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 May the main body of spring flowers bursts forth in bloom. The Woodland Garden is awash in many colors - spring blooms are a little earlier this year - the weekend denoting Mother's Day is always a good time for an introduction to the joys and beauty of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Meanwhile, in the Upland Garden, the many blooms are preparing for their appearance after mid-month.
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: “ Spring rushes by so swiftly, one must be alert to greet it. The lovely budding time soon reaches the tide of the season. That breathless moment, just as plants are actually emerging. The atmosphere of promise, the tightly-curled fronds of ferns one day, the next day bursting out. The spring flowers are treasured the most. One can never do full justice to the springtime, it passes altogether to quickly.”
Photo above right: Eastern Bluestar, Amsonia tabernaemontana