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Community Gardens and Pollinators

Nokomis East Giving Garden

Are you interested in gardening, building community, and raising food for good local causes?

You should get involved with the NENA Giving Garden at Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls (5212 41st Ave. S).


One of three gardens sponsored by NENA, the Nokomis East Giving Garden was founded in 2017 by volunteer gardeners to raise produce for the Minnehaha Food Shelf. In 2022, the Garden has relocated to Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls in the Minnehaha neighborhood. At the new site, we have constructed new raised beds and walkways. 

All gardeners of any ability are invited to join this volunteer-led project. If you are not able to join the planning team, we will have plenty of gardening volunteer opportunities throughout the season.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form
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Nokomis East Gateway Garden

Located at the corner of East 50th Street and Old Hiawatha kiddie corner from the Minnehaha station on the Hiawatha LRT line.


The Gateway Garden was designed pro bono by the landscape architecture firm of colberg|tews to resemble a Monarch butterfly wing when seen from an aerial view.


Planted in October of 2010 using all native plants, indigenous to the region including a Bur Oak to represent the Oak Savanna found in this area centuries ago.


The Met Council provides the site and additional support. Gateway Garden is maintained by neighborhood volunteers.


Everyone is welcome to volunteer and visitors are encouraged.

Nokomis East Gateway Garden Facebook Page

Nokomis Naturescape

The Naturescape is an official Monarch Waystation and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat site located on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis at 50th St. and Nokomis Parkway and is part of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board system.


Before 1850, the uplands of what is now Minneapolis were covered with prairie grasses, wildflowers, and scattered oak trees. This oak savanna plant community has become very rare, with only 1/10th of 1% of Minnesota’s original savanna remaining.


The Nokomis Naturescape project – a 4-acre native planting – brings back a glimpse of this ecosystem and provides urban residents with a model of sustainable landscaping.


The Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers are winners of the 2015 Remarkable Volunteer Service Award by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Nokomis Naturescape Facebook Page

Interested in these Projects?

Contact NENA’for more information and how to get involved – (612) 724-5652 or

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