Serenity is the common thread linking the five very diverse gardens included on this year’s “Day in the Garden” on Thursday, July 9. The event will be held from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine.
Ranging from open meadow to shady cliff-top to the area surrounding a condo, these gardens offer a cross-section of the possibilities of nearly every Door County garden site.
Participants in this year’s event include:
• Nancy & Tom Goss, 12020 Timberline Road, Sister Bay: Three ponds and several bogs, all owner-built and each with a unique set of plantings, are featured in this garden. A botany major in college and a gardener since early childhood, Nancy Goss has created interesting and creative waterfalls and ponds.
• Julie & Gary Lhost, 10184 Settlement Lane, Sister Bay: What began as a meadow filled with native juniper has evolved under Julie’s hand into a varied series of gardens. Unique foliage colors, a passion for roses and frequent experiments with new varieties are highlighted. A native prairie is under development, several cutting gardens provide a constant supply of bouquets, and a large vegetable garden is also maintained.
• Marianne Porter, 1635 Beach Road, Sister Bay: Shady woods along the top of the bluff provide a setting to challenge the ingenuity of this gardener. Porter concentrates on hostas, ferns and hydrangeas while also experimenting with flowering perennials. Since moving to Door County permanently eight years ago, a pond and a stone terrace have been added.
• Catherine & Steve Waldron, 2280 Hidden Maples Place, Sister Bay: A collection of fanciful yard art pieces provide variety and add a touch of the unexpected to this garden surrounding Waldron’s duplex condo. She has created peace and privacy in a relatively small area though use of foundation plantings and containers holding a variety of annuals
and perennials. Early arrivals to this garden site will be treated to cupcakes and lemonade served on the deck.
• Corner of the Past Museum, Highway 57 at Country Lane & Fieldcrest (entrance on Fieldcrest), Sister Bay: A concentration of old-fashioned perennials, a variety of hostas, and other plantings surrounds the 1875 Anderson farmhouse, which serves as the centerpiece of Sister Bay’s historical museum.
The seventh-annual garden walk is sponsored by the Sister Bay Historical Society. Admission is $10, with the proceeds benefitting the Society’s historical preservation efforts.
Garden Walk tickets including a map of the locations are available in advance at the Sister Bay and Ephraim Visitor’s Centers, Baylake Bank and Jerry’s Flowers in Sister Bay, and Sunnypoint Gardens & Gifts south of Egg Harbor. Tickets may also be purchased at the Corner of the Past during weekend operating hours and on the day of the walk at any one of the participating gardens.
For more information on the Garden Walk, contact the Sister Bay Historical Society at 920.854.9242.