Lake Harriet Peace (Rock) Garden

Address

4125 E. Lake Harriet Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55409

Directions

Within Lyndale Park

Phone Number

612-370-4900

Fax Number

(612) 370-4831

Run by

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

Date Established

1929

Designer

Theodore Wirth and Betty Ann Addison

Size

Part of the 61 acre Lyndale Park

Cost

No admission fee

Peak Season

Spring

Peak season (notes)

April 15 – June 1

Region

Metro

Garden Type

Other

Extras

Free street parking and fee parking lot nearby 
Restrooms – near bird sanctuary and parking lot 
Bird watching – Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary is adjacent 
Hiking – walking paths around Lake Harriet 
Biking – biking paths around Lake Harriet 
Weddings can be arranged in the gardens

Comments

This garden was originally designed as a testing area for annuals and perennials that might survive Minnesota’s climate. In 1929, over 350 tons of Oneota dolomite were moved by train from Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin (near Redwing, Minnesota) to Minneapolis. This sedimentary rock, riddled with holes and creases is about 500 million years old. In 1983, a re-design of the rock garden began with an effort to re-create the bluff landscape from which the stones originated. Dwarf conifers create the backbone of the plantings with many examples of hardy, alpine plants adding color and texture.

At the lower end of the garden, is the Peace Garden. Within this Asian influenced area are two peace stones from Nagasaki and Hiroshima, a peace pole dedicated to peace between nations and a Japanese yatsu-hashi crooked path bridge. Paths are both paved and gravel.

Lake Harriet Peace (Rock) Garden
Lake Harriet Peace (Rock) Garden
Lake Harriet Peace (Rock) Garden