Rocks, Plants and a Dream Yard in Progress

In this week’s Plant Exchange, homeowner Tom Christensen shares how he includes his passion for timeless beauty and variety of rocks he has collected into his plant landscape.

Tom and Loretta Christensen live in Yankton’s Historic District in an 1870’s home. Tom continues to renovate their yard, in keeping with the character and craftsmanship of their house. Their yard was a part of the Missouri Valley Master Gardeners’ 2018 garden tour.


Hand selected rock from this region and from their family travels form the foundation bed boundaries in their front and back yards.


This weathered stone is positioned near their front door.


In this video, Tom relays a bit more about his interest in these rocks.

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Designing landscape for a corner lot has pluses for displaying beds and challenges for a family that enjoys being outdoors and want a little privacy.

Tom’s space-limited backyard has areas for flowers, veggies, rocks along a curving stone path and an indoor and outdoor room. A one-of-a-kind pergola adds privacy and nature to their area.


A street privacy fence and wooden gate through an arch of wisteria add surprise of all that awaits beyond the door.


In this video, Tom tells about his pergola in his indoor and outdoor room.

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To learn more about Tom’s design ideas and care of plants, go to this link of the Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper where the article about him was published:

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