Dale K. gets a taste of the north woods right in the north metro at a preview of the 16th annual Pond and Garden Tour hosted by the Minnesota Water Garden Society.
A 2012 winner of the Star Tribune's "Beautiful Gardens" contest is in Brooklyn Park, Minn. is one of 13 homes on display this weekend.
The 1974 rambler has been transformed into a woodsy paradise, channeling Frank Lloyd Wright architecture with its falling water additions. The house has seven water features in total.
Oralee Kirk grew up in Canada and swam in freezing Rainy Lake, Minn. near International Falls and came across the rambler in Brooklyn Park in need of sprucing. She's since adorned it with camp decorations and fresh pine, and now, the house brings the north woods to suburbia.
Kirk says water gardens allow residents and visitors to de-stress.
"Your senses become alive, you smell, you see, you feel, you're in the present. It's a wonderful experience right in your backyard."