May Events at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

A cart of plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Auxiliary Plant Sale
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum honors May with national exhibits, annual events and an art-worthy surprise.
  • May 9: The national botanical art exhibit, Out of the Woods, opens and runs through August 13. It highlights the role botanical gardens and arboreta play in educating the public about trees and their ecological and utilitarian roles.
  • May 11-12: Don’t miss the Auxiliary Plant Sale at the Red Barn Farm. This event is ideal for any type of gardener. The sale offers a little bit of most everything.
  • May 12: If the Mother’s Day Brunch is sold out, don’t worry. Pay a visit the arboretum, and celebrate the day with walks along emerging gardens and walking trails.
  • May 23: Enjoy a preview to the May 24 opening of Patrick Dougherty’s summer exhibit. Dougherty marries his carpentry skills with his love of nature. What began as experimenting with tree saplings as construction materials has evolved into large-scale, international art installations. With this recent concept under wraps, Dougherty will tap a small team of local volunteers, who will work with him daily for three weeks to construct a structure at the arboretum. The structure will remain on Scarecrow Hill until at least January 2020.