5001 E Lake Nokomis Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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Phone: 612-230-6400

Garden Hours

7:30 am-10 pm

Park Hours

6 am-midnight

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Nokomis Naturescape Garden

Part of: Lake Nokomis Park

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Ongoing volunteer opportunities include most Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm during the growing season. Email lead garden volunteer Vicki Bonk for more information.

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Garden located on the Northeast shore of Lake Nokomis at the conjunction of Woodlawn Boulevard, East 50th Street and East Lake Nokomis Parkway.

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From grand expanses to hidden gems, gardens throughout the park system offer flowers, history, sculpture, community hubs and more.

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Neighborhood: Keewaydin

Service Area: South

Commissioner District: 5

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, with assistance from the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA), installed the native plant garden in 1998.

This 4-acre garden is a certified Monarch Waystation and the site of the annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival.

Annual Patron Parking Permit: Enjoy parking privileges in specially designated spaces at some of our most popular regional parks. View parking permit details.

Outdoor Use and Event Space: Learn how to reserve park space for corporate events, community celebrations, and more. Application [PDF]

Parkway Use: You must obtain a permit for special use of the parkway including closures, and dumpsters, trucks, limousines or carriages on the parkway. View parkway permit details. Permit Application [PDF]

Partly due to a desire to restore native vegetation to some parkland, as well as to cut maintenance costs on manicured lawns, a portion of the hillside northeast of the lake was turned into the Nokomis Naturescape Garden, following a 1999 Nokomis vegetation concept plan. The project was conducted in conjunction with the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association. The garden features native grasses and wildflowers.

Park history compiled and written by David C. Smith.