Meet Karen Laukkonen—website designer. Project manager. Lilac Way enthusiast.

Growing up in St. Louis Park, she loved the rows of lilacs planted along Highway 100. Her dad told her, ‘You didn’t drive on Lilac Way, you drove TO Lilac Way.”

The project is a labor of love by Laukkonen Design.

Karen Laukkonen—website designer. Project manager. Lilac Way enthusiast.

Working pro bono, Karen donates all time and expenses for, including
  • research and digging for photos, facts and history
  • writing, proofing and editing all copy for web format in desktop and mobile devices
  • design and creation of this mobile-friendly WordPress web site
  • editing and retouching in Photoshop for all images
  • presenting the website to key decision-makers in the Robbinsdale/Graeser Park community for feedback
  • updating the site to include progress and efforts to restore and maintain Lilac Way

The first Restore Lilac Way website was launched in 2007. This redesigned, updated and expanded website went live in May 2018, after many late nights and months of work.

As a website designer and project manager, Karen’s super-organized.

She founded Laukkonen Design more than twenty years ago to guide companies through a smooth process to launch a new website, or bring new life to current websites.

With experience in WordPress, Joomla, concrete5 and Entrata Property Management Software, she can jump in on any project.

Looking to launch a new website, or update your current site?

Email Karen to be heard above the digital roar.

This web site was inspired by a documentary.

In July of 2007, Karen watched the Highway 100: Lilac Way documentary.

Created by Twin Cities Public TV and funded by MnDOT, that film documented Lilac Way’s historic artifacts before they were lost to road construction.

The Golden Valley Garden Club sold lilacs for 15 cents to raise money to purchase lilacs in 1939.

Karen hoped to launch a Campaign to Restore Lilac Way to replicate that idea.

That Campaign has evolved into this website to document Lilac Way.

The Campaign to Restore Lilac Way has been replaced with this new website—a repository of everything Lilac Way. Browse through the more than 30 pages, hundreds of photos, MnDOT inventory reports, maps, and videos.

We support a community effort to restore Graeser Park in Robbinsdale, MN

Contact Karen to discuss Lilac Way or a new website design project.

Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design
952.929.1242  |  Website design and virtual garden tour