Minnesota is home to the nation's largest tamarack:
60' crown spread
Crow Wing County
"The Living Legacy Garden is a public garden established in 2001 at the Central Lakes College Ag Center. The 10-acre garden is designed to offer life-long learning in a beautiful garden setting. The focus of the garden is to demonstrate plants suitable for growing in Zone 3 as well as to provide a relaxing spot to enjoy nature's beauty."
Living Legacy Gardens
Minnesota has over 1,000 different species of wildflowers and plants which are not foreign to central minnesota. The Minnesota Wildflowers website allows you to check out many of these species and you can explore further by exploring them yourself in the prairie.
Minnesota is also the 16th most forested state in the nation with over 4 million acres of land in 58 state forests for you to explore! Check out our state and national forests page for more information about this.
The Garden will be completed in three phases over several years and will demonstrate perennials, shade-loving plants, herbs, fruits, wildflowers and native plants. Initial funding for the garden was obtained through the U of M Central Region Partnership. Many private and commercial donations have been received as well. The perennial garden has been established and work is moving forward on the orchard, shade, therapeutic and herb gardens.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens at any time and to participate in various educational events. Please call 218.894.5161 or email for more information or directions. You may also visit the facebook site.
Click here to check it out and submit your measurements!
National Tree Registry
For 75 years, the National Big Tree Program has been recognizing beauty and critical ecosystem services provided by our biggest and oldest trees. There are more than 750 trees documented in the big tree registry. Minnesota’s 52 native tree species are listed in the Big Tree Registry.
Want to be a part of the fun?
A nominee is judged by three specific components: circumference in inches of its trunk 4 ½ feet above the ground, its height in feet, and one-quarter of its crown spread in feet. These points are then added up for each species.
To be crowned a champion, a tree must have the highest points in its species. If the tree is not the champion, it will be filed as a “contender.” Once the champion tree falls, the contended is the new champion.