Brasa II Update

June 11, 2009

We got Brasa II all planted up. It’s sure going to be fun to watch these gardens mature. Be sure to stop by to see the gardens and grab some food, of course.








Brasa II – St. Paul

June 5, 2009

It’s fun to do commercial projects once in a while but this one is especially cool. Alex Roberts is set to open a new Brasa on Grand Ave in St Paul. If you haven’t been to his Minneapolis location you are missing out. The food is amazing and Alex is a great guy.

We are in the process of getting the beds around the parking lot ready for plantings. This involves removing compacted gravel, old concrete post footings and loosening compacted soil. This is a critial part of the installation process and will determine the success of the planting. Real. Beautiful. Spaces or parking lots start with good soil prep. Stay tuned for finished photos in the next week and be sure to go get some great food at Brasa.








Basswood Residence

June 4, 2009

Another great design and install project. We’ve been working on this project over the last several years. It’s one of our favorites. Here’s a little taste to show how the gardens are coming along in the front yard. Notice how the steps we designed shift gracefully through the gardens. The gardens are really taking shape. They were planted about a year ago. Keep posted. We’ll get photos of the back soon. IMG_0878 IMG_0880 IMG_0887 IMG_0879 IMG_0883 IMG_0884 IMG_0882


December 24, 2008

Phillips Garden is the proud recipient of 2 ‘Grand Honor’ MNLA awards for Excellence in Landscape Design.  The MNLA is the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.  The awards we were given were frontyard design and backyard design.  This post shows our two winning projects.  Beginning with the backyard:

This first project is our backyard design.  The challenge of this project was working in a small space with great change in elevation.  The success of this site was in turning a challenge into an opportunity.  Playing with different elevations and materials was the main focus of this backyard.


Before (above)




after ( 3 above)

This next project was our front yard design winner.  This site, also in St. Paul , was completely redesigned from the stairs, to to the walkway… fences and of course the garden planting.


before (above)




after (3 above)

Design Project

August 12, 2008

This project near Cedar Lake in Minneapolis is one we’ve been working on for a while now.  A beautiful modern home… wow!  This will be the first of a couple posts chronicling the progress and completion of this project.


pre landscape construction

backyard pre landscape construction


putting in a row of Hawthorns…

concrete pavers

Side of house in progress. Horizontal fencing.


The front walk

finally some grass!


backyard (in progress)


backyard (in progress)


backyard (in progress)