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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 Artistic Installations:

winter weeping redbud2020: Winter's weeping redbud with massive boulder

Oribe lantern2004: Oribe Lantern:

First produced in the Momyana period by warlord Furuta Oribe, oribe lanterns are among the oldest Japanese garden lanterns known. The stone lantern is a classic representation of a "planted" style for they do not have a base at the bottom. The oribe lantern has a carved Buddha at the base of the lantern and often thought to be a praying missionary, thus sometimes it is referred to as the "Christian" lantern

Miyoshi lantern2000: "Miyoshi" みよし Lantern

Named after its creator, is carved in the face of this elegant granite lantern. This is a classic ikekomi-gata (buried) style Japanese lantern. The lantern has two window openings, one on the front and one in the back. Small moon shaped windows grace the other two sides. Each year, despite night illumination, a bird attempts to build its nest out of twigs.

Jizō2004: Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (Jizō Bosatsu, 地蔵菩薩)

Outside of Japan, Jizo is known as Ksitigarbha (from Sanskrit), and he is a Bodhisattva or a practitioner of Buddhism who has deferred their own enlightenment to help others along the path. As a guardian of travelers, small statues of Jizo can be found alongside roads or at temples.

Chinese wood-carved panels1999: Chinese carved panels with Crinum-(lily) asiaticum

Characters for "Good Fortune"1999: Good Fortune
福, the character for good fortune or luck.

I bought the stone carving in Beijing in 1999. The Chinese characters mean "good fortune". The character for good fortune consists of the radical for auspicious or heaven sent to the left. The right-hand symbol represents a full container and is an ancient form from "oracle bones".

cedar trellis2019

Rustic trellis built from deceased cedar
with hand-tied Japanese knots



art quote
"There is always music
amongst the trees
in the garden,
but our hearts must be
very quiet to hear it."

Minnie Aumonier 1865-1962,
English Painter/costume designer