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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October is the last month to visit the Garden this year - The Shelter and Garden close for weekdays on Oct. 15. The Shelter and Garden are open on weekends thereafter to the end of October when the Garden closes for the season. Fall colors are arriving on the trees and shrubs, while a few of the late flowers still offer blooms. Most prominent of the flowers will be the late asters, especially the New England Aster. While a few sun flowers and goldenrods are also blooming this month, October is a great time to test your knowledge of what plant you are looking at when only a seed head is showing. Seed heads and fruits are abundant - from the translucent red Highbush Cranberry to the downy head of a field thistle.
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: “In the full glory of autumn sunlight the ruddy light comes only at this time. Like molten gold bringing out the color in everything and with the sky so blue. The lingering flowers are one by one finishing their bloom.”
Photo above right: Grape Woodbine - fall fruit.