Address

2900 Glenwood Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Contact

Phone: 612-499-9248
Fax: 612-370-4898
Email: jdrivers@minneapolisparks.org

Garden Hours

Dawn to Dusk
Late May through Late September

Park Hours

6 am-midnight in developed areas
6 am-10 pm in undeveloped areas
Ordinance PB-2-33

JD Rivers' Children's Garden

Part of: Theodore Wirth Regional Park

Activities & Amenities

Activities

Summer Garden Programs
Limited space available.

Each summer, a variety of youth programs are offered at the garden including weekly programs throughout the growing season and week-long camps in the late summer.  

Garden staff work with local youth programs or youth-serving agencies to provide garden plots and weekly programs focused on gardening skills, harvesting produce, healthy eating, and exploring the surrounding natural areas. For more information, please email jdrivers@minneapolisparks.org.

Have a group interested in learning and playing at the garden? Contact our Garden Educators at jdrivers@minneapolisparks.org to schedule a visit!

Learn more about day camps at the garden this summer! Register online for Can’n and Jam’n Camp or City Farmers Camp!

Amenities

  • Drinking Fountain
  • Garden
  • Restroom Facility
  • Walking Path

 

Good to Know

Garden is located North of Glenwood Avenue in the Eastern part of the park. Look for the big Adirondack chair.

On street parking along Glenwood Avenue or at boat launch parking lot (about a 5-minute walk to the Garden).

Other Gardens and Water Resources in Theodore Wirth Regional Park:

Experience the Beauty of Nature

Our 12 gardens offer inviting spaces to explore, relax, and learn about the environment.

Garden Details

Size: 1 acre

Neighborhood: Harrison

Service Area: North

Commissioner District: 2

Children and teens in the youth summer programs learn to plant, weed, water, compost, preserve the harvest, prepare, and also take home the garden produce. Extra produce is donated to local food shelves.

Garden produce includes vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers.

History

The JD Rivers' Children's Garden's origins date back to the 100th anniversary of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGE). As part of the festivities, MGE selected a site in Theodore Wirth Park to plant a few acres of wheat and sunflowers, which were the two crops historically traded at the MGE.

Children from recreation centers across the city were invited to see the field plowed, planted and harvested using traditional farm implements, like threshers. They used the harvested wheat and sunflowers in creative art classes.

The field of wheat and the bloomed sunflowers inspired local residents, J.D. and Ada Rivers, to approach the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) about creating a permanent garden for children at the site. The MPRB agreed it was a good idea and in the following growing season, 1982, a children’s garden was born.