October 30, 2014

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Lake Harriet Peace (Rock) Garden

Street Address:
4125 E. Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Directions:
Within Lyndale Park

Phone Number:
612 370-4900

Fax Number:
612 370-4831

Website:
http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=349

Run by:
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

Date Established:
1929
Rebuilt 1983

Size:
Part of the 61 acre Lyndale Park

Designer:
1929-Theodore Wirth
1983-Betty Ann Addison

Cost:
No admission fee

Peak Season:
April 15 – June 1

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.