Our Garden


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Gardening is an important part of our lives. We appreciate the beauty of the garden and the joy of working with nature.

Garden Highlights 2011

Plants are really starting to mature. Less time for maintenance, but some of the plants themselves are coming into their own.
Garden Highlights 2010

Lots of Diversity in plantings starting to come into bloom. Fresh mulch, garden looks better than ever at our new home..
Garden Highlights 2008 - 2009

Not a lot of pictures from this time period. 2008 was a transition to our new house. 2009 was the year of the retaining wall.
Garden Highlights 2007

The last full year of gardening at our old house. The gardens are at their prime. The last year of working in the clay.
Garden Highlights 2006

This is the year that we put up the rainbow play-set for Maddy and also did a lot of clean-up in the existing gardens.
Garden Highlights 2005

Numerous projects completed this year. Including removal of the dreaded raspberry patch and improvements to the Asian garden.
Garden Highlights 2004

Cleared out the side yard by the garage and created the Asian Garden. Also created a raised garden in the back.
Garden Highlights 2003

This is the year we completed the Arbor Gate near the storage shed and also did a major re-planting in the cottage garden.
Garden Highlights 2002

Added the water gardens and a border of annuals along the long fence of the cottage garden.
The Early Years of the Garden

We transformed a grassy area into a large English cottage garden. We also fenced to keep the dogs and rabbits out..
Favorite Arboretum Pictures

Our favorite pictures of one of the nicest gardens in all of Minnesota.

Great Perennial Trading Party

A wonderful bi-annual affair, where people being in their extra perennials for trading with other people. Hundreds attend.

We spent a lot of our free time in our gardens. When we first moved into our old house in only a few small gardens existed along the fence line near our kitchen.  That humble beginning grew into numerous gardens.  This is one of many activities that we share and enjoy doing together.  Each year we pick our favorite pictures from the garden.  You will find them by clicking on the individual pages.

When we moved into our new house, we were sort of forced to start over. With two children we have sort of scaled back, but both of us still enjoy a nice day in the garden and the thrill of acquiring plants. The trick these days is getting them planted before they die.





If you would be happy your whole life long, Become a gardener. Old Chinese Proverb

A garden is not made in a year; indeed it is never made in the sense of finality. It grows, and with the labor of love should go on growing. Frederick Eden

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson

In his garden every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation. Louise Beebe Wilder

One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin. Shakespeare

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi





Julie's Favorite Annuals

  1. Cleome
  2. Cosmos
  3. Zinnia
  4. Morning Glory
  5. Dahlia

Chris' Favorite Annuals

  1. Sunflower
  2. Zinnia
  3. Cosmos
  4. Moss Rose
  5. Impatiens

Julie's Favorite Perennials

  1. Delphinium
  2. Columbine
  3. Galardia
  4. Holyhock
  5. Cranesbill Geranium

Chris' Favorite Perennials

  1. Hosta
  2. Daylilly
  3. Delphinium
  4. Rose
  5. Clematis

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