• Mission & History

    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction in the metro area, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men's Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters credited with promoting the arboretum idea, raising funds and looking for a site, as a gift to the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

    Arboretum Mission:

    To be a resource for horticultural and environmental information, plant research and conservation, and public education.  To inspire and delight visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes and natural areas.

     

     

  • Leadership

    The Arboretum's beautiful gardens and plant collections, nature-inspired exhibits, innovative learning and events make it a valued community resource and top attraction. Past Arboretum Directors include:  founding director. Leon Snyder, Ph.d.; Francis deVos, Ph.D.; Peter Olin, Landscape Architect; and Edward Schneider, PhD. In Dec. 2015, Peter Moe, the Arboretum's Director of Operations and Research, was named Interim Director. A search for a permanent Director is underway.

     

  • Financial & Strategic Reports

    As a non-profit organization, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is committed to sharing institutional information with the public, including visitors, members and other constituents who support the Arboretum's mission. This includes financial and tax information, the Annual Report and strategic plans.

     

  • A Place For All Seasons

    A beautiful in-town getaway, an escape to reflect, re-energize or plan for the future. A connection with the wonders of nature. For family, work or just for fun, make the Arboretum your place.

  • Press Room

    Welcome to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Press Room. If you are a journalist, photographer, producer, editor or freelancer, the Arboretum PR office can help develop story ideas, schedule on-site tours and interviews, and provide horticultural background information, photographs, gardening and horticulture experts, exhibit and program spokespersons and more.

    Please direct all requests to:
    Public Relations Office
      Arbpr@umn.edu
    Phone: 612-301-1277

  • Contact the Arboretum

    If you have a general question or are looking for specific Arboretum information, send an email to arbinfo@umn.edu.

    If you have gardening questions: visit the Yard & Garden Help Desk in the Visitor Center, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; call the Yard & Garden Help Line at 612-301-7590; or online Ask a Master Gardener at www.extension.umn.edu.

    For donation requests to support your local school or charity, please go to http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/donationrequest.aspx to complete an online request form for donation.

  • Jobs & Internships

    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers employment opportunities in a variety of departments, including research, collections, education, development, administration, horticulture, marketing, retail operations, and visitor services. Roles can be part-time or full-time, and seasonal as well as year-round. The Arboretum also offers both paid and unpaid internships that provide an enriching professional growth experience. Most internships occur during the late spring and summer months.