The Sap to Syrup Story

If it’s March, it must be maple syrup time at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Every March, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts a group of events called Maple Syrup Time, celebrating the seasonal collection of maple sap. The Sugarbush Pancake Brunch, held from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. March 18 is the event headliner, offering all-you-can-eat pancakes, which are made from pancake mix donated by Minnesota-owned Sturdiwheat. No reservations are required, and tickets may be purchased the day of the event in the Great Hall.

The maple syrup comes right from the trees in the arboretum. After the pancakes, participants can tour the Sugarbush trees. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell the tale of the sap to syrup story.

Visitors may try tree tapping, observe sap cooking down into syrup, make spiles and view four sap collection systems.

For those interested in honing their syrup skills, they may return during the next two weekends to tour the syrup making process again, taste the fresh sap and sample hot maple syrup after hours of boiling down the sap.

All ages. Brunch: $9 members, $11 non-members with complementary gate admission, $6 ages 4-7, 3 and under free. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sugarhouse Tasting Time: Free with gate admission. Saturdays March 25 and April 1, noon-4 p.m.

Art of the meal

Making pancakes is an art—literally. Visit the Arboretum website to view a specially created video, paying artistic homage to the pancake brunch.