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A Message From the Arboretum Director 1




he wonders of the season are foremost at the Arboretum. We are grateful to see the Arboretum continue to grow in many ways as one of Explore Minnesota’s top-rated Twin Cities area attractions, even in a time of economic difficulty. The Arboretum plays a vital role in the Minnesota quality of life and we are delighted to be part of the reasons Money Magazine ranked the City of Eden Prairie as the 3rd most livable city in the country in 2012. When online websites such as Trip Advisor and Yelp continue to rank the visitor experience at the Arboretum at 4.5 stars out of 5 stars, that is another reason for smiles!

The Arboretum Foundation Board of Trustees established a framework for priority development and opportunity to steer growth over the next five years. Among new garden features in progress are the Chinese Garden, Sculpture Garden at High Point (opening in summer 2013) and an Entrance & Circulation Plan. The community at large, with wonderful friends and donors, help make the Arboretum a place for all generations to enjoy. Thank you for your generous support and happy new year!

Edward L. Schneider, PhD Director, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

From the Dean


ake a stroll around the Arboretum at any time of year and while you’ll certainly notice the natural beauty of the landscape, what you won’t see is the vast community of supporters who make it all possible. Through good times and bad, the Arboretum community comes through. Like most years, 2013 promises to be a year of change for the Arboretum, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University of Minnesota. I can’t wait to

see how Arboretum leaders’ vision for the coming years unfolds, and I’m sure that once again, the Arboretum community of staff, volunteers and donors will be the key to making it all work. The Arboretum is one of our state’s shining lights and we want to keep it that way. Thank you for supporting this special place in our community.


Allen Levine, Ph.D. Dean; College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.


Cover: Annual Garden. Photo by Don Olson. 1) Tulips by Snyder Building. Photo by Don Olson. 2) Late fall hike through yellow Maples. Photo by Mark MacLennan. 3) Orchids. Photo by Roger Pavelle. 4) Winter snowshoeing. Photo by Mark MacLennan. 5) Crabapples in bloom. Photo by Chris Hall.

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JULY 1, 2011 – JUN E 30, 2012

MN Landscape Arboretum Annual Report FY 2012