Elegant garden of St. Paul writer Marge Hols: Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling

A lovely Tudor-style home on St. Paul’s historic Summit Avenue, just down the block from the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion, was a stop on day three of the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling.

It’s the home of gardening columnist Marge Hols, who welcomed us and immediately set us loose to explore at our own pace. I gravitated to the rear garden, entering through a wrought-iron gate adorned with a succulent wreath.

The back of the house is U-shaped with the addition of an elegant sun porch on the left and screened porch on the right, with a small patio filling the space between. To the right…

…an armillary anchors a small formal garden loosened up with prairie-native purple coneflower.

A flagstone path leads to a side garden…

…that’s naturalistic with ferns and other shade lovers. Peggy Anne Montgomery of American Beauties Native Plants and her husband, Dan Benarcik of Chanticleer (he’s in charge of the Teacup Garden), make a cute couple.

Of course I couldn’t resist peeking into Marge’s sun porch.

This room must be a garden-lover’s lifeline during Minnesota’s colder seasons.

In the sunny rear corner of the lot, a colorful flower garden is lush with daylilies…


…bee balm and clematis.

A pretty urn in the center of the garden makes a classic focal point.

It’s a charming space, and very liveable.

Thanks to Marge for sharing her lovely garden with us.

Up next: The formal Squire House Gardens in nearby Afton. For a look back at the grand conservatory and serene Japanese Garden at Como Park, click here.

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12 Responses

  1. A lovely garden indeed. I nearly drooled for the sun room. A dream of mine.

  2. Alison says:

    That is a sweet sun porch! I’ve been potting up and sticking cuttings of lots of succulents just recently, and the wreath was inspiring.

  3. Lara Leaf says:

    I love Tudor houses. That one is so pretty and the garden beautiful. Very nice photos!

  4. Yes, this was a dreamy garden. Marge definitely has a way with garden and architectural design. What an inspirational setting for a writer!

  5. Margaret says:

    I had so many favourites in Minneapolis, but this one was definitely right near the top. That sunroom…oh, so green with envy!

  6. I always find something I missed when viewing everyone else’s posts. Where was I when people where peeping into the sun porch?! Can I have a do-over? ;^) Lovely, Pam.