Garden Thyme Bus Tour
Saturday, June 4th 9am-1pm
Departure from River Arts on Water (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac)
Join us on a wonderful tour through the Sauk Prairie rural area. We will meet at River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water Street in downtown Prairie du Sac, WI) at 9am. Then, climb onboard our comfy coach bus, sit back, and relax as we take you to 4 different kinds of gardens and 1 local bakery. During the ride, we will learn more about the 18 barn quilts along the tour (led by Kathy Hartmann-Breunig). Why were the designs chosen? What significance do these barn quilts have? What work goes into having your very own? We will return to the gallery around 1pm. Don’t forget to check out our plant sale happening the same day from 1pm-5pm next to the gallery! We will have sun, shade, and succulent plant options available.
Learn More About the Stops:
Stop 1: A beautiful garden featuring a wide variety of Irises
Stop 2: Tower Rock Farmstead Bakery
Tower Rock Farmstead Bakery is a new addition to the Gasser Family’s historic 5th Generation Wisconsin farmstead…the site of their sustainable farming practices since 1873.
Today, Alma and William and their family remain involved and dedicated to nurture and farm their land, tend the dairy cows, and grow exceptional grains to mill and create all-natural flours and bakery products. The wheat and grains, all non-GMO, are grown naturally, using systematic crop rotation to grow corn, alfalfa, wheat, barley, and oats.
The Tower Rock Farmstead Bakery, opened in 2014, offers all-natural high protein grains and flours, which are the foundation for Alma’s small-batch, handcrafted artisan breads, and seasonal foods created in the bakery kitchen.
You will be given a private tour of the small bakery, learn more about the process, and be able to buy a special treat if you’d like (Warning: you will probably not be able to resist!)
Stop 3: Former home of Newton and Myrtle Witwen and original location of Witwen phone company.
The current residents moved to this house on Halloween weekend of 1994. They are the 3rd owners of the house. The original owners were Newton and Myrtle Witwen. During their move they discovered that their new home was where the Witwen phone company had been located. In the attic they found ledgers from that company and other historical items that were then donated to a local museum. Since 1994, they have made a few changes to the house. However, they have added children and gardens.
This garden features lupines and more!
Stop 4: Another beautiful garden with roses, a gazebo, and a mini outdoor harp concert!
This property features a 200 foot long stone wall, 2 water features, many potted annuals for color, unique varieties of trees and shrubs, fruit trees, miniature evergreens, and of course, roses!
Located on a dairy farm, there are 130 laying hens and 15-20 yearling heifers.
Stop 5: Learn about growing hops! See how the vines begin and how hops end up making our favorite craft beer!
Hops are the flowers of the hop plant. They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart bitter, zesty, or citric flavours; though they are also used for various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine. The hop plant is a vigorous, climbing, perennial, usually trained to grow up strings in a field. Many different varieties of hops are grown by farmers around the world, with different types being used for particular styles of beer.