Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Parks & Geology / Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

If you’re looking for something to do while you wait for the snow, I suggested going to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Don’t worry, you can stay inside the whole time! I wrote about this place last spring but I wanted to bring it up again because it’s perfect for all seasons. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that operates with the U of M. It’s a big enclosure that is home to trees, cedar trails, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, wildlife and gardens BUT they also have exhibits, have a gift and garden store, a terrarium and are home of the Arboretum Café. Their current exhibit is the Arboretum’s “Making Spirits Bright: Land Of Gingerbread” that runs through January 3rd. During this time you can see the a 20-ft. Poinsettia Tree (since it was just National Poinsettia Day), live holiday music, pictures with Santa (even a breakfast this Saturday), live evergreen trees decorated in natural ornaments and Gingerbread Houses on display created by local bakeries. This Saturday, they even have a Traditional Gingerbread House Workshop where you can learn to make them. Finally, the Arboretum has adult art classes and you can become a member of the Arboretum Photographers Society (APS) in a place that has become a bit of a photographers paradise.

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