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Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Despite small signs of human encroachment, the native plants are left to flower and spread.

Como Park Zoo and Japanese Garden

The Japanese Gardens of Como Park are stunning. Serene, sculpted, controlled and incredibly lush, they are the perfect place to find a bit of quiet after the zoo and conservatories.

Normandale Japanese Garden

The students at Normandale are extremely lucky to have such a beautiful and unique garden on their campus.

Como Park Conservatory

The Como Park Conservatory is a tropical paradise on the frozen Minnesota prairie. Substantially larger than most midwest conservatories, it houses a Fern Room, Palm House, Sunken Garden, Orchid and Tropical houses, along with many outdoor gardens. The venerable collection… Continue Reading →

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Despite being closed for awhile in 2016 due to falling concrete, the Domes are once again open. The egg-shaped conservatories contain three ecosystems –  tropical, desert and “show” dome. The collections at the domes are vast, large, healthy and very… Continue Reading →

West of the Lake Gardens

The West of the Lake Gardens are a private garden located just south of Two Rivers. They were created by Ruth and John West. After purchasing the property, Ruth got the gardening bug and spent her first few years hand… Continue Reading →

The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine Art Center is amazing both inside and out. The European-inspired mansion is architecturally awesome on its own. The ever-changing gallery of shows is eclectic and unique – Gee’s Bend Quilts, Craig Blietz’s paintings, Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland photos, Chihuly… Continue Reading →

Allen Centennial Garden

The Allen Centennial Garden is part of the UW Campus.  They are open dusk to dawn year round and are free to visit. Though not large, they have a few unique planting areas surrounding a small pond with scenic bridge…. Continue Reading →

UW-Madison Arboretum

Located at the southern edge of the University of Wisconsin is a massive 1200 acre arboretum, open to the public year-round. There’s something for every outdoor enthusiast – 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, science research, a visitor’s center, large wooded… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum is a short drive from Minneapolis. With its more rural location, the Arboretum has the opportunity to spread and sprawl in a highly satisfactory manner. At over 1100 acres, plan to spend at least… Continue Reading →

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