As you read this, it is likely that Susan Hopp is tending to her garden. Three years ago, she started A Pretty Posy.co. She has an abundant garden on Knox and began intentionally growing, cutting and arranging bouquets for sale in the immediate neighborhood. Susan is part of the “slow flower” movement that focuses on selling local, seasonal flowers grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. She’s passionate about sharing both her flowers and her cutting garden knowledge.
Susan was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and her family moved to St. Paul in 1953 when her dad took a job at the University of Minnesota. In the 6th grade, they lived in Ankara, Turkey while her dad taught at the university as a Fulbright Scholar. Susan attended the University of MInnesota and spent two winters as a “ski bum” in Sun Valley, Idaho. After graduating with a degree in Studio Arts, Susan lived in Germany, studying graphic design at the Art Academy of Munich. In 1978, she returned to live in south Minneapolis and has been in Lynnhurst since 1988.
Susan and her husband, Karl Schweikart, have a brand identity and design firm, 45 Degrees/Minneapolis. Neighbors may recognize Karl from The Melvilles, a local band who have played at the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association’s Summer Festival and at Lake Harriet Bandshell. Susan and Karl’s son, Colin, graduated from Washburn in 2014. After graduating from St. Olaf, he’s returned to Minneapolis and works at Red Wagon Pizza while searching for a full-time job at a law firm.
In the thirty years since she first moved to the neighborhood, Susan has seen a lot of changes. She mourns the loss of majestic tree-lined streets but celebrates that there are more native curbside gardens. She’s sad there’s no neighborhood movie theater but loves that there are more destination restaurants. She likes that many homes have well-done additions but has noticed that cute homes are being torn down and replaced with uninteresting “big box” houses. She’s noticed that though we may have more fences separating us, we’re also throwing better neighborhood gatherings to bring us together.
Susan loves living in Lynnhurst and like many of us, can often be found biking or walking around Lake Harriet year-round. She says this routine keeps one in touch with the weather, wildlife, camaraderie, and sunrises. As a bonus, she often stops at Sparrow Cafe for an Americano afterwards!
You can learn more about Susan and her backyard flower-growing business by visiting http://www.aprettyposy.co/.