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Learning Garden Tour

Saturday, July 14, 2018

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nine gardens in Minneapolis and Richfield will be featured on this self-guided tour.  Here’s a link to a listing of  the 2018 Gardens!  On the day of the tour, bring your receipt to your garden of choice and receive a booklet with detailed information about the gardens and a wrist band.

Traffic Update:

          Parts of I35W will be closed on the day of the tour.  Be sure to plan ahead for your garden adventure!  For more info on the closures click here.

          Beware the Marathon!  The LifeTime TriMinneapolis may affect your travel to and from some of our gardens in the morning, especially if you’re coming           in from the south.  Here’s a map that shows how  this may affect your travel in the area.

Tour Brochure:  Download our tour brochure for easy access on your electronic devices here.

Plant ListsHere’s a listing of the favorite plants our gardeners have in their yards.

Education Station Materials

Single tickets are $20 on the day of the tour and will be available at any of the gardens on the lists above.  You’ll receive wrist band(s) and brochure(s) at the first garden you go to.

About This Event

The annual event features unique home gardens designed and tended by Master Gardener Volunteers who live in Hennepin County, as well as a community garden that began as a Victory Garden in 1943. This year’s self-guided tour includes food trucks at select stops, a Book Nook with a variety of books for kids and adults, and the Garden Shed, which offers fun and useful gardening accessories. Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand at each garden, conducting demonstrations at various education stations covering topics such as hydroponics, native plants and composting.

Last year, a record-breaking 800-plus people attended the tour, which is accessible to visitors who arrive on foot or by bike or car. “The Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour is an engaging experience that’s open to everyone — whether you’re a gardener seeking a little inspiration, or a horticultural tourist looking for an enjoyable way to spend the day,” said Tim Kenny, statewide director of the University of Minnesota’s Extension Master Gardener Program.

The tour is held rain or shine. Single tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the tour. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Children under 12 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. All proceeds help support the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program – Hennepin County community programs. Admission includes entry to all nine gardens and a booklet with garden descriptions, on-site demonstration details and driving directions.

For details about the Hennepin County Master Gardener Program, call 612-596-2130 or email hcmg@umn.edu.

Thank You to our 2018 Tour Advertisers

Highlights from Previous Learning Garden Tour


All proceeds help support the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program—Hennepin County community programs. (Admission includes entry to all eight gardens, a booklet with garden descriptions, locations with driving instructions and on-site demonstration details.)