Chanhassen, Minn. (June 7, 2012) - Looking for "Made in the Midwest" jams, honey, fudge and cheese? How about the Arboretum's recently introduced Summer Waltz shrub rose? Or fresh herb and vegetable plants, including U of M introductions?
Look no further than the Arboretum's SummerHouse garden market. Located 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance, the SummerHouse is bursting with seasonal glories, local food products and great gardening tools. And currently all herb plants, vegetable gardens and potted herb gardens are discounted 25 percent!
The SummerHouse inhabits a rustic pole barn and is located at the intersection of State Hwy. 5 and Rolling Acres Road in the Victoria area, just 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance. (Please note: the SummerHouse will remain open during road construction on Hwy. 5 this summer. During road closure, please follow detours.) The SummerHouse is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 31 (when it transforms into the AppleHouse for fall).
Throughout the season, the SummerHouse offers visitors a chance to experience a rotating selection of fresh produce from local farmers. Also for sale are U of M-made gourmet cheeses and, starting next week, U of M ice cream.
Daily updates on the SummerHouse's featured selections of produce and plants are available on a recorded message on the SummerHouse Hotline: (952) 443-1409. All Arboretum members receive a 10-percent discount.
The Arboretum and the Horticultural Research Center (HRC) have a long, vibrant history of supporting the state's agricultural industry. The HRC has generated more than 100 plant introductions over the past 104 years, from disease-resistant azaleas to the cold-hardy Marquette wine grape to its most famous apple introductions, the Haralson, the Honeycrisp and SweeTango. A portion of SummerHouse proceeds is invested back into research and inspiring new plant introductions that continue to cultivate the local horticultural industry.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest and a premier northern arboretum, is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota and a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research, and public education. It is located nine miles west of I-494 on Highway 5 in Chanhassen. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator. The Arboretum is disability accessible; the buildings and grounds are smoke free. -END-