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Clemens Gardens, Saint Cloud

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Munsinger Gardens and Clemens Gardens are two distinct but adjacent gardens on the banks of the Mississippi River northwest of the intersection of University Drive SE and Kilian Blvd SE, and along the southernmost portion of Riverside Drive SE, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The gardens are open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., spring to fall. There is no admission fee.
Munsinger Gardens are informal with winding flower-bordered paths under tall pines, and date from 1915 when the city purchased the former site of a sawmill as a park. The gardens themselves were constructed primarily in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. Projects from this period included planting trees and flowerbeds, and building rock-lined paths, a lily pond, and a fountain. The first greenhouse was built in 1938; it has subsequently been replaced. The gardens were refurbished and expanded in the 1980s.
The Clemens Gardens were developed primarily in the 1990s by Bill and Virginia Clemens, who then donated them to the City of St. Cloud. They include six gardens in a formal European style with American plantings and fountains:
Formal Garden - flowers with fountain. Perennial Garden - perennials hardy to Minnesota winters, with a 12ft high, cast iron replica of a pre-Civil War fountain patterned after the original in Columbus, Georgia. Rest Area Garden - clematis and rose vines, with one of the tallest outdoor fountains in Minnesota. Treillage Garden - an arbor trellis, with fountain under the dome, surrounded by four single-color gardens. Virginia Clemens Rose Garden - 1,100 roses including floribundas, tree roses, hybrid teas, shrub roses, and grandifloras. White Garden - inspired by the Sissinghurst Castle garden.
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  • The gardens were gorgeous and well kept. I loved all the different flowers and greenery. It certainly was a real axing way to spend several hours!  more »
  • This is a very beautiful park hidden away in St Cloud, MN. My wife stumbled on it as we were trying to figure out what to see off i-94. Terrific find and a must visit site if you are into gardens...  more »
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  • Located on the shores of the Mississippi River, Munsinger gardens has an immense display of flower beds.The amazing thing about the gardens are that the gardens are open till 10pm! Also the view of the Mississippi River with the quiet setting was peaceful and relaxing. With diverse colorful flowers and intoxicating fragrances of flowers and the tall shade trees give any visitors time to pause. The fish pond, peacocks and occasion bunny rabbits were a delight. Come for a relaxing picnic and bring a book to read.
  • Beautiful gardens and fountains. Lots of brides getting their photos taken. There's swing benches to sit and enjoy the river. The gift shop sells ice cream treats...and there's a shady deck with chairs and tables to eat and see the river and flowers. Very enjoyable... especially on a hot day.

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