Photography Permits

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum outdoor gardens, and indoor visitor center and historic Edwin Lundie building are beautiful settings for your client’s celebrations and photos. Daily photo permits are available for professional photographers.

Photography sessions with groups of 10 or less -- including the photographer -- per session may receive a permit and everyone other than the photographer must be from the same social bubble. Please note that pets are not allowed in the gardens*. There is a limited number of permits available each day with reserved time slots.

The daily photographer permit is based on the number of participants and includes gate admission for photographers and clients ages 16 and older. 

1-4 people      $75
5-10 people    $150

*Arboretum members with a dog-added membership may have a photoshoot in the dog commons. 

Click here to apply for a daily photographer permit.

To reserve your session, the permit must be purchased by noon the prior business day. Any permits purchased on the day of the photo session will be subject to a $25 processing fee. Your daily photo badge can be picked up at the gatehouse when you arrive.

PLEASE NOTE! The Arboretum does not allow drone photography during regular business hours. Exceptions include:

  • Media organizations with specific permission from Arboretum Marketing & Communications or Guest Services at pre-designated times.
  • Arboretum Operations and Research staff who have requested and scheduled drone flyover footage of Arboretum property and construction projects.


Commercial photo session photographers must apply for a permit through University Relations