The Northeast Minneapolis Municipal Iris Gardens (NEMMIG) were planted in the summer of 2017 at Columbia Park by the Iris Society of Minnesota and several generous community volunteers, in cooperation with the Minneapolis Park Board. NEMMIG serves the public as a free facility dedicated to education, preservation, and research for the genus Iris in all of its forms. In particular, the focus of the gardens is to study reblooming iris for Minnesota gardens, to collect and preserve Minnesota Iris Introductions, past and present, and to showcase for public education the unique variety of colors and characteristics the many different iris species display. Specifically, to research which iris species and cultivars grow and rebloom well in Zone 4 Minnesota gardens.
In addition to the generous volunteers, the gardens could not have been planted without the help of our generous sponsors.
The Mission of The Northeast Minneapolis Iris Garden (NEMMIG) is to beautify public land while serving as an educational resource for which iris species and varieties grow and rebloom well in Minnesota home gardens, as well as collecting and preserving Minnesota Iris introductions and Historic Irises.
The gardens are located in the middle of the parking lot of Columbia Golf course and Mansion, accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hours of the Columbia Mansion and Golf Course vary seasonally.