Check out the garden at the corner of Hoyt and Lexington in St. Paul. It's unusual, unique, whimsical — and very green.
Quentin Nguyen, or Q as he likes to be called, moved to Minnesota with his parents and sister from Vietnam. Three years ago, Q bought his own home and he's taking pride in putting his own special stamp on his yard.
He cares deeply for the environment and is concerned about creating a bee-friendly garden. Much of what he plants is specifically to attract those little pollinators. In addition, he uses no chemicals and even the moss in his front yard thrives with very little additional watering.
Many of us Minnesotans see mowing, weeding, and keeping our yards as chores sandwiched in between winter shoveling seasons.
But for Q, "Growing up on a farm in Vietnam, living under Communism, we had little freedom of choice. Here in my yard, I can do anything I want," says Quentin.
For instance, on what could have been just a blank fence, Q has strung pop bottles and planted herbs and vegetables.
His 6-foot topiary giraffe is a favorite with kids and neighbors. Under one of the moss hills in his front yard hides a tiny hobbit hole door.
Q intends to keep adding and changing things around in his yard. Next year he wants to add dirt and compost to his backyard and plant even more native flowers.
Q's concern for the world around him doesn't stop at his sidewalk. He is currently raising money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. You can go online to his gofundme.com/ihelppuertorico to find out more.
And if you live in the Twin Cities and stop by to donate anytime between now and October 1, he'll give you a clump of Scotch moss to take home to start your own enchanting garden.