Located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a 1,137 acre facility that preserves and showcases the beauty of nature and horticulture. Next read: 25 Best Things to do in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was founded in 1907 with the name Horticultural Research Center. The Horticultural Research Center started as a small initiative that grew honeycrisp apples and Northern Lights azaleas. Nearly fifty years later, the Horticultural Research Center expanded to create the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum started with approximately 160 acres of land under the direction of Leon C. Snyder.

Over the course of over fifty years, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has grown to be the most diverse and largest horticultural facility within Minnesota. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum currently has over 5,000 plant varieties and is expanding the diversity of their flora and fauna every day.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is spread out across 1,137 acres of land. Over the wide acreage, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has approximately 32 displays and specialty gardens, as well as a total of more than 5,000 plant species.

Annual Garden is dedicated to the Griggs and Burke families. Although the Annual Garden has a different color scheme every year, the garden has continuous formal layout. The Annual Garden features an English fountain in the center, as well as garden steps that are located along the three-mile drive. 25,000 to 30,000 annuals are planted every spring in the Annual Garden.

Home Demonstration Gardens is an area of approximately ten home demonstration gardens. These gardens are clumped together to make it easy for visitors to compare and view each garden. Each of the gardens within the Home Demonstration area are dedicated to home gardeners, and can easily be replicated. These gardens are dedicated to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s second director, Dr. Francis de Vos. Some of the highlighted gardens within this area include the Naturalistic Garden, Seasonal Garden, Garden for Outdoor Living, and Herb Garden.

Japanese Garden is one of the prized treasures of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This garden took influence from Japanese gardens within the Edo Period, which is from 1603 to 1869. The Japanese Garden was designed by renowned architect, Koichi Kawana, in 1985. Currently, the Japanese Garden is maintained by Dr. David Slawson. 24 types of shrubs, 3 ground covers, and 20 different kinds of trees wrap around the intricate design and architectural details of the Japanese Garden.

Rain Gardens are used as an effective way to control runoff within the grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Instead of establishing storm sewers, or allowing rain to flood the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the plants in the Rain Gardens soak the extra rain and use it to grow and prosper. Thus, runoff is effectively controlled while providing nourishment for magnificent flora and fauna.

Clotilde Irvine Sensory Garden was created with the help of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. The Clotilde Irvine Sensory Garden is a garden that evokes all of the senses. While most gardens are designed for visual appeal, this garden takes into account all of the senses. It is specifically designed to cater to people who are in wheel chairs, so they can perfectly see and explore the diversity of flora and fauna.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has a variety of educational opportunities for children and adults. The educational programs at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum include; specialized tours, classes, workshops, internships, lectures, therapeutic activities, and lesson plans.

One of the most popular and general educational opportunities at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the variety of garden tours. These garden tours are led by specially trained employees or renowned members of the horticulture community. Throughout the specialized garden tours, groups of visitors or schools have the opportunity to learn about specific gardens in-depth, as well as get a behind the scenes glimpse of how the gardens are created and maintained.

There are even add-on options for classes and special hands-on activities to be integrated within the specialized tours.

Another popular educational opportunity at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the array of conferences and summits. Special conferences and summits are led by leaders in the horticulture industry and are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about horticulture.

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3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen, MN 55317-0039, Phone: 952-443-1400