Sommervold never claimed to have a green thumb, but her backyard
garden in the Enderis Park area of Milwaukee is breathtaking all the
"I really know nothing about
gardening, but the Enderis Park Neighborhood Association was planning
to hold a home and garden tour last summer to raise funds for Enderis
Park renewal improvements. The association wanted to add a jogging
track, swings and a wading pool among other things, so we wanted to
help out," says Sommervold, who with her sister, Jodi, owns a
1950s Cape Cod-style home in the neighborhood. The Sommervold house
was one of six on the tour, which raised more than $4,500 for park
The sisters believed they had an
impressive yard that possessed much untapped potential. Fortunately,
their neighbor and friend Brian Boeding is a landscape architect with
Paragon Design Group in Milwaukee. The Sommervold sisters sought his
assistance with plans for a redesign of their backyard.
"I didn’t feel particularly
confident about my ability to plan a patio or garden," says
Sommervold. "Brian was able to design a concept that we fell in
Boeding enlisted the help of Gamroth
Landscaping in Allenton to flesh out his plans for the yard. The
result is a beautiful and practical patio and yard, complete with
curving stone pathways and gardens, with room for outdoor dining,
entertaining and relaxing.
"Brian really had a grand vision
of what could be done with the yard," says Sommervold. "Now
we have beautiful bluestone on the porch, stone pavers leading
throughout the yard and individual garden spaces. There is so much to
fencing surrounds the yard and two large cedar pergolas stand, adorned
with brightly colored hanging plants and vines. Birds can take a dip
or catch a bite at the birdbaths and feeders interspersed among the
gardens. Plants include tall ornamental grasses, mixed in with
colorful annuals and perennials that dot the borders along the paths
in shades of pink and violet. Ornamental shrubs add height to the
border gardens. Hanging sculptures and mobiles sway in the breeze.
Urns and vases overflow with ivy and flowers for your gazing pleasure.
The sisters could not be more satisfied
with their yard. "We try to add something here and there, but it
really is just beautiful. We’re very happy," says Sommervold.
"I love to sit outside in the backyard and just enjoy the