I’ve been known to bemoan the fact that we just simply don’t have any really spectacular gardens within driving distance of the Twin Cities. And by driving distance, I mean like within an hour or so. Obviously one could drive all the way to Butchart Gardens in Canada given enough time (that would take about 29 hours, FYI).
I’ve probably been watching too much Gardeners World, followed by too much of the British version of Antiques Roadshow because now I’m convinced that amazing formal gardens are just around every corner in England.
Or maybe that really is true? If any of my readers live in England, give us the scoop. Are gorgeous gardens like this a dime a dozen where you live? Or is this just one of those ‘the grass is always greener’ sort of things?
Regardless, rather than continue to feel sorry for myself, I decided to do a little research and make sure that I wasn’t just missing something. So I googled ‘gardens to tour in the Twin Cities’ to see what would come up.
Most of those listed were gardens I’d been to, and sure, some of them are pretty nice. I love going to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Como Park. But I also found Lyndale Park Gardens on the list. I’d been there years ago, but hadn’t been recently. So last weekend my sister and I decided to head over to Minneapolis and check them out.
I feel like these gardens are sort of the Minnesotan version of those English gardens.
Slightly manicured but with a little bit more of a wild, north woodsy feel hovering in the background.
My favorite part of the gardens were the perennial mixed borders.
Probably because this most closely matches my own gardening style … or at least what I would like my gardening style to be.
Some of my favorite flowers were blooming, like the irises.
And the Allium.
My sister was really taken with the lungwort (Pulmonaria), and I think you can see why …
Aren’t those gorgeous?
She ended up purchasing one of each of these colors for her own garden after seeing them here.
The peonies and the roses weren’t quite blooming yet, so I think we’re going to have to go back in a couple of weeks to see those.
Of course, we couldn’t leave Lyndale Park without walking down the street to take a look at Lake Harriet.
It was the perfect day for a sail and quite a few people were taking advantage of it.
Before heading home, we stopped off at a local nursery, Tangletown Gardens.
I’m not going to lie though, every time I visit this place I come away with total sticker shock. The Japanese maple trees were $450. I saw a clematis priced at $59 and a peony at $129. Yikes!
That being said, their plants are gorgeous.
And they have some unique selections.
Along with some fun statuary.
I didn’t leave empty handed, I purchased a couple of things to top off my fairy garden including the sweet little succulent that I planted at the base of the arbor. I love the dark pink stems with the pale green leaves.
I hope it fills out. I’ll have to check back and show it to you in a couple of months.
In the meantime, how about you? Have you got any spectacular gardens to tour in your area? Or maybe you can recommend some gardens to tour near me. If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.