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Gardeners everywhere are happy to see warmer weather and sunny days in the forecast.

This is especially true for those involved in the many garden tours scheduled this year.

Because of the chilly and rainy spring, those involved in the tours say gardens to be featured may have been slow growing at first but are likely to look spectacular for the tours.

Linda Wagner, co-chair of the committee that handles the Community League’s Garden Tour in Menomonee Falls June 29, said the weather may have kept gardeners out of their green spaces for a time, but that “gardeners always seen to find a way to make their gardens beautiful.

“The weather hindered the gardening process because you can’t get in and plant with the ground so wet,” she said. “But these gardens have a lot of perennials, colorful trees and accent plants, so they will come up regardless,” and those who typically plant annuals may put them in pots.

But in some ways, the rain has also helped.

“Gardens may have been a little delayed, but they are looking wonderful now.  They’re looking colorful … things are blooming gorgeously.

“The rain is doing everything a world of good. ... But I do hope it clears up soon so people can enjoy the tour,” she said.

Patti Bergeson, president of the South Milwaukee garden tour on June 22, said gardens in her area are also looking lush due to the rain and are likely to look even better in the weeks to come.

“Everything is getting super green and lush, including the lawns. … The rain is helping, but people are a little behind. They can’t get out there and manicure their gardens like the want to.

“But it’s not a crisis if they are a little behind because avid gardeners know what they need to do. They want to be proud of their gardens, so they will try extra hard to get them on point for the tour.”

Wagner said her tour has an eclectic group of gardens ranging from large to small city lots that use all available spaces to add color and beauty to the yard. Included are ponds with waterwheels, fairy gardens, decorated sheds and rock accents.

 “All of the gardens are wonderful habitats for birds and small wildlife and are labors of love, which add hours of enjoyment to the lives of the gardeners,” she said. “The gardeners combine ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials with annuals to create wonderful spaces for entertaining and enjoyment.”

A variety of flowers, artwork and hardscaping will be visible.

“At one home the homeowners created an outdoor living space for summer,” she said. “There’s a destination hosta garden where tourgoers can buy hostas, and a stop at Wil-O-Way in Grant Park where gardens were recently renovated by master gardeners. At that location a local artist will also be painting a shed with flowers and will transform it into a beautiful flowerscape,” she said.

At Wil-O-Way “they also have a greenhouse. It’s absolutely beautiful. There will be a butterfly demonstration, a bonsai demonstration and a talk about how to attract bees.”

In addition to the standard driving or walking tours, some groups are having bus tours.

One unique tour is the one presented by the Daylily Society of Southeast Wisconsin July 20.

Mark Pawlak, president of the society, said the tour will feature three daylily gardens. Two are on the Daylily Society National Convention tour July 10 to 13 in Madison, and one that belongs to a DSSEW member. 

 “The biggest highlight of the tour is probably the garden in the village of Deerfield,” he said. “It’s never been open to the public. It’s only included in the tour because of the national convention. That garden has over 600 varieties of daylilies.”

It also has numerous stone, boulder and landscape block terraces and island beds, and a massive rock “amphitheater” that creates an unexpected backdrop to more than 700 daylilies and untold perennials. 

There is also garden art, garden beds with uncommon specimen trees, evergreens, arbors, trellises, custom metal artwork and 13 seating spots on the ¾-acre setting.  

He said another garden — with 650 varieties of daylilies — “has a lot of new varieties from this year. At this location daylilies are tested for two Southern hybridizers,” he said.

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Garden tours 2019

Here are some tours happening this year. In some cases, information on websites will be added closer to the dates of the tours. For more photos of gardens on the tour, go to jsonline.com/life.

June

Greenfield Beautification Committee:Three seasons at Radler’s Botanic Gardens: Self-guided tours of Will Radler’s 2-acre garden at 10020 W. Meadow Drive, Greenfield. He is the breeder of the world-famous Knock Out roses. From 1 to 3 p.m. June 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 and 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Sept. 20.

Advance tickets are $8; $10 the days of the events. Advance tickets can be used for any of the dates. Advance tickets are available at the Greenfield Library and Greenfield City Hall. There are a limited number of tickets at the gardens the days of the events. Ticket sales end 1 hour before the garden closes. For more information see gbcinfo.org or call (414) 545-3381.

South Milwaukee Historical Society Garden Tour: Tour six South Milwaukee gardens including the Will-O-Way Garden in Grant Park. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22. Demonstration on how to attract the monarch butterfly, with free milkweed seeds; see local artist Deb Sindric painting a mural of wildflowers.

