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Open as usual, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum touts its corona-calming qualities

It's taking precautions in its buildings, but a walk in the grounds alone offers a low-risk, calming experience.
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While the spread of the coronavirus has sparked a domino effect of events and activities shutting down amid pleas for social distancing, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is offering a tonic for your COVID-19 woes.

With 1,200 acres of gardens, plants and tree collections in Chaska, there's ample space to avoid the crowds and stay out of exposure distance.

In a message to its fans on Thursday night, the arboretum has said that it is business as usual as spring approaches, albeit it's taking a few precautions to protect its staff and visitors.

This includes increased cleaning of frequently touched areas in its buildings using CDC recommended products, and hand-washing reminders posted in all restrooms and facilities.

Employees, volunteers and visitors meanwhile are being encouraged to stay home if they're not well or have a sick family member.

But the main attraction is its sprawling grounds, which can be enjoyed in solitude, small groups, or even from the comfort of your own vehicle.

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That's because the arboretum's Three Mile Drive will open to the public once again from this Wednesday, Mar. 18 – a month earlier than usual.

"We encourage everyone to stay healthy, get outside into nature, and to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this spring," the arboretum says.

"We know that being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear and stress. Given the state of anxiety the coronavirus is causing worldwide, we want to make those benefits of nature as accessible as possible, so we're opening Three-Mile Drive to cars a month earlier than usual."

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