National Public Gardens Day
Friday, May 10, 2013

We broke the world record on the Tree Hug! Our count is 935, besting the record by 233 people! Thanks to all huggers —it was a spectacular sight!

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 10, by visiting Minnesota's premiere public garden, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Gate admission will be free for all visitors on this special day. This year, the Arboretum is attempting to break the world record for the "Largest Tree Hug" at noon in the Shade Tree Exhibit on Three-Mile Drive! The current record is 702 people, set by the Forestry Commission (UK) in Delamere Forest in Cheshire, United Kingdom. Come help break the record!

Tentative schedule of events:

  • All day: Free gate admission for all visitors
  • 10 a.m.-noon: book-signing with author Jim Gilbert in the Gift Store. *Special Arboretum books will be free with qualifying purchase in the Gift Store.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: "Arboretum Department Expo" in the Visitor Center for visitors to learn more about the staff. Spin-the-wheel for prize giveaways. 
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Record-breaking attempt at the Largest Tree Hug in the Shade Tree Exhibit on Three-Mile Drive. Those interested in participating are asked to begin arriving at 11:30 a.m. onward. A picture will be taken of this attempt and participants will sign a record book.

Join us for a fun day in the gardens!

Now in its fifth year, National Public Gardens Day celebrates the vital role public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education.  More than 500 North American public gardens are participating in this special day, which was initiated by the American Public Gardens Association in partnership with NPGD official sponsor Rain Bird irrigation products. 

"National Public Gardens Day is a great time for families and enthusiasts to enjoy the Arboretum gardens and learn about our educational outreach and research efforts," said Ed Schneider, Arboretum director. "Our mission is to engage and educate the public on the irreplaceable value of plants."