Hello, We moved into a home with 5 acres on a small lake in Plymouth. The yard near the house was professional landscaped 15 years ago, with many beautiful annuals and other features. We'd like help to identify the flowers, bushes, weeds, etc... Also, I'd like ideas to clean up the view by the lake, and ideas to help prevent erosion into the lake, where to put a dock, fire pit, etc... Also, we have a two block long driveway which cuts through some massive trees, and I'd like to maximize the drive on the way in, whether it be adding flowers, bushes, lighting, etc... Thank you
Thank you for the question. According to Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Extension Horticulture Educator:
"Landscape professionals typically have a degree in landscape design or a related area, and /or are licensed as a landscape architect. Some garden centers offer full service landscape design, implementation and maintenance services. Homeowners can also find firms by searching the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association website. Use the search function to find the type of help you are looking for in your geographical location; for example, "landscape designer St. Paul, MN". Word-of-mouth is also a very good way to find a landscape professional. When you see a landscape you love, ask the homeowner for a recommendation.
To reach students looking for seasonal work or alumni in the landscape business, post a job description onGoldPass: Job, Internship and Volunteer Listings. GoldPASS is the U of M's online database to help connect students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country. Posting is free, easy to do, and open to anyone.
Homeowners may also choose to send a job description to the Extension Master Gardener program in your county. Master Gardeners are educated by University Extension, and volunteer by teaching the general public research-based horticulture information. While Master Gardeners are volunteers and are not allowed to accept payment or work on private properties as part of their volunteer hours, some are professional gardeners, designers or landscape architects by trade. A county program may have a website or newsletter for volunteers only where such job postings can be made available.