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This month in the garden...


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2017 Garden Walk

The 2017 Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, July 8 from 9am until 3pm.  Locations and other information will be posted here on July 1.


2016 Garden Walk

Welcome to the Port Washington Garden Club's 2016 Garden Walk information page!

Stair Flowers
Garden 1: Campanula Glomerata Superba

This year's Garden Walk focused on new gardens, several in the newest subdivisions in Port Washington. The tour included water features, rockeries, woods and lessons in how to borrow views, incorporate grade changes and create privacy in open spaces.

Thank you to everyone who visited, and special thanks to the six gardeners and their families for loaning their gardens for the day!

We'd also like to thank Bernie's Fine Meats of Port Washington for providing meat and poultry for the gardeners' lunches.

The Garden Walk is a fund raiser for the Garden Club's scholarship at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for graduate students in horticulture studies.

There were some questions about various plants in some of the gardens -- We have included information on those plants below.


Garden #1
Scott Lone and Joe Maddelena

Although this home is in an established neighborhood the garden is new and has been developed in stages. Scott is the landscape designer in the family and got his love of gardening from his mom and grandmother as well as a childhood neighbor he still has plants that have traveled with him from their gardens. Joe is hands-on doing the weeding and mulching. The front beds were developed to replace a gravel sitting area that was present when the house was purchased and the side yard peony and rose border was added as part of a joint project when their neighbors worked on the adjacent portion of their yard. A port-cochere opens to a sitting area complete with fountains and bright annuals in containers. From there, stairs lead to a rose arch framing the view of the sunken back yard with fire pit.


Garden #2
Gene Sprenger

The first year-and-a-half Gene lived in his house he hauled in tons of amendments and new soil to improve the heavy clay in his yard. After the borders around the house were created he moved tons of rock in to make a rock garden to frame the view of the woods directly behind his home. His garden is filled with whimsical tropical animal sculptures although the real deer, turkeys and wildlife in the area sometimes make him feel like he's living in the north woods.


Garden #3
Pat and Bob Schuette

The Schuette lot also borrows a view of the woodland behind their home. Their backyard patio gains privacy from an elevated perennial bed filled with a spring display of pasque flowers and peonies and flowering groundcovers. Adjoining their patio there's just enough lawn left for them to enjoy the garden in the company of their dog and pet rabbit.

Garden 4

Garden #4
Mary and Mike Schmitt

One of the reasons Mary and Mike sited their home was to take advantage of the mature trees and grassy vista of the park adjoining their back yard. The deck and patio are surrounded by perennial beds and features clematis and unusual honeysuckle vines.


Garden #5
Michelle and John Schmitz

The Schmitz backyard patio is filled with the sound of water cascading from a fountain John crafted after seeing a photo of a pondless waterfall in a gardening magazine. There's also an elevated garden and perennial bed but the highlight of the garden is the panoramic view of Lake Michigan framed by a border of perennials and shrubs. From their patio it's easy to pick out the spire of St. Mary's church and other Port landmarks.

Garden 6

Garden #6
Rebecca Clark

This garden is only three years old but it's a wonderful combination of trees, grasses and perennials from the curb to the enclosed back yard, which is domain to the family's two energetic dachshunds. Both a ground level patio and the deck look out over the private perennial garden and give the family a close-up look at the local birds they invite into their garden. This landscape is still being developed with an eye to encouraging bees, butterflies and wildlife, except perhaps for the local deer and rabbit population.


The following plants generated some questions in this garden -- Here are some photos and details on the plants...

Shasta daisies in the front yard are 'Daisy May'.

Loostrife (click for larger image)
Yellow loosestrife Lysimachia punctuate 'Alexander'

Lavender (click for larger image)
Lavender 'Munstead'

Buckthorn (click for larger image)
Fern leaf buckthorn 'Fine Line'
Hardy in zones 2-7, deer resistant

Got questions?  Please email us or call 262-284-1948!

Port Washington Garden Club, PO Box 492, Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074
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