Each year, approximately 13,000 flowers are planted at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in the Horticulture Display Garden, Morris. A majority of these flowers are for research purposes, and the remaining are used to create aesthetically appealing displays.
Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist selects the proper placement for each flower while student workers follow to plant.
The University of Minnesota Gardens were first established in 1920 on the current University of Minnesota, Morris campus. They were moved to their present location in 1973. Since 1990, the gardens have been an All-American Selections display site. Today, the Gardens have grown to include plantings and research from several locations around the world.
In addition to having the display gardens available for your enjoyment, the University of Minnesota is continually conducting research on the flowers and landscape plantings.
Maps for a self-guided tour are available on the grounds. Most plants are identified by small tags. Please call with questions, to plan a special tour, or if you wish to provide financial support.
The Garden is open to the public from dawn until dusk, and is free admission.