Noerenberg Memorial Garden

So another Minneapolis-area spot that we discovered thanks to the Garden Bloggers Fling is the Noerenberg Memorial Garden.

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Now a county park, this used to be the estate of a Minnesota beer magnate. His descendants left it to the public, which was very nice of them. The park has quite a lot of lovely shoreline along Lake Minnetonka, a few miles west of Minneapolis.

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There are extensive brick paths lined with exuberant flowering borders.

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The flingers were in their element.

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What I enjoyed most about this garden was the creative plant combinations. For example, these Baptisia seed pods with Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).

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I know a lot of people consider Love-in-A-Mist (Nigella damascena) to be kind of a nuisance plant. Perhaps because I don’t grow it, I find it to be really charming. It’s wonderful here with the Salvia and grasses.

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Not sure what that purple annual is, but it’s a fantastic companion for the ‘Blonde Ambition’ Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis).

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Allium seedheads with Purple Coneflower and Calamint (Calamintha nepetoides). The fine textured, glowing Calamint looks really good with the dark, solid Coneflowers.

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Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) rising up out of the Salvia – looks like some giant blue-headed creature emerging from the sea. After this I was compelled to get some Blue Vervain of my very own. It’s a host for Common Buckeye butterflies, by the way.

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Not a combination, but a nice patch of Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).

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This is definitely a garden worth checking out if you are in the Minneapolis region.

38 Comments on “Noerenberg Memorial Garden”

  1. I enjoyed this garden a lot (what’s new??) 🙂 I really loved the Nigella too – I didn’t know what it was so had to ask. What’s ironic is that I am very familiar with it in the kitchen (as in Nigella/kalonji seeds) but had no idea that’s where they came from.

  2. Looks like the perfect garden to enjoy on a sunny summer day. You highlighted some nice plant and flower combos, too. That picture of the ‘Blonde Ambition’ reminds me I need to do something about mine, which appears to have largely given up trying – so much for ambition.

  3. Oh yes, love this kind of garden. The combinations are lovely. That purple plant looks like Verbena bonariensis to me. You should try growing Nigella – it pops up in unexpected places if allowed to go to seed and I look forward to seeing it each year. 🙂

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