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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Visiting Noerenberg Gardens

As promised, here is my post on the lovely Noerenberg Gardens.  I visited a couple of weeks ago.  It was one of those perfect evenings, just a whisper of a breeze, warm but low humidity. It's one of those days where I'm so happy to live here in Minnesota and it makes the winters easier to get through!

This was an impromptu visit, so all I had with me was my Galaxy phone.  Some photos were cropped down, but others I left as is because they show the true beauty of the garden design.

The garden starts with winding paved paths that take you around a circular garden.  The center is grass with beautiful flowers and shrubs surrounding it.  The large white flowering shrub is a variety of PG hydrangea. Unlike the southern hydrangeas, it doesn't die back to the ground in the winter and still blooms in our northern climate.

Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is known for its tranquility and spectacular beauty. Situated along the shore of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Noerenberg is widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. Among its blend of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and vines the garden features ornamental shade trees and a stand of conifers, an extensive day lily collection, and "Northern Lights" azaleas.

 A close-up of some purple coneflowers...

Cultivated and native plants grow together in several of the flower beds.  The bright pink flower in the photo above is called Swamp Smartweed and is growing next to our lake shore at home. It actually can have its feet in water for a considerable amount of time. This makes it an ideal plant for a rain garden.

 Some lovely Russian Sage in front of a PG Hyrdrangea shrub...

I thought this was an especially pretty combination, white cone-flowers, pale pink nicotiana and some unknown grasses and bright pink flowers...

 Blue Love in a Mist...

A lovely trellis/pergola with gorgeous flowers planted on each side. 

And now for a bit of history...
Grain Belt Brewery founder Frederick Noerenberg and his family built their estate on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in 1890. Influenced by English Landscape Style, the property featured tiered rose beds and impeccably manicured lawns. As world travelers with an appreciation for natural artifacts, the family accumulated an assortment of natural specimens that appeared in the garden, including a collection of trees, plant materials and rocks.

On the opposite side of the garden you can see the gazebo 
which sits right on the edge of Lake Minnetonka.

 The columns mark the site where the original home stood.

 My husband and brother in-law relax and take in the view from the gazebo.

The gazebo has a somewhat Asian flair.  The design was 
influenced by the owners extensive travel abroad. 

 A few lake views from the gazebo...

Lora Noerenberg Hoppe, one of the five Noerenberg children, acted as chief horticulturist on the gardens for a number of years. She bequeathed the estate to the Park District when she passed away in 1972. At her direction, the home was razed and the estate was transformed to a garden for the public’s enjoyment. 

This has to be one of the most spectacular public gardens I have ever visited.
I hope you enjoyed your tour!  

Next time I think we need to get back to some cute vintage. 
I'll be seeing you all soon!

history source 


  1. I so enjoy taking long walks in nature, and places like this are where I go when I do. Thank you so much for sharing! What a beautiful place! And of course I enjoy the music, too, I love your music tastes. :)

  2. Spectacular! Such a great way to spend a beautiful summer evening.

  3. Wow Diane! Gorgeous! I would love to go here one day! Breath taking! Thanks for taking such beautiful photos and sharing them with us!! Russian sage is one of my favourite plants! They smell great! They are drought tolerant. I have 5 plants and haven't watered them at all this year so far and you know how hot we have been! The only thing is, they spread and they grow! You have to cut them back in the fall!
    I hope your bum, bum is better! Been thinking of you!
    Big Hugs!

  4. So beautiful Diane, thanks for taking us with you. Love the gazebo on the gorgeous lake. I like lots of flowers but purple coneflowers are a favorite. :)

  5. That is a very pretty garden, it must have been wonderful to walk around.

  6. Dear Diane - this looks like the most gorgeous place. The flowers are just lovely. That gazebo would certainly be a favorite spot of mine too. So glad you shared this place. It is always so much fun to visit somewhere unique and see the beauty others enjoy. Hope you have a delightful start to the month. Hugs!

  7. It looks beautiful. I hope you're well. xx

  8. Just totally awesome. Loving the photos that capture the beautiful ambience of Noerenberg Gardens. Ah, to be amongst and savour the wonders of nature.

    Thank you for this, Diane.

    Gary :)

  9. A little piece of paradise...I would love to read in your garden :)

  10. How beautiful and tranquil! Thanks so much for posting this. It must have been a pain in the ass to do all of those pics...

    1. Hello all, yes I am finally well! And RK you are such a smart A--!! LOL!

  11. Hi Diane, I don’t know how I missed this post for so long, but I’m glad I’ve found it now. The Love in a Mist is so beautiful, my mum used to grow it each year. I also love the Foxgloves. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. x


Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane