The property was once the estate of Frederick Noerenberg, founder of the Grain Belt Brewery. It was left to the park district by the family, subject to a number of conditions, including the removal of the original Queen Anne home. Today, a memorial arbor marks where the house once stood and the redesigned gardens share the site with the original boathouse (perfect for viewing the lake on a hot day) and the garage (now serving as a maintenance shed).
I was particularly impressed by the sunny formal gardens with their elegant grasses, which seem to be at their finest right now.
Noerenberg Gardens are open daily between May and October, although if traveling a distance to come here, check first to be sure there isn’t a wedding or other event occurring in the garden.
This is a lovely little garden, but don’t think about having too much fun here – food and beverages are not allowed and the on-site “restroom” is a porta-potty. Swimming, boating, and dogs are also prohibited.
Additional information on this (and other public gardens in Minnesota) can be found on the University of Minnesota’s very informative Public Gardens of Minnesota website.