This is the view out my window of the Edina History Museum at Arneson Acres Park. The landscape changes from a winter wonderland to a riot of colors every year, thanks to the work of the Edina Garden Council and City Horticulturist Tim Zimmerman and his crew. These are just a few of the 28 flower beds in the park; my view doesn't take in the mall of flowers in the lower parking lot by the gazebo or the new Monarch garden just out of the frame to the left.
Sigh with me. All I have to do to relieve stress is look out my window, or if I'm feeling ambitious, stroll through the 14 acres just outside my door. Come visit the museum during regular museum hours this summer and allow some time to see the amazing flowers while you're here.
I was glad to see that the Edina Garden Council was among the garden clubs featured in today's StarTribune: "Twin Cities garden clubs retool for a new generation." EGC celebrated its 60th anniversary in December 2013 and has survived because of its efforts to change with the times. In the 1950s, EGC members enjoyed flower arranging lectures; now, the group is more interested in growing native plants. For more on the history of the club, see this timeline put together by one of its members Elizabeth Franklin. I also wrote this story for Edina Magazine on the 60-year history of EGC.
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