On the Map

Normandale’s Japanese Garden earns prestigious local honors.

Normandale's Japanese Garden in the Winter

Normandale's Japanese Garden was one of eight Bloomington landmarks featured August 30 to October 4 as part of the Bloomington Mapworks III exhibition at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center.

The exhibit featured interpretations of eight Bloomington landmarks from six Twin Cities-area artists. In addition to the Japanese Garden, the other landmarks included the Old Town Hall, Nine Mile Creek, Bush Lake Ski Jump, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington Civic Plaza, the Mall of America, and David Fong's Restaurant. Bloomington residents selected the landmarks through a survey conducted in August 2011.

Normandale also featured works of the Japanese Garden by Normandale instructors Dale Brown and Sheryl McRoberts, along with several Normandale students in an exhibit that was displayed in the college's Fine Arts Gallery from August 19 to September 13. In May, the Japanese Garden was named by KARE-11 as one of the “11 Most Relaxing Places in the Twin Cities.”