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Looking out from the front porch.

has a few raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, haskaps, a Nanking cherry and grapes. Kalyn smiles proudly, “He loves working in the garden

and building things. It makes him happy. He may come to me for a second opinion or to get the a-okay on a job he has planned, sometimes I edit it, but mostly it is all him.” “Like our anniversary rock out there,” she explains.

“When David first asked me to marry him I said I didn’t want a big rock (diamond). But after 24 years it became clear that David would be delighted with a big rock, liter- ally. That’s how we justified the boulder out there. He finally got his big rock,” she laughs. “It was incredible! They had to use a crane to put it in

place,” David says, like a kid describing a cool toy. Whether the rock was actually for Kalyn or David, it doesn’t really matter; it looks incredible and is a perfect conversation starter and accent for their fire pit. People wonder about the fire pit in the front yard, but

when you have a gorgeous view of the river from the front and the backyard just looks onto a backlane, it makes sense. “When the kids were young we stayed in the backyard

a lot, but as they grew up and after the house was rebuilt and took up more of our back yard, we began to rethink the space. Now we can enjoy the front yard and it is a great way to connect with people,” David explains. “It has become a social meeting place with people stopping to say ‘hi’.” Since it was built three years ago, the Falk’s have enjoyed it year-round. For most, winter in a Winnipeg garden is limited at best.

Not at the Falk home. David has engineered a device to make ice trees and each year he gets more creative. The first year he made three trees, since then the project has grown exponentially. Last year the Falks had 21 trees! David has experimented with adding food colouring and freezing LED lights inside to create new effects. “Last year a tour bus came by,” exclaims David, “but, I

knew we really hit the big time when I heard a cabbie refer to our place as the ice triangle house.” The Falk’s front yard is now a beautiful place for family

and friends to enjoy in every season. Oh, and the back- yard? David is just looking for a plan he can justify to his family. K

Check out for bonus content. The ice trees light up the yard with a spectacle of light. Beautiful Gardens 2015 • 15 Noah's treehouse perch gives him his own space and a great view.

In winter the front yard takes on a different vibe.

Photo by David Falk. Photo by David Falk.

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