metal sculpture is displayed along the top of the hill facing
the lake. The pheasants are representative of Jim Liebertís
love for pheasant hunting.
Jim Liebert can
tell you every detail of his 2.5-acre property on Beaver Lake. For
more than 30 years he and his wife, Cathy, have diligently nurtured
the land, transforming it into a plethora of beautiful gardens
containing an even blend of perennials and annuals growing in the
ground and in 100 containers sprinkled across the property.
is like putting a mosaic together ó itís color and texture, anyone
can do it," says Jim Liebert.
That may be the
case, but it requires a lot of time and continual care ó all which
Liebert loves to do. "Iím not done as long as Iím
alive," laughs Liebert. "Itís not labor to me, itís
master gardener designs the flower beds and chooses his plants and
flowers, while Cathy helps with the weeding, watering and deadheading.
"I canít walk past a plant without picking at it," says
She loves all
the color and different greens in their yard and is resigned to the
fact that this is Jimís passion and he will spend 20 hours or more a
week during the springtime prepping the yard.
developed a love for gardens and he loved to get his hands in fresh
dirt and thatís how it all started," she says.
thousands of flowers over the years, the couple has picked up rocks at
friendsí yards, brought them home in a trailer and carried them one
by one to form rock gardens and perimeters for beds.
"I knew I
married the right lady when I had a little trailer and we would go
over to my buddyís and pick rocks," he says.
It may be hard
labor, but Jim loves the multiple benefits it provides including his
guaranteed weight loss every spring and the challenge of nurturing
"I may be
the master in my garden, but the plants hold the final verdict. They
do what they can do and not necessarily what I want them to do,"
says Liebert. m
lake garden house was built many years ago and perches along the
shoreline. The sign above the door was purchased at an auction
of a former Moose Lake resort.
stores his garden supplies in a 135-year-old barn that was once
part of a farm on Beaver Lake. The Lieberts recently replaced
the weathervane with a Beaver proudly representing the lake they
are greeted by more than 40 different varieties of perennials
and annuals gracing the hillside at the Liebert home.
and Jim Liebert work together at the potting station set up on
the side of their house.