Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Minneapolis

When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcomes all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

Normandale Japanese Garden

9700 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

As long as Normandale’s buildings are allowed to be open, the garden will remain open as well.  The beauty and serenity of the garden make it ideal for contemplation and renewal of the spirit.  The garden is open year-round at no charge, except when reserved for special events. We ask that children under 12 not visit the garden without supervision. A self-guided tour brochure is available inside the square shelter located in the garden. If you are not able to visit the garden, our online tour describes the landscaping and architectural features.

NE Minneapolis Municipal Iris Gardens

3300 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

The focus of the gardens is to study reblooming iris for Minnesota gardens, to collect and preserve Minnesota Iris Introductions, past and present, and to showcase for public education the unique variety of colors and characteristics the many different iris species display. Specifically, to research which iris species and cultivars grow and rebloom well in Zone 4 Minnesota gardens.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, Saint Paul, MN

Enjoy exotic plants and beautiful displays in our various gardens.

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Blvd, Chanhassen, MN 55317

At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, we seek to: welcome, inform, and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research, and education.

JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden

2900 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

In a picturesque corner of Theodore Wirth Park sits the one-acre JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden.  From grand expanses to hidden gems, gardens throughout the park system offer flowers, history, sculpture, community hubs, and more.

Munsinger Gardens and Clemens Gardens

Riverside Dr SE, St Cloud, MN 56301

These are two distinct but adjacent gardens on the banks of the Mississippi River. Both Gardens dazzle from late spring deep into fall. The gardens are open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., spring to fall. There is no admission fee.

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