Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Last week, the kids and I packed up the car and took a trip 45 miles east to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. First we stopped in Waconia. What a beautiful little town! I sort of have a dream of living there now. The downtown sits up on a hill overlooking the gorgeous lake. And the lake actually looked clear when we got a close-up look!

At the arboretum, we walked from the cafe to the hedge maze and back. And that was pretty much it. It was about 95 degrees and humid as all get out. Plus the friends were meeting had this little one with them:

But we got to see some stuff. Here would be a nice little place for a game of uber lawn bowling. . .

The highlight of the trip (for Andrew and I anyway) was the Uff da Palace. The artist (Patrick Dougherty) sculpts these amazing structures out of willow.

I’ve been trying really hard this spring to get a nice shot of all the butterflies I’ve been seeing around. Sadly, I only own one lens for my camera and it’s not a zoom. . . this is the best I could do:

Now here’s a great concept for a dining room table!

I snapped a few shots of my beloved poppies:

These 2 were born a week apart. It’s fun to watch them grow together. Andrew looks so much taller because Maya is sitting back further on the bench. In reality he’s only about an inch taller.

In conclusion. . . The arboretum is nice but not on a hot day! Too much walking involved and a lot of it isn’t shaded. I think the perfect time to visit here would be a day in the 70’s. I will probably go back sometime in the Fall- it’s probably gorgeous then! They are actually open year round. I think they allow cross-country skiing in the winter which would be fun- it’s hilly there so you’d get some exercise, that’s for sure!