Photo by Jason Boudreaux-LandisArboretum Offers Buy One, Get One Free Admission in January

Start off the New Year with a visit to the Arboretum--buy one, get one free gate admission all month long. Children age 15 and under receive free admission. Members bring a guest free.

PLEASE NOTE: Service dogs with owners welcome. Dog Commons On-Leash Trail for members with dog-added memberships, April through Oct.; and all dogs invited to All About Dogs annual events.

Embrace winter indoors and out at the #1 Botanical Garden by USA Today Readers Choice.  Explore indoors....warm up with hot chocolate or a Chef's special house-made bowl of soup in the Arboretum Cafe. Check out the Gift & Garden Store (members receive 10% discount on regular priced items). Andersen Horticultural Library, Meyer-Deats Conservatory and more. Explore outdoors...warm up on winter snowshoe and tracked cross-country ski trails (check trail conditions). Snowshoe rentals available in Visitor Center. Plus, gardens and landscapes.

Discover 31 reasons to visit the Arboretum in January:

1. Buy One, Get One Free Admission every day for you and your family and friends.

2. Try the Healthy, Delicious Mediterranean Diet on Jan. 6, 9-11 a.m. at the Learning Center. Tips and info to create menus where fruits, vegetables and lean proteins are the focus, includes sample tastes. $39 member/$52 non-member. 612-301-1210 or arboretum.umn.edu/gardeningclasses.aspx.

Photo by Mark MacLennan3. Explore Winter Trails with eight miles of tracked cross-country ski trails and more than eight miles for snowshoeing. Plus, snowshoe rentals! Rated Best Place to Snowshoe by Mpls. St. Paul magazine and Best Classic Ski place by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Click here for more information and a downloadable map of the trails.

4. Drop in “Winter Wonderland,” PlantMaker Studio, Learning Center, noon- 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Make an evergreen branches and winter berries arrangement. Free with 2 for 1 gate admission! 

5. Arboretum Photographers Society Show & Sale, Cafe Gallery, opens Jan. 11. Drop-in photo clinics select Saturdays, Visitor Center.

6.Minnesota Artists Exhibits, Reedy Gallery, spotlights Arboretum Instructor Show thru Jan. 4 ( the professional artists who teach Arboretum art classes) painting, drawing, mixed media, encaustic, fiber and photography .Whaddya Think? The Importance of Critique Groups in Art opens Jan. 11, a vibrant artist community's stunning works of art.

7.Tasty Arboretum Cafe soups, salads, sandwiches, sweets, more.

8. Free Yoga: January Wellness & Fitness Days, Sundays, Jan. 7, 21 in Visitor Center; Monday, Jan. 15 in Snyder Bldg., begins at noon.

9. Shop the Arboretum Gift & Garden Store for botanic-inspired jewelry, home and garden decor, tabletop, books, clothing! Member 10% discount on regularly priced merchandise.

10. Winter Walks on garden walkways showcase nature's artistry and wildlife in perennial and wildflower gardens. 

Photo by Al Whitaker11. Bee Fascinated by the culture of bees and other native pollinators at the Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center. Winter entrance at 82nd St. exit from Hwy. 5 and 41 (Three-Mile Drive closed to vehicle traffic)  Great for all ages-- with state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits highlight connection to food chain.

12. Dramatic Winter Landscapes - bright red berries, red osier dogwood, vivid conifers and scarlet cardinals, snowy backdrop.  (Photo by Al Whitaker.)

13. Discover Winter Wildlife - wild turkeys, woodpeckers, tree sparrows, cardinals, snow buntings, juncos and even a hardy robin or two. Watch bird feeder antics visible from Arboretum Cafe.

14. Plan Your Vegetable Garden, Jan. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class features tools and location tips, growing season and finding good resources. $35 member/$47 non-member, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center. Register at 612-301-1210 or arboretum.umn.edu/EdibleGarden.aspx.

15. Dine with Foodie Michael Ableman--farmer, author, photographer and local food advocate, Saturday, Jan. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Delicious dinner by Lakewings Foods Coop includes wine tastes, appetizers, main course; presentation of his TED talk and discussion. arboretum.umn.edu/DineWithFarmer.aspx.

