Planting Design

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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.

Regina did a remarkable job planning the gardens for the American Swedish Institute, together with Jim Hagstrom, Savanna Designs. As a museum and cultural center located in a historic house in Minneapolis, this challenging project merged historic references, Swedish cultural cues, and functional/ programmatic demands. Regina directed an excellent planning process that engaged staff in planning gardens that still earn awards and praises to this day. Regina is highly skilled- expert with plants, innovative with design, and a strong communicator- and is a delight to boot.
— Nina Clark, Arts and Culture Nonprofit Professional, formerly Education Director, The American Swedish Institute
 
 

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