Brooklyn Park garden produces blooms, big muscles
It doesn't take long to realize that Stephanie Webster is very passionate about gardening.

"It's a labor of love," she says.

Webster planted drought-resistant, bee-friendly plants around the border of her front yard: catnip, sedum, salvia and a variety of ground cover. She says it's low maintenance and withstands the salt from snow plows in the winter.

"You do have to weed it, you have to take care of it, gardens don't look like gardens unless you're in them," she explained.

The Brooklyn Park resident spends a lot of time in her back yard and who could blame her, it's spectacular. Several seating areas are surrounded by a variety of flowers and plants. This is where the Oakview Elementary assistant principal gets away from it all.

"This is how I unwind after the school year, and I still need children to take care of, so these flowers become my babies in the summer."

The old-fashioned-styled garden pops with vibrant colors: impatiens, petunias, marigolds, sedums, hostas and ferns.
Each year she holds a garden party. This year's color theme is red. And there's a secret garden that's already decked out in the party color. A decorative tree is the main focal point.

"This tree is a espalier, where your grow it up against, see how it's flat and fans out," Webster explained.

Webster's garden is also the place where she works out. She likes to do squats and yoga poses while tending to her plants. Her advice for newbie gardeners: research your yard, determine if you need shade or sun plants. and don't be afraid to move things around if you're not happy with the arrangement.

She says the best thing about gardening is being able to relax and enjoy the very best of Mother Nature.

"There's fruit of your labor every day. So, you get a project, you get started, and it just keeps rolling and at the end of the day you go to bed, and you're tired and you say job well done."

Sonya Goins, reporting




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