Come and join us for an afternoon at the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. If you've never been there I can tell you that it is quite an amazing place. If you've been there before, you know that it changes with the seasons and even by the day. To see and appreciate it all, takes more then one visit. To see a map click on http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/map.aspx
This is a prepay tour. For $12.00 (PLUS $2.25 for Pay Pal fees) we get admission to the Arboretum and a tour of the perennial and annual gardens around the education center. This is a good deal, because admission is generally $12.00 per person. Payable on Pay Pal or by personal check. A one hour tram tour is available for an additional $3.00. Our tour is scheduled for 1:30, but we need to be there 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. We will meet on the first floor of the Oswald Education Center, look for our sign. After pleading my case, they agreed to give me less then a week to pay, I have to have it paid by July 11th, so once again, I have to ask you to get your payment in ASAP. They require a minimum of 15 people for a group tour. My thought is that we could do the group tour and then those that wanted to explore more of the gardens or do the nature walk, would be free to do so. The buildings are also worth spending time in. They house a restaurant, gift shop, gallery, a tropical garden, library and more. At a time we all agree on, we could me at a restaurant for our after tour get together. This place is a photographers dream, so bring your camera, I'm not sure how they enforce the tri-pod policy, check out this link for info on that. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/UserFiles/File/PhotographyTripodPolicy_web.pdf
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features 1,137 acres of beautiful public gardens designed to inspire ideas for visitors' own backyards. With 32 display and specialty gardens, 48 plant collections and more than 5,000 plant species and varieties, the Arboretum has become one of the premier horticultural field laboratories and public display areas in the country. From its interactive displays of Minnesota's natural environment to the scores of plant labels designed to allow visitors to replicate favorite gardens at home, the Arboretum is a kinetic wellspring of education, research and inspiration. To see what's in bloom when we will be there, click on this link. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/WhatsInBloom.aspx
Another wonderful feature of the Arboretum is the dozens of sculptures that are placed thorough out the gardens and the trails. They have been created by Minnesota and Nationally known artist. A walk around is certainly one way to get your workout for the day. It is a very well shaded area and there are plenty of places to sit and take a break or just to appreciate the beauty. Memories are created there.
I wanted to add a note about prepayments. It seems to me that more places then ever require them. It makes it kind of hard for groups like ours that take frequent tours. I believe the reason they are doing this is first of all it helps them with staffing, so they know ahead of time how many docents or guides are need, but I also think that museums and places such as the Arboretum, have been burned in the past by groups that book tours and then don't show up or don't cancel in time to fill the slot with another group. When we book a tour, it is a commitment and shows that we take their time seriously, we really do owe them that. I believe that is the reason that we are welcomed wherever we go.
ATTN GOOGLE MAPS USERS: DO NOT USE 3675 Arboretum Way, Chaska, MN 55318 as the Arboretum address. Please use the 3675 Arboretum Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318 option at this time. We are currently working with Google to update the address to 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318.