"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
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July 24, 2010

Lyndale Park Gardens

So, when I set off on my bicycle yesterday morning, I fully intended to visit the "Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary". Partially because I'm strangely compelled to visit anything with a name as ancient and geeky as Eloise. However, when I reached Lake Harriet, my calf was giving me the twinge it gives right before a charlie horse hits. I decided to turn around and head home.

At various points along the Grand Rounds bicycle and walking trails, there are signs (much like street signs) directing you to various points of interest. I passed by one and read "Rose Garden".

'Hmm, I don't think I've seen that before,' I thought and pointed myself toward it. And, in the end, I came across a place just as good or better. Lyndale Park. Though I've lived in the Twin Cities for most of my life, there are many sections of town I never really visit. Southwest Minneapolis is one of those neighborhoods. It's divided into a few sections and I didn't see the whole park but the parts I did see were fantastic.

The Rose Garden

At one of the entrances, there was a box giving away free pamphlets describing the park. One section reads,

"Constructed in 1907 and planted in 1908, this garden was the vision of Theodore Wirth. Determined to prove that Minnesotans could grow roses, Lyndale Park's Rose Garden is the second oldest public rose garden in the United States.
Today, the Rose Garden consists of 62 central beds and border beds along the interior and exterior perimeter. The first peak of blooms typically occurs in mid to late June with flowers continuing into early October. Colors are enhanced by cooler weather, making September an ideal time to visit."

A closer view of one of the beds



A fountain at one end of the Rose Garden

The above fountain's plaque

"Presented by
Frank Totton Heffelfinger
to the Board of Park Commissioners
1944"


My favorite part of the park, though, has to be the Peace Garden. From the pamphlet (again):

"In 1998, the Rock Garden was formally renamed the Peace Garden, and designated an International Peace Site on May 5, 1999. Exhibiting unusual conifers and alpine plants from some of the most peaceful places on earth, some of the more popular displays include Pasque Flower in March, Creeping Phlox in April and May, Delphinium, and Callirhoe during the summer, and asters in the fall. Snow accentuates the texture and form of the evergreens making the Peace Garden enjoyable all year long."


"In 2006, the Spirit of Peace sculpture was added to illustrate the ancient craft of origami. The 14-foot bronze standing crane sculpture honors Sadako Saksi, a girl who developed cancer from the radiation of the bomb at Hiroshima. Japanese legend tells us that those who fold one thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish."
Note: Wikipedia spells the girl's name as Sadako Sasaki.

The Spirit of Peace sculpture
The rocks placed around the sculpture each contain a plaque detailing one step of how to fold an origami paper crane.


Step 3

3 comments:

Ferd said...

As always, I LOVE it!

Consider reposting this, or at least the "peace" part, in the upcoming BlogBlast for Peace. Mimi Lenox is planning another BlogBlast on November 4th. This would be an interesting peace post!

Patti said...

beautiful, truly.

Berryvox said...

Ferd - Oooh, remind me of that and I definitely will. There's a good possibility I'll forget by November.