With summer finally here, many of us will be finding ways to enjoy the out-of-doors. There are many ways to enjoy being outside in Minnesota in the summer.

On Wednesday, May 28, we decided to visit the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum near Chaska, Minn. It is about a three-hour drive from here but found it well worth it.

When was the last time you were there? It had been years for us.

What will you encounter once you are there? It is a nature park of about 1,200 acres and they are open 363 days of the year. Whatever time of the year you go, you might say, "This is the best time."

Just now there were so many kinds of blooming trees, plus tulips, a wildflower area, a hosta glen, herb garden, Japanese garden, perennial garden and much more.

The University has done a lot of apple research out here and the results have been some of the best apples we enjoy today. These apples are well suited to our climatic conditions.

Most of us have busy days and, for me, one of the best ways to have a break is to be engaged with nature in one way or another. An arboretum is domestic nature as opposed to a state park for example. Both are good for me and I urge you to give it a try.

Harvey Benson,