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Orono traditional-landscape
 

Orono

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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June 14, 2014
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katiedsmith
Looks like pachysandra. But not totally sure.
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February 7, 2014
Rachael Harkleroad wrote:
what wall stone is used here?
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This is an older landscape so my answer is going to be an educated guess. The wall portion and the columns adjacent to the steps, are both field stone varieties which in the upper Midwest means glacial till comprised mostly of granite. The columns are cut and the wall portion is natural field collected (with some cutting to allow for thinner profile.) "Fieldstone" is usually defined by your geographical area.
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June 26, 2013
Lisa Arena wrote:
Where is this located? - My mind is already there!
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Lake Minnetonka, western suburbs of Minneapolis, MN
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April 18, 2013
Nora Elizabeth wrote:
What are the gorgeous trees, please? Thank you.
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American Elm. A few survivors.
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Nora Elizabeth
Thank you so much. This is a dream space! Nora Elizabeth
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October 7, 2012
Rose Denaro wrote:
What type of flowering shrub is on the lower bottom right?
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Meg Arnosti
Annabelle hydrangea
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cmurphy007
The shrub is hydrangea. Possibly "Annabelle" that starts green, turns snowy white in late summer and the purple in fall. Really dependable with beautiful foliage.
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October 7, 2012
Rose Denaro wrote:
What type of flowering shrub is on the lower bottom right?
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Hydrangea
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June 10, 2012
Caroline Galvan wrote:
What is the name of the groundcover on both sides on the upper level?
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Lorraine R. Matlock Design
Thanks for the infoI (Interior Designer, wanna be gardener....;0) so then why does my spurge not look as lovely and full as this? I planted it 2 years ago and it is straggly looking? any suggestions?
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fertilizer, great soil and water
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April 25, 2012
susanrobertson wrote:
to the left of the side walk - What are the plants to the left of the walk way? I love the way they fill the space.
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The ground cover is Pachysandra. (Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet')
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August 5, 2014
tiffew wrote:
What color mortar was used on the capstone? - Thanks
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June 11, 2014
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June 3, 2014
mirenoteguil wrote:
I like the sculpture where can I buy one? - Love it
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July 18, 2013
medinamom wrote:
Stunning patio! Could you share the approximate dimensions? Thanks!
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November 11, 2012
djm48 wrote:
What is the material the capstone on the retaining walls is made of?
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August 28, 2012
sarahrbries wrote:
Is that a Modonna sculpture? Is it available to order?
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April 10, 2012
susanchandler wrote:
What is the ground cover?
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Two beautiful, multitrunked shade trees gain prominence in this garden, thanks to the way the bluestone patio has been situated to emphasize their inherent elegance. Patios almost always read as the positive, more dominant form in a landscape, but here, the patio is a backdrop to the trees. The entire scene reads as harmonious and balanced, and I think it is because the patio's generous scale feels like a theatrical stage, with the trees as star performers.
Along with the boulder walls, another modern sculpture and elm trees articulate the boundaries of a large bluestone terrace right off the house and serve as a transitional space between the house and the yard. Rectilinear lines articulate the formal spaces but are softened by plants. Pachysandra serves as a blanket of green immediately surrounding the terrace, while Annabelle hydrangeas bloom right beyond the walls.
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Entertainment space and sculpture placement helped drive the design, as did the spectacular existing trees.
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In the United States, our native elms (Ulmus americana) have been all but wiped out by Dutch elm disease. These huge shade trees, reaching 80 feet and taller, once lined streets across the country. Scientists are attempting to breed native elms with non-natives that are resistant to DED. Some of these non-natives, such as lacebark elm (Ulmus parvifolia), which grows to about 50 feet, are lovely in their own right. Hardy in zones 5 (-20°F) to 8 (10°F), elms require full sun and lots of room to grow.

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