Tour Native and Sustainable Yards

Wild Ones Twin Cities – Summer Tours of Native and Sustainable Yards: Two different tours for folks concerned about water management and quality, and the pursuit of ecological health via natural gardens and landscapes.

Saturday June 30

Sustainable Yard and Home Tour 
 – Definitely come to be inspired !
Date: Saturday June 30 – Free
When: 10:30 to Noon
Where: 4136 5th Ave S., Mpls, MN 55409

Two tours at the same address: arrive promptly at 10:30 for an overview of Chris’s mission to integrate sustainability and accessibility in her yard and home, with features designed for aging in place.

First, native plant and pollinator expert Dave Crawford guides us through the yard and its diversity of plants, explaining how they support native habitat, and informally sharing his philosophy and suggestions to keep plants and pollinators happy.

In tour two, owner Chris Burda explains how new stormwater management features keep stormwater on the property — achieving goals of the City of Minneapolis as well as Minnesota GreenStar Certification. Within her home, she shows the Universal Design features such as grab bars and wide doorways that will keep it accessible for years to come.

Saturday July 14

Three tours of Native Gardens in Mendota Heights
Date: Saturday July 14 – Free
When: 10:15 am – 2:00 pm
Where:  1704 Vicki Lane, Mendota Heights MN, 55118

Three very different gardens highlighting the beautiful natural resources of Mendota Heights are open for free public tours Saturday, July 14, 10:15-2:00 pm. Stop at 1704 Vicki Lane to pick up a map and tour the first yard.

Over seven years, Leslie Pilgrim has transitioned their half acre yard to a landscape of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees, and has made a refuge for birds and local wild life happily viewed from specially installed windows. Sprinkled throughout the property are water sources for birds, wind chimes, and whimsical artwork.

In 2012, Sue Light decided to convert her conventional garden and lawn to a native landscape for the health of the small lake behind her home. Since then, no supplemental water, fertilizer or soil amendments have been needed for the lush garden that slopes down to the lake. In spring, the woodland part of the garden is lovely, and the sunny, prairie plants shine in the summer. Lots less maintenance, too!

When landscaping after a house addition, the Kraus family sought to create an outdoor space that evoked images of the North Shore and included native grasses and plants found here in northern Dakota County. Plants were selected to include a mix of different sizes, textures, colors and bloom times, and to attract a variety of birds, insects, and other native critters.
The earliest plants begin blooming soon after the snow disappears (Prairie Smoke), and the last disappear just as the ground begins to freeze (Aromatic Aster and Sky Blue Aster).

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