FREE Admission for Carver County Residents on August 19
Carver County residents are invited to enjoy FREE admission to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this Friday, August 19. The event kicks off with a public welcome at 10 a.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center. Guests can meet local officials, enjoy refreshments and receive a reusable shopping bag with special offers and discounts (available on a first-come, first-served basis) after the welcoming address.
Other special events include:
- Savage Gardens Exhibit, “the real and imaginary world of carnivorous plants” –
Experience interactive, larger-than-life Savage Gardens sculptures in the Visitor Center and Conservatory. There are also six games for children to play located in the Snyder Building Lobby.
- David Rogers’ Big Bugs Exhibit
10 delightful REALLY Big Bugs, created by sculptor David Rogers, are strategically placed throughout the gardens. The collection includes a 1,200 pound praying mantis, a dragonfly with a 17-foot wingspan, and three giant ants, each 10-feet high.
- A walking tour of nearby gardens beginning at 10:30 a.m.
- Storytime at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall –
Featuring books on bugs and plants suitable for the young and young at heart.
- Rides on the free BeeLine Shuttle
The new red Toro trams pick up and drop off at shuttle stops every 20 minutes at the Home Demo Garden, Sculpture Garden, and Maze Garden.
Walk, ride, meander or just sit and “be”. There are dozens of paths to explore, a three mile drive to wander and lots of benches that allow visitors to relax and ponder the colorful beauty of nature. If you’re a Carver County resident, take advantage of free admission on August 19 (with proof of residency ─ just show your driver’s license or a utility bill at the gate). The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is one of Carver County’s finest local treasures. No wonder Carver County is the third happiest county in the country!
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a top visitor attraction in the metro area. With more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails, the Arboretum was borne out of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958.