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Meleah Maynard

Meleah Maynard is a Minneapolis-based journalist, editor and Hennepin County Master Gardener. Her book, Decoding Gardening Advice: the Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations, was co-authored with Jeff Gilman and published by Timber Press in 2011. She blogs at livinthing.com.

Minneapolis’ TreHus Builds a Unique Backyard Hideaway in Edina

Photos by Jenna WeilerTim and Ann Keenan’s Edina backyard is unusually secluded for a city lot. Adjacent to a hill and bordered by trees,...

This Homegrown Oasis Takes DIY to a New Level

Photos by Andrea RuggRobin Brookins and her husband Curt have the kind of yard you’d imagine takes a crew to maintain. But with the...
Susan Hopp of A Pretty Posy. Photo by Tracy Walsh.

A Homegrown Hobby Turns Into a Flowering Paradise

Photos by Tracy WalshSusan Hopp majored in art and spent years leading her own design firm before marrying fellow designer Karl Schweikart, with whom...

A Retreat for All Seasons on Lake Minnetonka

Photos by Drew GrayBret and Jen Riemenschneider have lived in their Orono home on Lake Minnetonka since 2001, but it wasn’t until this year...

A Hillside St. Paul Garden Teems With History

Photos by Tracy WalshWhen Lynn Dobson and Tony Thoe bought their mid-century modern home in St. Paul in 2011, they became the third owners...

South Minneapolis’ Most Magical Garden

Photos by Tracy Walsh"It’s the only place I can go to not think about anything else and really appreciate where I am and what...

Island Time

Photos by Tracy WalshFew city dwellers can say they have an island in their backyard. But Minneapolis graphic designers Meg and Chad Olson have...
Campfire roses, along with hydrangeas, phlox, spireas, and Japanese tree lilac, provide a colorful backdrop for gatherings around a cozy fire pit.

See How His Garden Grows

Across the street from Bailey Nurseries, John Bailey’s own gardens offer a real-life look at plants in the landscape
An outdoor pizza oven surrounded by a low wall of Waukesha white stone.

Backyard Pizza Parties

Nothing lures neighbors like the smell of pizza cooking in a wood-fired oven. That’s what Rocky and Gigi DiGiacomo found out shortly after building...
A dining table setup on a brick patio in the middle of a backyard garden.

Landscape Architect Frank Fitzgerald’s Minneapolis Garden Retreat

Discover the natural beauty found within the lush and colorful gardens surrounding landscape architect Frank Fitzgerald's Minneapolis home.
A beautiful and lush, green garden outside a home exterior in St. Paul.

A St. Paul Garden Oasis

Take a tour through a St. Paul couple's garden featuring large specimen trees, a secret koi pond, colorful perennials & more than 200 varieties of hostas.
Lynn Steiner's 1898 red farmhouse is surrounded by lush and colorful greenery.

Lynn Steiner on Gardening with Native Plants

Lynn Steiner talks about her love for native plants, and how beneficial they are for gardens and pollinators around the world.
An open gazebo is surrounded by a lush garden full of green plants and colored flowers.

A Look Inside a Master Garden in Plymouth

Sandy Lester, a University of Minnesota Master Gardener, walks us through her beautifully planted and tended to garden in Plymouth.

Personal Park

Once an unsightly patch of buckthorn, this Minnetonka yard is now a garden-filled woodland.
Garden in a Box Community Garden

Garden-in-a-Box Supports Community Gardens

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society's program helps local St. Paul families learn to grow healthy foods in their own Stryker Community Garden.
Annuals, Trees, and other plants surround Engelmann's home

Tangletown Gardens owner Dean Engelmann Shows Off His Home Garden

Dean Engelmann's suburban gardens are a study in the beauty of rule breaking.

An Annual Redesign Transforms Minneapolis Garden

A kaleidoscope of annuals redesigns this urban garden each year.

A Peaceful Prospect Park Garden

A Minneapolis garden is inspired by English and Asian landscapes to create a tranquil escape.

Creating Cocktail Gardens in Bryn Mawr

A reluctant gardener and his partner create an urban oasis in a Minneapolis neighborhood.

A Minneapolis Backyard of ‘Structured Chaos’

Enchanting meets modern in the urban backyard of two Minneapolis designers.