November - April, open daily 8am - 5:30 pm; May - October, 8am - sunset. Snyder Building open to 4:30pm in the winter and 5:30 in the summer except Thursdays, when it is open until 8pm in the summer.
$5.00 for Adults (over 18)
Ages 18 and under and members are admitted free
Admission to the Arboretum is free every Thursday after 4:30 pm.
For groups of 10 or more arriving in a single vehicle on weekdays, admission is $3.00 per person.
Group, wedding, and facility rental information and policies are available from the reservationist, 952-443-1411, or stop in at the Lobby Desk.
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The grounds at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum were opened in 1958 and cover 939 acres. There are 9 demonstration gardens to show how great looking landscapes can be created in even the most stubborn landscapes. Assortments of wildflowers, a Japanese garden, and perennials round out the beautiful gardens of the facility.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was founded to find plants that would tolerate the frigid -35°F winter weather of Minnesota. Landscape materials and winter hardy fruit development were required by the Minnesota Legislature act that established the arboretum. The goals of the arboretum are: a.) to develop winter hardy plant material; b.) to provide extension and University education; c.) to develop a program for children to study plants; and d.) to show and inspire the public about the value of landscape plants.
The arboretum is part of the University of Minnesota and administered through the Horticulture Department. The budget is over $4 million a year with 1/3 from the University; 1/3 from gate fees and revenues produced at the arboretum; and 1/3 as gifts and donations. There are 15 permanent staff members, 100 summer employees and 600 volunteers that give tours, do weeding and clerical assistance.
Fruit research began around the turn of this century at a farm near the edge of the present arboretum. Today, there are winter hardy fruits of almost every kind except peaches growing here. Landscaping plants research began soon after World War II. At the present time there are 935 acres of land at the arboretum and horticulture research center where the fruits are being grown. The fruit shade tree plantings began in 1958.
The Japanese garden is one of three in the twin cities region. There is also a home demonstration garden where nine different landscapes are illustrated. These include: a rock garden, a deck garden, a cut flower garden, a container garden, a garden for small spaces, an herb garden, a garden for outdoor living, a fruit and vegetable garden, a naturalistic garden, and an AllAmerican trial garden. The peony garden contains 150 new varieties. The rose garden has over 200 varieties of Tea Roses. Since roses die at 20°F, the "Minnesota tip method" was developed to keep the plants alive. Other areas of the arboretum include an Azalea garden, sugar maples, prairie wildflower display, shade tree display, a ginkgo collection, a maple grove, lindens, a weeping tree collection, crabapples, a small tree collection, a spruce collection, a pine collection containing over 100 varieties, several ash trees are growing, and there is an elm collection.
Offers books in horticulture and related subjects, unique cards and graphics, and special Arboretum and Minnesota gift items to make your visit memorable.
Daily serves hearty cafeteria-style lunches with homemade soups, gourmet salads and great freshly baked desserts. Picnic lunches and catered buffets are available for groups.
Wheelchairs are available without charge. See Lobby Desk receptionist. Most of grounds are accessible by wheelchair, or by motorized vehicle on paved drive.
How to Get to the Arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is located about 4 miles west of Chanhassen on State Hwy. 5, just one quarter-mile west of the intersection of State Hwy. 5 and State Hwy. 41.
Take 35W to I-494 west to State Hwy. 5 (exit 11C).
OR, take 35W to the Crosstown (62), go west and follow the signs to Hwy. 212, but do not exit the highway, and continue west on State Hwy. 5.
Follow State Hwy. 5 for about 9.25 miles, past Chanhassen, past the intersection of State Hwy. 5 and State Hwy. 41. Just past the intersection of State Hwy. 41, there will be a small brown sign on the right-hand side of the road just before the Arboretum entrance. On the left you will se
Arashiyama, white with snow,
Almost seems to be
Engulfed in clouds of flowers.
Pine trees, by a magic touch,
Transfigured into cherry trees.