Arboretum Rental Information

Linnaeus Arboretum

Serene and bubbling with nature, the Linnaeus Arboretum is the ideal location for a variety of events. Located on the edge of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and just a 15-minute drive from Mankato, Linnaeus Arboretum gives your wedding and other special events all the advantages of being located near the big city coupled with the private feel of a quiet natural setting.

Outdoor Venues

The Linnaeus Arboretum grounds are beautiful year-round. Choose your own unique backdrop for your special day - whether it is beautifully-manicured lawns and gardens, bright spring blooms, or colorful fall foliage. Your guests will love the diverse features of the Arboretum – ponds, prairies, woodlands, vintage cabin, labyrinth, formal gardens, orchard, and more. The grounds are also open to wedding parties for all your photography needs.

photo by Jennifer George photo by Aminda Villa

Melva Lind Interpretive Center

The Interpretive Center features 20-foot high ceilings with exposed beams. Its wood paneled walls add charm to this warm, intimate setting. Patio doors provide an airy atmosphere on spring and summer days and a yellow-tiled wood-burning fireplace lend ambiance during the cooler Minnesota months. Enjoy the birds and flowers just outside the windows and the formal gardens that circle the building.

Interpretive Center Interpretive Center 2

Rental Fees

Rental Fees
Event Type Duration Timeframe Fee (nonmember) Deposit
Receptions/Meetings — (non-wedding) Part Day 8-noon, 12-4 or 4-9 $175 $100
  Business Day 8am-4pm $250 $100
  Full Day 8am-9pm $350 $100
Weddings Part Day– Inside & Outside 8-noon, 12-4 or 4-9 $650 $300
  Full Day–Inside & Outside
(includes Reception option)
8am - 9pm $950 $300
* Contact us for information regarding non-profit rates, Member/Gustie discounts, or to ask about extending or shifting a rental timeframe.


Weddings at Linnaeus Arboretum

Additional Information

Indoor amenities:

Pull-down screen, LCD projector with sound and video/DVD player hook-up. Guests have access to the campus wireless internet. The space is equipped with tables and chairs that can be arranged to suit your needs. The ordinary arrangement is nine tables with six chairs each. The room accommodates up to 75 people in a theatre-style seating arrangement. There are single-person mens and womens restrooms as well as a small kitchenette with sink and refrigerator.

Outdoor events:

The Arboretum does not provide chairs, tables, tents, etc. for outdoor events. Please contact a rental company for availability. A small grounds fee will apply for tents.

Food and Catering:

Catering is allowed at the discretion of Gustavus Dining Service. Dining Service can provide an array of catering services ranging from snacks, to bag lunches to elegantly served dinners or receptions. The building is equipped with a small kitchenette. For more information, contact Margi Willmert with Gustavus Catering at (507) 933-6245 or


Parking for the Melva Lind Interpretive Center is conveniently located 25 yards from the main entrance. An easy walk to the building, the sidewalk passes under a wooden arbor to a plaza adjacent to the Johnson Waterfall and outdoor shelter. The Center has no steps, making it accessible to everyone.