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Southview Design’s Projects on Garden Conservancy Tour

Public Invited to Tour Two Very Different Projects

Talk with the Experts!  Do you have questions about Koi Ponds, Perennial Gardens, Large Tree Care?  Or maybe you are interested in energy-efficiency, net zero homes, and sustainable landscaping.  Now is your chance to get the answers!

Where and When:  On Saturday, July 29th, the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program invites the public to visit two private gardens in Edina and Roseville, open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each property will have experts on site to answer questions about the special features of the property. The Open Day is rain or shine, and no reservations are required.

Included on the July 29th tour are the following properties:

  • Downey-Bergstrom Garden, 5209 Halifax Avenue South, Edina – These homeowners had a back yard filled with oddly-shaped raised timber garden beds, an old fountain and overgrown plantings. The goal was to create different outdoor rooms that they could enjoy rather than retreating to a lake cabin. Southview Design designed and installed a gas fire pit, patio, and seat wall using bluestone, a hot tub, a small informal terrace, a hammock area, and lighting. Southview also cleaned up the perennial garden and installed a curved bluestone path to connect all the spaces. The existing koi pond was also in need of a cleanup. In the front yard, the homeowners wanted a place to sit, greet, and visit with their neighbors. The company enhanced the front entry to create a low courtyard wall with a patio.  Experts in the Garden: Landscape architect Meg Arnosti of Southview Design and garden host Melissa Downey will be on hand to answer any and all questions about this garden. Melissa gardens here virtually every day, and in addition to being lead designer for this project, Meg is an expert on pollinator friendly gardens. Scott Anderson, a SavATree arborist will also answer questions about trees on site or in general.

Backyard Minnesota Garden

  • Ohm Sweet Ohm, 2169 St. Stephen Street, Roseville – “Ohm Sweet Ohm” is a great example of how a home and landscape with intensive energy efficiency and sustainability goals can also be beautiful, healthy, and integrate into an already established neighborhood of one-and two-story houses. A major project goal was for the owners to reach net zero energy for their house and automobile electricity consumption on an annual basis. To achieve this, careful consideration was given to the overall massing, mechanical systems, detail development and materials selection at all levels. The design enables the owners to minimize energy consumption, it takes advantage of passive solar principles with efficient window tuning, geothermal technology is used, and on-site energy production is maximized using roof mounted PV panels. The design retains virtually all storm water on site and enables potable water conservation as well. This home is seeking several certifications including GreenStar, Minnesota Green Path, and Living Building Challenge – Net Zero Energy Building. The home was awarded LEED for Homes, Platinum.  The homeowners have been passionate about energy efficiency and sustainability for more than ten years. They started with rain gardens, native plants, grasses, and strategically placed vegetable gardens in previous homes but decided to step up their game to reduce their carbon footprint. Having researched the net zero homes, they teamed up with SALA Architects to create the home of their dreams, and worked with Marc Sloot at SALA Architects, Hage Homes, LiLu Interiors, and Matt Burton with Southview Design on the landscape. Experts in the Garden:  A representative from the architect firm, SALA Architects will answer questions about the net zero home, reducing your carbon footprint, geothermal technology, solar panels, and Matt Burton, landscape designer for the project will answer questions about rain gardens, turf, rain barrels, and sustainable landscaping.  Read all about this home here. 

Ohm Sweet Ohn – LEED for Homes Platinum

The Garden Conservancy is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens.  Since 1995, the Garden Conservancy’s award-winning Open Days has welcomed more than one million visitors into thousands of inspired private landscapes – from urban rooftops to organic farms, historic estates to innovative suburban lots – in forty-one states.

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