Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College

Discovering fall’s beauty at the Japanese Garden

To enjoy fall beauty, you need travel no further than the Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Avenue South. Tucked away on the northeast side of campus, the garden sprawls over two acres masterfully designed by Japanese architect Takao Watanabe. The journey begins with a gated entrance where paths connect to bridges, a meandering pond, symbolic islands and photographic views. From lanterns to rocks to a six-sided Benten-do building, traditional elements can be found throughout the garden. In keeping with Japanese custom, garden plants are green rather than bursting with bright blooms. But in autumn as the leaves change, seasonal colors give the garden a more dramatic look. For more information, visit blm.mn/NCCgarden, email japanesegarden@normandale.edu or call 952-358-8145.