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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In August we have moved into the late-summer season of flower blooms. Some of the early summer blooming plants continue their bloom period well into the late summer period, while some of those blooming after mid-July are already past. The Upland Garden will be a riot of color as the month progresses, appropriate to mark the month of Eloise Butler's birthday (Aug. 3, 1851).
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/Master 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: “July and August are not easily separated, their features being much alike. They bring us to a pause in the rapid development of growing plants. The peak of Spring bloom comes the latter part of May, then wanes somewhat, then rises to a climax again in August and September when the flowers of the prairie are at their best in the upland Garden. There is a kind of pause as summer passes its peak and prepares to coast down through August toward September and the splendor of summer is gone. For summer reveals the maturity of all creation. The lazy air is still full of fragrance.”
Photo above right: Northern Blazing Star