Minnesotans know spring has arrived when the snow melts and plants begin to flower. Listed below are some of the best gardens in Minnesota to stroll, take in the scenery and simply relax. Some gardens feature annuals, some feature perennials and some feature both. Regardless of the makeup of the garden, each is unique and beautiful.
4711 W. 70th St.
Edina, MN 55435
Donated to the city in the late 1970s, Arneson Acres sits in the heart of Edina. Today, the gardens are on land that was formerly a commercial tree nursery. Visitors to the gardens will be greeted by an array of beautiful annual and perennial flowers. The 13.2-acre park is home to more than 25 gardens, and each year the formal gardens are planted using a color theme. In addition to formal gardens, the park also features lily gardens, which are filled with flowers registered with the Royal Horticulture Society of Great Britain. Others featured plants include trout lily, lily of the valley, hostas, grab apple trees, white oaks and Virginia bluebell. A fountain and a gazebo also are part of this garden. Flowers bloom in this park from April to October.
Riverside Drive S.E.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Clemens Gardens is the perfect garden for rose lovers. Created in 1990, the rose garden is made up of more than 1,100 rose bushes across six gardens. Several of the six gardens feature fountains, and all of the gardens are adorned with red brick walkways. Enjoy the gardens’ beautiful backdrop of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud. The gardens are maintained by the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, and the organization sponsors several events in the gardens each year. Check out the events page for more information.
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Como Park Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
The Como Park Conservatory features several unique and interesting gardens, including the Chipotle Edible Garden, the Enchanted Garden and the Palm Dome. Filled with flowers, fruits and vegetables, the Chipotle Edible Garden is filled with — you guessed it — edible plants. The Enchanted Garden features flowers native to Minnesota and is home to hundreds of butterflies. And the 64-foot crystal Palm Dome is filled with more than 150 tropical species, orchids and Bromeliads. In addition to the three gardens listed, the Como Park Conservatory has 10 other gardens as well. Visit the conservatory’s website listed above for more information.
2865 Northshore Drive
Wayzata, MN 55391
The Noerenberg Gardens were originally the home of Grain Belt Brewery Founder Frederick Noerenberg. When his daughter died in 1972, she left the property to the City of Wayzata with the understanding that the park would be kept up. Today, Noerenberg Gardens are still known as one of the most beautiful formal gardens in Minnesota. With beautiful azaleas, gorgeous daylilies and many, many trees, the garden provides a calm and relaxing environment.
900 Mound Ave.
Mankato, MN 56001
www.mankato-mn.govSibley Park is the perfect compromise for couples who wish to be active and take in a beautiful flower garden. On one side of the park, visitors will find tennis courts, playgrounds and basketball courts. On the other side, visitors can wander through the beautiful and large flower gardens. The gardens are comprised of annuals and perennials with a fountain and gazebo.
Kristyn Gansen is a freelance writer covering all things Minneapolis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.