Every summer the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society hosts tours of member's gardens. They are always well-attended events, with many of us snapping pictures, asking for plant names and swapping information. These photos are from a group of gardens in the Lake Windsor/DeForest area and offer a perfect snapshot of how folks in southern Wisconsin garden.
As one of the people whose garden was on the tour said, "Gardening should be fun!" These gardeners are having a blast no matter the size, style, environment or typography of their land.
A mirrored window caught visitors' images unbeknownst to them.
Wisconsin specific imagery in both plant colors and iconic motifs.
People created gardens on serious slopes as well as flat land.
A whimsical wine bottle edging adds a note of subtle color and rarely needs maintenance! I thought it was a wonderful complement to the flowers as it created such a sharp and shining contrasting edge.
The same gardener scattered open umbrellas throughout her "rain garden" so it's purpose would be obvious to visitors.
And she used her bird bath to showcase plants that would get lost on the ground.
This Japanese-inspired gravel garden was the smallest thing that caught my eye . . .
while the State Champion Black Cherry Tree dwarfed all the gardens we visited.
All the gardens used empty — as well as filled — containers to great effect.
Stay tuned for pictures from this week's WHPS tour of gardens in Black Earth and Mazo.
Click here to learn more about the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society, a group well-worth joining if you are not already a member. (Note: I've been a member for years but am writing this on my own with no benefit or remuneration from the organization.)