Couple display the art of gardening

  • Article by: CONNIE NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 9, 2010 - 4:07 PM

A creative couple rely on a unique form of organic design to turn their front yard into an award-winning destination.

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pmfmplsMar. 10, 10 9:46 AM

What gorgeous photos on this dreary day! I live in a lower duplex in NE Mpls, and the owner (upstairs) created an amazing backyard. Gardening is a lot of work, experimenting, and patience, but the pay out is priceless!

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swmnguyMar. 10, 10 9:47 AM

Way to go, Tom and Anna. I used to work with Tom, some 16 or so years past. They have a lovely S. Mpls. bungalow, which must be phenomenal now with the garden. Who wants grass in the city anyway? It isn't native, doesn't want to grow here, and if you don't have little kids or grazing livestock, it serves no purpose anyway.

I'll have to swing by and check it out. I have no doubt, with two such creative people, it's amazing.

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otherkindMar. 10, 1010:24 AM

Always a treat to be able to enjoy this wonderful garden! Great friends and Claire is just the greatest dog too!

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liberaleliteMar. 10, 1010:46 AM

I bought a foreclosure S. Mpls bungalow last fall, and the backyard is just dirt. I've been dreading dealing with it, but at the same time it really gives me a blank slate. I can't wait to get started! Good ideas and inspiration here.

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waywaysMar. 10, 1011:41 AM

I assume they mean around the 1900s, but technically turn of the century now means 2000s. I see realtors use this to describe old houses too. lol..... Anyway, their garden is beautiful. Great job. I noticed in the pictures they did what I always notice about "nice" gardens/pots. They used deep red. The other colors are pretty, but elegant and dramtic go to red among greens. This summer when you're out and about, notice the flower colors at other peoples homes that make you go wow, it's the reds. The ones with pink, purple, yellow and white will make you go, that's pretty, but the ones to pop out at you will be the reds.

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bippy742Mar. 10, 10 1:19 PM

You don't have to be an artist to make a beautiful garden, or even start from the ground up. Just go for it!

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victorygardnMar. 10, 10 2:16 PM

I would definitely buy a house in their neighborhood. They must be great neighbors and how nice it would be to walk past their yard. Hopefully this will inspire others to do just a bit more on their yard. This is also a good time to put in a plug to people to make this the year that you try a tomato plant, a row of beans or a cucumber vine to stretch that food dollar. Oh, and I wonder if the Tom and Anna Erbes have any Herbs in their yard.

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zachary5205Mar. 10, 10 4:09 PM

In Minneapolis you need a permit to do what they did to the boulevard - both for the bricks and to plant anything that isn't a tree, short flower, or grass. Don't ask me why - just an FYI for anyone thinking about it. http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2009-meetings/20090731/Docs/15_SpecialBlvdPermit_ORD.pdf

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randolpjMar. 10, 10 8:48 PM

We live on the next block and this garden is a living work of art. We love walking past it and are so glad to learn about the roots of this wonderful place! Kudos, neighbors - you did an amazing job!

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