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Week of July 19, 2010 – public gardens

Noerenberg GardensNoerenberg Gardens… free public gardens on Lake Minnetonka's Crystal Bay… beautiful grounds and formal flower gardens on the former estate of the founder of Grain Belt Brewery… popular wedding site… reminder of quiet elegance of days gone by…

Gardens-butlerEloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary… the oldest public wildflower garden in the nation… when you enter the 13 acre site, you quickly forget you are in the middle of the city… the inscription above the entrance gate, "Let nature be your teacher," reflects its beginnings back in 1907, when Eloise Butler and three other botany teachers in Minneapolis successfully petitioned the Minneapolis Park Board to create a natural botanic garden

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Lyndale Park Peace (Rock) Garden… this garden NE of Lake Harriet was originally called the Rock Garden because of ancient rocks in the garden…  now features The Spirit of Peace bronze sculpture by Caprice Glaser,  which helps visitors learn how to fold an origami peace crane… Pathway to Peace, a series of 7 stone sculptures with words representing the meaning of peace… the Peace Garden Bridge, designed by MCAD professors Kinji Akagawa & Jerry Allan in zigzag construction so evil spirits cannot follow people over the bridge because evil spirits walk only in straight lines…

Como Park Conservatory The Enchanted Garden… an outdoor haven for butterflies in St. Paul's Como Park… don't miss their Blooming Butterflies enclosed exhibit with over 100 species of butterflies from around the world… and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Minneapolis Sculpture Garden… home of the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry symbol of Minneapolis… more than 40 outdoor sculptures on permanent display, one of the largest in the country… this free park collaboration between the Minneapolis Park Board and Walker Art Center also includes a garden arbor and the Armanjani footbridge connecting to Loring Park…

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Minnesota Landscape Arboretum… more than 1,100 acres of beautiful public gardens, 12.5 miles of trails, 5,000 plant species and varieties give inspiration for your own landscaping… special treat this year is the 'Uff Da Palace' designed by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty, created with the help of more than 80 volunteers entirely of thousands of willow twigs, branches and saplings twisted together…

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About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

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