Kielian DeWitt in Hamilton MT

Kielian's garden in Montana. As far as outdoor rooms go, Kielian is the queen. She has a potting shed/greenhouse that you could live in, with a gorgeous seating area right outside, plus a beautiful western house with a spectacular back deck and front porch, all perfectly done. It's wonderful. I photographed her garden for the magazine a couple of summers ago, and wish I had the photos of the living areas. This isn't just a garden lead. The house has a wealth of possibilities, as well. It's a big stone and rough wood house they designed themselves, with some South American influences.

The hook: Color all season long with a balance of shrubs, perennials, and annuals, in a tough climate. Plus gorgeous resting spots throughout where you can enjoy the garden at leisure.

Freeland and Sabrina Tanner

The private garden of garden designers Freeland and Sabrina Tanner. Not only is their garden spectacular, but they also have an incredible Craftsman-style guest house that Freeland redesigned and renovated himself. Freeland is a wonderfully talented artist who makes wonderful tramp art pieces as well as interesting garden structures made from garden tools and found materials. They have one of the most extensive collections of vintage garden tools you'll ever find, too. 

The hook: Their sweet little Craftsman guest house features a raised-bed, edible garden right outside the front door. It's a veggie playground where they experiment with visual effects and tastes. It's incredibly ornamental. If I could find photos of the interior of the cottage, you'd want to feature that, too. It's perfection.

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Scott Endres, St. Paul MN

Scott Endres is co-owner of Tangletown Gardens in Minneapolis. He's a design superstar in the twin cities, and his influence is all over both cities.

The hook: His home garden is his personal playground, and he takes advantage of every square inch. It's a postage stamp of a lot with a tiny front yard and heavily planted hell strip, a narrow side passageway that's a destination in its own right, and a back patio that appears to float. This back patio is perhaps the cleverest feature. The channel of water that surrounds the stone distracts you from the smallness of the space and makes you slow down and take your time, forcing you to appreciate all the space has to offer.

Scott's kitchen is dreamy, as well.....

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Photos from my photo shoot and the Star Tribune article: