Talents You Didn’t Know You Had

Meet Sandy and Jake Hoffner of Yankton, who take on difficult landscape challenges, solve them and then personalize their truly vertical backyard.

This is how their backyard looks after all the challenges you’ll read about have been met. Sandy says that there are 71 steps up the hill from the Adirondack up the hill to their house. The cabin by the Missouri River’s edge is handy for boating.


Sandy arranges pots of plants in clusters. This grouping carries her pink and purple color plan. She chooses plants that can take the wind, sun, and heat of a summer day. Art column adds height. The grouping simply sends the eye forward to the view of the river.


Hoffners’ home front entrance has a red and green color plan. Shade tolerant impatiens, hostas, and Sandy’s quilted Dresden plate pattern wall hanging, convey the colors.


Sandy Hoffner painted this Missouri Star pattern quilt block on wood as a Yankton Quilt Guild participant. While the pattern is set, she chose colors and size of block and displayed the block over her front door.


See the obstacles they faced and find out their choices they made with their creative talents. It’s in this Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper article


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