There are loads of gardens throughout Minneapolis. Dedicate a day checking out these colorful spots May through September.
The gardens are listed from North to South. As a result, this will save time to “wander purposely” throughout our city.
Read on to determine what spots are worth visiting if you have limited time. The Park Mobile App will help save time and the hassle of finding a parking spot.
Eloise Butler Wildflower Gardens in Minneapolis
The 15 acre gardens are open every day of the week besides Monday. The gates are open from 10 am to 7 pm (with 6:30 pm last entry) April 1st to October 15th. There are open before and after the dates above, but limited to just the weekends.
The trails are well groomed with some wooden boardwalks. There is one spot with a short, but steep incline. Most people spend an hour looking at the flowers and walking the trails in the garden.
Minneapolis has one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country. It is 19 acres in total if you include the Walker Art Center (11 acres without). The outdoor park is entirely free, but the Walker Art institute next door has a paid admission.
This garden has few flowers, but great greenery. The art in the park is a plus.
Lyndale Park Rose Garden
It is located directly next to Lake Harriet, making it easy to see both in the same outing. It is best to visit late June to September when the garden is in full bloom.
This colorful garden was originally designed by the famous Theodore Wirth. Actually, the layout hasn’t changed since it was first planted in 1907.
Not only will you enjoy the roses, but it also features a florentine fountain, bird sanctuary, and an ancient sundial.
Dowling Community Garden
This lush garden has roughly 185 plots allowing over 200 gardeners to use the land each year. They have a waiting list each year. Due to limiting space, do not forget to reserve your spot early.
The land is provided for people in over 15 neighborhoods and the nearby Dowling Environmental school for educational purposes.
Longfellow Gardens in Minneapolis
Across from Minnehaha Falls you’ll discover the sustainable Longfellow Gardens. In 2005, the city of Minneapolis decided it was time to create another place for the bees to pollinate and leaves to compost.
In summary, as you check out the flowers there are historic statues, scenic spaces, and views of the Minneapolis skyline.
After walking through Longfellow gardens be sure to take the time and explore the many perennials scattered about in Minnehaha Park.
The flowers around the fountain are my favorite. There are benches all around for a moment to relax and take in the beauty.
Nokomis Naturescape Gardens in Minneapolis
Grab a coffee or a snack from Nokomis Beach Coffee. Then walk down the hill to the natural beauty next to Lake Nokomis. There are mulch foot paths to see each flower close up. To sum it up, the wildflowers are lush.
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