Summer in Motion

Gophers in the Gardens

Get ready for a "gopher" invasion as the Arboretum embarks on a summer-long celebration of one beloved "maroon and gold-garbed" rodent.

"Gophers in the Gardens" is a whimsical collection of gopher statues celebrating the history of the University of Minnesota and the Arboretum (which is part of the University's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences).

Gophers in the Gardens logo

The exhibit will feature 10 Goldy Gopher statues—each 4 ft. 6 in. tall and custom-designed by Minnesota and regional artists selected through a juried art call—and then placed throughout the Arboretum grounds. See if you can find them all! 

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Presenting Sponsor

Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Corn Loving Goldy
Artist: Tom Foty

Corn Growing Goldy
Artist: Georgia Kandiko

Supporting Sponsor

C.H. Robinson logo

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Robyn Berth Schneider

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council logo

Goldy Feeds the World
Artist: Greg Ingraham

Park Dental logo

Park Dental Goldy
Artist: Shane Anderson

Wagners Greenhouse logo

Green Thumb Goldy
Artist: Georgia Kandiko
Traditional Goldy
Artist: TivoliToo
Sponsor: Tom and Diane Lentz
Hawaiian Goldy
Artist: TivoliToo
Sponsor: Denny and Pam Schulstad
Volleyball Goldy
Artist: Shane Anderson
Sponsor: Todd and Barbara Bachman Family Foundation

Arboretum Goldy front

Where is Arboretum Goldy?

Arboretum Goldy is missing! He's decided one view of the Arboretum isn't enough to see all the beauty the grounds offer and will change locations every two weeks. We need super sleuths to track down where he's hiding. If you find him, report his location to the Information Desk at the Visitor Center and be rewarded with a Goldy Gopher sticker!

Artist: TivoliToo
Sponsor: Anonymous