Gardens & Pollinators

Check out the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger’s article “Monarch Mile will connect Gateway Gardens with Naturescape.”

Nokomis Naturescape
The Naturescape is an official Monarch Waystation and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat site located on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis at 50th St. and Nonskomis Parkway and is part of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board system. Before 1850, the uplands of what is now Minneapolis were covered with prairie grasses, wildflowers, and scattered oak trees. This oak savanna plant community has become very rare, with only 1/10th of 1% of Minnesota’s original savanna remaining. The Nokomis Naturescape project – a 4-acre native planting – brings back a glimpse of this ecosystem and provides urban residents with a model of sustainable landscaping. The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers are winners of the 2015 Remarkable Volunteer Service Award by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Nokomis East Gateway Garden

gatLocated at the corner of East 50th Street and Old Hiawatha. It’s kiddie corner from the Minnehaha station on the Hiawatha LRT line. Gateway Garden was designed pro bono by the landscape architecture firm of colberg|tews to resemble a Monarch butterfly wing when seen from an aerial view. Planted in October of 2010 using all native plants, indigenous to the region including a Bur Oak to represent the Oak Savanna found in this area centuries ago. The Met Council provides the site and additional support. Gateway Garden is maintained by neighborhood volunteers. Everyone is welcome to volunteer and visitors are encouraged.

Nokomis East Giving Garden
Are you interested in gardening, building community, and raising food for good local causes? You should get involved with the NENA Giving Garden at 3225 E Minnehaha Parkway.

Everyone is welcome – first-time gardeners to expert green thumbs. Gardners are involved in planning shared goals, running the garden, and sharing the harvest with local food shelves. Email to join the Volunteer Contact List to receive updates. Workdays on the second Saturday of the month from April – October (Third Saturday in May). We work from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Minneapolis Monarch Festival
Saturday following Labor Day. Join butterfly, music and art lovers from all over the Twin Cities for the Minneapolis Monarch Festival-Festival de la Monarca. Filled with music, art activities, games, food and more, the day offers many fun ways for people of all ages to learn about the monarch butterfly and its amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico.

Interested in these Projects?
Contact NENA’for more information and how to get involved – (612) 724-5652 or

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