Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN. This is a must visit for plant lovers. It is 1,137 acres of beautiful public gardens with 32 display & specialty gardens and more than 5,000 plant species and varieties. You can walk or drive the tour and we decided to do the two hour walking tour. Well as you guessed it, it took over three hours for our group and I am sure it didn’t help that I had to take lots of pictures and we had a five year old with us.
As we entered the visitor center, we were greeted by the Great Hall of Orchids Exhibit. There were so many beautiful plants. Every time I see an orchid, it reminds me to purchase one soon for my home.
As we left the visitor center, we saw grape hyacinth and tulips nestled around a Redbud Tree – Cercis canadensis. The weather this year has given us the best show for Redbud trees in a long time.
Above is a garden that caught my attention from above. It is a knot garden with boxwood – Buxus, barberries – Berberis and lavender – Lavandula plants. I would love to see it when the lavender is blooming. This garden has inspired me to try a smaller version of this in my backyard.
It is not often when I come here that I get to see the crabapple trees – Malus sp. blooming. There were 16 species, 120 cultivars and 268 specimens and most were blooming! There were white, pink and red flowers.
This aboretum really deserves to be seen several times in the year. Last winter, we went snow shoeing there and enjoyed the winter landscape. Another favorite , especially of my niece was the maze garden. There were 1,600 shrubs specimens thoughtfully planted to create a challenging maze.
Next time you are in Minnesota make sure to visit this arboretum.