Garden

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“If you had told me 10 years ago that I would become a chicken lady with a 3,000-square-foot garden, I would have told you [that] you were crazy,” Emily Bretzel says. “When we bought our house, we were simply looking for a beautiful outdoor space.

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Terrariums are a great way for kids to learn about how plants grow, life cycles, water cycles, evaporation, precipitation and Mother Nature. Building your own terrarium doesn’t need to be time consuming or expensive. In fact, it can be quite budget friendly and fun.

Floral designer Ashley Fox stands in a field of flowers.

Floral designer Ashley Fox and flower farm owner Susan Rockwood are local and organic.

Rows of summer plant options at Abrahamson Nursery.

While a manicured yard and gardens are always a goal for homeowners, some strategic choices can lead to less maintenance, fewer chemicals—and longer-lasting plants.

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This Hudson garden is full of native plants and plants that are wildlife friendly, like trees and shrubs that produce nuts and berries for birds and squirrels.

When Carrie Ellingson and her Mom first happened upon Funkie Gardens, it was a quirky establishment run out of an oversize yard behind a colorful old home in Prescott, Wis.

Making things grow is the easy part of being a farmer, says Eduardo Rivera, who grows organic fruits and vegetables on a 31/2 -acre farm in Grant Township, just west of Stillwater—but of course any farmer will tell you the word “easy” is said tongue in cheek.

Eduardo Rivera keeps close tabs on his top organic earners at Sin Fronteras farm in Grant, Minn.

1: Peppers

2: Roma tomatoes

3: Cherry tomatoes

4: Cilantro

5: Parsley

6: Tomatillos

FamilyMeans—a Stillwater-based nonprofit that’s been in operation since 1963 and has locations across the metro, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin—seeks to “strengthen communities by strengthening families.” The organization does

If you’re dreaming of a romantic getaway with captivating colors and quaint allure, you might not have to look further than your own yard. Bring the enchantment of Europe to your home, inspired by an English garden design.