Heads up: The Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud look absolutely ravishing right now.
Edging up to the Mississippi River, the twin gardens are exploding with more than 150,000 annuals and perennials. At Munsinger, you can stroll 14 acres of flower-lined brick pathways beneath a canopy of towering Scotch and Norway pines. Go slowly and soak up the history of this special place: The trails were constructed by the WPA in the 1930s and refurbed in the ‘80s.
Next, head across the street to the ‘90s-era Clemens Garden, which features six classical European designs (sans the transatlantic flight). The rose garden is the crown jewel, but the “Bridgerton”-esque trelliage garden with the 24-foot dome is photo gold. Don’t miss the monochromatic white garden, inspired by a similar layout at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England, or the Renaissance-style fountain decorated with cranes: It’s one of the tallest in the state.
Admission is free for both gardens and the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society hosts special events throughout the year, including a family-friendly concert series. Mark your calendar: The last one of the 2022 season is a jazz shindig slated for Sunday, August 21. 🌸
Munsinger Clemens Gardens
1515 Riverside Dr. SE, St. Cloud, MN; 320-257-5959.