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May 8, 2013

Minn. Arboretum wants to break tree-hug record

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Attention, tree-huggers. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum wants you.

The arboretum hopes more than 700 people will turn out Friday at its Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit to break the world record for the largest tree hug.

The record was set in 2011 by a group of 702 people in the Delamere Forest of Cheshire in the United Kingdom.

The arboretum hopes to break that record in honor of National Public Gardens Day. The annual event celebrates North America's more than 500 public gardens, like the arboretum.

Tree-huggers also will get free admission to the arboretum's 1,100 acres of gardens and natural landscapes.

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Online:

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu

National Public Gardens Day: http://www.nationalpublicgardensday.org

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