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.
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During the month of July, we make the transition from the early summer flowers of June to late summer flowers of mid July and August. Some of the early summer blooming plants continue their bloom period well into the late summer period. Others are now past for the year. Color will be concentrated in the Upland Garden and in the Marsh.
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: “Summer is now singings its noon song, as it dreams of timid spring flowers now past. By the middle of July, midsummer is half-way between the first growth of June and September’s ripening. The parade of flowers that started in the woods has gradually moved out into the meadows, wood edges and open upland gardens. The colors deepen under the summer sun after the youth of spring is done. ”
Photo above right: Great St. Johnswort, Hypericum pyramidatum.