Every year I think I am going to enjoy the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum while it’s free, and then the winter goes by and I didn’t get out there once. Then, March rolls around and I think once again, what a perfect time to visit.
And it is with all the Maple Syrup events and delicous treats to enjoy! Each year the staff at the Arboretum staff taps over 250 trees and hangs little blue bags to collect the sap. March is the ideal time to tap trees for sap collection because the below freezing temperatures at night and the high 30s, low 40s during the day encourages the Sugar Maple trees to wake up and the sap to start running.
The Aboretum has perfected a method of creating maple syrup by using traditional methods and a vacuum system to increase production.
This year the Maple Syrup season kicks off with the Sugarbush Pancake Brunch at the Oswald Visitor’s Center on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Tickets are $6-$11.50 and include the admission price.
When you’ve gotten your fill of pancakes, take a walk out to the trees on the Arboretum’s Maple Syrup Tour. These take place on the same day from 9:00 am-2:00 pm and are free.
If you are unable to make it to the Brunch, but still want to check out the maple syrup at the Arboretum, you can attend the Sugar Open House. Saturday, March 29 and Saturday, April 5 from noon-5:00 pm, you can visit the Sugarhouse to watch staff and volunteers make syrup, sample fresh sap, and taste freshly made syrup.
It’s a very hopeful time in Minnesota–March is– enjoying the fruits of our laborious winter and anticipating the arrival of spring.
image courtesy MN Landscape Arboretum