The Minneapolis Pond and Landscape Tour this year was a fabulous display of what one can do with a backyard. The theme always seems to center around peace and relaxation. The small brook in these photos was designed for a home in Burnsville and was one of my favorites.

Creating an oasis means incorporating things like water, plants, trees, and sculpture. Shade trees and areas for sitting are a must, and giving the yard visual interest is important, too. I saw some yards that almost had “it”, but still fell short. This one in Burnsville had it all. Of course hiring a professional landscaper does help with the unity and I would have to say that the designer definitely made his money on this backyard masterpiece.

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