Beautiful Gardens

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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Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Diane Erdmann’s back yard is a serene haven of overarching branches, curved pathways, running water and an array of trees, shrubs and perennials. Fi

Beautiful Garden: A garden plotted, planted to be at one with nature

Starting with a blank slate 15 years ago, Diane Erdmann crafted spaces that fit in with nature – and the neighborhood. She calls her sloping south Minneapolis back yard "a mix of architecture and 'let it happen,' " with volunteer plants strewn throughout.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Gardener Jeanne Thatcher at the gate leading to her back-yard garden. She accents with garden art, but sparingly. “I want flowers to be the emphasis

Art background creates a painterly garden

Schooled in art, a gardener relies on what she learned to create beauty in her own back yard.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Michelle Chambers Blair and Brian Blair removed a kids' sandbox and slide tower and dug out a pond, which they accented with two waterfalls and "Rebec

Beautiful gardens: A labor of love

A Champlin couple transformed their back yard from a sandbox to the setting for their wedding reception.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
A "sofa" carved from a tree killed by Dutch elm disease is one of the many focal points in the enchanted Edina garden of Rosanne and Steve Malevich. T

Beautiful gardens: A storybook garden

Starting with a patch of Irish moss, an Edina couple created a fanciful garden worthy of any Hobbit's house.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Chuck and Petra Meinke have been landscaping their Apple Valley home for the past two decades. The large back yard is les labor-intensive than it appe

Growing a sense of place

Beautiful gardens: For the past two decades, a Minnesota couple have been creating a massive, European-influenced shade garden in their suburban yard.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Boxwood shrubs surround raised beds of hybrid tea and shrub roses in Kate Podobinski's Minneapolis garden. "The fragrance reminds me of my grandma's g

Just like grandma used to grow

A granddaughter's sprawling cottage gardens honor the two grandmothers who passed down their cherished plants and wisdom.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Judy Alm has cultivated her Richfield garden for more than 40 years.

Garden reflects gardener

A self-taught gardener paints her exuberant landscape with a free but disciplined hand.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Lee and Jerry Shannon planted colorful shrub roses in the center of pruned boxwoods that shape their formal garden.

From novices to know-it-alls

The Shannons of St. Paul scaled a steep learning curve to create their "collector's garden," which features specimens from around the world.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Tricia Frostad's front yard garden in Chanhassen.

A steep learning slope

Self-taught gardener Tricia Frostad created an eye-popping display in her front yard and a series of streams in her hilly back yard.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Beverly Moore's garden is structured and symmetrical, with stone walking paths and an arbor.

Tending a dream

A design-savvy gardener fulfilled her vision of creating a beautiful landscape -- one worthy of a special event.
Home & Garden
April 10, 2015
Kevin Blaeser and Cooper Hipp's garden contains many perches from which to view it.

They aren't afraid of change

Kevin Blaeser and Cooper Hipp have created a gorgeous haven in Golden Valley, but they're constantly working to enhance it.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
A series of gardens representing different types of plants created by Richard and Shirley Friberg in the yard of their Roseville home.

Partners in planting

The Fribergs of Roseville are tireless gardening overachievers. They host tours, they volunteer, and they're active in multiple clubs. And, oh yeah, they still find time to tend their awe-inspiring landscape.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
With 30 garden beds spread over 11/2 acres in Lake Elmo, Chris and Jim Trevis garden on a grand scale — and play host to a wide variety of wildlife.

The constant gardener

An ambitious green thumb and her helpful husband team up to tend a winning garden in Lake Elmo -- and to collaborate on a humorous his-and-hers gardening book.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015

Carefree cottage gardening

A Brooklyn Park yard evolved into a haven for the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015

Garden is urban oasis

Drawing on his rural roots, a south Minneapolis gardener creates a country-inspired haven in the heart of the city.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
In five growing seasons, Sarah Buerkley has transformed her Stillwater landscape into a series of gardens that cover about 2 acres of an 11-acre yard.

Gardener's bloom ambition

A Stillwater woman was surprised to find her "best self" in her garden.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
Tom and Anna Erbes, both of whom are artists, have created a garden oasis in their Minneapolis yard.

Couple display the art of gardening

A creative couple rely on a unique form of organic design to turn their front yard into an award-winning destination.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
The back-yard garden of Jennifer Baldwin Peden and Tom Peden has been a joint production.

Her garden became his inspiration

Jennifer Baldwin Peden was the star in the garden. Her husband, Tom, was waiting in the wings -- until a touring show took her away and inspired him to pick up where she left off.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
Connie Young has been tending the front and back yard cottage-style gardens of her Bloomington home for 20 years. She and her husband, John, edged the

Back-yard bouquet

A Bloomington woman interweaves old-fashioned coneflowers, flowering shrubs and flagstone walkways to turn her turf-covered suburban back yard into a massive cutting garden.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
Mark Campbell

Back-yard bounty

A passionate, learn-as-you-go gardener reaps the fruits of many years of labor in his Edina yard.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
The Taft family – gardener Lisa, her husband, John, and their sons Alex and Bryan , love spending time outdoors in their wildlife-friendly garden.

Where the wild things are

Animals flourish among the flowers and foliage in a suburban landscape that's part garden, part wildlife sanctuary.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
Lee Hallgren has been a fearless front-yard gardener for more than 40 years, adding trees, flowers and salvaged structures to the once empty space. Hi

St. Paul city garden is front and center

A learn-as-you-go gardener transformed a small city lot into an imaginative, innovative garden.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
Bob Sauer built stone walls rock by rock and established a 1-acre garden that include a conifer collection, dozens of hostas and daylillies that he hy

Park place in Edina

A do-it-yourself Edina gardener transformed an overgrown yard into a parklike setting with a string of intimate, inventive gardens.
Home & Garden
April 9, 2015
Lucy Pacieznik was photographed in her Apple Valley garden on a late July day.

Apple Valley garden has its roots in WWII labor camp

The fragrant phlox spilling down the slope of Lucy Pacieznik's back yard in Apple Valley have their roots in a forced labor camp in Germany, where her Ukrainian mother first held her as a newborn in 1943.

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