16. Knit and Stitch with the Arboretum Auxiliary! Fridays, Jan 5 & 19 ; Wednesdays, Jan. 10 & 24, 10 a.m. to noon, Visitor Center.. All are invited, all levels of experience welcome. Includes knitting, crocheting or hand-sewing.  Auxiliary members share their techniques and answer questions. For infor, call the Auxiliary at 612-625-9865. Drop in, chat and get crafting..

17. Connect with Free Wi-Fi!  Login with your laptop or mobile device in Cafe, Library or Snyder Lobby. Whether work or fun, share your photos of nature and the outdoors on Arboretum Facebook, Instagram and more.

Photo by Chris Hall18. Go Tropical with a stop at the Meyer-Deats Conservatory  filled with orchids, bromeliads and more. Snyder Bldg.

19. Think Summer and get the kids registered for summer day camps, children's garden fun, peapods preschool and more! Themed experiences for ages 3-15 to explore science and discover the natural world in a fun, hands-on setting.

20. StoryTime in the Library Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for all ages in Andersen Horticultural Library.

21. Explore the Japanese Garden in Winter - the epitome of serenity, exquisite cultural design and simplicity amidst a beautiful snowy setting.

22. Get Your Zen On:  Trek on Three-Mile Dr. to acclaimed art of Harrison Sculpture Garden and nearby Chinese Garden--"Garden of Harmonious Beauty" with Moon Gate, pathway, Peony Pavilion, and mighty Qinling Mountain Rocks with inscribed caligraphy.

23. Get Your Garden Geek On: Hone your gardening skills at "Science of Plant Propagation" classes on the biology of seeds (Jan. 20), cuttings (Jan. 27), grafting (Feb. 3) and soil (Feb.10) with popular instructor Jim Calkins, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Register for two or more classes and get $8 off each class! 612-301-1210 or arboretum.umn.edu/ScienceOfPlants.aspx.

24. Please Touch Greenhouse  and other kid-friendly exhibits at the Marion Andrus Learning Center, designed especially for young at heart. See the outdoor Green Play Yard in its winter beauty, too.

25. Ask A Master Gardener: Let's Talk Plants Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk every Saturday and Sunday from Noon-4 p.m. in Visitor Center. Bring your gardening questions, sustainable gardening information available.

26. Experience a Chinese Tea Ceremony: Take part in Gongfu,the ritual of preparing and presenting tea, Saturday, Jan. 13, 9-11 a.m. Taste Chinese teas and treats, learn folklore and health benefits.  $39 member/$52 non-member, Learning Center. arboretum.umn.edu/SaturdayInTheKitchen.aspx.

27. Breakfast at the Arboretum Cafe, a leisurely way to start your weekend. Changing menu Saturday/Sunday mornings.

28.  A Retreat to Andersen Horticultural Library: peruse the latest seed catalogs, then dream of the possibilities for your 2018 garden and landscape. Marvel over the handcrafted wood furniture by master furniture-maker George Nakashima.

29. Re-Imagine Your Lawn:  free yourself from mowing, watering, fertilizing and raking while keeping the convention of  a lawn and yard, "Lawn of the Future: Converting Kentucky Bluegbrass to Low-Maintenance Options". Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9-11 a.m., Learning Center.  $50 member/$65 non-member, arboretum.umn.edu/LandscapeDesign.aspx.

30. Free Guided Snowshoe Treks: January Wellnes & Fitness Days. Snowshoe or hike Wood Duck Trai Loop, (depending on snow), Fridays, Jan. 12 & 19, noon - 1 p.m. Snowshoe rentals available or bring your own. arboretum.umn.edu/WellnessAndFitness2018.aspx.

31. Winter is for the Birds! Check out the birdhouses and birdseed at the Arboretum Gift Store for your home birding.

First-time Arboretum members in January or renewing members receive special perks: two free VIP admission passes. 

Memberships start at $60! Benefits include admission reciprocity at arboreta and gardens around the country and a complimentary Member Appreciation Event on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.