The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is located just 20 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis in Chaska. It encompasses over 1000 acres featuring woods, wetlands, various gardens, and model landscapes. There are also over 12 miles of walking trails for the nature enthusiast, as well as a 3 mile scenic drive for those that would rather enjoy the beauty from inside a vehicle.
The Arboretum displays different shows each season. Summer is a great time to view the roses in the Rose Garden in full bloom and the many varieties of lilies, wildflowers, and perennials planted throughout the park. More than just a display of wildlife, the facility also offers adult gardening lessons, children school programs, and cooking sessions. The University is very interested in the research of different plant species and has a separate division for each highlighted Eco-system.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is open 363 days a year, only closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Various types of Tours are available depending on group size and what you would like to see. Admission and directions are as follows:
- Adults: $7
- Children 15 and under: Free year-round
- Arboretum members: Free year-round
- Free admission all day every Thursday through April 26.
- Beginning in May, free admission for all ages after 4:30 p.m. every Thursday.