Give to the collection

The Andersen Horticultural Library relies on the generosity of the community to help fund its operations.  Your funds to help us get books, seed and nursery catalogs, and journals unique to our collection. Benefactors ensure our library's ability to educate and inspire.

Make a gift

The Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) relies on the generosity of the community to help fund its operations.  By providing funds to help us procure books, seed and nursery catalogs, and journals unique to our collection, benefactors ensure our library's ability to educate and inspire.

Gifts to the Andersen Horticultural Library can be designated for the following areas:

  • General needs (no minimum):  Gifts to this fund will be used to purchase books, journals, seed and nursery catalogs, and for general needs of the Andersen Horticultural Library. 
  • Library endowment (minimum $100):  Gifts to this fund will support the Andersen Horticultural Library into the future.
  • Rare and special materials (minimum $500):  Gifts to this fund will be used to purchase rare books and other materials of special importance to AHL's collections.  These materials will be housed in AHL's secure climate-controlled room to preserve them for future generations.

If you would like to make a donation, please call the Library at 612-301-1239 or email

Make a secure online gift via credit card, or make your check payable to Andersen Horticultural Library and send it to:
Andersen Horticultural Library
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318

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Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library

Become a Friend

Attend interesting talks on a variety of subjects, be invited to special events, and meet others interested in supporting this very special place by becoming a Friend of the Andersen Horticultural Library!  All interested members of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum are eligible to join.

Annual dues for the Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library (FAHL) are $15 for a household. Please print out, complete, and mail the registration form (PDF).


  • Twice a year newsletter (Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall) with articles of interest, communications for the Friends, and a calendar of events.
  • Early access to the annual Friends book sale on Thursday before the event.  The book sale raises important funds for acquisition of rare books, antique catalogs, and other items for the Library.
  • Opportunity to attend quarterly meetings held on the fourth Monday of January, April, July, and October.  Speakers on a variety of subjects related to natural history, horticulture, or libraries will present at each meeting.


Friends events are open to members and their guests unless otherwise specified.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, January 24, 2022 1:00 pm, Quarterly meeting
Location: Zoom link, to be emailed
Speaker: Heather Holm, biologist, and award-winning author  
Topic: Native Predatory Wasps: Their Role as Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
Heather will highlight many amazing natural history and biology facts about native wasps illustrating their nesting habitat, prey specificity, and the ecosystems services they provide—pest insect population control and pollination.
Bio:  Heather Holm is a biologist, pollinator conservationist, publisher, and award-winning author.  Her expertise includes the interactions between native pollinators and native plants and the natural history and biology of native bees and predatory wasps occurring in the Upper Midwest and Northeast. Look for Heather’s books at the Arboretum Gift & Garden Store (and the library, of course), including her latest: Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants, published in February 2021 and the recipient of five book awards.

Book sale

Next sale: September 23-25, 2022 from 10 am to 4 pm in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Donations of clean, gently used books are currently being accepted. 


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