Mendota Heights Native Garden Tours - July 14

Saturday, July 14, 2018 -
10:15am to 2:00pm

Three very different gardens highlighting the beautiful natural resources of Mendota Heights are open for free public tours Saturday, July 14, 10:15-2:00 pm. Stop at 1704 Vicki Lane to pick up a map and visit these gardens:

Over seven years, Leslie Pilgrim has transitioned their half acre yard to a landscape of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees, and has made a refuge for birds and local wild life happily viewed from specially installed windows. Sprinkled throughout the property are water sources for birds, wind chimes, and whimsical artwork.

In 2012, Sue Light decided to convert her conventional garden and lawn to a native landscape for the health of the small lake behind her home. Since then, no supplemental water, fertilizer or soil amendments have been needed for the lush garden that slopes down to the lake. In spring, the woodland part of the garden is lovely, and the sunny, prairie plants shine in the summer. Lots less maintenance, too!

When landscaping after a house addition, the Kraus family sought to create an outdoor space that evoked images of the North Shore and included native grasses and plants found here in northern Dakota County. Plants were selected to include a mix of different sizes, textures, colors and bloom times, and to attract a variety of birds, insects, and other native critters.
The earliest plants begin blooming soon after the snow disappears (Prairie Smoke), and the last disappear just as the ground begins to freeze (Aromatic Aster and Sky Blue Aster).

Wild Ones Twin Cities is sponsoring the tours.


Tours of Native Gardens
1704 Vicki Lane, Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Mendota Heights

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