Normandale Japanese Garden, Bloomington

#4 of 6 in Parks in Bloomington
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Conceived in 1967, the Normandale Japanese Garden was designed by Tokyo landscape architect Takao Watanabe and constructed on two acres of Bloomington's Normandale Community College campus. Open to the public year-round (when not reserved for private events, announced here) and without charge, the garden is supported by the Normandale Community College Foundation, private donations and fundraising events, and fees from private photo sessions and weddings held on the grounds.

To inquire about volunteering your time or making a donation to help in the upkeep of the garden, or to reserve the garden for your wedding or photo shoot, please contact us at or (952) 358-8145.
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  • The effort that was put into making this lovely and stunningly beautiful garden a reality is truly impressive. Located on the grounds of a community college, it is a hidden gem. There is adequate...  more »
  • Lovely garden, usually very peaceful with places to sit and reflect. Walking path, bridges. Parking is free and close by.  more »
  • This is such a tranquil, cozy garden that should be added to your must see list when you're in the area. The garden is free of charge, although donations are appreciated. I'd recommend bringing some quarters for the fish food so you can feed the koi fish.I'm so glad we stopped. It was a relaxing yet energizing way to start our day.
  • Wow. Such a beautiful hidden gem. After u stepping through the entrance, I felt a sense of calmness and tranquility. Great spot to leave your electronics in the car, I sure will next time I visit

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