We decided to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in the afternoon, which is about an hour and half drive from Rochester. This Arboretum has more than a thousand acres of variety of gardens and it is part of the Department of Horticultural Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.
After paying $9 per person at the entrance gate, we did the self guided tour by departing from the visitor center and strolled as aimlessly and leisurely as possible for 3 hours. There are many unusual flowers/plants and they are properly labeled, which is very helpful to English-challenged folks like me who only know generic terms, such as “a really big yellow flower” or “a little less big red flower” or “weird looking plant”. Some of the Dahlias are just spectacularly beautiful and odd. We did the 3-mile drive at the end of our visit and we realized there were whole lot more things to see in detail… oh well, we were already hungry for sushi at that point. Nevertheless, we will definitely come back here soon.