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Lovely garden, usually very peaceful with places to sit and reflect. Walking path, bridges... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
deborah T
Japanese Garden - An oasis on a small community college campus

My husband and I visit each time we make the long trek back to his childhood home in Minnesota... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Dalton, Massachusetts
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9700 France Ave S, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 55431-4309
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Lovely garden, usually very peaceful with places to sit and reflect. Walking path, bridges. Parking is free and close by.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank deborah T
Reviewed October 31, 2018

My 3-star rating means “nice, but don’t expect to get blown away.” My travels have taken me to dozens of Japanese gardens, and the one at Normandale is one of the smallest and simplest ones. The garden seems to be around two acres (my guess)...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jim L
Reviewed August 6, 2018

My husband and I visit each time we make the long trek back to his childhood home in Minnesota. Tim’s Aunt Ellen was instrumental in bringing the Japanese garden designer, and she volunteered at the garden until her untimely death from cancer. So it is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank caesarsm0m
Reviewed August 4, 2018

This little garden is tucked in on the campus. It is free with a suggested donation. The highlight is thecoi, which are the largest I have ever seen. They sell food to feed the coi, so they follow you around. There is a large hill...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

Wish it were larger but yet a nice little place to visit! It was a short little path with some of the Japanese features. The Water fall wasn't on but yet a nice place for a quiet walk!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Bruce S
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

The garden is beautiful. Period. There are lots of places to sit quietly, take photos and just sit and be still. It can be very busy on some days and perfectly still on others. If you can get there, please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

June 19. It rained off and on, but I visited anyway while the fine mist continued. I climbed up the steps beside the waterfall and took the Garden's upper pat over to sit in the round shelter for awhile. The benches were wet despite it's...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Cece C
Reviewed June 19, 2018

The Normandale Garden is small but traditional Japanese and very nicely laid out, with benches to sit and wonderful gardening.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank William N
Reviewed June 16, 2018

Not exactly what I imagined but it was nice. Very pretty and serene but smaller than it appeared. It was a nice walk through and if your are in the area worth it, if you are not in the area I would ot go out...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank dbunnies
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful place and peaceful.Nice place to come and relax and read a book all day or just a place to come walk or read a book

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Latoya H
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February 11, 2018|
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It was free... As a Student there taking classes... You can go to the Lunchroom n look at it through the windows if its cold out,n can go outside when its nice n they have a pathway to stay on n little billboards to read... More