Project: Beautiful Gardens

MARIAN FISCHER'S GARDEN TIPS

  • Updated: December 30, 2008 - 12:45 PM

• Choose trees carefully: "Don't experiment," she said. "You can have fun with perennials and shrubs. But it takes 20 years to know if it's the right tree."

• Be ruthless with weeds: "I spend a lot of time on weeds, especially tree seedlings," she said. "That's what will destroy a garden." She's not afraid to eradicate with Roundup.

• Know your limits. Plan your garden with upkeep in mind, she said. "Don't start more than you want to finish."

• Hire help. A good garden consultant can help you see your garden with fresh eyes. (She recommends her garden mentor, Glenn Ray, owner of Masterpiece Landscaping, www.masterpiecelandscape .com.)

• Savor each season: When fall comes, "I'm ready for a break," she said. "No way I'd go to a climate where I'd have to garden year-round. What I do in the winter is have a life."

KIM PALMER

  • about this series

  • There are some spectacular private gardens around the Twin Cities. We discover several each year in our Beautiful Gardens contest. From October to April, we'll bring you into one Beautiful Garden a month.

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