Public Flower Gardens: Twin Cities Parks With Beautiful Gardens to Explore

path through public flower garden

My five year old is a flower aficionado. She is always the first to tell me when a new flower has made an appearance in one of our gardens. We go for a walk nearly daily to check out the flowers around our neighborhood. We have favorite places (we named one “the butterfly house”), and we love when we find a new garden. Our wish list carries an ever growing list of flowers we’ve found and love and want for our own garden. It makes sense then that we would love to visit parks with especially beautiful gardens when we plan our destinations. The following list is our growing collection of Public Flower Gardens where we can explore.

Young girl using binoculars at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Twin Cities Public Gardens

Arneson Acres Park

4711 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55424
Open: Daily; 6am-10pm.
Admission
: FREE
This 13-acre park holds 28 gardens, including a woodland garden, a lily garden, a daylily garden, formal gardens, Hosta gardens, perennial gardens, and the Memory Garden.

Como Park & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Open: 365 days a year; 10am-4pm winter; 10am-6pm summer.
Admission
: FREE
Indoors or out, Como Conservatory and the surrounding gardens are beautiful 365 days a year.

Dowling Community Garden

Dowling Elementary School, E 39th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Admission: FREE
Thought to be one of the last Victory Gardens still in use today (as in the Victory Gardens from WWII), this is a working garden that hosts 200 dynamic and diverse gardeners.  The community is run by a volunteer committee.  It is fabulous to visit this garden as long as visitors have good manners.

Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College

West Lot, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431
Open: Sunday-Friday 6:30 am-7:30 pm, Closed Saturdays
Admission: FREE.
This work of horticultural art is a fun global experience for the whole family.  The garden does ask that children under 12 years old be accompanied by an adult. 

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary

1 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Open: Most days 10 am-6 pm, except Thursdays 8 am-8 pm, and Closed on Mondays
Admission: FREE
Enjoy 15 acres of beautiful flowerbeds of native plants and wildflowers. Also, explore the woodland gardens for your favorite gnomes and fairies.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden House
Rendering of proposed Visitor Center among the gardens

Franconia Sculpture Garden

29836 Saint Croix Trail, Shafer, MN 55074
Open: 365 Days a Year, 8am-8pm.
Admission: FREE (Sometimes there is a vehicle fee during events)
Best known for its art, Franconia added pollinator sanctuaries in 2020.

Enjoy flowers and sculptures.

Lyndale Park Gardens

1300 West 42nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Open: Everyday, 7:30 am-10 pm
Admission: FREE
A 1.5 acre rose garden on the northeast edge of Lake Harriet.  With over 60,000 roses to sniff and see, Hefflinger water fountain to enjoy, and the trip to the Peace Garden via the Japanese Bridge, you can’t go wrong.

Girls admiring rose bush in Lyndale Rose Garden, Minneapolis Minnesota
Lyndale Rose Garden

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
Open: Daily; 8am-8pm.
Admission
: $15/16+; Free for ages 15 and under.
Families will find gardens of every type.

Tulips at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Noerenberg Gardens

2865 Northshore Drive, Wayzata, MN 55391
Open: May-October, 8 am-Sunset
Admission: FREE
Regarded as one of the most beautiful formal gardens in Minnesota, you will find this garden on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.  Stroll along the paths, enjoy the pagoda overlooking the lake, and take in the variety of plants throughout the garden.

Three Rivers Park System
Noerenberg Gardens. Image Courtesy Three Rivers Park District

For more Garden Fun

If you want to pick flowers, Lisa at Twin Cities Frugal Mom has reviewed the brand new Emery Acres Flower Farm

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