Her garden became his inspiration

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2010 - 4:40 PM

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.

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glamorousvivFeb. 9, 10 6:19 PM

Every year, I VOW to extend my flower garden and add a veggie garden out back. It never get's done. Maybe this will prompt me to actually do it! Great job, Tom & Jennifer (and Pa Baldwin!!)!! It looks seamless!

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aadamsFeb. 9, 10 8:04 PM

The garden is so lovely and relaxing. Well done! P.s. those are not eagles in the picture, they are hawks. No offense to the hawks, they are still very cool.

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tillyveeFeb. 9, 10 8:40 PM

Gardening is in its own the best therapy a person can have, from planning it out to sowing, propagating and manicuring and nurturing, harvesting canning, enjoying the savory work while outside or at your table, to sharing the abundance with those that appreciate or have less than oneself. I love to garden, mixing daylillies along the edge for natural rodent repellant along with the marilgolds. The lillies are all completely edible and dress up your dish as well as nasturiums too.

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TomWilson4519CascoFeb. 10, 10 6:02 AM

What a great story to share with fellow gardeners as we look out over our snow covered masterpieces. Thought Jennifer's father made a great point -- gardens are always changing. I need to keep that in mind this spring - and be more adaptable with our plantings.

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gourmetboyFeb. 10, 10 6:41 AM

...not eagles in the pictures above. Those are a pair of sharp shinned hawks.

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bippy742Feb. 10, 10 8:49 AM

I don't mean to be weird, but it's not only a story about a garden, but about a marriage growing as well.

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mariezzFeb. 10, 10 9:51 AM

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kimjpalmerFeb. 10, 10 9:58 AM

The EPA does not recommend that, according to another Minneapolis gardener who also is having his soil replaced this summer. The contaminated soil still clings to the roots, he said.

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terideleoFeb. 10, 1010:45 AM

What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

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hooliaFeb. 10, 10 2:27 PM

I'd love to try the vegetable garden idea, but how do you keep the critters from eating everything? It's a constant struggle in our existing flat garden. We won't use pesticides/repellents.

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