The Arboretum’s Bee Center

We live about a mile or so from the entrance road to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

And yet we find ourselves not coming here too often.  Chalk it up to work and family and home.

When I see this little “shack” in the woods, I now think of Pete Moe because he lived here in the summers as a young man getting his feet wet at the place.  Today Pete is the Director of the University of MN Landscape Arboretum.

The Arboretum is a family place.

The Arboretum is a nature place.

The first time I saw the Bee Center was when Pete Moe was giving me a personal, golf-cart guided tour in August 2016.  From the Three Mile Drive, Pete pointed to its location off in the distance “next to the Red Barn.”

In July 2017, Allan and I drove out to the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center and took a much closer look.

The Bee Center is, indeed, located next to the Red Barn, which speaks to the agricultural history of the land.

It’s an amazing place and we easily spent over an hour there …

… checking on bees and their bee homes ...

… checking on bee movies and bee videos ...

… checking on bees close-up …

… checking on honeycombs …

… checking on bee friends …

… checking on bee music.

A strange face kept popping up.

Beards come in various sizes, shapes, and colors.

From the Three Mile Drive you cannot see that the other side of the Red Barn is adorned with a Carver County Quilt.

A shaded picnic area for visitors is located next to the Bee Center.

It’s a beautiful drive both coming and going.