Arboretum Local Products Fair Encourages Shopping ‘Green’ and Local


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum will host its fourth annual “Close to Home: Arboretum Local Products Fair,” celebrating sustainability, recycling and locally produced goods on Sunday November 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway in Madison. Admission and parking are free.

The Fair supports the Arboretum’s mission to heal and sustain the land while encouraging people to embrace Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Last year’s event brought in more than 1,000 attendees and we expect the same attendance this year. We have 40 vendors, plus a silent auction to help support programming at the Arboretum.

Art, edibles and “green” gifts will take center stage, showcasing local enterprise and creativity that’s “Close to Home.” From locally produced chocolates, cheeses, honey, and home canned goods to handmade mittens, scarves, purses, tote bags and jewelry—along with pottery, art, skincare products and much, much more—this event is a one-stop spot for holiday shopping!

We encourage consumers to use cash or checks as preferred payment, as some of our vendors are not set up for credit card transactions.

Shoppers can also explore the Arboretum’s bookstore which features a variety of field guides, nature journals, CDs and unique nature-based items. In addition, the Friends of the Arboretum Garden Boutique will have essential tools for gardeners.

Our vendors include:

Allison Rosch

Artsy Fartsy

Betsy True

Bradley Schwenn – Modern Impressionism

C. Alexandria

Caffeine Girl

Christine’s Gourmet Toffee/ Chocolaterian

EnAct: Steps to Greener Living

Farmer John’s Cheese

Finding Felicity, LLC

Fotos Sol Y Sombra – Deb’s Photos

Friends of the Arboretum

Frittin’ Around, LLC

Haley Studio

Harris Caning and Knitting

Jamie’s & Son Bakery

Janet Marie Felted Goods

Joules of Nature

Just for Fun Beadwork

Kris K. Woestman

Mad City Designs

Mad Urban Bees, LLC

Mariposa Designs by Jane Grogan

Missed Century Arts and Herbs


Orange Pops

Porchlight Products

R.V. James Designs, LLC

REcreative Crafts

Sarah DeAngelo Jewelry

SkyStone Creative

SOK Studio

Spirit of Wisconsin Gourmet Foods, Inc.

Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts

Sugarbomb Dessert Co.

Bohemian Bauble

The Bookish Life

The Gypsy Travelin’ Market, LLC

Whimsy House


Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.