MAGICAL. ENCHANTING. DELIGHTFUL.
All those adjectives fit the gardens of Susan and Dale Kulsrud who’ve created a fairy tale world outside their south Northfield home.
One example of the fairy tale magic tucked into the Kulsruds’ gardens.
From streetside, you’d never guess this corner lot would hold such garden charm. So when my husband parked our van and we crossed the driveway past the Corvette to the side yard during the Northfield Garden Club 2014 Garden Tour, we were surprised.
What a delight.
The side yard garden features Dale’s handcrafted trellis sculpture.
First the side garden with an array of flowers—including magnificent towering delphiniums—grabbed my attention. But this plot includes much more than plants. An impressive wood sculpture trellis crafted by Dale defines the space that includes other works of art.
The garden shed, Valhalla.
Art. It’s everywhere in this enchanting yard where a garden shed of Dale’s design and crafting anchors a rear corner.
I almost hesitate to dub this building a shed given its appearance and name, Valhalla. The name is an apparent tribute to the family’s Scandinavian heritage. Valhalla is a hall for the slain in Norse lore.
Shade-loving plants fill the Valhalla garden.
With the use of carefully chosen shade-loving plants like hosta, King Kong coleus, ivy, impatiens, begonias and more and the integration of garden art, the Kulsruds have created a fantasy world in their backyard.
A view of the garden behind and to the side of Valhalla.
The area surrounding Valhalla calls for an inchworm pace with multiple pauses to examine the details. I literally lowered myself to nearly lying down at some points to take in and photograph the scenes created here. Kids would love this mini world of surprises tucked in among the plants:
I placed my camera on the ground to photograph this cat napping among hosta and impatiens.
A jolt of color among hosta. Perfect.
Some of the art is more serious, like this bust among flowering hosta.
Garden gnome humor.
The stuff of fairy tales…
Looking down in to a fairy garden created in a bird bath.
A ground level view of the gnomes’ rocky woodland home.
My favorite scene could have come straight from the pages of a Scandinavian storybook with a gnome house situated against a tree trunk and the resident gnome sweeping his front stoop. It’s absolutely magical.
Petunias spill from a tipped pot.
This entire yard enchants with plant life and art complementing each other. Flowers and accent plants spill from pots and window boxes, mingling with all that art.
Impatiens and butterfly art add color to a planter situated along a walk way.
I left undeniably inspired.
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