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Please see the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board 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. The Wildflower Garden is owned, operated, staffed and maintained by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden is an independent private nonprofit organization that provides volunteer and funding support.
April: During the month of April, the landscape of the Garden is totally visible as the trees and the understory shrubs are not yet in full leaf. Get a feel of the Garden with a Spring walk. Early in the month the early ephemerals will be showing their new growth and by month end as May approaches, the Woodland Garden will have many Spring flowers in bloom. In many past years the Garden experienced many April snowfalls and cold temperatures.
The Garden opens April 15. Covid-19 restrictions are in effect so please use the Park and Recreation Board web site link above to access program information and entrance requirements. 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 Garden area. The back gate may not be open due to Covid-19 restrictions. Use the “Location/Parking” tab above for a locator.
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: "Each day new patterns and new color combinations appear and the picture becomes more enchanting. This is the most inspiring moment in nature. The weathered look of winter is soon erased and all is crowned with green"
Photo above right edge: Skunk Cabbage