Summer in the Garden Event to Benefit Linnaeus Arboretum

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by

Friends of the Linnaeus Arboretum will host its annual Summer in the Garden benefit event from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at the Melva Lind Interpretive Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.

The event will feature live music, tours of the arboretum, a silent auction, and samples of wine, cheese, desserts, and coffees. Music will be provided by a jazz trio consisting of Rick Orpen, Jim McGuire, and Jim Whitman as well as the duo of Pengra and Arsenault. Silent auction items include a four-person tour of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, an elegant dinner for four to six at John and Katha Chamberlain’s 125-year-old limestone farmhouse, and a golf foursome at Shoreland County Club.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person, while kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520. More information about Summer in the Garden can be found by going online to

The 125-acre Linnaeus Arboretum, located on the southwestern end of the Gustavus campus, provides an environment to educate the mind, revive the spirit, exercise the heart, and delight in Minnesota’s natural history. Friends of the Linnaeus Arboretum have supported the goals of the Arboretum since 1989.

The arboretum was established in 1973 with the planting of tree seedlings on what had previously been agricultural land. The three major ecosystems found in Minnesota are represented in the arboretum, including the northern conifer forests, prairies of the south and west, and deciduous forests from central Minnesota. Formal gardens surround the Melva Lind Interpretive Center and include more than 100 species of cultivated trees introduced from other regions. A new 70-acre coneflower prairie is being developed on the west side of the arboretum.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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