• Mission & History

    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction in the metro area, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958, with the Men's Garden Club of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and other community supporters credited with promoting the arboretum idea, raising funds and looking for a site, as a gift to the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

    Arboretum Mission:

    To be a resource for horticultural and environmental information, plant research and conservation, and public education.  To inspire and delight visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes and natural areas.



  • Leadership

    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has grown and evolved as a treasured community resource. Its growth has been shaped extensively by the directorship position, with founding director. Dr. Leon Snyder and subsequent directors, Dr. Francis deVos, Professor Peter Olin and Edward Schneider, PhD and professor. In December, 2015, Dr. Schneider departed for a position at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Peter Moe, the Arboretum's Director of Operations and Research, was named Interim Director and he began those duties in December. A search for a permanent Director is underway.


  • Financial & Strategic Reports

    As a non-profit organization, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is committed to sharing institutional information with the public, including visitors, members and other constituents who support the Arboretum's mission. This includes financial and tax information, the Annual Report and strategic plans.


  • Press Room

    Welcome to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Press Room. If you are a journalist, photographer, producer, editor or freelancer, the Arboretum PR office can help develop story ideas, schedule on-site tours and interviews, and provide horticultural background information, photographs, gardening and horticulture experts, exhibit and program spokespersons and more.

    Please direct all requests to:
    Public Relations Office
    Phone: 612-301-1277

  • Contact Us

    If you have a general question or are looking for specific Arboretum information, send an email to arbinfo@umn.edu.

    If you have gardening questions, please visit the Yard & Garden Help Desk in the Visitor Center, staffed Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or call the Yard & Garden Help Line at 612-301-7590. Or, visit the the Ask a Master Gardener website at www.extension.umn.edu and a University of Minnesota Master Gardener will respond to your request.

    For donation requests to support your local school or charity, please go to http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/donationrequest.aspx to complete an online form. The Arboretum is pleased to support your group with donations of passes. Thank you for interest.


  • Jobs & Internships

    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers employment opportunities in a variety of departments, including research, collections, education, development, administration, horticulture, marketing, retail operations, and visitor services. Roles can be part-time or full-time, and seasonal as well as year-round. The Arboretum also offers both paid and unpaid internships that provide an enriching professional growth experience. Most internships occur during the late spring and summer months.