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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  • A huge collection of gardens ranging from interesting to brilliant. Wildflowers just starting to come out, along with a few of the cultivated flowers. Our favorite was the Chinese garden, which...  more »
  • I bought tickets online and had them scanned on my phone regardless of website saying to print them. Parking lots were close to full around 11am and it was in the 30s -Fahrenheit. The 3 mile walk was....  more »
  • The Arboretum is a wonderful place to revitalize your soul. You are surrounded by the sounds and beauty nature has to offer. You are also reminded of the kindness in people whether it’s watching a couple hold hands taking a stroll through the gardens, kids laughing and rolling down the green hills, or even someone making sure to recycle/ compost when done with lunch to help the planet. Everyone living in Minnesota or just visiting should try it at least once. If visiting on a weekend, early mornings have less crowds.
  • Lots of things to do and see, more interactive then you may think. Plenty of room for kids to run and explore. If walking long distances instant your thing, you can drive through. There are places to park along the way to view the beauty or get out and see the attractions.
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