For the City Times
Tickets are now available for one of the summer’s signature events in Portage County- the annual garden parade will be held July 10 and 11.
The 18th annual parade features spectacular gardens and landscaping ideas featuring annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, fruit trees and garden art. It offers an inside look at five residential properties in the Stevens Point-Plover area plus two UW-Stevens Point gardens:
- Bill and Sue Bushman, 5516 Elmwood Ave., have created a formal, peaceful landscape with water fountains, rock accents, garden art and colorful plants.
- John and Karen Konopacky, 5681 Woodland Drive, have a 10-acre wooded lot selected as the Audubon Society Large Yard habit award in 2009. View 300 varieties of hostas, plus coral bells and a rock garden with 30 varieties of succulent hen and chicks.
- Don and Lynn Caine, 2330 Easlan Drive, Plover, have turned a sandy lot to a productive garden for blueberries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries and birds. They graft apples, grow vegetables in straw bales and raise flowers in various wet and dry conditions.
- Brad Anderson, 2315 Locust St., Whiting, worked with Village Gardeners to turn his well-manicured backyard into a rural retreat. View the outdoor covered fireplace, pergola, outdoor living space, vibrant flowers and relaxing water feature.
- Deanna Gertsch-Pozorski and Rick Pozorski, 1917 Lynda Lane, Whiting, plant an array of perennials and annuals in raised beds, containers and along curved paths. Pause at benches to enjoy trickling water fountains, wind chimes and statues.
- Two gardens at UW-Stevens Point are featured. The Campus Garden on Franklin Street is used as an outdoor classroom with lessons on local food production, composting and food preservation. Inside a courtyard in the Science Building is the UWSP Herb Harden. Learn about the ethnobotanical uses of plants, include many native to Wisconsin.
Also returning this year is Art Bloom at Gallery Q, 1108 Main St. Floral arrangements are inspired by original works of art in this special display at the artist cooperative.
University of Wisconsin Extension Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers co-sponsor the parade, and members are available to answer questions at each garden.
The parade is 2 – 8 PM Friday, July 10, and 10 AN – 4 PM Saturday, July 11. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on parade days. They are available at several locations:
In Stevens Point, tickets are for sale at Jung’s Garden Center, 5620 Hwy. 10 East; Stevens Point Area Co-op, 633 Second St.; Gallery Q, 1108 Main St.; and the Master Gardener information table at the Farmers’ Market on the Public Square (Saturdays).
In Plover, tickets are at Village Gardens, 2811 Porter Rd.; and Shulfer’s Sprinklers & Landscaping, 2430 Plover Rd.; In Amherst, tickets are at Landmark Coffee Shop, 102 S. Main St.
The garden parade also features special drawings for a quilt donated by the Piecemakers quilting group and one-of-a kind containers and garden art. Proceeds benefit CAP Services Family Crisis Center garden and Students for Sustainability.
For more information, contact Portage County UW-Extension, 715-346-1316.