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Events and Support

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was established in 1958 as a non-profit organization borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and the Men's Garden Club of Minneapolis.  Today the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a widely respected local and international resource for horticultural and environmental information and learning.  We conduct research and provide public education, develop and evaluate plants for cold climates and inspire visitors to be good stewards of the earth.

Our more than 1,000 acres consists of display gardens, woods, prairies, natural spaces and research areas.  The walkways and trails allow easy access to these spaces for learning and enjoyment.  The Arboretum promotes and supports lifelong learning, special events, school programs, conferences, urban garden programs and more. 

With just under 11% of the Arboretum's funding coming from the University of Minnesota, we rely on business partners like you to sustain these important community programs and events.  We receive additional funding through memberships, earned income and individual philanthropic support.  

We offer flexible packages tailored to your business objectives when you partner with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  In addition to benefits such as increased visibility and brand recognition, a partnership with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum demonstrates your commitment to the environment and to the conservation of plants and the natural world.

Please see the program support and sponsorship opportunities listed below
contact Wendy Composto at 612.625.0856 for further information.

Overview of Partnership Opportunities

Unrestricted General Operating Support

Youth and Family Programming:

Seasonal Exhibits and Events:

Professional and Business Program Offerings:

  • Clean Water Summit
  • Healthy Foods Summit
  • Sustainable Ag Summit
  • Schoolyard Garden Conference
  • Spring Garden Expo
  • Speak! Connecting Humans & Animals

Restoration and Conservation Efforts

  • Wetland/Prairie Restoration
  • Conservation Manager and Projects

Lifelong Learning Programs:


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Examples of Event & Program Support

Gala in the Gardens
Taste & Toast in the Gardens
Ghouls & Goblins
Bud Break 5K
All About Dogs Day
Student Art & Photography Exhibit & Sale

Clean Water Summit
Healthy Foods Summit
Photography Symposium
Photography classes
School Programming
Urban Youth Outreach
Adult Cooking Series

Past Exhibits

2003 David Roger's Big Bugs
2004 Treemendous Treehouses
2005 Wild About Birds
2006 Secret Gardens
2007 Mazes & Labyrinth
2008 Treeology
2009 Waterosity2010 Powerhouse Plants2011 Steelroots
2012 Tiny Treasures - Fairy Gardens & Dirt-O-Rama
2013 Gophers in the Garden
2014 Nature in Glass, the Wonders of Craig Mitchell Smith
2015 Nature Connects; Art with LEGO Bricks
2016 David Roger's Big Bugs and Savage Gardens

2017 Current Exhibits

Kaliedoscopes by Robert Anderson 
Amazing Spaces, Places & Escapes, Re-Imagining Treehouses