700 TREEHUGGERS: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum goes for record - KMSP-TV

700 TREEHUGGERS: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum goes for record

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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hopes more than 702 treehuggers show up Friday to break the world record for largest tree hug.

The current record was set in 2011 in the Delamere Forest of Cheshire, United Kingdom. The arboretum will hold its record-breaking attempt at the Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit.

FOX 9's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and 65 degrees Friday, which is National Public Gardens Day.


Free gate admission for all visitors

10 a.m.-noon: book-signing with author Jim Gilbert in the Gift Store. *Special Arboretum books will be free with qualifying purchase in the Gift Store.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: "Arboretum Department Expo" in the Visitor Center for visitors to learn more about the staff. Spin-the-wheel for prize giveaways.

Noon-1 p.m.: Record-breaking attempt at the Largest Tree Hug in the Shade Tree Exhibit on Three-Mile Drive. Those interested in participating are asked to begin arriving at 11:30 a.m. onward. A picture will be taken of this attempt and participants will sign a record book.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu
National Public Gardens Day: http://www.nationalpublicgardensday.org

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