GARDENS

The Northern Plains Botanic Garden is a collection of gardens located on 6 acres of Fargo Park District land at Yunker Park at 1211 28th Ave. N., Fargo, ND 58102.

 

The gardens show an array of plants from cool woodlands to hot, dry, or even watery habitats and showcase garden design ideas for the different habitats.

Hummingbird Patio


Our Hummingbird Patio is a small, quiet place to relax. Visit between April - August to watch for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, the only hummingbird species found in North Dakota. Bring your lunch during the afternoon to eat alongside one of nature’s smallest of birds. Increase your chance to hear the humming sound created by their beating wings by visiting early in the morning or before sunset. Once you catch sight of these tiny creatures, you will become mesmerized by their incredible endurance and grace.




Dry Garden


Simply stunning in mid-May, the cherry trees are in peak bloom and frame the gate of the future Japanese Garden. This garden features a dry, rock-lined creek bed with raked gravel that is crossed by a low, wooden pedestrian bridge. This space has been defined as a place where human beings and nature have come together to create a form of unique expression and balance. The Sumac and ‘Spring Wonder’ Sargent Cherry Trees were planted in 2013 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Japan’s Gift of Cherry Trees to the United States.




Butterfly Garden


The Butterfly Garden features plants chosen to attract numerous species of butterflies. Enjoy the blooms of the warm Goldenrod, the lofty Joe Pye Weed, and numerous selections of Milkweed that the butterflies adore. If you spend a little time in this garden, you may encounter the colorful Monarch, the complimentary Viceroy, or the stunning Mourning Cloak, among many others flitting through the beds. Children and adults alike will be enthralled by the life cycle that these amazing insects go through and can witness the various stages with repeat visits throughout the season.




Chrysanthemum Garden


Chrysanthemums, commonly called mums, wow in Mid-August. Reliably green throughout the spring and summer, this garden blazes into bloom when most other plants have declined for the season. We plant numerous varieties in this garden to test their vigor, resilience, and vitality along with producing the best flowers with the most brilliant colors in the harsh winters of the north. As fragrant as they are beautiful, they brighten the season with shades such as yellow, gold, orange, lavender, purple, burgundy, and white among many others.




Rain Garden


The native Rain Garden is located directly behind the greenhouse. The Rain Garden is designed to absorb rain water from the greenhouse roof and slowly filter it into the soil below. The root systems of the plants growing in the bed aid in this filtering process and create an amazing ecosystem with native plants.




Woodland Garden


Enjoy the numerous selections of ferns, hosta, and other woodland plants as you stroll through the forested canopy along its winding path. It is not known to be a garden of floral beauty, but more a scene of beautiful foliar color, intense organic scents, and incredible texture.




Childrens Garden


Encompassing the Alphabet Garden, Sensory Garden, and Kid’s Activity Zone, the Children’s Garden has something to delight all ages. The alphabet garden features mini-gardens are designated by a specific letter of the alphabet. In these separate gardens, all of the plants growing there represent that individual letter. Visit the garden with the letter "D" and enjoy daisies, daylilies, dianthus, and dahlias among many others. In the "M" garden you will find monarda, morning glories, marigolds and an assortment of mint. The Sensory Garden depicts the five senses: sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch through plants. Kid's Activity Zone features simple pleasures such as a low balance beam, hopscotch game and a crawl through bean tunnel.




Edible Forest


Thanks to a conservation grant via the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund, this educational garden includes native fruit-bearing trees, shrubs, and pollinator-friendly perennial plants. As the Edible Forest grows, it will provide a number of opportunities for community members to learn how to nurture and harvest fruit-bearing trees that thrive locally.