CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum wants to know: Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today?

The Arboretum is encouraging the public to nominate specific plants for a Top 10 list. It’s part of a new initiative to build awareness of the crucial role plants play in nourishing and sustaining life.

University of Minnesota horticulture professor Mary Meyer is spearheading the program. She says they hope to start conversations about plants and their role in the historic and economic factors that changed the course of Minnesota. She’s seeking to engage students from elementary through university levels, as well as the public.

Nominations will be accepted through April 15 via the Arboretum website or in person at the visitor center in Chaska.

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Comments (5)
  1. b says:

    are you kidding me this is why this country is so messed up get a life you worthless guys

  2. thumbs up says:

    @b…worthless? give me a break. Trees and plants are what make our environment look nice, feel warmer or cooler and just makes a huge difference in the quality of life. The country is not messed up because the arboretum wants us to have quality in our surroundings, it is messed up because of mean and ugly spirited people love to express their dissatisfaction of their own pitiful lives and make everyone else suffer for it with stupid comments like that.

  3. Patrick says:

    Corn and soybeans hands down. Millions of acres of natives have been plowed under and turned into biologically sterile mono cultures. Not such a good deal.

  4. Boltupright says:

    Don’t forget creeping charlie.