Native Gardens around the Twin Cities
(click the checkboxes to close or open map layers for viewing specific location types)

A COUPLE KEY SPOTS for viewing Native Plant Gardens:

Nokomis Naturescape Garden
5000 E Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318

See the map above for more...

Wild Ones National  •

Minnesota Wild Ones Chapters:
Arrowhead (Duluth)
Big River Big Woods (Roseville/St. Paul)
Prairie Edge (Minnetonka)
St. Croix Oak Savanna (Stillwater)
Twin Cities (Richfield/Minneapolis)

Native Garden Guide                                     Climate Resilient Landscapes

Regional Native Plant Suppliers

Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Native Plant Nursery and Landscape Services Listing (WOMN) 

Blazing Star Gardens  •  Owatonna, MN  •  Retail Nursery 

Ecoscapes Sustainable Landscaping  •  Burnsville, MN   

Landscape Alternatives, Inc.  •  Shafer, MN  •  Retail Nursery

Minnesota Native Landscapes (MNL)  •  Otsego, MN

Natural Shore Technologies  •  Independence, MN  •  Retail Nursery

Naturally WILD  •  Minneapolis, MN

Out Back Nursery  •  Hastings, MN  •  Retail Nursery

Prairie Moon Nursery  •  Winona, MN

Prairie Restorations, Inc (PRI)  •  Princeton, MN  •  Retail Nursery & Store

Documents About Native Plants

Minnesota Milkweed for Monarchs

Wild Ones Reflections


Local Organizations with Congruent Aims

Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis  •
Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter  •
Saint Paul Audubon Society  •
Their mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

Blue Thumb  •
Blue Thumb aims to encourage homeowners to use native plants in gardening, raingardens, and shoreline stabilization to reduce runoff from their home landscape in an effort improve water quality.

Friends of the Mississippi River  •
Seeks to preserve and restore the river's fish and wildlife, its vital floodplains and scenic bluffs, its natural and cultural treasures, its beauty and its romance.

Friends of the Wild Flower
Minnesota Non-profit corporation founded in 1952, with the mission to protect, preserve, and promote the interests of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary as a sanctuary for native flora and fauna of Minnesota, and to educate and inspire all people in relating to the natural world.

Great River Greening  •
Great River Greening leads and supports community-based restoration of natural areas.

Izaak Walton League  •
The Izaak Walton League is a diverse group of over 35,000 people dedicated to protecting our nation's soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife.

Minnesota Native Plant Society  •
A non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of Minnesota's native plants and plant communities through education and public awareness.

Neighborhood Greening • 
A non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and stewardship, with a hyper-local focus that aims to harness the spirit of community to make small but impactful efforts that will make a greener neighborhood for both humans and wildlife.  Publisher of The Butterfly Effect journal.

The Prairie Enthusiasts  •
The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) is a private organization committed to the protection and management of native prairie and savanna of the Upper Midwest.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation  • 
International nonprofit that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.

Websites about Native Plants & Habitat

Homegrown National Park - Tallamy's Hub  • 

Minnesota Wildflowers  •

National Wildlife Federation - Garden For Wildlife  •

Native Plant Database  •

Restoring The Landscape With Native Plants  •

US Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers  •

Facebook Groups for Native Plant Enthusiasts

Altlawns of Richfield and Bloomington  •

Botanical Wanderings Facebook Group  •

Native Plant Gardeners in the Upper Midwest  •

Some of Our Favorite Books

Beautifully Sustainable - Freeing Yourself to Enjoy Your Landscape, by Douglas Owens-Pike (Wild Ones Twin Cities Member)

Bees - An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, by Heather Holm (Wild Ones Honorary Director and Wild Ones Prairie Edge Member)

Bringing Nature Home - How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, by Douglas Tallamy (Wild Ones Honorary Director)

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, by Rick Darke and Douglas Tallamy (Wild Ones Honorary Director)

Native Orchids of Minnesota, by Welby R. Smith

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees, by Douglas Tallamy (Wild Ones Honorary Director)

Pollinators of Native Plants - Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, by Heather Holm (Wild Ones Honorary Director and Wild Ones Prairie Edge Member)

Wasps: Their  Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants, by Heather Holm (Wild Ones Honorary Director and Wild Ones Prairie Edge Member)

Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie, The Upper Midwest, by Sylvan T. Runkel and Dean M. Roosa 

Wild Ones Programs, Tours & Activities

Check here for videos and slide presentations from our chapter and national organization: