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EDIBLE ESTATES garden #15: TWIN CITIES, Minnesota

Estate owners: Catherine and John Schoenherr
Location: Woodbury, Minnesota
Commissioned by: Walker Art Center for "Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City"
USDA plant hardiness zone: 4b
Established: May 24-26, 2013
Garden exposure: East
Size of garden: 90' x 60'

Watch the VIDEO

The Schoenherr family garden blog


Thanks to all of the volunteers: Laura Bigger, Katy Vonk, Alyson Coward, Karen Otto, Sarah Wolbert, Jean Abbott and John Smith, Kelly English, Dan Ibarra and Clover Ibarra, Dana and Andrea Schumacher, Margaret, Oskar and June Pezalla-Granlund, Phi Lai, Dr. Chris Strunk, Emily Haskins, Rosalie Starenko, Stephi Drago, Zak Schmidt, Justin Densberger, Alan Sabat, Maggie Richardson, Pam Sawyer, Bea Hoskins, Kelsea Dombrovski and Scott Mitchell, Katy Berglund, Kathy Lenius, Nick Vlcek, Michelle LeBlanc, Rebeca Ratte, Diane Anderson, Audrey Cullen, Atanu Sen, Caroline Casey, Claire Casey, Aaron Merrill, Atanu Sen, Janel Larson, Michael Trom, Akoni Garcia, Larry Haeg, Mary Haeg, Danny Haeg, Andrew Haeg, Emily Saunders, Jen Murphy, John Andrew. // Neighbors: Brett and Lisa Bursch and family, Bill and Peggy Elsasser, Greg and Kathy Whaley, Widerski Family, Jacob Elsasser, Julie Hoffend, Susan Vance, Laura and Todd Robinson, Rich and Penny Sitz, Becky Hagen, Sophie Gutzman. // Schoenherr family: Catherine Schoenherr, John Schoenherr, Andrea Schoenherr, Stanley Leonard, Aaron Schoenherr, Kristin Beardsley, Roseann Schoenherr, Ken and Carol Koscik, Karla and Markus Toft, Sara Kruper. // Walker Art Center: Sarah Schultz, Eric Crosby, Anna, Dieter and Seeley Bierbrauer, Christy Meyer, Elicia Greene, Ashley Duffalo, Bartholomew Ryan, Ilene Mojsilov, Masami Kawazato, Andrea Brown, Robin Dowden, Christi Atkinson, Will Gobeli, Bridget Mendel, Christina Alderman, Sami Swisher, Asiya Youngmar, Brett Baldauf w/ Chesney Engquist.

Wood bread oven: Tom Lenartson Construction, Greg Wright (Director, North House Folk School), Derek Lucchese (Oven Builder and Instructor, North house Folk School), and Mike Senty.



Honey Berry - Lonicera caerulea
Wild Plum - Prunus americana
Raspberry - Rubus 'Anne' - Rubus 'Britten' - 'Boyne' - 'Caroline' - 'Fall Gold'
Rhubarb - Rhuem Chipmans Canada Red
Apricot - Prunus 'Moongold' - Prunus 'Scout' Apricot
Cherry - Prunus 'North Star' - Prunus 'Bali'
Plum - Prunus 'Superior' Plum - 'Toka' Plum - 'Mount Royal' Plum
Pear - Pyrus 'Summercrisp' - 'Parker'
Apple Malus 'Cortland' - 'Frostbite' - 'Haralred' - 'Fireside' - 'Honeycrisp' - 'Sweet Sixteen'
Chokecherry - Prunus viriginiana
Strawberry - Fragaria 'Ogalla'

Asparagus - Asparagus 'Jersey Knight'
Grape - Vitus 'Frontenac' - Vitus 'Frontenac Blanc' - 'Marquette' - 'St Croix'

Gooseberry - Ribes cynosbati
Missouri Gooseberry - Ribes missouriensis
Highbush Blackberry - Rubus allegheniensis
Thimbleberry - Rubus parviflorus
Cranberry - Viburnum trilobum 'Wentworth'
Black Raspberry - Rubus Occidentalis
Black Currant - Ribes nigrum 'Consort'

Juneberry, Serviceberry - Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent'
Chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa 'Autumn Magic' - Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'

Blueberry - Vaccinum 'Chippewa' - Vaccinum 'Northblue' - Vaccinum 'Polaris'

Arctic Kiwi - Actinidia arguta
Hops - Humulus lupulus 'Nugget'

Hairy Wood Mint - Blephilia hirstula
Woodland Strawberry - Fragaria vesca

Wild Leek/Ramp - Allium tricoccum
Bladdernut - Staphylea trifolia
Hazelnut - Corylus americana
Riverbank Grape - Vitis riparia
Chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa 'Autumn Magic'
Chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'
Marsh Marigold - Caltha palustris
Juneberry, Serviceberry - Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent'
Sweet Grass - Hierochloe odorata
Lavendar Hyssop - Agastache foeniculum

