Minnesota is home to an unusually rich and diverse environment. Three of North America's ecological regions converge in Minnesota: coniferous forest, deciduous woods, and tallgrass prairie. Water in its many forms is a prominent feature of Minnesota's landscape. Lakes and ponds number over fifteen thousand and three of North America's major drainage systems begin in the state.
The Twin Cities metropolitan area is located in the deciduous woods, a species-rich extension of the eastern deciduous woods with numerous plant species occurring on the very western edge of their range. It is also located in the transitional zone between the tallgrass prairie and the coniferous forest. This patchwork mosaic we call home provides a wealth of biological diversity and an abundant palette of plants to choose from.
The health and stability of the place we call home is being threatened by global climate change. This makes it even more important to build resiliency and diversity into the landscape. We have designed a variety of "carbon capture" gardens to take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in plants and soil. Growing some of your own food is another way to reduce your carbon footprint. We have designed some "edible gardens" to help you do just that.