Please see the Minneapolis Park & Recreation web site for complete information on the Garden including current operating hours, parking pass information, bus routes, programs offered at the Garden, plant and bird checklists. A locater map is also available on the Parks website.
More information links at page bottom
In September we move into the autumn season. Many plants that began blooming in August such as the sunflowers, coneflowers and the early asters continue to bloom in September. The asters will soon be the dominant flower in the Upland Garden as the leaves begin to turn color. September is a great month to test your knowledge of what plant you are looking at when only a seed head is showing.
There are naturalist programs and birding walks every weekend. Use the Park and Recreation Board web site link above to access program information. Parking is metered at the main gate lot (quarters or Visa Card only), but you may park in the free Wirth Lake Beach parking lot and walk to the back gate of the Garden. This is a good option on busy weekends. Click on “Location/Parking” for a locator.
Remember - The Garden was dedicated in 1907 to be a wild native plant oasis within an urban environment, not an arboretum and no formal beds - a small natural garden where the hand of man is to be less evident.
Former Garden Curator Martha Crone wrote: “Autumn’s smoldering blaze of brilliance after summer’s green has vanished is most noticeable where birches flaunt a trim of gold, mingled with the flaming scarlet of maple and bronzes of the oaks.”
Photo above right: Smooth Blue Aster, Symphyotrichum laeve.