After our shopping spree at Klehm's Song Sparrow, we took advantage of our proximity to Northwind Perennial Farm to head down the highway to Burlington, Wis., to visit this highly-regarded nursery, located in and around a 19th century dairy barn. The three business partners have a combined 80 years of horticultural experience, which is clearly evident as you walk through Northwind's stunning display gardens.
I've been fortunate to hear one of the owners — Roy Diblik — speak a number of times in Madison, and he knows his plants. For those of you who've visited Lurie Gardens in Chicago's Millenium Park and been impressed with that landscape, you need to know that Roy grew and installed 15,000 plants for the project. That alone is enough to give you a sense of his expertise and Northwind's reputation.
We took tons of photos at Northwind and this group are about the rock work throughout the gardens. Lots of practical ideas here along with a healthy dose of inspiration!
Mark — who's done his share of building stone walls and sculpture in our garden — pointed out that creating a wall with the irregular round shapes of Wisconsin field stone is particularly difficult. Thus making this serpentine wall at Northwind quite an achievement.