United States of America, Minnesota, Hennepin County, Wayzata
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens (Wayzata, Minnesota)
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, 15 miles west of Minneapolis, comprise 74 acres with almost 9,000 feet of shoreline on Lake Minnetonka. The gardens were originally an estate developed beginning about 1890 by Frederick Noerenberg, a brewer who was one of the first entrepreneurs to establish a year-round home at the lake. Influenced by English landscape style, the estate became a self-sustaining world which included the family mansion with its tree-lined avenue, expansive flower beds, vegetable gardens, orchards, and a working farm. In 1972 the Tree Rivers Park District acquired the property and a capital endowment to maintain the estate from the will of Noerenberg's daughter. In keeping with her parents' wishes, the family house was demolished and a commemorative structure, the Memorial Colonnade, was built on the home site. She further directed that the property be developed and operated for "public park purposes as an arboretum for flowers, shrubs and trees" and for "general display garden purposes." Since 1972 the gardens have been maintained according to these specifications under the direction of Arla Carmichiel. Although the original house is gone, the feel of the overall gardens is still defined by its lakeshore views, large trees and extensive and expansive borders. However the design and choice of plant materials have been refined to those which are reliable hardy in the challenging Zone 4 climate and to colors which enhance the overall peacefulness of the place. The predominant palette includes shades of purple, blue, and mauve, as well as grays, pinks, and whites. The combination of these colors and the integration of the borders with the natural surroundings create gardens of unusual serenity. The gardens look their best from July through October.
Persons associated with the garden include: the Frederick Noerenberg family (former owners, 1890-1972); and Arla Carmichiel (garden administrator, 1972 to date).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, and a brochure about the garden and its plants.