Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The mission of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, as part of the University of Minnesota, is to provide a community and a national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.
Gardens and Collections
Andersen Horticultural Library.
If you need a nature fix, this is your place! There is something here for everyone. There are quiet hiking trails through the woods, paved walking trails through the prairie, children's maze (Jr. & big kids!), learning center for children & adults of all ages. We love taking walks at all times of the year. Not an outdoorsy person? Have a warm meal in the cafe, or spend some time in the quiet library or conservatory. **No dogs allowed, except on special dog days.** Third Monday of the month is free for Carver County residents (maybe all?). Call to double check, just in case it changes since the time of this review.
It is beautiful and the temporary exhibits are always well done. Spring is my favorite time to visit because the trees and tulips are in bloom. It's a great place for walking although it would be nice to have a bike path somewhere. The maze is a favorite along with the Japanese garden for me. My mom goes pretty much every week with my kids; they love it. I have never been much of a garden person, but I think everyone could appreciate something there. Obviously the perfect backdrop for taking pictures as well.
Wonderful place to spend time anytime of the year. There are rotating art exhibits throughout the gardens, educational events, sales etc. Also a great venue for weddings and gatherings. Have many options for small and large ceremonies and receptions. There are many hiking trails and many gardens to check out. Also a tram available (there is a charge) if you don't want to check out the area by foot. The three Mile drive offers beautiful views, eclectic gardens, a hedge maze and picnic areas. The membership offers unlimited visits to the arboretum with discounts to the gift shop and apple house.
The annuals we're in bloom and beautiful. The plants are pretty well identified so you know what they are if you are interested. Be aware that plants are natural so different plants are at their best at different times of the year. The Arboretum is also a research institution so there are large area of different kinds of trees, bushes ornamental grasses, etc. Also Japanese garden, herb garden, sensory garden and more. For those with limited walking ability there is a tram on weekends and a 3 mile driving loop for your car.
Gorgeous place. A must visit attraction if you like plants, flowers and trees! So many trails, and the cafe had good food options. Sculpture garden had some neat pieces. Pretty fountains throughout. Hedge maze was fun! Can't wait to go again in the fall.