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About Minnesota Landscape Arboretum More than 1,200 acres worth of gardens, prairies, and woodland trails grace the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Upwards of 5,000 plant species call the arboretum home, including trees, shrubs, and Minnesota’s state flower, the Showy Lady’s Slipper. Expert naturalists happily lead visitors through the verdant space via tram or on foot, though guests can also go it alone along the arboretum’s 12.5 miles of trails and walkways. Journeys can lead anywhere from the boardwalk running through Green Heron Pond’s bog to Color Me Spring’s vibrant stretch of thousands of annuals. Amongst these pillars of the natural world stand sculptures made by world-renowned artists. More manmade artwork awaits inside the arboretum’s two galleries, which host seasonal displays of watercolors, acrylics, and photography. Guests can also get involved with the arboretum by attending forums and symposia with scholars, or participating in classes that teach skills such as flower arranging or pruning magical beanstalks so giants can’t climb down. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Company Website
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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

More than 1,200 acres worth of gardens, prairies, and woodland trails grace the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Upwards of 5,000 plant species call the arboretum home, including trees, shrubs, and Minnesota’s state flower, the Showy Lady’s Slipper. Expert naturalists happily lead visitors through the verdant space via tram or on foot, though guests can also go it alone along the arboretum’s 12.5 miles of trails and walkways. Journeys can lead anywhere from the boardwalk running through Green Heron Pond’s bog to Color Me Spring’s vibrant stretch of thousands of annuals.
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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tens of thousands of children participate in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s hands-on, science-based learning programs each year. Highly organized and packed with activity, Arboretum field trips utilize the gardens, greenhouses and research plots to address science standards in every season. Teachers can also bring the Arboretum to their classroom through the Plantmobile. Or create your own learning habitat for your students to explore.
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School Programs Tens of thousands of children participate in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s hands-on, science-based learning programs each year. Highly organized and packed with activity, Arboretum field trips utilize the gardens, greenhouses and research plots to address science standards in every season. Teachers can also bring the Arboretum to their classroom through the Plantmobile. Or create your own learning habitat for your students to explore. Field TripsPlantmobileHome SchoolsLearning Habitats for SchoolsSelf Guided Visits for Kids and Families
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School Programs Tens of thousands of children participate in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s hands-on, science-based learning programs each year. Highly organized and packed with activity, Arboretum field trips utilize the gardens, greenhouses and research plots to address science standards in every season. Teachers can also bring the Arboretum to their classroom through the Plantmobile. Or create your own learning habitat for your students to explore.
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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. By now 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).
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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum specializes in getting kids “up close and personal” with plants in a hands-on way. Join in the fun and explore the magical world of flowers, leaves, roots and stems through summer day camps and the Children’s Garden. Young ones can experience green fun with an adult through our preschool programs and free play outside in the Arboretum’s Green Play Yard. Families can explore a variety of nature topics together with free activities every weekend at the Marion Andrus Learning Center.
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Children & Families The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum specializes in getting kids “up close and personal” with plants in a hands-on way. Join in the fun and explore the magical world of flowers, leaves, roots and stems through summer day camps and the Children’s Garden. Young ones can experience green fun with an adult through our preschool programs and free play outside in the Arboretum’s Green Play Yard. Families can explore a variety of nature topics together with free activities every weekend at the Marion Andrus Learning Center.
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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum provides creative and engaging outreach programming into urban neighborhoods. The Urban Garden Program includes: an experience-based garden curriculum, aligned to Minnesota’s science standards, with a focus on science and nutrition; a garden-based youth employment program that focuses on developing entrepreneurial and leadership skills for youth each summer; and opportunities for exposure to higher education environments provided to all children and youth participating in the Urban Garden Program.
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Amongst these pillars of the natural world stand sculptures made by world-renowned artists. More manmade artwork awaits inside the arboretum’s two galleries, which host seasonal displays of watercolors, acrylics, and photography. Guests can also get involved with the arboretum by attending forums and symposia with scholars, or participating in classes that teach skills such as flower arranging or pruning magical beanstalks so giants can’t climb down.
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The arboretum features annual and perennial display gardens, plants developed for northern climates, demonstration gardens, a Japanese 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. The arboretum also includes a horticultural library and conservatory, as well as miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails.
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Beginning to Bloom! (Updated April 14) – Early spring blooms are starting to be seen across the Arboretum grounds. Crocus can be seen coming through the lawn in the Home Demo Garden, as well as those shown below in the Rock Garden next to the Japanese Garden. The pastel colors and gentle beauty of the European Pasque Flower will delight visitors to the Slade Perennial Garden behind the Snyder Building. Last fall, 32,000 new early bulbs were planted in groupings throughout the Arboretum. Stop at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center to pick up an Early Spring Bulb Map before you head out to find these hardy early bloomers.
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Beginning to Bloom! (Updated April 14) – Early spring blooms are starting to be seen across the Arboretum grounds. Crocus can be seen coming through the lawn in the Home Demo Garden, as well as those shown below in the Rock Garden next to the Japanese Garden. The pastel colors and gentle beauty of the European Pasque Flower will delight visitors to the Slade Perennial Garden behind the Snyder Building. Last fall, 32,000 new early bulbs were planted in groupings throughout the Arboretum. Stop at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center to pick up an Early Spring Bulb Map before you head out to find these hardy early bloomers. Check out the What’s In Bloom web page to see currently blooming plants. The Oswald Visitor Center and Snyder Building are currently open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. .
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Tour beautiful gardens from around the world with host, Peter Olin, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director Emeritus. Trips throughout the year feature custom itineraries, behind the scenes tours, local attractions, small group sizes. Join the Green Travel Club e-News for info on upcoming trips.
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The Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum opened in mid-November and features seven illuminating exhibits throughout the grounds. The installations are the work of British artist, Bruce Munro, who is known for creating glowing immersive art. He’s built 12 exhibits around the country but this is his first light installation in Minnesota.
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PattiCakes28 Shorewood, Minnesota Level Contributor 10 reviews 6 attraction reviews 2 helpful votes “My Haven” Reviewed March 21, 2017 Frequently walk the Arboretum to enjoy whatever may be in season and to just be immerse in beauty. I Like to sit in the restaurant over a cup of soup or one of the various sandwiches/salad choices while watching the birds through the windows. I have taken a number of classes and also frequent the gift shop for special items. Helpful? Thank PattiCakes28 Report

The MN Landscape Arboretum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to be a growing resource for horticultural information, plant conservation, research and education. To inspire and delight a growing visitorship with outstanding displays, collections and natural areas. The Gardens are funded through memberships, individual donations, memorial and tribute gifts, grants, corporate support and planned giving. Join in our stewardship by donating today! Tax deductible contributions at any level are sincerely appreciated.
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Special group admission for groups of 15 or more, including driver: $10 per person, Mon.-Fri. only, without Arboretum tour guide. Please have a single payment ready for the gate attendant for your entire group. No other offers apply. Advanced reservations for group admission not necessary. Groups must make own arrangements for tram tours upon arrival. No room or restaurant reservations in advance. See also Group Tours packages, including tour guide, lunch or snack, advanced reservations.

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