4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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Phone: 612-230-6400

Garden Hours

6 am-10 pm

Park Hours

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

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Song of Hiawatha Garden

Part of: Minnehaha Regional Park

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Located at the Minnehaha Falls overlook just Southeast of Sea Salt Eatery.

Peak bloom time: Tulips in spring, others June through September


  • Decorative Fountain
  • Garden
  • Walking Path

Close to:

  • Bandstand
  • Bike Rental
  • Bike Path
  • Main Park Pavilion
  • Minnehaha Falls
  • Parking Lot
  • Walking Path

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

Longfellow Gardens

Neighborhood: Hiawatha

Service Area: South

Commissioner District: 5

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.

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]

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.