Garden Party Time!

If the weather cooperates, July is the perfect time for a garden party–and I made it to two beautiful ones this week.

Thursday night I got a chance to swing by Bob and Trish Johnson’s garden near Hampton, where they were hosting a benefit for the Virginia Piper Breast Center. The event was called “An Evening in the Garden: Living, Healing, Giving,” and featured a silent auction, music, dessert, and arts of all kind. That’s cellist Anna Vazquez at right, who volunteered her services for the event. She’s playing in a formal garden near Trish’s arbor and white garden.

Despite a brutal wind and rain storm that came through Hampton (and Northfield!) Thursday afternoon, the evening was fresh and clear and Trish’s garden looked amazing. (She told me they did some really fast clean up before the party.) I profiled Trish’s garden in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. This landscape has it all: views that go on for miles, gorgeous stonework, art placed throughout (even tiles on Trish’s pea trellis), and carefully planned and cared for plantings. Trish is a Master Gardener and her experience can be seen throughout this large garden, which easily accommodated a couple of hundred folks for the benefit.

Earlier this week, the Minnesota State Horticultural Society hosted its annual Garden Gathering, which is a “Thank You” event for contributors to the society. The gathering was held at the garden of Ken and B.J. Dahlberg on Lake Minnetonka. The Dahlbergs’ garden features rolling lawns, both shade and sun beds, and quite a bit of wooded area. The place was immaculate and a wonderful setting for this event. That’s MSHS President Joe Plante and CEO Rose Eggert enjoying the event.

That’s it for my social whirl for this week, but next week the party continues: I head to Milwaukee for three days of garden tours and hoopla. I’d better rest up.

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