In This Issue
Valentine Gift Ideas
Heidi's Plant Highlights
Spring Plant Proposals
Soil Sense
Healing with Nature
See Heidi's Plant & Product Selections for 2012
from her January segment on
  Kare 11 News @4:00

Watch Heidi demonstrate Healing with Nature techniques
on  Kare 11 News @ 4:00
Wednesday, February 8th

Heidi Presents
"Healing with Nature"  Minneapolis Men's Garden Club

Tuesday, February 14th

Visit with Heidi
at the  Wild Ones 2012 "Design with Nature" Annual Conference
Saturday, February 25th,
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Plymouth Creek Center

Award Honors
Join us in congratulating senior designer
Ann Standish, for earning the coveted Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association's (MNLA) Design Award for Excellence in Container Gardening Design!
Ann Standish
Ann will be honored at the annual MNLA Gala in March, and photos of her award-winning project will be featured in the Garden Minnesota yearbook, published by the MNLA.

You can also see her award-winning design illustrations on display at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
March 12 - May 6!

Congratulations, Ann! 
Green Collar Jobs!
We're growing! We're hiring!
We're looking for qualified additions to our leadership team and field crew!

Qualified candidates will have:
  • Great experience
  • A true passion for the Garden and Landscape Design, Build, Installation & Management business
  • A strong desire to be a Team Player
This is a rare opportunity to join the team from the best garden management firm in the Twin Cities!

To learn more about the leadership positions, visit our   our News page.

To apply, download our application from   our Employment page.

For more general information about green collar careers at Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens, visit our Careers page.
Giving Back
Wayzata Adopt-a-Garden Continues to Thrive

The large garden we manage at the corner of Ferndale and Wayzata Blvd. East brings us great delight every year.
Wayzata Adopt-a-Garden
Each season we infuse new edibles into the planting plan. Not only do they co-exist beautifully with the perennials, shrubs and trees we've installed, but they also provide an opportunity for sharing the harvest with the community.

It's been our chance to educate about everything from 'nutrient-dense' foods to proper planting techniques, to the importance of giving back - especially to a community in which we serve.

Stop by and visit the garden sometime!
Did You Know?
Soils are made of four components:
Air, water, minerals & organic matter

Did You Know...
Soil textures range from Course (Sand, or Loamy Sand), to Fine (Silty Clay Loam, or Clay)

Did You Know...
Soil "structure" refers to the aggregation of sand, silt and clay into larger clusters.

Did You Know...
"Good" soil has these characteristics:
  • Drains well & warms up quickly in the spring
  • Will not crust after planting
  • Soaks up heavy rains with little run-off
  • Stores moisture for drought periods
  • Has few clods and hardened areas
  • Resists erosion and nutrient loss
  • Supports high populations of soil organisms
  • Has a rich, earthy smell
  • Produces healthy plants
Silent Auction Events
We are proud to participate in these worthy fundraising events:
 Padraig's Place/Special Kid Care Ski Race Benefit
Saturday, February 4th
Buck Hill
Wild Ones 2012 Design with Nature Conference
Saturday, February 25
4:00 PM Auction
Plymouth Creek Center
Wayzata Public Schools
Family Learning Center Benefit
"An Evening Out" Gala
Saturday, March 3rd
Medina Country Club
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January, 2012

Now that winter weather is truly here, we remember the things we appreciate about it. Like better skiing conditions! And the beauty that can be found in ice! Our friend Terry McDaniel, ice luminary photographer extraordinaire, has graciously allowed us to use one of her fabulous images this month from one of her awesome creations.

We've also resumed production of our uniquely wonderful ice luminaries, which make great gifts! Let us know if there is someone in your life in need of a warm glow from a beautiful ice lantern! See more Valentine gift ideas, below.

Our designers are busy creating spring planting plans and preparing detailed plant lists. Spring container proposals are in development, also. Watch for them, along with photo CD's of your landscape in 2011, in the coming weeks! See more about our spring proposals, below.

