To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, the staff and board of directors of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society toured the arb last Friday. The society played a key role in founding the arb back in the 1950s. Seeing the arboretum today, it’s hard to imagine the area as the field of corn and woods it must have been then.
The founders had a great vision for a research and display arboretum and that vision has been fully realized in the arb today. It’s artistically landscaped and provides an opportunity for northern gardeners to see plants that thrive in our climate. I’ve been a member of the arboretum for a few years and have taken one of the many classes the arb offers. (I’d love to take one on photography, but have not had a chance yet.) During the tour, I spent a lot of time in the rose area. (That’s a ‘Dainty Bess’ rose above and a ‘Charles Darwin’ English rose at right.)
Typical of enthusiastic gardeners in a large garden, we lost a few members of the group during the tour–not permanently, of course. But we gathered a few of the MSHS group for a photo. They are (from back to front): Linda and Glen Huebner, Malcolm Burleigh, Faye Duvall, Diane Duvall, Vicky Vogels, Rose Eggert, Tom McKusick, Lisa Williams-Hardman, and Brenda Harvieux.