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READER PHOTOS! John’s parents’ garden in Minnesota

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Benjamin Kamp

Today’s photos are from John Benjamin Kamp in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. He says, “This is the landscape I designed for my parents, who were looking to turn a very haphazard perennial garden into something with a bit more structure but that still retained its wild roots. I like to play with those kinds of contrasts – formal/wild, modern/rustic – and so that’s what guided this project. We cut a series of pathways and a gathering circle into the landscape, lined these with steel edging and used a simple Minnesota crushed limestone as the surface material. Then we added in mostly grasses and shrubs to give the landscape a bit more muscle (it was too perennial-heavy before) and to add more winter/year-round interest. I also wanted to create a good monarch habitat in the landscape too, so I’ve planted both nectar and pollen sources so that there’s a sort of “monarch loop” in the landscape. We had about 20 monarchs at one point this summer in the landscape, when the Liatris ligulistylis was in bloom. Now my parents love sitting here in late afternoon in summer when the sun bathes the whole space in light. It’s been so exciting and satisfying to see the space evolve and fill in.” So great, John! Thanks for sharing it with us. Your parents must love it!

2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Benjamin Kamp
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of John Benjamin Kamp
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  1. plantfever 11/14/2011

    How beautiful your nature sanctuary is! How wonderful to create
    something that is not only so pretty but beneficial as well! Not only to the monarch's but for your parents well being too!

  2. najoe 11/14/2011

    Absolutely beautiful John. The monarchs were plentiful here this yr. God's Blessings.

  3. pattyspencer 11/14/2011

    The seating surrounded by all that color - looks like a hidden nook. Love it!

  4. sheilaschultz 11/14/2011

    You've created a charming and peaceful space, John. Lucky parent's!

  5. humbleearthgarden 11/15/2011

    How beautiful! I love the contrast between the looseness of the planting and the clean lines of the chairs! Can you share where you purchased the chairs? What an awesome space!

  6. PRAIRIEFORM 11/15/2011

    Many thanks for the kind words about the landscape. The chairs are actually from IKEA of all places. Bless those Swedes. They work perfectly in the space. If you would like to see how the landscape has evolved over time, you can go to our before/after page here: http://www.prairieform.com/joppaavenue_before_after.html .

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