Eighth ANNUAL VELC GARDEN TOUR 

Saturday, June 30, 2018  10:00am to 4:00pm

Matthew 6:28  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 

The eighth annual Vernon Ev. Lutheran Church Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  10am – 4pm

Four private gardens in the town of Mukwonago or within a short driving distance of Mukwonago.   Tickets are $8 and will be available on the day of the walk at the church, S90 W27550 National Ave, Mukwonago.  For advance tickets, call the church office at 262-363-7131.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eagle’s Wing Free Clinic.

This year’s tour includes a feature garden on a property that is about 3 acres formed by combining two Phantom Lake Park lots in 1923 from land subdivided in the early 1890’s.  Still standing on the original lots are two small cottages dating to 1891.  These cottages were rented to Milwaukee families for the summer by the original developers.  Today’s gardens incorporate the old outhouses that served the resort renters.  In several places in the yard, there are traces of old flower gardens that have inspired the current gardens. The grounds of Twin Oaks hearken back to a more genteel and relaxed time in our past.

The second beautiful property is located in the “downtown” area of Mukwonago.  Back in the 1960’s the dwelling on the property was destroyed in a fire only leaving a mason brick wall surrounding 2 sides of the property and a building which had previously been used as a carriage house.  For more than 40 years, the lot was neglected; gardens were overgrown and ignored.  In 2015 with the building of a new residence by the current owners and a renewal of the gardens along with a few original perennials the now “Forgotten Garden” is once again enjoyed by many.

Still within the “downtown” area of Mukwonago, our third property is a Garden art and wonderful rock towers rise up from beds of hostas and ferns while a waterfall and stream meander through succulents and cacti in the Gainer gardens.  Plants are not all that is cared for in this creative space. The children, who are lovingly day cared here, are encouraged to enjoy, explore and learn from the landscape.

A short drive will take you to the fourth garden that is appropriately titled “The Irish Garden”.  The stone wall in the garden reminds you of Ireland and Upstate New York where the property owner grew up.  A trip to “The Old Sod” in 1998 inspired her to paint the shed door a vibrant blue and curtain the windows with lace, similar to the thatched roof cottages there.   These gardens consist of mature trees, perennials, veggies, fragrant bushes, along with plenty of annuals and blue yard art.

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018.  10am – 4pm

Tickets are $8 and will be available on the day of the walk at the church, S90 W27550 National Ave, Mukwonago.