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2018 Landscape Design Tour

This year, MNLA is partnering with ASLA-MN for the annual summer design tour.

When: Registration/Check-in: 9:00 a.m.; Bus Leaves: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Bachman's Garden Center
6010 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419
United States
Contact: 651-633-4987

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Looking for landscape design ideas and inspiration?  Join your MNLA and ASLA-MN colleagues to tour design sites in the metro area. The stops are sure to inspire and the connections you will make on the bus are priceless!


Early Bird (on or Before July 25) --  MNLA/ASLA-MN Member: $89.00 | Non-Member: $119.00

Regular (after July 26) -- MNLA/ASLA-MN Member: $109.00 | Non-Member: $139.00

Click here for a registration form to mail or fax to the MNLA Office.


9:00am– 9:30am - Check in/Registration at Bachman's on Lyndale

9:30am – Buses load to tour sites

4:15pm – Return to Bachman's

  • Air conditioned bus tour includes: morning coffee and lunch provided mid-day.
  • In lieu of coolers of bottled water, we will have jugs of cold water on the bus. Please bring your own water bottle to fill.
  • Please be considerate of the Bachman's customers, and park in one of the corners of the parking lot - away from the front entrance.
  • Please dress for the weather, as a majority of the time will be spent outside. This tour will take place - rain or shine.
  • Following the tour, all are invited to continue the conversation and connect over a cold drink at Wild Mind Ale (just down the street from Bachman's) Wild Mind Ale


Nicole Peterson will serve as our bus tour guide. Nicole is the Landscape Architecture and Engineering Technician at DeepRoot Green Infrastructure. Manufacturers of the Silva Cell suspended pavement system, DeepRoot promotes lush urban forests and robust stormwater systems throughout the world.  Nicole is passionate about plants and the environment, and has worked previously with EnergyScapes, Three Rivers Park District, and the Ramsey Conservation District. A 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota Masters of Landscape Architecture program, Nicole is also the Director of Communications for ASLA-MN, and is a part of many ASLA-MN events and promotions. When she's not in the office or out in her garden, you can find her at equestrian competitions with her horse.  



Renn Backyard Project

Design: Meg Arnosti, Southview Design

This backyard design merges functional outdoor living space with a simple, naturalistic setting. Southview’s landscape architect, Meg Arnosti, took great care to accommodate the homeowners’ wishes by blending new features into the existing yard.

The homeowners’ wish list:  Address erosion/drainage issues | Create entertainment spaces under the deck and a fire pit patio | Create a natural-looking stream/waterfall and pond with native fish and plants for a fly-fishing homeowner.

The design elements include:  Natural stone patio and fire pit | Cascading waterfall and pond with native fish | Outdoor living room tucked under the deck | A natural forest palette.

 Rather than cutting into the hillside, Meg thought it was important to employ best management practices by working with the hillside in a balance of cut and fill for the stream/pond and fire pit patio. Other best management practices on this project include: installing a drainage system to manage storm water, re-use existing plant material, use locally-sourced hardscape materials, add native plants and fish, and reduce the irrigation needs.

Biggest Challenges:  With a sloping back yard in one director and a large, heavily-wooded hill dropping in from another, there was little room to entertain or level play area for the kids.  Erosion was a serious issue, creating deep gullies in the yard and filling the underdeck area with sand every time it rained. Also, the space under the deck was used for wood storage. This home is a walkout. The stacked wood, covered in tarps, was an eyesore view through the sliding glass doors.
Functional Design and Forest Waterfall:  The design concept was to emulate nature as much as possible. The waterfall and stream should look like they have been there forever. Native plants and fish were added to the mix. Mr. Renn chose crappie and perch for the pond. The fish come through winter just fine. Meg chose a combination of garden schemes from Roy Diblik.  Hailing from Wisconsin, Roy has created perennial gardens for all conditions. Right plants, right conditions, right spot – garden maintenance would be a snap for these busy homeowners.  Over the last two seasons, the plants have grown together and the need for irrigation has been greatly reduced (not including the lawn area outside the renovated landscape). 


Wetland Boardwalk, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Design: David Motzenbecker, Motz Studios, LLC; 

James Robin, James Robin Watercolors and Landscape Architecture

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, established in 1907, was the first public wildflower garden in the United States. The much needed and newly designed boardwalk features a unique curved modular system that allows for ease of assembly and quick directional changes. Additional pieces include benches, bridge railings and camera posts, and future interpretive signage, all designed for easy assemblage into the existing boardwalk frame. The entire assembly rests easy on the land, as to not disturb the gentle ecosystem embedded within the garden.

This project was completed when both James Robin and David Motzenbecker were at Cuningham Group. Photo credit: Andrew Tisue.



Garden Isle

Design: Michael Keenan, Urban Ecosystems
This property features an array of gardens that act as stage for a curated collection of commissioned sculptures. The home, a Milo Thompson design, is energetically geometric. This geometry extends to the landscape. Drawing inspiration from the islands offshore, a series of five ellipses planted with native grasses display stone and steel sculptures. The garden plantings present a flowing rhythm of monocultural islands and diverse waves of flowering perennials that introduces a living dynamic to the property.





Serene Vista with Creekside View

Design: Jeff Gaffney, Tabor Landscape Group

The area of work had an existing view of Minnehaha Creek. The desire was to optimize the view and multiple platforms to view from. The client was adamant to having different areas and spaces from which to gather for entertaining and family time. The existing veranda was a catalyst and an inspiration for the views and material selections. The patio adjacent to the veranda was laid in the same pattern as the veranda using blue stone as its body with soft angulating walkway with a new weathered pavestone. The opportunity arose while setting grades and elevations to set the new patio slightly higher than the previous patio so as not to have the need for a railing at the upper veranda – which was determined to be an obstructed view to the creek. The terracing allowed us to cradle natural stone steps to stay in sync with the use of natural stone and more organic flow.


Hall's Island Renovation

Concept Design: Tom Leader Studio; Engineering + Final Planting Design: Barr Engineering

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board led a team to reconstruct Hall’s Island, which was destroyed by industrial development in the 1960s. The MWMO joined with several partners helping to fund the restoration of the island, which will provide a unique new park amenity and a rich source of habitat along the Mississippi River.

Located just north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge, the site was excavated to create a new back channel that re-separated the 2-acre island from the mainland. In the process, 1,000 linear feet of armored shoreline was transformed into nearly 3,000 feet of habitat-rich shoreline. The new island features a diverse array of native vegetation to support local wildlife and provide a safe stopover for birds migrating along the Mississippi Flyway.
The reconstruction of Hall’s Island is complete, although habitat restoration is ongoing. In addition to the island, the vision for the future park features a gravel beach, boat rental and storage for paddlers, a park-supportive cafe pavilion, and terraced gathering spaces. Two pedestrian bridges are planned to connect Hall’s Island to the mainland.


Bergum Residence

Design: Frank Fitzgerald, Cuningham Group; Fred Rozumalski, Barr Engineering; Barbara Bergum, homeowner

This garden is the result of a team effort rooted in the homeowner’s vision to create (1) a setting fitting to the 1905 Arts & Crafts home (2) a garden respectful of the location on the shore of Lake Minnetonka.

Three landscape architecture classmates collaborated on the designs. 

The garden was recently added to the Smithsonian Gardens: Archives of American Gardens. 





 *Note: The schedule is subject to change, and the sites may not be toured in the order listed

MNLA CP:  3 pts | Level: Beginning to Intermediate




MNLA Registration Refund Policy: For all MNLA education events, MNLA will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days in advance of the event. In the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.


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