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.

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.