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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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  • Beautiful. It is a lot of walking. We took the 1 hour tram ride for an extra $6 and it was worth every penny. A lot of information. 
    Beautiful. It is a lot of walking. We took the 1 hour tram ride for an extra $6 and it was worth every penny. A lot of information.  more »
  • Loved this place for arbor and art. It has the largest collection of hostas in the world, 4th largest of crabapples etc. the honey crisp apple was developed there. We took a 3 mile drive through... 
    Loved this place for arbor and art. It has the largest collection of hostas in the world, 4th largest of crabapples etc. the honey crisp apple was developed there. We took a 3 mile drive through...  more »
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  • Phenomenal gathering of Minnesota safe trees, bushes, flowers… Tranquil beauty coupled with epic sight lines. Took the tram tour, worth every penny. No doubt we will be back soon! A very pleasant experience. Clean and well organized.
  • During a recent visit to the twin cities that included a Vikings game and Paisley park the Minnesota landscape arboretum exceeded all expectations. It was peak foliage color change and it was amazing. Lots to see and do for both singles and families. Staff was helpful and friendly. Plenty of parking. Bathrooms were clean and we'll maintained. No way you can see everything quickly.plan on spending minimum of 2-3 hours. Our next trip to the twin cities will make the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a primary destination for a return visit!!!

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