A Summer of Treehouses

May 27-Oct. 1, 2017

Start seeing treehouses in a whole new light. The "Amazing Spaces, Places and Escapes: Re-imagining Treehouses" summer exhibit captures the whimsy, artistic fancy, interpretation and "wild" points of view in 12 outdoor structures or sculptures. Expect multi-dimensional, sometimes upside down or underground, but this is not your childhood treehouse memory. The re-imaginings of local artists, architects, builders and hobbyists present a tree experience and dimensions in places and spaces at the Arboretum. Find the names of each installation, materials used and Artist Design Statements here.

Explore Three-Mile Drive and discover a treehouse world-including natural trees among the oldest on the grounds. Among the people-powered creations: variations of gigantic birdhouses, a "Who Tree Grove," "Oculus" framing tree and sky, "In the Tall Grass" listening to the wind through metal slats, an "Underground Fortress," "Land Lover's Tree House," "Double Canopy," "Leaf House," and more.

Throughout the summer, exhibit visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite treehouse. Visitors will vote May 27-through Sept. 18, votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced at the Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept .30. The winner of the People's Choice Award will win a one-year membership (up to 10 participants per team) to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and a feature spread in the Arboretum Magazine and website.

A panel of architectural designers, arts curator and critics conducted the juried competition to select participants for this exhibit: Peter Olin, Arboretum Director Emeritus and AIA Fellow, Mary Abbe, art critic and writer; Brad Aldrich, architect and designer, Confluence; Craig Amundsen, public art curator, Weisman Art Museum; Joan Soranno, architect and designer, HGA Minneapolis.

Community Builds: Create Your Own Mini-Tree House to Bring Home.

10 a.m.-noon
Saturdays, June 17, July 8, July 22 & August 12 

Come design your own mini tree structure. Bring your imagination and creativity.  Basic build supplies using one-foot sticks, twine provided. Bring accessories to enhance your tree structure. Margo Picnic Shelter (except July 8 in Sensory Garden Pavilion).  All ages welcome.

Note: Visitors of all ages should also check out PlantMaker Studio for micro-tree house building on Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. The theme for June-July is Tiny Treehouses, and for August-September it is Artist-Tree. Click here for more information.

Explore 12 Outdoor Tree Structures. Plus 3 Arboretum Grand Trees

Find the names of each installation, materials used and Artist Design Statements here.

Sponsored by: