Lyndale Park Perennial Trial Garden



King’s Highway and Roseway Road in Lyndale Park


Run by

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation 
Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis

Date Established

Date Established


Part of 61 acre Lyndale Park


No admission fee

Peak Season


Peak season (notes)

Mid-summer to fall



Garden Type

All American Selections Display Garden


  • Free street parking and fee parking lot nearby 
  • Restrooms near the bird sanctuary and parking lot 
  • Accessible
  • Bird watching – Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary is adjacent 
  • Hiking – walking paths around Lake Harriet
  • Biking – biking paths around Lake Harriet


This newest portion of Lyndale Park is a long, meandering border in which perennials are tested over several seasons as to their hardiness, disease resistance and other performance criteria. This garden area had been first established earlier in 1925 and contained elaborate perennial plantings but had fallen into disuse by the 1960’s. It is now maintained by the Men’s Garden Club of Minneapolis. It follows the wood’s edge from close to King’s Highway down towards the Lake Harriet Peace Garden. Plants are labeled so visitors can make their own evaluations of the various species being tested. A more ornamental planting of many of the species being evaluated is planted on the end closest to the Peace Garden.

Garden photos
garden beds with trees in the background
garden beds with trees in the background