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Nokomis East Volunteer Gardens Updates


Last updated: September 25, 2014

Welcome to Nokomis East's volunteer gardens page. It's the volunteers that make these gardens such a unique and beautiful resource for our neighborhood. Your help makes all the difference!

Nokomis Naturescape Gardens     Nokomis East Gateway Gardens
Lakeside Gardens at the 2013 MMF
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The Naturescape Gardens are the host site for the Minneapolis Monarch Festival. A Safari through the Lakeside Garden at the 2013 MMF is shown above. For more information on the Nokomis Naturescape, please visit the Naturescape page on the Festival's website:

"Encouraging People to Connect with Nature by Growing Native Plant Gardens"


Earlier time: 5 - 7pm,

Continued Early Sunflower Removal Goal is a targeted removal of much of the Early Sunflower (before more seed gets banked in the soil) that has taken over large areas of the Hillside Garden and the Lakeside Garden. We will begin with the Hillside then move to Lakeside. The Early Sunflower is a good pollinator and bird seed plant, but it is overtaking the gardens.

Please BRING SHOVELS AND CLIPPERS. I will have some for those who don't have.

Thanks Always!

Vicki Bonk Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneer Coordinator

The Nokomis Naturescape
Located on Lake Nokomis at 5001 East Nokomis Parkway, Minneapolis 55417, the Naturscape is a project of the Nokomis East Neighborhoos Association (NENA) in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The four-acre native planting, provides a model of sustainable landscaping and is an official Monarch Waystation and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat site.

To volunteer or receive event emails, contact Vicki Bonk  at 612-727-3562  or the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association office at 612-724-5256.


Vicky Bonk


The Nokomis Naturescape is located in Nokomis Park, between the lake and Woodlawn Boulevard at East 50th Street.  Mapping address: 5001 E Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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(Originally posted 5/01/14)

Greetings, Gateway Gardeners,

The Gateway Garden leadership torch has been passed to Scott Zeimetz. Scott has volunteered on the project for the past few years and will now be taking a more active role in coordinating weeding meetings along with other items at GG. 

Scott writes, "We have many events planned to maintain and improve GG this year.  The current planned improvements include the following:
1) Late last year we had some benches donated to GG by Sandy Colvin Roy which we will be installed this spring
2) There are plans (and a budget) to paint the switch shack that is located across the streets from GG
3) GG will need to have mulch applied again this year - this is a large undertaking and we will need help from you volunteers

The schedule below does not include the mulch or painting as those dates will be dictated by factors that have not been ironed out yet, however they will happen this summer.  I will be sending out reminders prior to the events.  I hope to see you folks at the GG soon."

2014 Weeding Meeting Schedule:




weeding meeting




weeding meeting




Season Finale - Sea Salt

NENA staff would like to especially like to thank Trish Schilling for leading the Gateway Gardeners for the past three growing seasons. A job well done.

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The Nokomis East Gateway Gardens are located at the intersection of Old Hiawatha Ave and E 50th Street in Minneapolis. The gardens are across the street from the 50th St./ Minnehaha Park LRT station on the Blue Line (Hiawatha Line).


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