Come to My Garden

Come to My Garden is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton which was produced, arranged and orchestrated by Charles Stepney and released in 1970 under GRT Records. It was re-released in 1974 on the Janus label, in the same time frame as Riperton's album Perfect Angel and her hit "Lovin' You."[4]

Come to My Garden
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1970
RecordedNovember 24–26, 1969
Ter Mar Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
ProducerCharles Stepney
Minnie Riperton chronology
Come to My Garden
Perfect Angel
Professional ratings
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The album was first released on CD in 1990, and has since been made available in digital form. None of the CD editions have material transferred directly from the original master tapes. All CD editions were mastered in UK, USA and other countries using LP records and different noise reduction methods. It is quite possible that original tapes that belonged to GRT were lost forever.[5]

The album peaked at number 160 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in 1974.[6] Some versions of the CD release do not include the last track, "Whenever, Wherever." Riperton said she wanted a sound like the great Dionne Warwick / Burt Bacharach collaborations for the album.


Minnie Riperton was presented as a solo artist by Ramsey Lewis on Saturday, December 26, 1970, at Chicago's famed London House. She performed several numbers from the album accompanied by Charles Stepney, the album's producer. Although commercially unsuccessful, Come to My Garden is considered a masterpiece by critics.[7][8][9][10] "Les Fleur"[a] is probably the album's best known song,[12] and "Expecting" remains a favorite among fans.

The heavy rock aspect of Riperton's band Rotary Connection is absent here, replaced by lush orchestrations. The songs, mostly by Stepney and Riperton's husband Richard Rudolph, are largely minor-key ballads.

Track listingEdit

Side 1
  1. "Les Fleurs"[a] (Charles Stepney, Richard Rudolph) – 3:18
  2. "Completeness" (Stepney, Rose Johnson) – 3:32
  3. "Come to My Garden" (Rudolph) – 3:19
  4. "Memory Band" (Stepney) – 4:05
  5. "Rainy Day in Centerville" (Stepney, Rudolph) – 5:22
Side 2
  1. "Close Your Eyes and Remember" (Stepney, Rudolph) – 3:38
  2. "Oh, By the Way" (Stepney, Rudolph) – 2:58
  3. "Expecting" (Stepney, Jon Stocklin) – 3:51
  4. "Only When I'm Dreaming" (Stepney, Sidney Barnes) – 3:24
  5. "Whenever, Wherever" (Stepney, Johnson) – 3:34[13]


In Popular CultureEdit

The album has been featured in various samples and covers.


  1. ^ a b c For unknown reasons the original record label spelled the song as "Les Fleur,"[11] although the French plural of "La Fleur" (flower) would normally be spelled "Les Fleurs." Many reissues and compilations use the latter spelling.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Special Merit Picks. Vol. 82. Billboard Magazine. December 6, 1970. p. 65.
  3. ^ Cashbox Album Reviews. Vol. 32. Billboard Magazine. November 28, 1970. p. 28.
  4. ^ "Minnie Riperton – Come to My Garden (1974, Vinyl)". Discogs.
  5. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 11, 2019). "The Day the Music Burned". New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "Minnie Riperton – Chart history". Billboard. Archived from the original on August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Come To My Garden Review". All Music. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Smotroff, Mark. "Listening Report: Minnie Riperton's Come To My Garden, RSD Essential Reissue". Audiophile Review. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  9. ^ Olson, Aaron M. "Mining Gold From the Music Stream: Minnie Riperton - Come To My Garden". Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  10. ^ Proctor, Brittnay L. Minnie Riperton’s Come to My Garden. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781501379154.
  11. ^ "Minnie Riperton – Come To My Garden". Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Lopez, Julyssa (September 16, 2021). "Yola on Minnie Riperton's 'Les Fleurs': 'It's Pure Genius'". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  13. ^ Vinyl edition of Come to My Garden on
  14. ^ CD edition of Come to My Garden on
  15. ^ Chick, Stevie (June 29, 2016). "Minnie Riperton – 10 of the best". The Guardian.
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