4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
6 am-10 pm
6 am-midnight in developed areas
6 am-10 pm in undeveloped areas
Part of: Minnehaha Regional Park
Located at the Minnehaha Falls overlook just Southeast of Sea Salt Eatery.
Peak bloom time: Tulips in spring, others June through September
Our 12 gardens offer inviting spaces to explore, relax, and learn about the environment.
The Song of Hiawatha is a circular garden located at a central viewing point, just southeast of the main pavilion overlooking Minnehaha Falls. Home to changing annual displays, hardy flowering perennials and ornamental grasses, this stopping point gives you a place to sit and reflect with the soothing sound of the Falls in the background. A portion of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Song of Hiawatha is engraved in stone on top of a low brick wall encircling the garden. A focal point at the very center of the garden features a dry Tuscan-style epergne fountain planted with trailing vines that simulate cascading water spilling over into the sunny, annual garden below the fountain.
Annual Patron Parking Permit: Enjoy parking privileges in specially designated spaces at some of our most popular regional parks. View parking permit details.
The garden was constructed and first planted in 1994 as part of Minnehaha Park’s restoration. Initially a parking lot, the lot was removed along with the connecting roadway and a more user-friendly brick pathway for bikes and pedestrians was created. A donated Tuscan-style epergne fountain was installed and with no water source available, it became a plant exhibit and focal point.