Japanese Gardens at Terrace Park in Sioux Falls

There is an expression that says something to the effect that we take things in our own backyard for granted. That’s often true.

I’ve lived in Sioux Falls for nearly seven years and just visited the Japanese Gardens at Terrace Park for the first time last month. However, I was able to visit twice–a couple weeks apart, so I was took photos of spring’s arrival at two different stages.



Late April:


Same scenery–Mid-April vs. Late April:

In the late 1920s, Joseph Maddox, the caretaker of Terrace Park, began constructing and planting the Japanese Gardens. But, during World War II, the gardens were vandalized. Then in the late 1980s, the local Shoto Teien Japanese Garden group formed and made it its mission to help the city restore and renovate the gardens.

I found the gardens to be a pretty and serene place.

For more info on the gardens:

Terrace Park and Japanese Gardens Now Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Looking Back: Japanese Gardens

Terrace Park Japanese Gardens

Have any of you been to the Sioux Falls Japanese Gardens? What is some local treasure you’ve recently discovered or want to visit?


  1. Jane Heitman Healy

    Beautiful, Debbie! I have been there, but not recently. A local treasure I visited a week or so ago was the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. I took my dog, and we both thought it was a most lovely escape into nature!

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