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Aging Gardens
Joe Landsberger
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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West End Neighbors
Garden and History Tours

Ideas for color and companions
in the garden:

Perennials in April |
Perennials in May |
Perennials in June |
Perennials in July |
Perennials in September

Ground covers through the months |
Shrubs through the months |
Trees through the months |
Installations and art |

Minnesota Noxious Weed List
(external link)

Minnesota Wildflowers
(external link)

Extremely Cold Hardy Perennials
Perennial Resource (external link)

Best Performing Perennials
Midwest Gardening  (external link)

My professional homepage

Virtual Tour of the Leech Goodrich Gardens
Also know as the "gardens of the hidden rock":

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This website contains images of perennials (by date/month!), as well as listings of ground covers, shrubs, trees, houseplants, and "installations" that represent over 40 years of gardening. Individual entries are pictured, with common and botanical names.  They are thriving in Zone 4 in a somewhat sheltered environment, perhaps even Zone 5. They are presented for you to consider in these winter/spring months as some are quite unusual, perhaps not found at your local garden center.

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The menu's links can be found on all pages, top or at left. Happy Gardening!

KARE11 Belinda Jensen Backyard weather
My residential gardens on Goodrich Avenue and Leech Street have been featured several garden tours including the West End Neighbors' Garden Tour in the Fort Road/West Seventh Street neighborhoods of Saint Paul.

St. Paul's Landmark Trees: In 2021 two of my trees were listed
Temple Juniper - Juniperus rigida diameter at "breast height" 11 inches | Height 25 feet | Canopy Width 24 feet
Tulip Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera diameter at "breast height" 13 inches | Height 40 feet | Canopy Width 20 feet

On June 24, 2011 my Gardens were featured on Channel 11 KARE News at 5 and 6 p.m. Belinda Jensen interviewed me and Steve about the gardens, as well as the local community and its history.

Back when I first bought the house in 1979 the property offered great promise, situated on a point on the bluff. Now only the giant hackberry tree stands from that time, but joined by much hardscape and innumerable plantings. Over time the gardens have taken on a life of their own. One friend said that my plants don't bother to put down their roots since they know they'll just be moved anyway.

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The greatest gift
of the garden
is the restoration
of the five senses.
Hanna Rion 1875-1924,
English author