Festival Gardens, The American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota 2002-2007
With Jim G. Hagstrom, Savanna Designs LLC
This cultural organization presents the contemporary and traditional arts and music of Scandinavia. Working with the director, curator, and education staff, Jim Hagstrom and I produced a site design program and display gardens for the grounds surrounding the historic Turnblad Mansion featuring plants native to Minnesota and Scandinavia.
Five display gardens exhibit a rich tapestry of plants and an allee of Whitespire birch underplanted with Northern bush honeysuckle lines the approach to the statue of beloved children’s author, Selma Lagerlof. The carefully detailed installation was completed through the design/build process by Savanna Designs LLC.
The gardens were funded by a donor and include a maintenance endowment, so as the garden matures, it has been lovingly maintained according to our original design.
The Festival Gardens were honored with a first-place Minneapolis Blooms award in 2005 and highlighted in the September/October 2013 issue of The American Gardener, the magazine of the American Horticultural Society.