Brunfeldt Garden

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography

Visitors to the five acre garden of Joan and David Brundfeldt will quickly delight in the homeowner’s passion for recycling unique plates, plants and pots into planting beds, pathways and distinctive yard art.  Turning into the driveway, the first hint of what is in store for visitors is the goldfish pond.  The whimsical setting hides a secret – the “pond” is made from a recycled radar dish!   When the couple purchased their home some thirty years ago, they reveled in their secluded location. Over the years as the city grew west to envelope their property, they managed to maintain a country feel to their home and gardens thanks to Joan’s keen eye, David’s willingness to “haul, cut, trim and install” and a passion for reclaiming and recycling.   The homes entrance bursts with color from impatiens, yew, holly, azalea, vincas and peonies. Just past the house is the “stumpery” a clever display of salvaged wood and tree stumps scattered among hedge hawthorn and red cedar.  Deer resistant plants edge the cherry trees and protect the asparagus and blackberry patches.  The “survivalist” garden is home to low maintenance natives.  A delightful “she shed” – perfect for the couple’s grandchildren – is surrounded by spring bulbs and amsonia, while carved bird houses and art pieces dangle from the star magnolia. Recycling isn’t limited to hardscaping and yard art.  A vibrant border of lilies was created with plants rescued from the site of David’s former office building, and peonies reclaimed from a lot across from Lawrence Memorial Hospital provide color for the garden.   A twig fence, made from willow and dogwood branches, keeps balloon flowers in place.   Tucked among the flower beds visitors will find blueberries, sage and red cabbage, creating an edible palette visible from the sunroom and back porch.   In a testament to creativity, Joan and David have managed to create a path for strolling through a serene wooded area, just yards away from the busy thoroughfare that arrived after they did! 

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography

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