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Art Exhibits & Performances


Yarnstorming 2024

Adkins Arboretum is partnering with local yarn artists and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to create an exciting visual experience in the trees around the Arboretum Visitor’s Center. The bright colors and whimsical designs will be on view from February 29 through April 6th. Knitters and crocheters are invited to decorate an Arboretum tree with their creations. 

New this year:

Prizes will be awarded to the following categories: Best Collaboration, Most Funtastic, Colorfully Creative, and Artistic Excellence. Award winners will be chosen by FACES.

Fiber artists will have the option to sell their Yarnstorming displays. They are also invited to share samples of additional yarn work to be considered for sale in our gift shop throughout the exhibit by emailing Visitor Services Coordinator Michelle Draper at Artists are responsible for pricing their work; the Arboretum will take a 30% commission on all sales.

To participate in Yarnstorming:

Visit the Arboretum to select your Yarnstorming tree. Be sure to check in at the front desk when you arrive to receive a map and a Sharpie. 

Yarnstorming trees will be marked with twine and numbered tree ring circles. When you pick your tree, use your Sharpie to write your last name under the number and reserve your tree. If a tree already has a name on it, it’s been taken!

Return to the front desk to write your full name and email address on our artist list. You will need to remember the number of your tree!

A Google form will be emailed to you asking for more information about your project.

If you cannot visit the Arboretum in person, email Jenny Houghton at for photos of the trees and a link to the Google form.

When planning your project, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • For the health of our trees and wildlife, refrain from using glitter, wire, mesh, plastics, nails, or tacks.
  • All work must be safely reachable by an 8' ladder.
  • Installations should be in trees only and not extend to surrounding shrubs.
  • Yarn art may be installed from Saturday, February 17, through Sunday, February 25th, during our Visitor’s Center hours - Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday noon–4 p.m.

The reception for Yarnstorming is Sunday, March 3. Register here.