Betty Beck has some tips on growing spectacular flowers and plants. Her Plymouth front yard has a lot of curb appeal. It includes a juniper bush that mimics a bonsai tree.
"It's an old juniper, it's probably 40 years old," said Beck. But by trimming it, instead of ripping it out, I made it pretty."
Tulips, hostas, hibiscus and roses add variety. Beck, a member of the Twin Cities Rose Club, has a way to protect roses in during our harsh Minnesota winters.
"I use the method of using potash for six weeks in the fall, and that makes their root structure stronger, and then I cover them with bags of leaves."
You can't really appreciate Beck's gardening skills until you check out her back yard. She gets up at the crack of dawn to work in the garden. Her nice, manicured lawn, is outlined by a variety of sun and shade plants: hostas, ferns, bleeding hearts and other greenery. There's also a touch of magic.
"This is my little fairy garden," she said while pointed to the tiny figurines in the center of her garden. A variety of miniature hostas are strategically placed in her fairy garden.
Besides being a member of the Digger's Garden Club, Beck is also president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota and is a certified National Gardening Club judge. To gardeners just getting started, Beck says make sure you plan where each plant will go before planting. And get your plants used to the temperatures before you put them in the ground.
"You need to condition your plants first by putting them in the shade and getting them used to the sun," she said.
Plants from Beck's garden will be featured at the upcoming Diggers Plant Sale, held June 3 at the Robbinsdale Historic Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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