This is the best time of year to evaluate the structure of your landscape. With the 'bones' exposed, it is easier to identify areas in need of new shrubs and trees. We'd be happy to help you determine what's best for your landscape this year. Call 763.475.4960 to arrange for an appointment.
Valentine Gifts from Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens
Cupid Garden Art Delightful Ideas to Express Your Affection  
We make it easy to give a unique gift from the heart!     
Ice Lanterns:
Our custom ice lanterns are delivered with candles, all ready to illuminate an entryway, driveway or display area. A perfect way to warm up the rest of the winter season!

A "Gift of Gardens":
Our gift certificates make the perfect statement of thoughtfulness!  Available in any amount, they are most often redeemed for services such as pruning, plant labeling, spring color containers, garden consultations, planting plans, or for an amount to apply toward a new installation project. Call our nursery at 763.475.4960 for more information, or write:
Plants Heidi Loves for 2012
A Few of Our Favorites for Your Landscape

Vaccinium "Northblue" Blueberry
This compact plant producing large Blueberry Plant
and tasty blueberries is perfectly suited to our climate.
Its glossy dark green leaves turn a deep red color in the fall. Both butterflies and birds are as attracted to it as we are!

Diervilla "Cool Splash" Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle

The first variegated Diervilla features a bright white color, visible in shady gardens. It's easy to grow in most soil types, and produces lovely yellow blossoms in June and July. It's also deer resistant and drought tolerant!
              Diervilla Cools Splash
Physocarpus "Little Devil" Ninebark
We love this compact, easy-to-grow, low-maintenance shrub for its drought-tolerance, deep burgundy color and white-pink blossoms in June. It appreciates full sun, and it attracts butterflies.
               Little Devil Ninebark
Thuja Occidentalis "Congabe" Fire Chief Arborvitae
This soft and lacy dwarf white cedar forms a perfect round ball. Its sage-green foliage with red tips makes a distinctive statement, and it requires little to no pruning.
Spring Plant Proposals
Coming Soon to Your Mailbox
  • Your 2012 Garden Planting Plan and Spring Pansy Pot proposals will be mailed with the photo CD of your 2011 gardens in the coming weeks.Spring_Pansy_Pot
  • We encourage and appreciate your feedback at this stage of the planning process! 
  • Please let us know if you desire any changes to the plant choices or proposed installation dates.
  • Planting plan proposals are configured using planting material costs, and do not include design and installation labor or miscellaneous materials.
  • You may receive two proposals if you have both portable containers and in-ground plantings, as each are taxed differently. 
  • We have capped our down payment request to 50% of plant materials, in an effort to procure optimal pricing for premium plants.  Your down payment is applied to the installation invoice once the plants have been installed.
Soil Sense: More than Just Dirt
Soil Sustains Life Sustainable Soil Management Pays Off

The importance of quality soil cannot be underestimated. Proper care of our soils ultimately ensures the longevity of all plants and animals.
Soil nutrients, soil structure and soil texture all play a vital role in the health of our landscapes and our planet! Maintaining a healthy balance of nutrients, living organisms and minerals in the soil help to provide stability for plants to thrive.

We are proud of the high priority we place on our soil preparation techniques, and on making the appropriate soil amendments when needed. It's truly one of the best investments to make in a landscape! 
Healing with Nature
Healing_With_Nature Feel the Difference with a Deeper Connection to Nature

We bring more focus this year to our ongoing mission to build awareness around the benefits of the 'nature connection' in our everyday lives.
It's no surprise that one of the top global cultural trends this year is to
make an effort to take a break from technology! Even a short pause 'unplugged' helps us maintain mental and emotional health. We know the restorative and healing powers of nature can also help us be more creative, intelligent and frankly, more joyful.

If you'd like to learn more about Heidi's techniques to become more 'nature-smart', or how to promote better health and well-being from principles of nature, contact Heidi directly at 612.366.7766.
Excitement mounts for the season ahead: New plants, new techniques, new staff additions, new relationships to nurture with friends and clients alike! In order to truly succeed with our goals, we need to be certain we're meeting yours. I would love to hear from you! Call 763.475.4960, or write:

"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely." ~ Karen Kaiser Clark


Heidi Heiland
Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens