The Garden of Roger and Kak Koopmans
Faribault, Minnesota
   Roger Koopmans is a master of innovation. Curvilinear borders lead visitors through the gardens to discover one surprise vignette after another. Metal sculptures sprout out of the ground displaying floriferous clematis. Huge suspended pots of begonias accented by palms (Phoenix roebellini) beckon to the side, where incredible hosta specimens each proclaim
"Look at me!"
   Wander through the lower gardens, where walls of evergreens provide background. Colorful annuals and perennials usher guests back to the shade house, where a U-shaped walk of stepping stones provides easy access for viewing the Koopmans' extensive hosta collection. Specimen hostas are elevated in Garden Torchiers, invented by Roger. Just beyond the shade walk, Roger created his own version of the famous Minnesota "cherry on a spoon" sculpture. "I needed a trowel," he quips. It is giant!

Kak and Roger Koopmans

   For their frequent entertaining, Rog and Kak built an original thatched roof hut - a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the garden. A limestone waterwall, providing texture, sound and privacy, showcases more hosta favorites. Around the corner is the side-yard hosta path.
   And what stands out in the Koopmans garden, in addition to their beautiful hostas? Lots of color and lush grass. Add in Roger's creative innovations and you have a garden that is an unforgettable experience. .....

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