• Gardens

    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features 1,137 acres of natural areas, public gardens and thousands of plant labels designed to inspire ideas for visitors' own backyards.  With specialty gardens, demonstration areas, 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. In 2012, the Arboretum was granted full status into the Center for Plant Conservation as a public or private garden representing the Upper Midwest.

     

  • Tree & Shrub Collections

    Tree and shrub collections make up a significant portion of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The planting of collections for preservation purposes began as soon as the Arboretum was founded in 1958, and a number of plants went in the ground even before the Arboretum was dedicated. The most extensive plantings occurred from 1957 to 1965. In 2012, the pine and ornamental grass collections were officially included in the North American Plant Collections Consortium, a program administered by the American Public Gardens Association.

     

  • Natural Habitats

    Natural habitats and native plants abound at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Discover the bog at Green Heron Pond, an "off the beaten track" nature experience featuring a half-mile trail and refurbished boardwalk. Stand in the Prairie and hear the sounds of swishing grass and birdsong. Visit Spring Peeper Meadow, a wetland restoration project that is now home to almost two dozen species of sedge, grass and wildflowers. Find native plants of the deciduous woodlands in the Wildflower Garden, including Minnesota's state flower, the Showy Lady's Slipper.

     

  • Art @ the Arboretum

    The wonders of nature, along with the myths and stories about our place in this world, have inspired the sculptures you'll find at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Created by world-renowned American and international artists, sculptures can be found throughout the grounds in interplay with the magnificent landscape of open countryside, gardens, trees and sky that changes with every season. The new Sculpture Garden, located at High Point, is dedicated to the 23-piece collection given to the Arboretum by Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison in 2013.

     

  • Horticultural Research Center (HRC)

    Located 1 mile west of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum entrance, the HRC is one of the leading institutions for fruit and woody landscape plant research in the Upper Midwest with over 150 plant introductions since 1908. Research is focused on breeding plants and new varieties that are cold-hardy for growing in Minnesota's climate, work that benefits both northern gardeners and commercial growers.

     

  • 10 Plants that Changed Minnesota

    Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today? In 2012, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum asked the public to nominate plants for a state's Top 10 list based on their significant impact—positive or negative—on what we eat, the landscape, the economy, our culture, history and more. The initiative aims to build awareness of the crucial role plants play in nourishing and sustaining life on Earth.