The Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden- save the date!



For Families: Intro to Japanese Gardens      

July 7-   2:30 - 4:00 PM

July 14- 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Join us inside the Garden at the Round Shelter for a Japanese Gardens Program and Family Scavenger Hunt. Make your own Origami Happi coat!

Call 952- 358-8145 for information.



The Normandale Community College Japanese Garden is hosting "Show and Tell Sundays" throughout the summer June through September, from 1 to 3 p.m. The "Show and Tell Sundays" will be free to the public. Join us to relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Garden. Learn about the unique features of the Garden: the Bentendo, shelters and lanterns; the waterfall, bridges and islands; and artfully pruned trees and shrubs. The interpretation sessions and the specific subjects take place on the following Sundays:

May 27-   Elements of a Japanese Garden   

Jun 10-    Water features in the Japanese Garden  

Jun 17-    Bridges of Normandale Japanese Garden  

Jul 8-       Honoring the Koi   

Jul 15-     Shapely pines  

Aug 12-   The plants of the Japanese Garden  

Sep 9-     The Bentendo Structure (Grandparents day)  

Come visit, stroll through the garden and enjoy this place of peace and tranquility (heiwa to shizukesa 平和 静けさ.)

(There is free parking in lots 3 and 4 off Collegeview Road, on the northwest end of the campus. Events are free and open to the public.)


Normandale Community College's Japanese Garden is a two-acre oasis on its campus in Bloomington, Minnesota. The beauty and serenity of the garden make it ideal for contemplation and renewal of the spirit.

The garden is open year-round at no charge, except when reserved for special events. We ask that children under 12 not visit the garden without supervision. A self-guided tour brochure is available inside the square shelter located in the garden. If you are not able to visit the garden, our online tour describes the landscaping and architectural features.

The Garden is maintained jointly by the College and the Japanese Garden Committee. The Normandale Community College Foundation acts as the fiduciary agent. This partnership ensures the future of the garden through maintenance, memberships, special gifts, and donations. We invite you to enter our garden through the gallery and then explore the website to learn more about the garden's features and history.

Directions to the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden Festival Story (City of Bloomington TV)

The most recent version of the Japanese Garden Newsletter featured stories about the upcoming Japanese Garden Festival (on Sept. 23), Normandale's Campus Horticulturalist Sam Kaufman and many other great stories. 

Click here to check out the most recent newsletter.