It’s Bloom Time at the Best Botanical Garden in the US

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Spring Blooms

It’s Bloom Time at the Best Botanical Garden in the US

Chaska’s Minnesota Landscape Arboretum a Great Venue for Outings & Gifts
(Especially for Mother’s Day!)

As you’ve probably already heard, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was recently named the Best Botanical Garden by USA Today. Second and third place spots are held by the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Chaska’s local treasure, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, encompasses 1,200 acres of gardens, woods and prairies, and features more than 5,000 plant species and varieties. Last fall, 32,000 new early bulbs were planted in groupings throughout the Arboretum that are blooming now. More than 38,000 tulips are just beginning to bloom along with lilacs, crabapple blossoms, wildflowers and more.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's first tulip

An early bloomer – one of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s 38,000 tulips rises above the crowd. Peak bloom usually occurs around Mother’s Day, but may arrive a bit earlier this year.

My favorite features are the Japanese Garden and the ever changing art exhibits both inside and out. A current art experience, “Robert Anderson’s Gardens of Kaleidoscopes,” features a series of 15 interactive garden kaleidoscope installations that allow you to view patterns and intricate prism designs. By turning the container gardens while peering through the kaleidoscope, you can see bursts of changing color patterns and experience an interactive living sculpture. The “scopes” are installed in varying heights to accommodate children and adults. The ingeniously designed , brightly colored sculptural metal frames house container gardens that are changed monthly.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Garden of Kaleidescope Installation

One of 15 interactive garden kaleidoscope installations

Arboretum Memberships Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts

As Mother’s Day approaches, why not consider giving mom an annual membership at the Arb?  The gift of membership offers year round pleasure she can enjoy at her convenience.  Whether hiking, driving, or just sitting to enjoy the view, the arboretum provides a break from routine and is a great place to experience with friends and family.

If you purchase an Arboretum Gift Membership by May 8, the membership team will hand write your personalized message on a greeting card and include member cards along with an offer for a free 1-year subscription to Martha Stewart Living or Better Homes & Gardens Magazine.

Call 612-301-1257 to purchase your gift membership, or visit arboretum.umn.edu/join.aspx and click on the membership link. Yearly memberships start at $60 for Solo, $100 for Duo and $125 for Duo +2.

Looking for a Family Experience?
Make Reservations for the Arboretum’s Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Arboretum’s special Mother’s Day Brunch features an expanded brunch menu along with the opportunity to enjoy spring in bloom. Located in the Oswald Visitor Center/MacMillan Auditorium, pricing is $33 for Members, $36 for Non-Members, and $16 for Kids ages 12 and under. Reservations are required – call (612) 301-7602 for best available serving times.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Offers FREE Admission Once a Month

Members enjoy free admission all year round. If you aren’t a member yet, however, consider visiting on a free admission day on the third Monday of each month, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Put a third Monday on your calendar to experience all that the Arboretum has to enjoy.

Regular admission fees are $15 for visitors age 16 and up, children 15 and under are free.

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