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Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden a winter beauty

Winter can be beautiful, and the Japanese Garden provides the best snow gazing. Two acres of natural beauty invite quiet contemplation and personal reflection. The solitude of cold weather intensifies the breadth of the experience. On a typical winter’s day, only a handful of visitors come to the garden on the northeast side of Normandale Community College, 9700 France Avenue South.

“Winter is a time when you can more clearly see the garden’s bones—the rocks, the Japanese structures and lanterns, and the product of years of careful pruning,” Normandale Japanese Garden Committee Chair Cece Cope said. “The garden is an ideal place to photograph, paint or just take in some of winter’s elusive treasures: a snow-covered landscape, the icy wonderland of an early morning hoar frost, buds bursting while snow still covers the ground.”

Enjoy the Japanese Garden’s winter charms, but be mindful of ice and snow. While the sidewalks and parking lots near the garden are cleared, the garden is not.

The Japanese Garden is open year-round from sunrise until sundown. Admission and parking are free. For garden reservations or tour requests, call 952-358-8145. Additional information is available online at or by calling 952-358-8200.