​​Artist Susan Swerda Foss is a painter, designer, sculptor and illustrator who has lived in Minnesota since 1969.  She was inspired by ethnologist Frances Densmore (1867-1957) to create the MGG. 


She has also managed Tobies Bakery for over 25 years and is now in semi-retirement.

Susan creating a mosaic art installment in 2021:

A native flora preserve and sculpture garden

The Minnesota Goose Garden (MGG) was first envisioned by artist Susan Swerda Foss in 1989.  With the technical and physical assistance provided by Rodney Foss, a five acre farm field became a botanical sculpture garden based on Ojibwe history.


Our mission: to preserve and promote education of the flora used by the Ojibwe tribes for food, medicine, utility and ceremony.


Rod Foss has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.  In 1969, he retired from engineering and bought his parents' dairy farm.  For 28 years, Susan and Rodney operated a dairy farm on the 1917 homestead where the Minnesota Goose Garden is located.

Rod has hauled rocks, laid out the parameters of a goose, nest and gosling, and built an arbor. He continues to mow the garden perimeters.​​