We have a number of beautiful public gardens in the Twin Cities and the Bakken Museum & Gardens is among them. Centrally located on the west shore of Lake Calhoun, at the corner of West Calhoun Parkway and 36th Street in Minneapolis, the focus of the museum is on electricity. While interesting, I was more interested in the mansion itself and the gardens.
The museum is housed in a beautiful English Tudor, European Gothic Revival mansion that was built between 1928 and 1930. The museum is surrounded by gardens, however, there are four distinct gardens. The Healthy Heart Organic Garden is a seasonal organic vegetable garden. The Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden is comprised of plants that were or are used for medicinal purposes.
A wetland area is the setting for the Dakota Native Plants Garden. Finally, the Green Energy Art Garden is an interactive "sculpture" garden with an educational focus. This was a photo I took from a large kaleidoscope.
On hot days like today you may want to consider calling a friend and visiting the Bakken Museum and Gardens. Truly lovely!
For more information go to: http://www.thebakken.org