About

About the artist


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


She has managed Tobies Bakery for over 20 years and is now in semi-retirement.

 For 28 years, Susan and Rodney operated a dairy farm together on the 1917 homestead where the Minnesota Goose Garden is located.

It all started with an idea...


The Minnesota Goose Garden 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.