Duluth Rose Garden

Written by K. Hart at www.casago.com
gazebo at Duluth Rose Garden
roses and landscape
Leif Erikson statue
Duluth Rose Garden yellow roses


In the heart of Twin Ports, Duluth Rose Garden blooms with a rich history and vibrant beauty. 

This floral wonderland was envisioned in 1967 by Ausma Klints, a Latvian immigrant who settled in Duluth in 1951. Born to a florist in Jekabpils, Latvia, Klints imbued her passion for flowers into the creation of the garden.

The first roses were planted in the spring of 1968 by the Duluth Rose Society, which Klints helped form alongside Ronald Thomas. Their vision flourished to fruition as the garden grew into a significant attraction in Duluth, drawing in thousands of visitors annually.

But the garden's location has changed. In the mid-90s, the entire garden was moved across town. Today, it thrives near Leif Erikson Park and is directly accessible from the Lakewalk.

Additionally, the Duluth Rose Garden pays homage to the area's heritage. A statue of Leif Erikson, the Norwegian Viking credited with being the first European to land on North American shores, marks the entrance to the park.

Fun Facts & Cool Features 

One of the most astounding features of the Duluth Rose Garden is its size and variety. The garden features over 3,000 rose bushes and other plants, showcasing a broad spectrum of colors that have popped throughout its history. 

Visitors can stroll through the garden, immersing themselves in the scent and sight of these stunning blooms. The garden also houses the Stone Memorial Fountain, adding an element of tranquility to the vibrant garden.

Another striking feature is its location. The garden sits atop a tunnel that an interstate uses beneath, a testament to how nature can thrive in the most unexpected places. This unique positioning also offers visitors easy access from the Lakewalk, enabling them to transition smoothly from a scenic walk along Lake Superior to a leisurely stroll amidst blooming roses.

The garden's connection to local history is also a notable feature. The statue of Leif Erikson is a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of Duluth and its enduring connection to European explorers. It’s easy to see why the Duluth Rose Garden attracts many visitors annually. Be sure to include a visit when you’re on a Twin Ports getaway. 

Getting There

If you're planning to drive to the Duluth Rose Garden, here are the directions from North I-35:

  • Take the 21st Ave Exit.
  • Turn left on London Road.
  • Follow London Road to the 14th Ave East parking lot.


Visiting the Duluth Rose Garden is free of charge! However, it's always a good idea to have some change for parking.

Prices are subject to change. Please check their website for updates.

Local Tips

  • The garden is directly accessible from the Lakewalk, so consider incorporating a scenic stroll along Lake Superior into your visit.
  • If you're interested in local history, take a few moments to appreciate the Leif Erikson statue at the park entrance.
  • Don't forget to check out the Stone Memorial Fountain within the garden.
  • Do you have a special event to plan? Consider having it at the Duluth Rose Garden.


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