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Planters  ·  Raised Garden Beds  · Prairie Beds

 
   
Below you'll find some detail about what Artist & Builder can do. Please contact Frank, owner of Artist & Builder, via the Contact tab above, for planters, raised beds, structures, and new -pollinator prairie beds. You can also find me at Artist & Builder on FB or @artist_and_builder on Instagram.

Pollinator Prairie Beds


I've been growing native plants for years. Here in Minnesota, we have a lot of options to create the most stunning floral display in the smallest of spaces. Species are selected for height, bloom time, sun or shade, wet or dry and of course, pollinator friendliness. Our yards, both big and small, can host many birds on their journeys through the Mississippi Flyway and provide pollen and nectar for the insects our world relies on. If you have a corner of the yard that simply doesn't meet your expectations, consider donating it to the plants and flowers these flying creatures love. If you have an area that is always too wet for lawn or other gardens, consider creating a wet swale full of sedges and forbs loved by birds and bees. Prairie gardens have a wild side that may or may not meet your landscape expectations. If you want to provide the benefits of the prairie garden, yet give it some structure, we can contain it within stone or cobble bed-framing or I can build a cedar raised bed to give you a planter full of prairie. Email me via the contact tab above for a consultation.

Planters


Architectural wooden containers for rooftops, balconies, storefronts, commercial sidewalks, decks, front yards, back yards, and every place in between. 
 
As a gardener, I understand plants, micro climates, microorganisms, and the effect of these on outdoor woodwork. Most common lumber, in contact with soil and weather,  will not last very long. Artist & Builder constructs planters with tree species that show the best decay resistance and stability in wet environments. Clear or knotty Western Red Cedar and Coastal Redwood are popular choices, but I can source tropical hardwoods as well.  Interiors can be built with ground contact treated plywood and planks if desired. 

Raised Bed Garden Structures


I've been a gardener all my life and there's nothing like the fresh and flavorful taste of home grown vegetables. For vegetable-growing containers, Artist & Builder prefers to rely on cedar for its natural rot resistance, availability and relatively reasonable cost. There is little we can do to completely eliminate decay of wooden garden structures over time, but relying on cedar will give your raised beds the best aesthetics at the best cost without compromising the health safety of your vegetables.Artist & Builder can design, create, and install any number of iterations of wood-framed raised beds or vegetable garden structures. 

I can:

  • Incorporate rabbit-proofing (there are tons of rabbits in Minneapolis)
  • Incorporate deer-proofing
  • Create multiple tier gardening beds
  • Create a modular raised bed that is easy for you to put together
  • Increase lumber thickness for increased longevity and sturdy aesthetics
  • Create architectural planters without treated lumber for growing vegetables on your terrace or deck
  • Respond to your needs with the right solution for growing vegetables in a raised structure.
  • Create large scale raised gardening structures for institutional settings such as schools or retirement homes

Click through the older posts (below) or the Projects tab above to see what I have accomplished. Because I am an artist, you will also find a link to my artist page, above and also my garden and landscape blog, Mound. Thanks for visiting and check back again to see what I have been working on.


Western Red Cedar Raised Garden Bed by Artist and Builder Minnesota
Western Red Cedar Architectural Raised Bed sized 4 foot wide x 10 foot long x 1 foot tall.