14th Annual Monarch Festival

Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca

Saturday, September 10, 2022

10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Visit Wild Ones Twin Cities at the Habitat Tent!

The Minneapolis Monarch Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway. Map & Directions.

Like Monarch Butterfly this time of year, we are busy! The festival is coordinating with our artist friends and science colleagues to bring you activities and learning opportunities at the 2022 Monarch Festival.


The Monarch Festival location is adjacent to the Nokomis Naturescape, an official Monarch Waystation and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat. Wild Ones Twin Cities Members have been maintaining the demonstration gardens at the Naturescape for more than 20 years. See upcoming dates here. Come join us to learn and garden with friends!

July Garden Tour

Wild Ones Twin Cities Garden Tour

DATE: Sunday, July 31

TIME: 4-6 pm

Self-guided, in-person tour. Free and open to Wild Ones members and public.

WOTC Member Garden Tour: 


Master Gardener Robert Hatlevig’s garden story began when he and his wife, Helen, purchased a unique, Midcentury Modern home (originally a parsonage) atop a hill, overlooking a church, in South St. Paul.

For the past four years, Robert has enthusiastically embraced gardening with native plants on his 0.4-acre property, making great progress on the transition from “traditional” gardens to native gardens. While this landscape includes the remnants of traditional, inherited gardens (and a few invasive species to boot), Robert has an inspiring vision to guide the transition of this unique site into a rich, native landscape.

  • Tour large, sunny native plant gardens rich with pollinator favorites, including blazing stars, milkweeds, coneflowers, anise hyssops and more. 
  • Follow the story of each garden in signage around the yard, including Robert’s ideas for native plantings for the yard’s shady areas. 
  • Discover the creative, inexpensive ways Robert has supplied native plants for his gardens — including a Lawns to Legumes grant.
  • See how the gardens embrace the resident violets as a living mulch, as well as a visually beautiful “understory" companion to the inherited hostas. 
  • Find out how Robert has included his neighbor in his gardening endeavors.

Please note: This entire property and featured gardens are on a slope; only the driveway and upper yard area are fully accessible.

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church is on 15th Avenue North, and the house is up the hill from that church. There are 15 - 20 diagonal parking spot between the church and house.

And BIG THANKS to everyone who supported Wild Ones Twin Cities by volunteering and making a purchase at our annual Native Plant Sale! 

Over 10,000 native plants were sold through both the pre-ordered and day-of sale, expanding habitat gardens throughout the Twin Cities Metro and beyond!

The event at Wood Lake Nature Center was a great success, and will help us provide free monthly programs, inspirational tours, and educational materials.


Sign up here to help Wild Ones Twin Cities at our summer tours, monthly programs, outreach events and many other chapter and committee functions. Our chapter is 100% volunteer run. Thank you!

The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers Summer Solstice Pizza Picnic

The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers Summer Solstice Pizza Picnic

Saturday, June 18th 

by Wild Ones Twin Cities

Location to meet: Nokomis Naturescape 

50th St. and Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis MN 55417


Join us for the Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers habitat gardening session, then enjoy gathering with fellow gardeners for a pizza picnic, conversation, activities, and a few surprises!

NOTE: we change locations for event from garden to picnic area.

Gardening Session: 10 am - 11 am at the Nokomis Naturescape. 

(Bring garden gloves and favorite gadening tool.)

Games and Social Hour: 11 am - 12 noon 

Regroup at the Lake Nokomis Park picnic area near Woodlawn Ave. and 49th St. Nokomis Park (near hilltop of Nokomis Naturescape Oak Savanna)

Pizza Picnic: 12 noon-1 pm

For more information email info@wildonestwincities.org

Photo taken around Summer Solstice time of the Nokomis Naturescape Boulevard Garden.