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Orono traditional-landscape


An elegantly landscaped estate was designed to frame views, offer tranquility, and provide numerous spaces with a variety of experiences.

Long, meandering bluestone paths interconnect formal garden spaces with natural woodlands. World-famous bronze sculpture provides personality to an otherwise pastoral place. Groundcovers of Pachysandra, Hosta, and Heuchera are planted en masse to firmly shape garden spaces. A stone wall retains the generous main bluestone terrace. Though it resides a half-mile from the water, the home is positioned perfectly to provide a captivating view of Lake Minnetonka.

Over many years the evolution of this home and landscape has earned Windsor Companies numerous design awards from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Photos by Paul Crosby

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November 23, 2013
gwalbridge wrote:
Very nice! What is the multi truck tree in the left center? Thanks!
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What is this stone please? Cost? Availability in Southern IN? Thank U!

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The formal stucco walls that edge the rectilinear terrace out back become less formal as they curve around the right side of the house. Lady's mantle and Brookside geraniums accentuate this portion of the wall's edge in green, yellow and purple.This sinuous portion of the wall overlooks the cutting garden, arbor and tennis court. "Windsor also did extensive and amazing work renovating the inside of the house, but almost everyone who comes over comments on how much they love the landscape," says Arnosti. It's easy to see why.

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