The Friends of Horton Park will be cleaning up the native wildflower gardens at Horton Park on Saturday May 3rd, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. They welcome teachers, staff, families, and students from the Friends School of Minnesota to help out! Horton Park is located in St. Paul at the corner of Hamline and Englewood Avenues.

Tasks will include raking leaves, clipping plants from last year, some light weeding, and possibly the installation of edging around  some of the gardens. If you come, feel free to bring rakes, wheelbarrows, garden gloves, shovels, clippers, and/or trowels if you have them – if not, that’s fine, just show up.

Friend of Horton Park volunteers work to keep the gardens beautiful.
Friend of Horton Park volunteers work to keep the gardens beautiful.

For a little background, Horton Park gardens were started by two neighbors in collaboration with the St. Paul Parks Department about 12 years ago. They planted the gardens with neighborhood volunteers, and continue to maintain the gardens with the help of many volunteers. Partners have included Hamline University students and alumni, Friends School of Minnesota teachers and students, Girl Scouts, and many others.

The community gardens in Horton Park were designed and planted by neighbors of the park who live in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. Calling ourselves the Friends of Horton Park, we have worked closely with the St. Paul Parks Department to design gardens in keeping with the nature of this park, which is the only arboretum in a St. Paul City Park .
The community gardens in Horton Park which is the only arboretum in the St. Paul Parks.

Horton Park includes a shade garden, an oak savanna garden, and a small prairie garden. The Friends of Horton Park have also helped with tree planting, sign placement, and park events in the past. We hope to see you Saturday!

– Hannah Texler, Friends of Horton Park

 

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