Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Again Up For USA Today Award

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Again Up For USA Today Award


THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM IS ONCE AGAIN UP FOR USA TODAY’S TEN BEST BOTANICAL GARDEN CONTEST. THEY ARE HOPING TO DEPEND THIS YEAR AS THEY WON LAST YEAR. IT’S HOT COMPETITION FOR THE BEST ARBORETUM IN THE COUNTRY. WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS. ALLEN, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. BEING VOTED THE BEST LAST YEAR, GREAT HONOR. HAS IT BEEN GOOD? IT’S BEEN A GREAT TAG LINE TO HAVE, AND RIGHT NOW WE ARE RUNNING FIFTH. I SEE THAT. MORE AND MORE PEOPLE NEED TO VOTE. NOW IN 4th. MOVING UP. MAYBE AFTER THIS INTERVIEW YOU WILL BE IN 1st. YOU NEVER KNOW. YOUR COMPETITION, LONGWOOD GARDEN, AND MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN IN ST. LOUIS. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU WILL BEAT THE GARDENS IN MEXICO, BUT NOW NUMBER FOUR. AHEAD OF ATLANTA. FOR BEING THE 13th LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY, THAT’S A GREAT, GREAT SCORE. YOU’RE CELEBRATING 60 YEARS, AND HOW HAS THE GARDEN EVOLVED AND CHANGED THROUGH THE TEST OF TIME? WE HAVE ADDED MANY NEW GARDENS, EVERYTHING FROM THE MAZE GARDEN TO THE HUGE EDIBLE LANDSCAPE OUT THERE. WE HAVE MAINTAINED THE GREAT INTEGRITY OF THE SITE. IT’S A 1200-ACRE SITE FEELING LIKE MINNESOTA WITH THE WEDLANDS AND BIG WOODS, AND IT’S WEAVING THROUGH ALL THE WONDERFUL CHARACTER. YOU’RE SAYING THE WEATHER HAS NOT BEEN COOPERATIVE SO FAR, BUT YOU’RE SEEING SOME? THE FIRST TRIFECTA OF THE BELOVED SPRING WILD FIRES AND THE SKUNK CABBAGE ARE FINALLY BLOOMING. YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT THE SKUNK CABBAGE? I DO! IT’S A REALLY COOL PLANT. THE GARDENS ARE ALIVE DURING THE WINTER. SO MANY PEOPLE LIKE TO USE IT TO WALK AROUND OR WINTER HIKE. SNOW SHOE TRAVELS, AND CROSS COUNTRY SKIING, AND THE HIKE FOR THE 3-MILE DRIVE. WE KEEP IT OPEN. HOW BIG IS THE STAFF THAT WORKS ON THE GARDEN ITSELF? ABOUT 60 IN THE SUMMER NOW. WOW. YEAH IT TAKES A LOT. IS YOUR EFFORT AT WEEDING AS EXHAUSTING AS MY HOME GARDEN AT WEEDING? WHICH IS WHAT, ZERO? WE HAVE WONDERFUL GARDNERRERS. MY HANDS, — GARDENERS. MY HANDS, AS YOU CAN SEE, WERE BUSY CATCHING UP THIS WEEKEND. ANY EVENTS GOING ON FOR THE 60th? ABSOLUTELY. BIG CRANE OUT THERE INSTALLING DISPLAYS. SATURDAY IS THE DEBUT. EXCELLENT. MATT IS BRINGING GOOD WEATHER FOR YOU. GREAT! THIS WEEK, SO VERY NICE. IF YOU WANT TO VOTE, WCCO.COM/LINKS TO VOTE FOR THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM,

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