Garden Photo of the Day

A narrow side yard becomes a fascinating journey

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
As the garden transitions from the public front yard to the private back patio, the fencing changes from open and airy to solid and private.
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Starting back toward the front yard from the back patio.
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

When faced with a narrow passageway on the side of his house, Minneapolis/St. Paul garden designer Scott Endres didn’t consider it just a way to get from the front to the back, he saw it as another gardening opportunity. Thoughtful hardscape selection, careful plant and focal point placement, and repetition of colors and forms combine to make this path a joy to traverse while transitioning from the public area in the front of the house to the private patio in the back.  Tune in tomorrow for photos of this path’s destination: Scott’s amazing floating patio! **This garden was featured in the April 2008 issue of Fine Gardening.**

>>>To learn more about the plants in this garden, chick here!<<<
>>>For a video tour of this garden with the designer,
click here!<<<

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  1. stanhorst 06/15/2010

    That is gorgeous! It's a great example of enjoying the journey while looking forward to the destination! Can't wait to see what's around the corner.

    Stan Horst

  2. arboretum 06/15/2010

    wow,in addition tot eh excellence of the design and the PHOTOS of that design, i just LOVE all the added perks to this central photo of the day: multiple photos AND a video!! so cool! Scott's video narration is excellent for keeping his lessons to a few central ones that are well illustrated, and his plant list is terrifically instructional as well.
    Previous to this, I had NO IDEA there were FG web videos! As of right now (4 videos later!) I have saved the link for later! Right now I'm going to put a link to this on the Perennials board of so others can join in the feast!

  3. carolc8823 06/15/2010

    Very attractive and it looks so cool and shady which is appealing to us Floridians.

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