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Sundays at Lakewood: Arbor Day

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Onsite near the Living Memory Tree
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Join Lakewood as we honor our roots as a garden cemetery and celebrate trees at our first Sundays at Lakewood event of the year! This free, outdoor event is open to everyone and will include activities and offerings for the whole family.

Trees play an important role at Lakewood and throughout the world – they clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide shade and comfort to the whole community. As a garden cemetery, Lakewood is known for its beautiful tree canopy, from our historic oaks to our autumn blaze maples and everything in between. Come check out the trees for yourself at this family-friendly event.

This event is free and open to all. No registration is required.


This event takes place in the open area near the Living Memory Tree. Signs will be posted. This is an open house style event so feel free to join at any time.


Gather under Lakewood’s historic tree canopy for a morning of fun activities for the whole family.

  • Pick up a free tree seedling to plant at home to honor Arbor Day and write a message or dedication on tree-free, biodegradable paper that you can plant under your new tree. Seedlings are available while supplies last.
  • Tie a ribbon to our Living Memory Tree
  • Discover the trees of Lakewood on a guided tree tour with naturalist and author, Matt Schuth
  • Learn how to make native seed planting paper with the artists from Paper Plains
  • Bring a blanket or some chairs and enjoy acoustic music sets from local musicians
  • Walk through the historic Lakewood Memorial Chapel

Guided Tree Tours

Join naturalist and author, Matt Schuth as he guides you on a free tour around Lakewood’s grounds learning more about the trees you’ll see and how to identify them. Matt Schuth is a longtime naturalist at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and author of the award-winning book Nature at Our Doorstep. Since 1982, Matt has worked in a variety of roles at the UMN Arboretum. He has established bluebird trails, wood duck houses, and osprey nests, and recorded sightings of bird, mammal, and butterfly species. He continues to write about the natural world for the Arboretum Magazine and to lead many nature walks and talks.

Tours are free and available on a first-come, first serve basis. Exact tour times will be noted as the event gets closer.


Outdoor restrooms will be available near the event location. Indoor restrooms are available in the Memorial Chapel (single stall, no ADA restrooms) or in the Garden Mausoleum (ADA restrooms and single stall available.)

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to

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