Each year, nearly 60,000 visitors enjoy the seasonal display of native wildflowers in woodland, wetland and prairie areas. Each area creates a different habitat that fosters different types of plants, animals and birds.
The narrow, winding trails of the Garden lead you through a variety of habitats in hilly terrain. The trail is over one mile in length, but there are multiple routes for shorter or longer walks.
Peak Plant Display Times
Woodland – April and May – bloodroot, wild ginger, trillium, bluebells, trout lilies
Wetland – June and July – showy lady’s-slippers, native irises, cardinal flowers
Prairie – Mid- to Late-Summer – asters, sunflowers, blazing stars, goldenrods
Throughout – Fall – prairie grasses and autumn leaves
Martha Crone Visitor Shelter
Nestled in the garden is a delightful visitor shelter where you will find natural history displays, reference materials and friendly volunteers who can answer your garden-related questions. The shelter is open Tues-Sun from 10 am – 6 pm (8 pm on Thursdays).
If you are driving to the sanctuary, there is a pay parking lot located off of Theodore Wirth Parkway. The parking lot costs $1/hour or $4/day. Payment can be made via credit card, coins, or in the “ParkMpls” app.
The garden is open Tuesday – Sunday, April 15 – October 15; Saturday and Sunday only, October 16 – 31.