With its varied perennials and annuals, the gardens provide a picturesque backdrop for weddings and other special events.
Longfellow Gardens is the part of Minnehaha Park that covers the land bridge over Highway 55/Hiawatha Ave. and includes the area west of the bridge down to the creek.
A formal garden, which features a pergola, graces the top of the land bridge and also provides a stunning view of the downtown skyline. In contrast, native shrubs, flowers, and grasses have been planted close to the creek to stabilize the shoreline, compete with the reed canary grass and other invasive species, and provide wildlife-friendly habitat. A gentle slope of prairie flowers and grasses provides a transition between the ''wild'' creek's edge and the land bridge's sedate beauty.
Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolis’ renown recreational system.