Formal Afternoon Tea at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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“Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.”  ~Astrid Alauda

For my birthday, my dear friend Nancy surprised me with a day trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for formal afternoon tea! We arrived a couple hours prior to tea time so we could tour the many, many beautiful gardens. It was such a tranquil day. I took a bazillion pictures, and narrowed it down to a little less than a bazillion 😉 Enjoy!

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cool flower child car

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cool tractor with a flower man at the wheel

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This amazing structure is called “Uff Da Palace.”

It took artist Patrick Dougherty an entire month weaving sticks and saplings into this sculpture!

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Nancy and Bonnie in the Uff Da Palace

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I loved all of the little waterfalls around the arboretum!

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waterfall…

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waterfall in the Japanese Garden

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fox gloves

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Kitchen Herb Garden

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Kitchen Herb Garden

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this rose is so red it almost doesn’t look real!

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It was roses, roses all the way…

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Linda, Bon, and Nancy in the Rose Garden

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Japanese Maple

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Wildflower Garden Path

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Minnesota’s State Flower-The Ladyslipper

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Wicked cool flower siding!

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cacti

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Orchid

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Jack in the Pulpit

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pretty

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Salvia

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pretty

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Tea Menu!

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Tea Room at the Arboretum

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Mmmmmmm….tea treats!

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Tea!

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Trifle

Now I am inspired to go flower shopping!

~Melissa

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  12 comments for “Formal Afternoon Tea at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

  1. Grace
    June 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I’m so jealous, I wish I could have gone with you. 😉

  2. June 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

    We’re definitely going back with dad this summer! 🙂

  3. June 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Love the peach rose!

  4. June 10, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Me too! All the flowers were so pretty! Can’t wait to go back in a month or so and take another look at the gardens once they’ve had more of a chance to bloom.

  5. Sandy
    June 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Love the roses, food and other gardens. My mom has been at such a garden in the Twin Cities and my dad’s rose were planted in one of the gardens, but she can’t remember and I was too young to remember exactly. Told her I should make contact with them to get some exact information.

  6. June 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    That would be very interesting to hear about. Let me know what you find out 😉

  7. Kimber Dunn
    June 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I absolutely love the kitchen herb pot tower!!! I was just planting herbs for the first time – and think I might have to rethink my pots. I am picturing brightly colored ones to contrast against the greens… Thanks for sharing again!!

  8. June 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I thought the herb pot tower was cool too! What a neat garden decoration, and a great way to conserve space! I may do one of these in the center of my herb garden this year too! Sooooo inspired since the little trip to the arboretum! I think this may be another cool place for a ‘date day’ 😉

  9. February 21, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for sharing your pics from tea at the Arboretum! I have been there myself and they do such a nice job! I hope you don’t mind, but I mentioned your site on my tea web site. I hope it encourages other to have tea there or just to visit!

  10. Melissa
    February 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

    You’re welcome Jessica! Thanks so much for commenting, and for being an ambassador of my little corner of the internet. I’m flattered 😉

  11. tabitha
    January 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I’d like to do this for my sister’s wedding shower. Was this a private event or is it something they regularly do (and anyone could show up/reserve a few tables)? Also, the flowers/decorations in the pictures–in the arrangements with the sweets, was that included with the $23.99 per person?

    • Melissa
      January 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      This is something they do regularly. I’m sure you could reserve a few tables if you planned for it far enough in advance. The flowers and decorations are all included. My advice would be to call and see what their earliest opening would be for the size party you are planning for 🙂 have fun! xo

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