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All American Selections Display Gardens

These are gardens that grow and display each year’s award winning AAS flowers and/or vegetables. Though the gardens don’t test or evaluate the plants, they grow and display the association’s yearly winners to make them known to the public. The AAS, a seedsman’s association, was begun in 1932. It’s purpose is to encourage the introduction of new varieties of vegetables and plants to the marketplace.



The dictionary definition is “a plot of land on which trees or shrubs are grown for study or display.” Many arboretums have come to include displays of herbaceous plant materials in addition to their displays of woody plants.


Cemeteries with Notable Gardens

These cemeteries have been included because they were established when the roles of recreational parks and burial grounds had less distinct boundaries. In the 1800s, large “garden” cemeteries were not only used like parks, as respites from urban living, but were also planted with numbers of trees to rival arboretums and contained ambitious and impressive floral displays as well.

Glass greenhouse

Glass Houses & Conservatories

These are gardens (or portions of larger gardens) that are enclosed in glass and are therefore protected from Minnesota’s climatic shifts, which can range from minus 30 degrees F to over 100 degrees F. In these protected gardens, plants from other climatic regions of the globe can flourish.

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Historic Gardens

These are gardens which are attached to historic homes within Minnesota or are gardens that were established early in the state’s history and are early examples of their type, i.e. Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden was the 1st public wildflower garden established in the U.S.

Japanese tea house

Japanese Gardens

These are gardens designed using the aesthetic principles that for centuries have ruled garden and landscape design in Japan. There are differing styles of Japanese gardens, but most incorporate either water (or references to water), stones, and lots of woody plant materials. Minimal emphasis is placed on flowering plants.


Rose Gardens

These are gardens (or portions of larger gardens) devoted to different rose species or varieties.

Other Garden Types

These are gardens that do not fit into the categories above.

Garden Name Garden Type
Arneson Acres Other
Duluth Rose Garden Rose Garden
Edinborough Park Glass House and Conservatory
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Historic Garden
Enger Tower Park Japanese Garden
Florence Bakken Physic Garden Historic Garden
Garden of Time Other
Gardens at the North Central Research and Outreach Center All American Selections Display Garden
Gibbs Farm Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life Historic Garden
Glensheen Mansion Gardens Historic Garden
Horticultural Gardens at West Central Research and Outreach Center All American Selections Display Garden
Hubbard Park at Palmer Centennial Place Historic Garden
James J. Hill Depot and Gardens Other
Jo Ryo En Japanese Garden Japanese Garden
Lake Park Rohrer Rose Garden Rose Garden
Lakewood Cemetery Cemetery with Notable Gardens, Historic Garden
Learning Garden for Horticultural Science - UMN Other
Linnaeus Arboretum Arboretum, Rose Garden
Loring Park Garden of the Seasons Other
Lyndale Park Annual/Perennial Gardens Other
Lyndale Park Peace Garden Other
Lyndale Park Perennial Trial Garden All American Selections Display Garden
Lyndale Park Rose Garden Historic Garden, Rose Garden
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Glass House and Conservatory
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Cowles Conservatory Glass House and Conservatory
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum All American Selections Display Garden, Arboretum, Glass House and Conservatory, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden
Minnesota Zoological Gardens Glass House and Conservatory
Munsinger Gardens Historic Garden
Noerenberg Gardens Historic Garden
Normandale Japanese Garden Japanese Garden
Northland Arboretum Arboretum
Oakland Cemetery Cemetery with Notable Gardens, Historic Garden
Olcott Park Greenhouse Glass House and Conservatory
Oliver H. Kelly Farm Historic Garden
Ordway Japanese Garden Japanese Garden
Plummer House of the Arts Gardens Historic Garden
Roseville Central Park Muriel Sahlin Arboretum Arboretum
Schell Mansion and Gardens Historic Garden
Sibley Gardens Historic Garden
St. Francis Peace Garden Other
St. John’s Arboretum Arboretum
Stoppel Farm at the Olmsted County History Center Historic Garden
University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Conservatory and Botanical Collection Glass House and Conservatory
Veterans Memorial Rose Garden Rose Garden
Virginia Clemens Rose Garden Rose Garden