sunday, Oct. 22
Ghouls and Giggles
, 1-3 p.m., Margot Picnic Shelter area. Costumes suggested for this fun, family oriented event with trick or treat parade, crafts, live music, food stations and more! More Information

Sunday, Oct. 22
Spooktacular Concert
, 3-5 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium. A concert of Halloween favorites, performed by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. Free with gate admission.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Ar-BOO-retum!
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Oswald Visitor Center. Gather your little ghosts and witches and visit the Arboretum--free gate admission for everyone in costume. Trick or Treat for apples in the Gift & Garden Store 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; free cookies in the Cafe for kids in costume.

Wednesday, Nov. 1
Auxiliary Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon
, 10 a.m., Snyder Auditorium. Public welcome.
More Information

Sunday, Nov. 12
Yoga at the Arb,
noon, MacMillan Auditorium. More Information

Thursday, Nov. 23
Thanksgiving Day,
Arboretum closed.

Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Dec. 3
Double Discount Days
, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gift & Garden Store. Arboretum members qualify for a 20-percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise. Just show your member card at checkout.

Thursday, Nov. 30
Yoga at the Arb,
noon, MacMillan Auditorium. More Information

Links for Children's Autumn Fun
PeaPods for Preschoolers http://arboretum.umn.edu/preschoolprograms.aspx
Home School Days http://arboretum.umn.edu/homeschools.aspx
StoryTime in the Library: Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., featuring nature-inspired stories for toddlers and preschoolers at the Andersen Horticultural Library in the Snyder Building. Free with gate admission.

Links for Adult Class Offerings by Category
Food & Wine
Gardening & Horticulture
Fine Arts, Crafts & Books
Photography

Thanks for sharing the roadway on Three Mile Drive so all can enjoy the beauty and wonder: motor vehicles, bicycles, Tram and new pedestrian lane.  VIsitor shuttles operate Thursdays-Sundays, starting at 11:30 a.m.


Check out aerial footage taken week of Oct. 10, 2016!

Come experience stunning fall colors, pumkins, scarecrows and apples. Drone footage by Brett Allen, Executive Producer of Official Best Of series.