The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen held the official opening of its new “Farm at the Arb” during a Saturday festival.
Hundreds of visitors explored the new agricultural interpretive site, while enjoying games, food and music on Arboretum grounds.
The Farm at the Arb will display a variety of Minnesota crops, vegetable gardens and fruit trees. The site is adjacent to the Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center.
Ultimately there will be an orchard and vineyard at the site, as well as rotating community gardens, according to Susie Hopper, Arboretum media specialist. Plans also call for a summer garden and the statewide headquarters of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program.
The site includes a large lawn for events, and the site and barn are available to rent, Hopper said.
The renovation and development of the site cost $5.4 million, Hopper said. “We’re enormously grateful to all the donors and sponsors who helped us make this happen, because without them the Farm at the Arb would not exist,” she said.