Architecture + Design

The New Luxury

As the economy begings to show signs of new life, local design professionals are welcoming the return of a wiser and more thoughtful luxury.

What Landscape Designers are Saying

Andrew Kruger and his team of artisans transformed a plain wall into a French-inspired work of art.


“Our new Encanto Orange trailing begonia is an easy way to add a dash of color to the garden, and it’s right on trend with Tangerine Tango, the Pantone Color of the Year!”
Nola Wagner, president
Wagner's Greenhouse


“Things are so tenuous right now that people are looking for ways to feel as though they have some control over their lives. Spending money on their home is both practical and empowering. Landscaping allows people to restore and maintain value in their homes, and that feels really good for everyone involved.”
Adam Newton, MLA
The Corduroy Studio, Inc.

Andrew Kruger» ON LUXURY

“Our clients understand the architectural essence of their homes, and they want landscaping, gardens, and outdoor rooms that reflect the authenticity of the style, whether that’s French, Italian, English, or classic American.”
Andrew Kruger, owner and designer
Gray's Landscaping



“Many of our clients are replacing their traditional lawn with a prairie garden or other native landscape because they want to do the right thing for the environment by conserving water and creating a home for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Other clients have realized that they don’t need or want to spend five hours on the lawnmower every weekend. Whatever the motivation for choosing a native landscape, the benefits all go hand in hand!”
Mike Evenocheck, director of sales and marketing,
Prairie Restorations, Inc.


Dee Larson and Tim Winters designed this dramatic transformation.

Dee Larson» ON TIME

“Twenty years ago, our clients traveled to a lake home or cabin, but now they want that retreat or gathering space in their own backyard. When time is so precious, it makes sense to bring the luxuries home.”
Dee Larson, MNLA certified professional
Dee Larson Landscape & Design


“Especially in our hectic world, flowers and plants are an easy way to create the luxury of calm and serenity. I think that we should all surround ourselves with roses, orchids, and other forms of nature’s beauty on a daily basis, indoors and out!”
Judy Hohmann, marketing and public relations manager,
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Home photos courtesy of Winco Landscape & Design

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