While at the Minnesota State Fair a few weeks ago I won a coupon good for two admissions for the price is one to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I didn’t know much about it but it looked interesting, so I took the drive to the far southwest metro Twin Cities area, located in Chaska, to visit.
While eating breakfast I reminded myself to grab the coupon. Remembering again while getting ready for the day, I thought to grab it before leaving. The next time I thought about the coupon was two miles from the entrance to the arboretum. Dangit!
Full price admission it was going to have to be that day. Not only was it worth the full $12 a person (something I’m rare to say), I liked that I still have the coupon so I have to go back. (Note: The arboretum is free for children younger than 12 and University of Minnesota students.) With more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails, I didn’t get anywhere close to seeing everything I would like to see in the three hours I was there. There is a three mile road for cars or a tram (that costs money) with different stops along the way.
The arboretum is open year round every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there seems to be something to look at no matter the time of year, since different things will be in bloom. There is prairie, forest, flower gardens, plant and herb gardens, a sculpture garden and more. It is really an incredible place. As I said, maybe it isn’t the worst thing that I forgot the coupon as I have no excuse not to return. I was really in awe driving the road after walking for hours and realizing I scratched the surface of the place and that it would be wonderful to return to experience different seasons. I really enjoyed the herb garden, dahlia garden and wetland. Next time I will have to tackle the maze, return to the wetland to walk more trails, and to see flowers that were past their bloom.
If you haven’t been, I strongly recommend a trip. And right now it’s on Living Social with a two-for-one deal (just don’t forget the voucher when you go)!
If you have been to the arboretum, what is your favorite garden to visit and why? I would love to know in the comments below.