Sweet Woodruff - Galium odoratum
Purple Cone Flower - Echinacea purpurea

Vegs & Herbs Arugula
Jericho Romaine Lettuce
Tropicana Greenleaf Lettuce
Red Fire Redleaf Lettuce
Red Cross Red Butter Lettuce
Nancy Green Butter Lettuce
Bloomsdale Spinach
Bright Lights Chard
Igor Brussels Sprout
Gypsy Broccoli
Winterbor Kale
Lacinato Kale
Farao Green Cabbage
King Richard Leek
Walla Walla Onion
Cortland Yellow Onion
Sierra Blanca White Onion
Red Wing Onion
Red Gem Marigold
Black Cherry
Peacevine Cherry
Sun Sugar Cherry
Sugary Red Cherry
Indigo Rose Cherry
Big Beef
Czech Bush
New Girl
Mountain Fresh
La Roma
Brandywine Red
Brandywine Yellow Tomato
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Chocolate Stripe Tomato
Striped German Tomato
Amish Paste
Speckled Roman
King of the North Bell Pepper
Red Knight Pepper
Golden Cal Wonder Pepper
Chocolate Pepper
Banana Pepper
Habanero Pepper
El Jefe Jalapeno Pepper
Poblano Pepper
Large Leaf Basil
Amethyst Basil
Sweet Thai Basil
Lemon Basil
Coneflower Echineca
German Chamomile
Santo Cilantro
Bouquet Dill
Bronze Fennel
Greek Oregano
Giant of Italy Parsley
Triple Curl Parsley
Summer Savory
Summer Thyme
Genovese Basil
German Thyme
Slow Bolt Cilantro
Common Mint
Brussel Sprouts
Belgian Endive
Chinese Leeks



re: Announcing the OPEN CALL for the suburbs of the Twin Cities of MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL for the LAST edition of the EDIBLE ESTATES garden series, commissioned by THE WALKER ART CENTER

Dear Twin Cities,
I grew up in your suburbs and am returning this spring to plant the last in the series of Edible Estate Regional Prototype Gardens commissioned by the Walker Art Center. Today we begin the search for a site with an open call.

Edible Estates brings visible food production to cities, working with families around the world to create diverse organic productive pleasure gardens out their front door. It was initiated on Independence Day 2005 with the planting of the first garden in Salina, Kansas, the geographic center of the United States. Since then others have been planted in Budapest, Istanbul, Rome, Ridgefield (CT), Manhattan, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Austin, London, Maplewood (NJ), and Lakewood, (CA), plus Tel Aviv, Stockholm, and Aarhus, Denmark coming later this spring. Prototype garden locations are selected for maximum impact, visibility and influence, providing a vivid contrast with surrounding landscapes of suburban lawns and inner-city concrete.

The design and planting list will be developed in collaboration with the owners. Materials and expenses for the first season of growing will be provided, but the household(s) commit to continuing the garden indefinitely. We will remove the entire front lawn and plant in May 2013 with local volunteers.

The garden will be documented through the first season in a journal by the owners, weekly photos and a video by the artist to be featured in the fall exhibition at the Walker Art Center opening August 8th, 2013, and a chapter in the expanded third edition of "Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn" (Metropolis Books, 2010) to be released spring 2014.

Here are the guidelines for the ideal garden site:
- The NEIGHBORHOOD should be in the Minneapolis - St. Paul suburbs where lawns rule and residents wouldn’t otherwise consider publicly growing food, ideally at the moment where housing development meets farmland.
- The RESIDENCE should be a typical or common local living situation opening on to the front yard with windows or doors. We would be particularly interested in a duplex or multi-unit complex where several households share a surrounding open lawn.
- Estate OWNERS should include at least one avid gardener, be enthusiastic about the project while aware of the amount of work it will involve, committed to continuing the garden as long as they are in the house, and eager to share stories about the project, including a regular journal through the first growing season.
- The FRONT LAWN should be flat, pesticide free, with good sun exposure, few large trees or major landscaping, and very visible from the street with regular traffic. It should ideally be surrounded by other front lawns where a disruption would be dramatic.

Email me at info(AT)edibleestates(DOT)org with questions or submissions by APRIL 30th, which should include:
- Images of your street, front lawn, home and family
- A brief statement about why you are interested
- Your complete address, contact information and full name
For press inquiries please contact Rachel Joyce at rachel.joyce(AT)walkerart(DOT)org

See you in the Spring,
Fritz Haeg


Edible Estates webpage
general info and guidelines
Walker Art Center interview with Fritz Haeg
Exhibition “Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City” at the Walker Art Center
American Society of Landscape Architects interview with Fritz Haeg
Time Magazine story
Edible Estates book, 2nd ed. (Metropolis Books)