New Hope gardener’s advice: start small, have patience
Dyanne Sather just loves being outdoors, and who could blame her. Her New Hope landscape could rival the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She says it's not uncommon for folks to unexpectedly stop by to see her handy work.

"Sometimes I'll say, 'well come on in and take a look,'" said Sather.

On average, she spends about four hours per day, giving her plants some tender loving care, mostly weeding and watering. Big beautiful blooms are everywhere. Cup plants and other wild flowers attract pollinators to a corner spot. While a center garden pays homage to her childhood growing up in North Dakota.

Pointing to a statue of a lamb, she said "my daughter gave that to me last year. I grew up on a farm and I had pet lambs when I was little."

The back area is also something to see.  A  sea of tiger lilies are the first things to capture your eyes. Other varieties of lilies, phlox  and bee balm make a statement. The avid gardener also included some not-so-common plants in her yard. She's growing a voodoo lily and the stalk kind of looks like a snake.

"Nothing spectacular, it's very strange," she said. 

Sather says anyone can have an amazing garden. She recommends starting out small, and don't be afraid to try new things.

She's won New Hope's Rave Garden award back in 2012. Sather is a member of the Back Acres Garden Club and the Hennepin County Horticulture Society.

Sonya Goins, reporting



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