Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wetland Boardwalk Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Established in 1907, the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden was the first public wildflower garden in the United States. Located in Minneapolis’s Theodore Wirth Regional Park, the 15-acre garden worked with Cuningham to construct a new boardwalk system. The garden’s much needed update features a unique, curved modular system of four-foot wide segments that complement the natural beauty and context of the historic garden, while providing a durable, flexible integration of materials. Elements such as benches, bridge railings, camera posts, and future interpretive signage were all designed for easy assemblage into the existing boardwalk frame. The entire system rests easy on the land, as to not disturb the gentle ecosystem embedded within the garden.

Client: Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

Market: Community

Size: 15 Acres

Scope: New Construction

Services: Landscape Architecture

Delivery Method: Negotiated Contract

Wetland Boardwalk Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden