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Second hottest July on record, irrigation-free landscape thriving

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A view of the irrigation-free landscape in August, looking north. Most of these plants have not been watered since June 6

We’ve held off on prematurely declaring the irrigation-free landscape a success, but thus far it has exceeded even our expectations. This July was the second hottest on record for Minneapolis, with June being particularly sweltering too. In spite of this, of the 204 plants in the irrigation-free landscape, 90% of them have not been watered since June 6. And they are thriving. A recent visitor to the landscape commented the landscape looks so full you would have no idea it was only planted less than two months ago and that most of the plants haven’t had supplemental water since early June. For more photos of how the landscape has evolved and grown, click here. Seeing is believing, though, so come by for a visit: 2853 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

Solitary bee high-rises have new residents

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One of the solitary bee high-rises in the irrigation-free landscape, with two new residents on the first and second floors

The solitary bee high-rises in the irrigation-free landscape started as simply an idea and an experiment. The clients for the project wanted a sculptural element in the landscape, and we latched on to the idea of birch snags popping up out of waving grasses and perennials. Still, we thought perhaps we could take the idea a step further and have the sculptures double as wildlife habitat (as snags are such huge wildlife attractors in forests), and then we came up with the idea of drilling holes up the side of one birch limb within each cluster of three, with the idea that solitary bees would be drawn both to the flowers in the landscape and then to a place to nest in the snags. Well, the experiment has actually worked, as, as of August 4, two of the holes had been covered up with mud, an indication that bees had taken up residence in them. We will be eager to see how many more bees choose to use the high-rises as temporary living space for their offspring.

Fantastic workshop

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Workshop-goers at the irrigation-free landscape workshop

We had a great turnout and a wonderfully enaged crowd at the on-site workshop on the Irrigation-Free Landscape. It has been fantastic to see how much public interest there has been in the project.


Another view of the landscape and workshop-goers

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PRAIRIEFORM’s John Kamp explaining root growth according to irrigation type

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Folks checking out the interpretive sign

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