About Us

The Arboretum features more than 1,200 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 shuttles into the heart of the Arboretum, with step-on and step-off service at three stops on the Arboretum grounds (Home Demo Garden, Harrison Sculpture Garden, Maze Garden plus Learning Center) and a stop at the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. There is limited access to Three-Mile Drive in winter for vehicle traffic (pedestrian traffic remains open).  

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. The Arboretum mission is to welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education. (Mission updated March, 2017). 


Download the 2018 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.

Arboretum Mission:

To welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education.  (Updated March, 2017)

Arboretum Vision:

The premier northern landscape arboretum, welcoming all to enjoy, learn from and connect with nature. 

(Updated March, 2017)


Core Values


we are dedicated to conservation, the protection of plants, and deeper public understanding of the value, beauty and critical nature of plants in their lives


we are a meaningful and core part of the community, reaching out to the natural world around us, accessible and welcoming to all

Fiscal Responsibility

we are committed to sound financial practices and governance that supports our shared mission and vision while further assuring that the Arboretum continues to welcome, inform and inspire for generations to come


we are dedicated to excellence through innovation, inspiration, creativity, research and professional development


we are one Arboretum team, supportive, respectful of each other, aligned under our common vision as the premier northern landscape arboretum, welcoming all to enjoy, learn from and connect with nature



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.