Art fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Historical Society, 717 Milwaukee Ave. with music, food, hand-crafted items by local artists and a talk on how to attract bees by Ann Lampe. Tickets $8 in advance at some area businesses, $10 the day of the tour. For more information call (414) 768-9549, see southmilwaukeehistory.org or email pbergeson55@gmail.com

Menomonee Falls Community League 2019 Garden Tour: Tour six gardens in the Menomonee Falls area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29. Advance tickets $8 at some area businesses. Day-of-tour tickets $10 at any of the gardens or Shady Lane Greenhouse, W172-N7388 Shady Lane, Menomonee Falls. Raffle, garden art.  Call (414) 581-0352, see communityleague.com or e-mail cleague@communityleague.com.

Oshkosh Garden Walk: Noon to 5 p.m. June 30. Five gardens to view with owners on hand to answer questions. Tickets $8 in advance at House of Flowers, Oshkosh, or on the Oshkosh Garden Club website. $10 the day of the event at any of the gardens. Free for those under age 18. For more information see oshkoshgardenclub.org or call (920) 237-0416.

July

11th Riverwest Secret Garden Tour: Tour 12 gardens in the Riverwest neighborhood from noon to 4 p.m. July 7. Tickets/maps are $5 the day of the tour at the Riverwest Farmers Market in Garden Park at the corner of Locust and Bremen streets. Children under 16 admitted free. Ticket sale begins at 1130 a.m. Call (414) 562-9025 or see riverwestsecretgardentour.com

23rd Annual Sheboygan Area Garden Walk: Driving tour of eight gardens in the city of Sheboygan from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13. Tickets are $10 at the gardens the day of the tour. No strollers or pets. Raffle, bee and butterfly displays, plant sale. For more information call (920) 946-3883, email gardengalsue@charter.net or see sheboygangardeners.com.  

Master Gardener Garden Walk 2019: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13. Tickets, at $10, are available the day of the event at any of the six gardens throughout Manitowoc County. For more information see the Facebook page or website or call (920) 323-1419. 

25th Annual Garden Gazers Walking Tour: Free self-guided walking tour of nine gardens in Greendale's historic C section. From 8 a.m. to noon July 13. Tour starts at the gazebo in the village center where you can get a map of the gardens. Raffles, garden experts, activities, live music. No dogs or strollers. Call (414) 421-3362 or email janseitz53@yahoo.com.

Olbrich’s Home Garden Tour: Featuring gardens in Stoughton: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12 and 13. Tickets are $13 for Olbrich members, $15 for nonmembers, at Olbrich. Tickets also available at one garden the day of the tour. For location see olbrich.org or call (608) 246-4550.

North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners Garden Walk: Tour six gardens in the Kronewetter, Rothchild and Weston areas. From 1 to 7 p.m. July 12 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13. Tickets, at $10, can be purchased at any of the gardens during the event. Advance tickets available at the Marathon County UW-Extension office, 212 River Drive, in Wausau during regular office hours starting July 1. For more information, see the NCWMGA Facebook page or call (715) 573-2593.

Rotary Botanical Gardens Annual Home Garden Tour: See eight gardens and the Rotary Botanical Gardens in the Janesville area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the tour at Rotary Gardens and some area businesses. Children 12 and under admitted free. Admission to Rotary Botanical Gardens included day of tour. See rotarybotanicalgardens.org or call (608) 752-3885. 

2019 Hartford Lioness Clubs Garden Walk: Tour five gardens in the Hartford area. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13. Tickets with maps are $7 in advance, $8 the day of the tour at the gardens. Call (262) 673-7640 or see hartfordlioness.com.

Random Lake Garden Club Garden Walk: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 13. Tickets are $5 at any of the homes. Maps, raffles, refreshments, flowers for sale, garden club members available to answer questions. For information call (414) 405-4591.

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin: Tour an urban homestead at 3210 N 83rd St., Milwaukee, that is organized under permaculture principles. From 10 a.m. to 2 pm. July 13 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. $15 adults, $5 children. Potluck lunch. For information call (414) 259-0731 or see campscui.active.com/orgs/NaturalResourcesFoundationofWisconsin.

