Saturday, July 30, 2016

Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling - Day 1

Dylan mural in downtown Minneapolis

Earlier this month, I attended my third Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis, MN. I and sixty-some-odd garden bloggers from all over the U.S. and Canada hopped charter buses and toured the city's best gardens, public and private, for three full days. The Garden Bloggers Fling is a fabulous way to see the lush green spirit of a city up close and in depth, and I was glad to be able to attend.

Marquette Plaza

from the porch at the Hayes house

Each garden we visited deserves its own post, but I've learned from experience that attempting that task is sheer folly for someone who works full-time and needs to tend to her own home, garden and volunteer work! I've yet to post on some of my favorite gardens from Portland's Fling, which I hope to revisit at some point in the near future. But without further delay, here's some highlights from day 1 in Minneapolis.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary (public)
Eloise Butler meadow

Bench at Eloise Butler Wildflower Center

pretty berries

Studio garden of Donna Hamilton (private)

color riot

studio garden

Lyndale Park Gardens (public)
yellow annual-perennial bed at Lyndale Park Gardens

pink and peach flowers at Lyndale Park Gardens

day lilies at Lyndale Park Gardens

Garden of blogger and author Rhonda Fleming Hayes (private)
Hayes house

Hayes kitchen garden

back porch and pond at Hayes house

Hayes garden and patio

Bachman's Garden Center (retail)
Bachman's display

Bachman's greenhouse

potting bench plants at Bachman's

Latham "Park" (private)
Latham House perennial border

Latham "Park"

Gazebo at Latham House

Pond at Latham House

Noerenberg Memorial Gardens (public)
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens

Colonnade where the Noerenberg home once stood

Noerenberg Memorial Gardens

Kelley and Kelley Nursery (retail)
Hosta border at the Kelley-Kelley nursery

Fragrant pink lilies at Kelley-Kelley nursery

royal cat in the woods at Kelley-Kelley nursery

Garden of Steve Kelley and Arla Carmichiel (private)

Kelley-Charmichiel house


Kelley-Carmichiel garden

There wouldn't have been a wonderful Minneapolis Fling without the tireless efforts of Amy Andrychowicz at Get Busy Gardening, Kathleen Hennessey at :29 Minute Gardener, and Mary Lahr Schier at My Northern Garden. Thank you all so much! If you want to see more photos of these gardens, check out the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling photo collection on my Flickr page.

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