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Garden Area Descriptions

Map of Gardens

Handicapped Accessible Garden

Handicapped Accessible GardenThis garden is located closest to the parking lot and is designed to accommodate gardeners in wheelchairs. These raised beds are surrounded by concrete pathways for easy accessibility and have been filled with vegetables, herbs and annual flowers.



Annual Garden - Bedding Plant Trials

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Located in the southeast corner of the garden area, these beds contain anywhere from 200-300 cultivars of sun loving annuals. These beds are official display gardens of All-America Selections and will contain some of the newest annuals available while still showcasing some old favorites.

Best time to view: Late July through frost.


Perennial Garden

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This large figure eight area with concrete walkways is located west of the bedding plant trials. Still under development, current beds included here are:

  • Xeric Area - low water use plants
  • Meadow Garden - native prairie grasses and flowers
  • Perennial Plants of the Year Garden
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Birds, Butterflies and Hummingbirds Garden
  • Areas yet to be developed


Daylily Display Garden

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The NDSU Historic Daylily Display Garden is the farthest west garden with over 1100 cultivars of daylilies, the majority of which are historic, or pre-1980 releases. This is an official display garden of the American Hemerocallis Society.

2018 List of Daylily Cultivars

Best time to view: Mid to late July


Art Jensen Memorial Iris Garden

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These beds were made possible by the family of Art Jensen, a local iris lover who sold them out of his home for over 30 years. After his death in 2003, his irises were dug and moved to the NDSU gardens where they are currently being cataloged.

Best time to view: Late May through early June


Shade Garden

Shade GardenAlso named Kiesling Grove in honor of the Plant Pathology Chair who had this area planted, this area is comprised mostly of cottonwood and pine trees. A small area for shade annuals is here as well as ferns and hostas. This area is currently under development.

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