About Us

The Arboretum features more than 1,215 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas - from woodlands and wetlands to prairie - with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails. Walk the close-in gardens and walk or drive Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections. From late spring through mid-October, visitors can ride our new Circulators offering step-on and step-off service at three stops on the Arboretum grounds. Limited access to Three-Mile Drive in winter for vehicle traffic (pedestrian traffic remains open).  Winter Wonder bus tours are available Thursdays and Saturdays (check times and fees at Visitor Center).

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Our mission is to be a growing resource for horticultural and environmental information, plant conservation, research and education; and to inspire and delight a growing visitorship with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes and natural areas.


Download the 2014 Arboretum Statistical Summary.

Contact info@umn.edu with general inquiries. For questions about plants, contact www.extension.org/ask  or visit the Yard & Garden Help Desk in the Oswald Visitor Center, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Also, a message may be left at the Yard & Garden Help Line at (612) 301-7590.


Thank you for your interest in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.


To be the world-class northern-climate public garden and arboretum that inspires people to notice and reflect upon the beauty and subtleties of nature and the importance of our plant world.

Core Values

We believe:

  • Plants are the basis of life on earth and a critical part of establishing and maintaining a viable urban and rural ecosystem.
  • People of all ages benefit by understanding the value of trees and other plants in their lives.
  • We must continue to support research to discover new knowledge about plants.
  • Plants are a necessary part of the emotional and spiritual well-being of all people.  Horticulture is a nurturing and creative activity.
  • Dissemination of horticultural information is an essential outreach activity of the Arboretum.  This dissemination includes landscape models, collections, and gardens, as well as written, visual, and verbal formats in order to reach all the community.
  • It is our commitment to create an atmosphere of excitement, enthusiasm, and interest about the living environment.
  • We will strive to be accessible and welcoming to all people.


The mission of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, as part of the University of Minnesota, is two-fold : To be a growing resource for horticultural information, plant conservation, research and education.  To inspire and delight a growing visitorship with outstanding displays, collections and natural areas

  • Education
  • Research
  • Gardens and Collections
  • Andersen Horticultural Library


Click here for FY 2015 operating summary

The Arboretum's annual operating budget is funded primarily by individual members, donors, and private foundations in the form of gifts and grants. More...

The University of Minnesota and the Landscape Arboretum provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The U of M and the Arboretum recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees, donors, members and visitors and in supporting its mission. The Arboretum is committed to attracting and engaging employees, members, donors and visitors with varying identities and backgrounds.