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Midmorning at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
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Midmorning broadcasts live from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Thursday, June 2. (MPR Photo/Nancy Lebens)
Now that spring is in full swing, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is becoming a busy place. The arboretum, located in Chaska, features more than 1,000 acres of gardens and woodlands. Midmorning will broadcast live from the arboretum on Thursday, June 2.

Chaska, Minn. — The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is awash with color these days, as spring flowers and trees are blooming. The latest addition to the facility is a new visitor center, which opened to the public in January.

Midmorning originates from the terrace at the visitor center Thursday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

In the first hour, Kerri Miller talks with birding and wildlife expert Carrol Henderson, author of many books on gardening to attract a variety of birds. His work attracted the attention of the arboretum staff, who have planned exhibits based on his book, "Wild About Birds," to last through the summer.

The second hour shifts to yard and garden questions with horticulturist Deb Brown. She'll talk about what cold and wet weather has done to gardens, and will also discuss the types of plants that do well in Minnesota's climate.

In addition to 1,000 acres of gardens and woodlands, the arboretum serves as a research station. Its original mission of breeding hardy fruit trees has evolved into researching topics that range from how plants affect people to what plants do best in urban and suburban gardens.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the Department of Horticultural Science of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota. The arboretum is located in Chaska, four miles west of Chanhassen on State Hwy. 5.

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