Flights of Fantasy: Birds, Nature, and Art at Play

Flights of Fantasy features a flock of Minnesota birds in their habitats, interpreted in abstract ceramic compositions by artist Susan Feigenbaum, the 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Special items from the AHL collection will be paired with artworks.

Soup bowls

Food in the Library?!

Food in the library?  Yes! Enjoy heaping portions of cookbooks, magazines, and recipes as we celebrate seasonal comfort foods.  Warm up with images and ideas for enjoying hearty root vegetables, savory soups, and homemade breads.  Don't forget to plan for warm sweet treats, too, as the snow falls outside the window.

Windows on Winter

November 9, 2019 - March 2, 2020
Nursery catalogs often use images of spring flowers and lush summer plants to promote their products. These unusual winter images are from the library’s historic catalog collection. They range in date from 1891 to 1910, the heyday of trade catalog illustration.

Celebrating Arboretum Trees: the 3rd Annual Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) Exhibition

May 9 – October 27, 2019
Displayed in the Skyway Gallery & Andersen Horticultural Library

The third installment of the joint Minnesota Landscape Arboretum—Andersen Horticultural Library FFI Collection of artwork will feature art illustrating fruit and nut trees, Big Woods species, invasives, and more. For more information about the FFI project, go to our FFI page.

Highlights of Harvest Time

September 13 - November 15, 2019
Displayed in the Andersen Horticultural Library

Find a hearty recipe to enjoy from one of the Library's beautiful cookbooks, discover helpful tips for putting your gardens to bed, and use our guidebooks to plan your own fall foliage hikes in Minnesota.

Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) 2nd Annual Exhibition

September 15, 2018 - January 3, 2019
The joint Minnesota Landscape Arboretum—Andersen Horticultural Library FFI Collection of artworks is growing!  Enjoy our recently accepted art showcasing species that occur at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which include several “Minnesota Hardy” plants introduced by the U of M.  For more information about the FFI project, go to our FFI page.

Celebrating the World of Birds and Birding through Art and Literature

September - December 2018
This exhibition highlighted richly illustrated bird art, non-fiction, field guides, storytime selections, and rare books such as Thomas Sadler Robert’s Birds of Minnesota. Roberts was known for his work in ornithology and was one of the original founders of the Bell Museum. This entire exhibit was complimented by Arboretum naturalist Matt Schuth’s unique collection of bird nests and eggs, along with his updated list of birds, many of which can be found at the Arboretum.

Sacred Earth: Exploring the Relationship between Native American People and Plants

May 5,2018 - September 3, 2018
This exhibition paired recently released books with historic documents, highlighting the contributions of seed producers, anthropologists, and local Native American authors in efforts to present a range of perspectives that focus on topics such as food sovereignty and ethnobotany.

Flora and Fauna Illustrata

August 31 - November 15, 2017
An exhibition of art recently accepted into the Flora and Fauna Illustrata (FFI) collection. All works included in this exhibit featured plant and/or animal species that can be found at the Arboretum. Individual pieces reflect a blend of historical and contemporary styles through a variety of media, including watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite.

Foraging for Sustenance

September 8, 2017 - February 26, 2018
The exhibit will commemorated a contemporary perspective on the ancient Greek pharmacopoeia by Dioscorides, known by its Latin name, De Materia Medica, written in c.65 AD. De Materia Medica was considered the authority on medicinal plants for over 1500 years. It is no longer in existence. The Juliana Anicia Codex contains the oldest surviving complete manuscript of Dioscorides' pharmacopoeia.