Bali-Inspired Bliss in Eden Prairie


Balinese-style garden by Mom's Landscaping & Design
Photo by: Steve Silverman Imaging

On a corner lot in Eden Prairie sits a little slice of Balinese heaven. The home’s owner “is an avid gardener, water gardener, and aromatherapist, and she really appreciates the relaxed atmosphere of Bali,” explains Jim Sweeney, founder and principal of Mom’s Landscaping & Design in Shakopee. “She wanted to recreate this in her own front yard.”

The property’s original concrete walkway, foundation plants, and grass were transformed into a private Balinese retreat, complete with a koi pond, tropical hardwood island, outdoor bed, and pergola. During the summer months, it is lush with ornamental flowers. In keeping with classic Balinese design, every path to the front door crosses over water (or ice, depending on the season). In Balinese culture, this symbolizes transformation. Is this still Minnesota? You betcha.

It wasn’t easy. The pond is built of multiple tons of taconite and grey trap, some of which had to be maneuvered by hand, “old school, like how the Egyptians did it,” Sweeney says. The hardwood island’s steel frame was lifted above a line of spruce trees and lowered into the pond using a 200-foot crane parked in the middle of the street. The island’s deck boards, which wrap around the base of a young honey locust tree, were designed to be removed and modified as the tree grows. The koi were hand-selected from a breeder in Japan before making the 5,800-mile journey to Minnesota, and each flower was carefully chosen for both visual and aromatherapeutic properties. The result is something out of this (suburban) world.

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