Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen

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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) horticultural garden and arboretum located about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Chanhassen, Minnesota at 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, Minnesota. It is part of the Department of Horticultural Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota, and open to the public every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. An admission fee is charged, and annual memberships are available. It is the Upper Midwest's largest public garden.

The arboretum's earliest area was established in 1907 as the Horticultural Research Center, which developed cold-hardy crops such as the Honeycrisp apple and Northern Lights azaleas. In 1958 the arboretum itself was begun on 160 acres (0.65 km2) founded by Leon C. Snyder. The arboretum is the largest, most diverse, and most complete horticultural site in Minnesota, with over 5000 plant varieties, and approaching its goal of protecting its entire watershed (1200 acres).

The arboretum features annual and perennial display gardens, plants developed for northern climates, demonstration gardens, the Harrison Sculpture Garden, a Japanese garden, a Chinese garden, a maze garden and natural areas including woodlands, prairie, and marshes. Its collections include clematis, dahlias, ornamental grasses, hostas, iris, wildflowers, and cultivated and hardy shrub roses. Recent additions to the arboretum include the Farm at the Arb and the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. The arboretum also includes a horticultural library and conservatory, as well as miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails.

The Meyers-Deats Conservatory features bromeliad, orchid, and cactus collections and tropical houseplants. The Andersen Horticultural Library houses 15,000 books covering botany, horticulture, natural history, children's literature, research materials, and nursery catalogs.

A Three-Mile (5 km) Drive through the arboretum takes visitors past many of the collections. Walkers will enjoy the arboretum's Three-Mile Walk, which winds its way through many plant collections. Guided tours are available at extra cost, and may be taken by tram, bus, or on foot.
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  • The combinations of flower colors are inspiring, they make you want to go home and move your flowers around. I've been here 5-6 times this year and every time there is something different to astound....  more
    The combinations of flower colors are inspiring, they make you want to go home and move your flowers around. I've been here 5-6 times this year and every time there is something different to astound....  more »
  • We really enjoyed this garden. It has a lovely space surrounding the Visitor Center with a selection of well curated areas, such as a rose, perennial, annuals, and vegetable gardens. Surrounding this....  more
    We really enjoyed this garden. It has a lovely space surrounding the Visitor Center with a selection of well curated areas, such as a rose, perennial, annuals, and vegetable gardens. Surrounding this....  more »
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  • Oh my gosh, this place is awesome! Having never been here before, I imagined the arboretum was just a big field with lots of plants and trees planted in rows. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's more like the most beautiful zoo in the world, only with plants instead of animals (although there were plenty animals to see - birds, chipmunks, fish, bees). Beautiful landscapes, lots of water features, and of course, oodles of stunning plants to admire - the arboretum will not disappoint. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to pick up a free map of the grounds. The visitor center has a cute gift shop and cafe, too.
  • Beautiful place. You can see immense efforts people working there put in creating this serene place. Every part of arb is unique and well maintained. A day can easily be spent here. The drive inside is fun and they keep adding unique arts every now and then. The eating place is awesome, too. Visit-worthy in every season. One must visit to learn, enjoy and most importantly be in the calmness of nature.

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