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2017 Landscape Design Tour

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

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Looking for new design ideas and inspiration? Join your colleagues to tour design sites in Minneapolis.This year’s tour features small urban design, and a green roof at the University of Minnesota. The stops are sure to inspire and the connections you will make on the bus are priceless!



Early Bird (on or Before July 26) --  MNLA Member: $79.00 | Non-Member: $89.00

Regular (after July 26) -- MNLA Member: $99.00 | Non-Member: $109.00



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

9:30am – Buses load to tour sites

3:30pm – Return to Bachman's

4:00pm - After-Event Social at Wild Mind Ales (All are invited to meet for an informal gathering at Wild Mind Ales - 6031 Pillsbury Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 after the tour)


The Hills of Tangletown Design by: biota Landscapes

A random mix of DIY materials held this backyard hillside from tumbling into the house. The goal was to create usable space of the sloped yard without disturbing the mature trees. The yard now has multiple tiers adjacent to the house providing distinct rooms. An eating counter faces a flexible cook space that allows the homeowner the opportunity to switch out his equipment as desired. Stone steps split off from the defined spaces and lead across the waterfall bridge that is centered on the ground level kitchen window. A rustic woodland path creates a unique view from above. 


Mid-Century Passage Design by: Philips Garden, Inc.

Measuring in at approximately 14' wide by 75' long, this may be the narrowest space we've worked in. The backyard of this Carl Graffunder designed home was barely touched since the 50's and was in dire need of help. The goal was to create a functional and aesthetic pathway to the upper alley where trash receptacles are located, screen the neighboring buildings, ensure proper drainage and provide beautiful plantings all while honoring the architecture of this mid-century gem. Key features include a gently tamping gravel path formed with corten steel, gravel terrace for lounging, vegetated drainage trough, and cedar-framed polycarbonate screen.


University of Minnesota Cardiovascular and Cancer Research Building - Design by Damon Farber

The centerpiece of the University of Minnesota Biomedical Discovery District is the Cardiovascular and Cancer Research Buildings.The front entrance is setback to embrace the plaza, featuring a distinct egg shaped green space that separates the street from more intimate gathering spaces. Simple, elegantly detailed elements of planting areas, walls, lighting and furnishings create a welcoming atmosphere and offer places for gathering, dining, events or just sitting. A green roof, with locally grown plants provided by Bachman's, provides stormwater benefits, an outdoor deck, a seating platform and collaborative outdoor space for staff and researchers.


Fitzgerald/Evans Residence -Design by: Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

Frank Fitzgerald is a landscape architect and a plant enthusiast. On one hand he appreciates well-designed spaces and restraint yet he cannot control the quest for the newest, latest, greatest plant. This landscape tries to balance these competing desires. The garden is a typical city lot designed to create a series of garden rooms. Garden architecture (fences, columns), hardscaping (repeated paving and stone wall materials) and focal points (water feature, urns, dining table) give the garden its strong framework that allows for more plant variety than might be possible with a less “structured” frame. Key plants are repeated throughout the garden to a rhythm and to minimize what might become a mishmash of unending variety in a collector’s garden. Foliage and flower color reinforce the idea of distinct spaces within the garden. The front garden features blue, grey, and green-and-white variegated foliage and the flower palette is kept to mostly whites, pinks and light colors. Walking through large columns that flank the side garden, the color palette changes dramatically to chartreuse greens and “black”/burgundy foliage with bright orange lilies. Leaving the side garden, once again a subtler palette of foliage colors takes one into the backyard which features a dining terrace.  


Conversation Pit -Design by: Philips Garden, Inc.

Creative use of levels, form, and material can be used to make a small space more dynamic. Here we sink a patio 18 inches to create the centerpiece of this urban backyard...a conversation pit. By lowering the level of the patio and surrounding the space with lush plantings we created an intimate setting that softens the edges that border the yard and separates the seating space from the circulation space. A simple material palette featuring corten steel, charcoal pavers, and Ipe decking is used to keep the space clean and uncluttered.  

Air conditioned bus tour includes: morning coffee and lunch provided mid-day at Wise Acre Eatery.
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. 
Elizabeth Wynne, landscape designer at biota, will serve as bus captain during the tour.


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


Please be considerate of the Bachman's customers, and park in one of the corners of the parking lot - away from the front door..


Please dress for the weather, as a majority of the time will be spent outside.


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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