Garden Conservancy’s 2019 Open Days Program: Tour five large private gardens in the Milwaukee area July 13 and two on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $10 per person per garden. Children 12 and under free. One garden on July 13 is free and one on July 20 runs to 5 p.m. Discounted tickets available in advance through opendaysprogram.org. For more information call the conservancy at (845) 424-weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Burlington Area Garden Club Garden Walk: See five gardens in the Burlington area. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at some Burlington-area businesses or at the gardens.  See burlingtonareagardenclub.com for locations. Raffle. For information or to purchase tickets, call (262) 210-3176.

The Daylily Society of Southeast Wisconsin Bus Tour: From about 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 20. See three daylily gardens. Tour includes a stop to have lunch, free snacks and beverages on the bus, and a stop at Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, Ixonia. Pick up and drop off in Hales Corners and West Allis starting at 7:30 a.m. in Hales Corners. Cost is $35 for members of DSSEW, $40 for nonmembers. Registration opens June 13 at markdssew@gmail.com.  For more information see DSSEW.org or call (262) 865-8303.

Elm Grove and Mayfair Park Garden Clubs Tour le Jardin: See five private gardens and the Dousman Stagecoach Inn. All located in the Wauwatosa and Elm Grove areas. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20. Tickets are $8 in advance through various Elm Grove merchants and club members, or $10 the day of the walk at the Sunset Playhouse, Elm Grove. Plein-air artists in some gardens. For information or locations, call (414) 828-2583 see elmgrovegardenclub.com email tourlejardin@gmail.com

16th Annual Oconomowoc Woman’s Club Garden Tour: Tour six Oconomowoc-area gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20. Rain date July 21. Tickets are $12 in advance at some area businesses. Day-of-tour tickets are $15 at the gardens. See oconomowocwomansclub.com or call (262) 443-0251.

Tour of Dale Sievert Moss Gardens: See a 1-acre garden tended for 50 years by moss expert Dale Sievert. At W231-S5977 Molla Drive, Waukesha. Has 15 species of moss, more than 700 hostas, groundcovers and other perennials. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20. Free. For information call  (262) 542-7469 see sievertgardens.blogspot.com.

Cedarburg Woman’s Club 11th Annual Garden Walk: Tour four Cedarburg and Grafton area gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 and 21. Raffle.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the tour. Advance tickets at some area businesses, day-of-tour tickets at the gardens. For more information, including the garden addresses, see cedarburgwomansclub.org or call (262) 387-0192. 

21st Roots and Branches Gardens of West Bend Tour: Self-guided driving tour of five gardens in the West Bend area. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 and noon to 3 p.m. July 21. Tickets $8 in advance at some area businesses or though the website. Day-of-tour tickets $9 at the first garden at 1307 S. 7th Ave. Marketplace at the corner of Main and Vine. For information call (262) 335-5083 or see rootsbranches.org

7th Annual East Side Milwaukee Garden Tour: A free tour of over 20 gardens in the area east of the Milwaukee River bordered by North Ave., Lake Michigan and Edgewood Avenue. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21. Maps available at the North Point Lighthouse, the Urban Ecology Center and Downer Ave. Hardware. Master gardeners will be at the lighthouse to answer questions. For more information call (630) 639-2323.

Lakeside Garden Tour: Visit about 20 gardens on Milwaukee’s east side from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28. Meet gardeners who designed and created unique small spaces. Free self-guided tour. For maps and more information see lakesidegardentour.com, email lakesidetour@gmail.com or call (414) 331-1270.

59th Annual Door County House & Garden Walk: Tour five homes and their gardens in the Door County area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 30. (yes, this is a Tuesday) There will be artists and master gardeners on hand to answer questions. Call for ticket information. For more information call (920) 746-1071, option 3, or see the group’s Facebook page: Door County House and Garden Walk.

August

Aquatica’s 19th Annual Exclusive Water Garden Tour: Tour six to eight water gardens in Southeastern Wisconsin by motor coach. Beverages, snacks and dinner provided. Noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 3. Meet at Aquatica Retail Pond Shoppe, 227 James St., Wales. Tickets are $65, or $60 if you bring an item the day of the tour that is listed on the “Wildlife In Need Center’s Wish List.” For information call (262) 968-5540, email angela@aquaticaponds.com or see aquaticaponds.com

Aquatica’s 1st Annual Madison Area Water Garden Bus Tour: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10. Tour participants will meet at Paradise Park Weddings, 3109 Oak St., Cottage Grove. Tickets are $75 a person. Proceeds will be donated to the Dane County’s Wildlife Center within the Dane County Humane Society. For information contact Chris O’Connor  at (608) 800-1088 or email chris@aquaticaponds.com

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