Get back to nature and visit the numerous Bloomington gardens. Bloomington and the Twin Cities are home to many renowned gardens like the Minnesota Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis. You’ll find more than 40 modern, 3D sculptures spread across the park’s 11 acres. Make sure to bring your camera – you won’t find this anywhere else!
Be sure to add the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Normandale Japanese Garden to your trip itinerary. The arboretum has more than 900 acres of streams, fields, plant collections and gardens. Here you can see unique flowers like orchids and hibiscus that bloom year round.
The Normandale Japanese Garden is a two-acre park that invokes feelings of peace and serenity. You can visit this unique garden seven days a week and take a self-guided tour.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory1225 Estabrook Dr St. Paul, MN 55103 US +1-651-487-8201
DOWNTOWN. This Victorian-style park complex offers a wide range of attractions, including a zoo, conservatory, 18-hole golf course, and concert pavilion. Paddleboats, a small amusement park, a turn-of-the-century carousel, and an outdoor pool are also ripe for fun. Nature lovers can visit biking and walking paths and picnic areas or observe animals in their natural surroundings in the cageless zoo. Sparky the Seal, an old favorite, performs several shows daily. The park's conservatory is popular year-round as well.
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy at Glenwood Ave Minneapolis, MN 55422 US +1-612-370-4903
BRYN MAWR. Early in the 20th century, Eloise Butler appealed to the Minneapolis Parks Board to create a protected space to preserve the region's native plant life. The original 3-acre sanctuary has now grown to over 15 acres. The sanctuary offers wooded walkways and gardens representative of Minnesota's major habitats. A display of discreetly labeled wildflowers like columbine, trillium, lavender, white violets, ferns, and myrtle line the walkway of a "secret garden."
Lyndale Park Gardens1300 42nd St W Minneapolis, MN 55409 US +1-612-230-6400
SOUTHWEST MINNEAPOLIS. Encompassing several horticultural areas, this space is well-known locally for its rose garden, the nation's second-oldest municipal rose garden. Located on Lake Harriet, the garden promotes quiet, contemplative time away from the hustle and bustle of an urban environment. Meticulously cared for, the rose garden features more than 3000 plants in 100 different varieties. Two fountains border the garden; the bronze-and-marble Hefflefinger Fountain is from the Villa Montalto near Florence, Italy. Rock gardens and perennial gardens are also featured.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum3675 Arboretum Dr Chaska, MN 55318 US +1-952-443-1400
CHASKA. Managed by the University of Minnesota, this over 900-acre arboretum is rich with streams, fields, plant collections, and display gardens. Each season reveals its own unique blooms; even during winter months, orchids and hibiscus thrive in the conservatory. A research library and gift shop are housed in the Snyder Building, where lectures, demonstrations, and classes are offered. Lunch in the Arboretum Restaurant is sure to enhance your visit.
Minnesota Sculpture Garden725 Vineland Pl Minneapolis, MN 55403 US +1-612-230-6400
LORING PARK. Located next to Walker Art Center, this facility is the country's largest urban sculpture garden. More than 40 examples of modern, three-dimensional art are spread across 11 acres, and the best-known is arguably a 52-foot spoon holding a 9½-foot cherry titled "Spoonbridge and Cherry" by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
Normandale Japanese Garden9700 France Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55431 +1-952-487-8200
Normandale Community College's Japanese Garden is a two-acre oasis of beauty and serenity in Bloomington, MN. The garden is ideal for contemplation and renewal of the spirit. It's also a beautiful and unique location for weddings and photo sessions in the Twin Cities area. Open year-round at no charge, except when reserved for special events.