Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Information about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Cardinal Flower Group

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

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 Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM until 6 PM; Thursdays - 8 AM to 6 PM; closed Mondays.

Martha Crone Visitors Shelter

The Martha Crone Visitors Shelter is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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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Contact Us

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