Lake Marion, Woodland, MN
Annual Fall ASLA Excursion

2023 Annual ASLA Excursion: Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

The Excursion is now SOLD OUT. Please contact if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.


The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) in conjunction with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference on Landscape Architecture will host a daylong excursion in Minneapolis on Friday, October 27. TCLF’s annual, curated excursions to exceptional examples of landscape architecture and design are eagerly anticipated, extremely popular, and always sell out months in advance. 

This year's excursion will feature a selection of residential projects by Coen+Partners, highlighting the firm’s design legacy and includes lunch at the Walker Art Center overlooking the city.

Lake Marion, Minneapolis, MN - Photo by Charlene Roise, 2022

The day begins at the 22-acre Lake Marion Estate, a rich mix of wetlands, remnant oak savanna, and pristine maple-basswood forest linked by a network of paths that converge at varied spaces for gathering and contemplation: a Zen raking garden, a floating hammock garden, a recessed fire pit, a sculptural mound, and recreational areas.  At each juncture, the path warps into walls, recessed seating areas, benches, raised wooden boardwalks, and distinct art installations of tree branches harvested from the site’s restoration effort.

The second residence, Bde Maka Ska, is sited at the highest elevation possible at the  southernmost point of Lake Bde Maka Ska taking full advantage of the varying topography maximizing both downtown and lake views. Spanning some xx-acres the landscape architects created a series of spaces diverse in character and function (e.g. pool terrace, outdoor kitchen, roof terrace) yet unified through the material palette.


Mt. Curve, Minneapolis, MN - Photo by Elizabeth Gales, 2022

Next, we will visit Mt. Curve, an exemplar of Modernist design and one of Architectural Record’s Houses of 1964,where the landscape was reimagined in 2019 to connect inside and outside, allowing the clients and their guests to move through the site easily. Each of the residence’s four main garden areas convey a distinct mood specifically tuned to the intended usage and accomplished through variations in material and planting palette.

Speckmann, St. Paul, MN - Photo courtesy COEN+PARTNERS, 2022

After lunch, we will visit the Speckmann house, designed in 1956 by a University of Minnesota architecture professor. The comprehensively redesigned landscape, on a highland location with views of the Minnesota River Valley, takes full advantage of the topography to create multiple linked outdoor rooms. A refined palette of concrete, steel, wood, and water, complements plant materials including a plinth-like lawn panel and white birch.

REGISTER TODAY - Space is strictly limited and this event will sell out. Transportation is provided.  


Following the excursion there will be a reception at Peavey Plaza (a separately ticketed event) in honor of TCLF 25th Anniversary. 


5.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees.



Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:

Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 50% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)

No refunds will be made for cancellations thirteen (13) days prior to event

No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).

Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.