Pool gardens featured in Minnesota magazine


Hours of gardening recently paid off for Gaylord pool manager Eileen Brandt and her lifeguard staff. A Minnesota magazine featured the pool gardens in a recent publication.

Eileen Brandt is known for her energy and excitement but this week the enthusiasm of the City of Gaylord Pool Manager was in full bloom.

Brandt dashed into The Gaylord Hub on Monday to tout that the numerous Gaylord Pool gardens are featured in the most recent edition of Northern Gardener magazine.

A four-page spread in the magazine talks about how each garden was developed. Special attention was paid to the pool’s three memorial gardens.

Albie’s Red, White and Blue Garden is in memory of former Gaylord City Council member Albert “Albie” Kuphal. Two other gardens are in memory of Sarah Streseman (Sarah’s Sunshine Rain Garden) and Mary Webster (Very Mary Garden), two pool enthusiasts who died at young ages.

Gardening at the Gaylord Pool began approximately 20 years ago when, according to Brandt, it was time for “flowers to replace weeds.” Brandt estimated that pool staff members spend approximately 300 hours each summer planting flowers and maintaining the gardens. “When they have a small break, I have them go pull weeds,” Brandt said.

The most recent edition of Northern Gardener went into circulation on Tuesday, August 24th. Brandt said she ordered 100 of the magazines.

Northern Gardener is the official magazine of The Minnesota State Horticultural Society. It is published six times each year and is available at the Barnes & Noble bookstore.