Lunaform Fountain

June 17, 2009

I stopped by this project a couple of days ago. We installed this last summer and it’s sure looking nice. It was a great transformation of a small space in the Lowry Hill area. We got rid of all the grass and created a Bluestone patio. The focal point of this space is the Lumaform fountain set in the center of a Carpinus bosque with a ground cover of sedum. Lunaform is located in coastal Maine where they hand-make planters and urns. Each is custom made with a wide range of color and finish choices. And as you see here most can be made into a fountain. We enjoy incorporating them into our spaces.







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


We have really enjoyed working on this project. You may remember a couple of posts from last summer and fall showing some of the installation process and materials. The transformation of this space is beautiful. It demonstrates what good design and detailed execution can do especially when working in a small space.


Nicollet Island Patio

May 11, 2009

We are officially out making Real. Beautiful. Spaces again. Here are some progress photos of  our first project of the 2009 season. It’s located on charming Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. It’s not often you get a project on Nicollet Island so it’s been a pleasure to work on this. This is actually phase two. Last season we worked on the front gardens. For this project it was important to acknowledge the classic Greek Revival style of architecture of the home especially with the historical context of the island.  We increased their outdoor living space by using a dry stacked Fond du Lac wall to terrace a cut and pattern Bluestone patio. The raised beds will not only soften the patio but provide extra soil depth since the island has very shallow soil on top of the native bedrock. The soil condition has always been a limiting factor for the homeowner in their gardening. Beautiful and functional. Enjoy the photos and let us know what you think. We’ll post more as we finish the garden planting.




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)