Michael's & Michael's Whimsical Garden

Michael's & Michael's Whimsical Garden

julie
Jun 27, 2008

Waverly, MN (pop. 732) has more than its share of gawker slowdowns. In fact, that's how we found this once-Presbyterian church, now a house with landscape in a constant state of transformation. This is a secret garden right on the main drag.

Designed in evolution and by intuition, it's really a series of mini-gardens and small features - Asian, cacti, woodsy, gazebo. It works because each is spaced, placed and elevated to present itself one by one. Continuing themes of aged metalwork and whimsy emerge. Every turn has a new surprise.

The garden and just about everything in it was created by owners Michael and Michael, former flower shop owners. We can't wait to see what it looks like next time, when we return for the home tour.

An arbor of twine and branches immediately signals this place is different.
The entrance to the mini-gardens
Self-made water features bring zen to more naturalistic gardens.
An entire cacti garden in Minnesota?! They say, why not? - and they are perennials.
The very back corner reveals hidden zen.

The Michaels pay homage to classic containers with typical whimsy.

In the age of the modernist shed, they mix & match traditional themes for storing, potting or just hanging.
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