Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Information about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

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Visiting Times

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Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Web Site:

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.

Garden Hours

Normally the Garden season is from April 1st to October 15th and weekends only between Oct. 15 and Oct. 31. The Garden gates are open from 7:30 AM until one hour before sunset. But 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 and open dates and times. 2021 opening date is April 15.

Martha Crone Visitors Shelter

When the Garden is open, the Martha Crone Visitors Shelter is open from 10 am to one hour before sunset Monday through Saturday and from 12:00 PM until one hour before sunset on Sundays. The telephone number for the Shelter is 612-370-4903. During Covid-19 restrictions the Shelter is not open.

The Shelter, built in 1969, was constructed for and donated to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board by the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden. (Shelter Details).  It was named in honor of Martha E. Crone, who followed Eloise Butler as Curator, and served in that position from 1933 to 1959.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Naturalists and Volunteer Shelter Docents staff the Visitors’ Shelter seven days a week. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff and guest instructors conduct public programs several times a week on a variety of natural history-related topics. Programs begin at the Visitors’ Shelter. For more information on program offerings click the link above to the Minneapolis Parks web site.

Larger image of the shelter.

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