Annual Garden Walk

Plan on a busy day, full of learning and fun, when you attend the annual Thyme Shares Master Gardener Volunteers & Friends Garden Walk this year. The event, which is entitled “Learning Through Gardening,” will be held on June 27 from 8:30 to 3:30 and will encompass an area from Montello to southern Marquette County with lots to do and see inbetween. Crafts will be available for purchase at several of the gardens, as well as a lunch wagon staffed by families from the Westfield High School Choir. The event will be held rain or shine, so come prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store.

Six private gardens and Link’s Greenhouse are included in the tour.
Here is what you will find on the Montello part of the garden walk:
The gardens of Jim and Connie Stuempges located at W3416 Lake Drive in Montello, contain a mixture of whimsical yard art, rock gardens with stonework and a bridge, as well as a Hobbit Village which adds interest to the many perennials on display. Hosta, peonies, yucca, Russian sage, coneflowers, roses, and sedum are just part of the plants to view. Future goals include working towards a lower maintenance garden with more perennials and vines.

Next are the gardens of Dave and Pam Hunter at 71 Timber Trail (3 blocks northwest of Montello High School.) Here you will find perennials, annuals and a small pond. Dahlias and hostas are a favorite here. This is a wonderful example of what can be done in a small “city garden” where space is limited.

Located at 207 E. Water Street you will find the gardens of Kitty Moon which contain plants that are native to the area and were originally found  on the land.  The animals and the insects they eat are more apt to flourish using native plants, so her goal with her garden is to make the ½ acre a haven for birds, animals, and insects…to give them the ecosystem that will help them thrive.     Cities are more and more using native plants in their parks and open spaces.  From native grasses to wild ginger, rattlesnake master to Jacob’s ladder, you will find things blooming spring, summer and fall. 

Continuing on, you will find the gardens of Jerry & Rosi Lynch at W3401 Cty Rd O. A small pond with goldfish is nestled in among the many perennials and annuals, many of which reseed themselves. A white garden is on display as well as a rose garden. Their apple trees are just beginning to produce sizable fruit. Rosi calls herself a repurposer (junk collector), so she likes to add crafts to the gardens. Starting in the 80’s in the city, her love of gardening has expanded and has turned Rosi into a happy country girl.

Be sure to stop in at Link’s Greenhouse at N9905 Link Road, Portage. Offering a huge selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, you will certainly enjoy your visit here. They will be conducting seminars on successfully dividing your perennials at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00, plus all ticket holders will receive a 10% discount on purchases.

A familiar garden on the tour is that of Anna Jones who has participated in the Walk a few times and is featured in the Thyme Shares Gardening Book. Sage Hill is located at W4882 Cty Road O in Endeavor, you can explore her beautiful shade garden with over 300 varieties of Hostas, and view her lovely bottle art and many other perennials. Gardening since 1991, Anna likes to keep her environment looking nice.

Located at 212 W. Perkins St. in Endeavor, are the gardens of Michael Fennigkoh. A diverse display of perennials, annuals and ponds are part of the exhibit as well as prairie plantings. Michael has enjoyed plants and nature his whole life, and strives to attract birds and butterflies with a variety of different colors throughout the gardens.

Tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased ahead of time at B & B’s Country Store, Montello; The Garden Center/Teapot Quilts, Montello; Barton’s More Healthy Foods, Montello; Granite Falls Supper Club, Montello; Borud’s True Value, Oxford, Virch’s True Value, Westfield, and Link’s Greenhouse, Portage. Tickets will also be available at any of the gardens on the day of the walk. Arts & crafts will be available for sale at various gardens. A luncheon stand provided by the Westfield High School Choir will also be available. $1.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to Marquette County Budda Box. For further information please call Dori at 608-589-5326.