I went to the woods and saw Walden Road Garden: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

When you live on Walden Road and you’re creating a garden, you can do a lot worse than take inspiration from Thoreau. This woodsy, serene garden was on the Master Gardeners tour that we saw on day two of the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling, held earlier this month. Its centerpiece? A charming cottage — a former storage shed converted into a cozy garden house — fronted by a boulder-edged stream.

The 100-foot stream, explained the owner, is a recirculating water feature.

It was very well done and added the pleasant sound of running water to the garden.

A large flagstone patio with a fire pit quickly attracted a flock of bloggers, including Texans (from right) Chris (Austin), Shawn (Houston), and Andrea (College Station).

Andrea enjoying the garden views

The garden shed’s red Dutch door, its top half invitingly open, allowed a peek inside.

Cushy and cozy! Imagine curling up here with a book during a rainstorm.

A framed Toad Hollow print and basket of pine cones adds woodsy charm.

Behind the garden house, I found this shady patio with a pair of white Adirondacks overlooking a slope clothed in red-flowering impatiens, hostas, and other groundcovers. No space is neglected in this garden. And there’s Pat of Commonweeder coming around the path.

Around the other side, an intimate mulched seating area offers a contemplative spot for a bench and froggy table. What’s that on the table?

What else? A copy of Walden.

A framed mirror on the garden-house wall creates the look of a window. Hostas, ferns, and impatiens make a soft border.

Shrubs screen the rear property line.

For sunny seating, a deck at the back of the owner’s house beckons. A raised planter of timbers brings plants up to eye level and eliminates the need for a railing.

A side view, with a beautiful blue conifer that I absolutely covet.

Up next: Como Park Japanese Garden and Conservatory, where we took our group photo. For a look back at a spectacular hosta garden on Dynasty Drive, click here.

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8 Responses

  1. This is my kind of garden. Gorgeous. I could live in that shed.

  2. Yes, that shed was pretty special. I took the almost-identical picture! And, if I had a long slope, I’d want the stream. In fact, it’s hard to say which I’d want most.

  3. Kris P says:

    This is cute as can be – I love everything from the shed/house to the froggy table to that blue conifer. I have dreams of a tiny vacation house located someplace with cooler summers and this one would fit the bill. (Unfortunately my husband isn’t buying into the dream.)

  4. Caroline says:

    Ooh, lucky you to gain access to the cute little shed! I tried to peek inside and got shooed away by a Master Gardener, ha! Thanks for sharing.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      That’s odd. After all, the top half of the door was open. Sounds like someone was being a little overzealous. Or else you gave the impression you were about to move in? ;) —Pam