04 August, 2010

Out and About: Lyndale Park Rose Garden

By LuAnne Silvia
This week I am sharing well designed places I have experienced when I have been out and about this summer.
Right here in our back yard we have the opportunity to stroll through the second oldest public rose garden in the United States...the Lyndale Park Rose Garden at  the northeast corner of Lake Harriet. Designed by Theodore Wirth, there are over 3,000 plants in 100 different varieties. I love the splashing fun and cooling water sounds the fountains provide. The impressive bronze-and-marble fountain with a cherub surfing on a dolphin at the top is the Heffelfinger Fountain. I was interested to know it came all the way from the Villa Montalto near Florence, Italy and donated to the Park Board by Frank Heffelfinger in 1944. It is a perfect (and popular) spot for photos and to take out of town guests. We accomplished both when my inlaws were in town!
Heffelfinger Fountain
Fountain funfountain
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