Beautiful Gardens

Beautiful Gardens: Secret garden grows in unlikely setting in Eagan

An Eagan couple transformed a small "useless space" in their backyard into an enchanted retreat.


Dellwood yard is for the birds — and certified by National Wildlife Federation

It took a pair of Dellwood gardeners years of hard work to transform their suburban lot into a wildlife sanctuary, with restored wetlands surrounding two ponds. Now it's a paradise of blooms and habitat — and one of our Beautiful Gardens winners.


Beautiful Gardens winner: Artistry amid the cornfields in Shakopee

A Shakopee couple transformed a piece of farmland into a fertile oasis of hosta and other perennials.


Beautiful Gardens: Shoreview couple's haven is 'our treasure to share'

A Shoreview couple welcome guests to their whimsical cottage garden, which beckons with waterfalls, a playhouse and flea-market finds.


A Medford, Minn., garden so nice, they planted it twice

When a hands-on couple decided to build a new home on their Medford farmstead, they dug up their plants and rebuilt the garden, too. "Hundreds of plants … hostas … daylilies. Any perennial I had, I moved," Cyndi Maas said.


Beautiful Gardens: Edibles take starring role at hilltop garden in Northfield

The ingredients for the homemade hors d'oeuvres and desserts at a Northfield couple's recent cocktail party were locally sourced — harvested from their vegetable beds, which sit on a picturesque hilltop with a panoramic view overlooking the Cannon River.


From Minneapolis to Northfield, here are our most beautiful gardens

This year's winning gardens in our annual Beautiful Gardens contest run the gamut, from a haven for wildlife to an oasis for grandkids.


Gallery: Beautiful Gardens winners

Here are reader-submitted photos for the winners in the Star Tribune's annual Beautiful Gardens contest.


Ex-science teacher has formula for beautiful garden

A retired high school teacher capitalized on her scientific curiosity, passion for arborvitae and summer breaks to make a barren lot beautiful.


Bloomington garden designed by nature

By taking a survival-of-the-fittest approach, a Bloomington woman is creating a free-flowing, ever-changing garden where nature is in control.


Beautiful Gardens: Plymouth couple create an Asian-inspired haven

A Plymouth couple turned an unfortunate incident into inspiration for a garden transformation.


Beautiful Gardens: Elysian couple create a path to tranquility

Gardeners Dan and Nancy Engebretson regarded an unfinished, weed-infested walking path as an opportunity, not an eyesore. So they planted what has become a mini-arboretum that draws people from the neighborhood.


Minneapolis couple's garden is a feast for the eyes – and table

A couple joined forces to create a pair of distinctly different urban gardens – a productive front-yard plot and a tranquil back-yard retreat.


Beautiful Gardens: A fanciful landscape in a small lot

A Minneapolis couple didn't let a compact city yard stop them from creating a fanciful landscape of waterfalls, shade and sun beds, and even a hobbit house.


Edina couple collaborate on ambitious collection of plants, plots

One garden was not enough for Barb and Charlie Green of Edina. But unlike some gardeners who expand to create more of the same, the Greens are always game to try something different.


Beginner's luck for gardeners in Andover

Self-taught gardeners transformed their suburban back yard from green turf into a colorful oasis to become winners of our Beautiful Gardens contest.


Beautiful Gardens: In this urban oasis, no grass is allowed

A St. Paul couple have achieved the improbable: a lush, low-maintenance garden that fills every square inch of their yard.


Formal vegetable garden in St. Paul is beautiful, productive

St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood is a long way from the French countryside. But Eileen and Bill Troxel have managed to create a little slice of Provence in their back yard.


Beautiful Gardens: Two Plymouth gardeners create place of peace

Two Plymouth gardeners combine their love for roses and waterfalls into a lavish landscape.


Marcia Fluer's beautiful garden in Golden Valley

Marcia Fluer, of TV news fame, now gets her hands dirty in her Golden Valley garden, a collaboration with her husband, a train hobbyist.


Beautiful Garden: A garden plotted, planted to be at one with nature

Starting with a blank slate 15 years ago, Diane Erdmann crafted spaces that fit in with nature – and the neighborhood. She calls her sloping south Minneapolis back yard "a mix of architecture and 'let it happen,' " with volunteer plants strewn throughout.


Art background creates a painterly garden

Schooled in art, a gardener relies on what she learned to create beauty in her own back yard.


Beautiful gardens: A labor of love

A Champlin couple transformed their back yard from a sandbox to the setting for their wedding reception.


Beautiful gardens: A storybook garden

Starting with a patch of Irish moss, an Edina couple created a fanciful garden worthy of any Hobbit's house.


Growing a sense of place

Beautiful gardens: For the past two decades, a Minnesota couple have been creating a massive, European-influenced shade garden in their suburban yard.