Minnesota hospitality

By Sarah Reynolds | Jun 27, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds A dragonfly sculpture sits atop a waterfall at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Bloomington, Minn. — Monday, Katie took us to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a beautiful garden affiliated with the University of Minnesota. We took a tram ride around the grounds, with narration about the various gardens and tree collections, then had lunch in the very nice cafeteria there.

After that, Maureen parked herself on a sunny bench and Katie and I went to explore some of the gardens up close. We saw roses, daylilies and annuals, outdoor sculpture and water features. It was a delightful and refreshing day.

The last two days have been good for Cushla as well. Not only has she had a cushy bed in an air conditioned house, she has also had nearly as many tennis balls to chase as she wanted. We have taken her to a park near Ellen and Chuck's, where she's staying, and once to a larger park with ballfields.

We, too, have been treated royally, and will not soon forget the kind hospitality of Katie and her sister.

Tuesday we begin the last stage of our trek. We're not sure yet where we'll end the day, but it will be several hundred miles closer to Maine.

 

Sculptures of pitcher plants tower above the real plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
The arboretum has many areas where experimental plants are grown, including this prairie grass. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
The red-leaved tree at left is a variety of cherry. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Roses are among the featured flowers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
A perennial bed is full of color. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
A fountain draws the eye at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Orange lilies are striking. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Daylilies bloom at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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