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itasca rock garden

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In 1925, John L. Christensen set out to construct a small vegetable cellar. While digging he and his wife began to notice the beauty in the multi-colored stones. Using his team of horses, the excavation grew to what is now Itasca Rock Garden.

The site was recently renovated by the Kohler Foundation with more than $500,000 being put into the house, structures and gardens.  While the gardens are new as of 2023 with some yet to be planted, the structures, including a large castle, are magnificent.

Tours by appointment only, June 5 through August 30, call 507/373-8003 or email

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