May Markets at the Arboretum

Shop and support regional artisans and makers this month at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Photos provided by MLA & Lisa Rydin Erickson

With April showers have come May flowers—and May Markets at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Showcasing delectables, décor, and art by regional artisans and makers, the markets are held Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month.

Art by Lisa Rydin Erickson

We’re particularly excited to see what artist Lisa Rydin Erickson will bring on May 29 and 30. The St. Anthony Park artist creates charming original art prints and cards inspired by the flora and fauna she finds on her walks. She’s also created a delightful line of fabrics now on Spoonflower. Heidi V. Pottery will also be at the market that weekend, with lovely planters your balcony or patio plants will love to live in. Does your indoor or outdoor tablescape need enlivening? Visit Happy Spoons to check out serving spatulas, cake and pie servers, serving tongs, cheese plates, and spoon and fork sets artfully designed and decorated with beads and glass.

That weekend and the one before (May 22 and 23), The Bee Shed will be abuzz with a selection of seasonal honeys made by bees that roam the prairies and woodlands of southeast Minnesota. Hive and Honey Farm (located in Henderson) will also have honey, beeswax wraps (so you can ditch the single-use plastic), and beeswax candles for sale. Kettle Creek Kitchen is on hand with handcrafted artisan sauces to spice up your meals.

Artwork, textiles, folk art, bird houses, jewelry, wood ware, granite cheese “boards,” wearable art, photography, and even poetry make these markets ones not to miss.

The markets are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remember: Members and kids are free. Otherwise, tickets are $15 and must be purchased online ahead of time. Click here to reserve your admission tickets.

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