I was very disappointed to learn the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is planning to open a new sculpture garden clustered on a high point ("Branching out at the arboretum," Dec. 26).

Our family has enjoyed this natural spot for years, often spreading blankets out for a picnic to enjoy the rolling hillside beyond. Now it seems the arboretum has decided that God-made beauty must be improved with man-made objects of art.

Further, it appears the sculptures will be permanent. I understand the need to have new attractions to increase attendance, but adding sculptures to a beautiful hill area doesn't seem right to me.