Nestled in the charming Bismarck, North Dakota ‘Cathedral Hill Historic District’ neighborhood of Avenue C, hidden behind a delightful pink stucco 1935 storybook cottage, a new garden is emerging.
Spring brings lush grass,and massive vine growth on the chain link fence, home to a billion slugs. The contents of this garden traveled in May 2009 from a showcase garden in St Paul, MN to a newly dug garden in Williston, ND. Due to promotion of Susan’s husband Erik, they moved to Bismarck within the year. The plants were dug up yet again and potted.
2011 was the first “blooming” of these treasured, well-traveled plants.This garden is full of whimsy, color, and five planting beds over flowing with a lifetime of gardening passion. I selected the plants, and as a self-confessed “plant Nerd”, and a perennial plant collector specializing in all things miniature, the garden is slowly emerging to suit the storybook style of the 1935 house and garage. Plants range from miniature daylilies and Hosta to extremely tall daylilies. A huge cottonwood swooshes over a densely packed bed of rare heirloom lilies, perennials and daylilies. A new stone raised bed with miniature plants is emerging, to be edged by a creek bed pulling winter and spring moisture away from the house toward the lower garden beds, and the thirsty cottonwood tree. More to come about those beds, and the ‘Picturesque Style’.