I’D LOVE TO HAVE THE YARD of Cindy and Dick Lawson.
Sunny spaces bloom bright with flowers.
Lush greenery fills shady spots.
A garden grows thick with vegetables.
But, best of all, two water features—one in the front yard, the other in the back—soothe visually and mentally. Water has a way of doing that.
Situated on a busy street corner in southwest Faribault, this property seems miles away from the traffic that passes en route to and from Jefferson Elementary School and to other destinations along arterial Prairie Avenue. The Lawsons, with the help of family, have created this private oasis in the city using fencing, trees, plants and water. It’s a beautiful retreat with minimal lawn.
Fortunately for the Lawsons, their son-in-law, Jake Langeslag, owns Aqua Eden, a Faribault-based waterscape company. Thus the backyard stream and pond and the front yard rock water columns.
Not until I met Cindy and Dick during the recent Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour Garden and Landscape Tour benefiting Full Belly, a Faribault soup kitchen, did I know of the relationship to Jake and his wife, Amanda. The younger couple and their children attend my church. It was a delight to meet Amanda’s parents in their lovely backyard.
I especially appreciate the Scripture printed above the garden gate entry: “And God said, Let the earth put forth tender vegetation…” The bible verse seems fitting for this corner of paradise, this Garden of Eden.
FYI: This concludes my series from The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour Garden and Landscape Tour.
© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling