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.
Twin Cities Public Gardens
Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College | Bloomington
Open Sunday-Friday 6:30 am-7:30 pm, Closed Saturdays |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.
Dowling Community Garden | Minneapolis
Located at the Dowling Environmental School | 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.
Lyndale Park Gardens | Minneapolis
Open everyday, 7:30 am-10 pm | 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/
Noerenberg Gardens | Wayzata
Open May-October, 8 am-Sunset | 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.
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary | Minneapolis
Open most days 10 am-6 pm, except Thursdays 8 am-8 pm, and Closed on Mondays | FREE
Enjoy 15 acres of beautiful flowerbeds of native plants and wildflowers. Also, explore the woodland gardens for your favorite gnomes and fairies.
Franconia Sculpture Garden has added pollinator sanctuaries in 2020
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.