Welcome to the 2018 Sauk Prairie Garden Tour!
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 9am-3pm
Bus Tour: 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 6 gardens with a quick stop at 1 little known Dane County Park. Boxed lunch (catered by Blue Spoon Café) is included with your ticket and will be enjoyed at the beautiful Wollersheim Winery. We will return to River Arts on Water at 3pm after a full day of garden fun! Tickets are $50. Deadline to register for the bus tour is Wednesday, June 20th at 5pm.
*Some snacks and water will be provided throughout the day, but please plan ahead if you have special dietary needs.
Self-Guided Tour: You can also purchase a ticket to view the gardens on your own, at your own pace between 9am-3pm. Your ticket will include a map with admission to 6 gardens and 1 little known Dane County Park. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of event.
About the Gardens:
Terri Broxmeyer and Ron Grasshoff
Our 1.5 acre rural subdivision property was a blank slate (old hay field with sandy soil and no trees) when we built our house in 1995. As we selected the plants to fill the void, our major focus over the past 20+years has been on native trees, shrubs, grasses, and forbs (flowers). A 1 acre tall grass prairie, large organic vegetable gardens surrounded by perennial borders, a native plant rain garden, and native plant shade gardens are the prominent features of our mature landscape.
- Come take a short stroll into the prairie—the pale purple cone flowers, black eyed Susan, and spiderwort will be in bloom.
- Walk under the rose arbor and down the grass aisle between the vegetable gardens to see which early crops are ready to harvest. Peas? Spinach? Lettuce? Asparagus?
- Sit in the shade of a shag bark hickory or nannyberry viburnum while enjoying the sights, sounds and fragrances of the more traditional perennial beds.
- AND, if you are lucky, the service berries in the shade garden will be ripe for the picking!
Mary and Walter Dickey
My husband and I bought the Lueth farmhouse, outbuildings and thirteen acres in 1975, the year it became a hundred year farm. (My mother cried, Walter’s father looked around and said “light a match.”) There was a burdock plant growing and not much else. What you see now has been an evolution, quite organic and unplanned. The 3 acre hayfield was planted in prairie some years ago and the pasture is in the process of losing its invasives and returning to something more natural, both prairie and woodland. It’s been a great adventure to get to know a piece of land and learn to love it in all seasons. We hope you will enjoy a walk around, stopping at “A Call to Beauty” and our new playhouse, “The Plum.” I’m sure glad we didn’t light a match.
Jeni and Dan Kippley
Hippocrates said; “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” Vegetables and herb garden plants offer much more than just vitamins and minerals for our health and wellbeing and seasoning for our food; ornamental plants are more than just pretty faces in flower beds; trees offer more than shade; and those troublesome weeds—well, you may be surprised how beneficial they really are. At this garden, be prepared to think outside the garden plot (and wear sensible shoes to walk the uneven ground). From an herbalist perspective, the wild and weedy are just as important as the nourishing and the pretty. Enjoy the opportunity to discover the beauty and gifts all plants have to offer as you stroll around field and forest edge, vegetable and herb gardens, and the tranquil gardens near the house that offer a peaceful place to rest after a busy day.
Nancy and John Appleyard
Gardens come in all shapes and sizes and this one is ever-changing and expanding. Located on a wooded hillside in the Roxbury area, our garden is primarily one of shade. The only flower garden runs the length of the driveway, welcoming guests to the house. However, the main focus is more subtle. With the use of large expanses of hostas and ground covers and their beautiful textures, shapes and colors, guests are pulled deeper into this garden of peace and tranquility. So, come, relax and enjoy the stroll.
Mary and Terry Roach
Nestled in a peaceful, serene valley in the Town of Roxbury are beautiful gardens that will take your breath away. Enjoy a beverage under the pergola, surrounded by a variety of perennials, grasses and shrubs. Take a walk through the woodland garden, complete with a walking trail and bridge, and see the many varieties of hostas. Or relax by the cascading waterfall and pond bordered by a large coneflower garden. A small hillside vineyard overlooks the many gardens that would make a stunning backdrop for your next wedding or event. And, don’t miss the double aster barn quilt, a symbol of our love for flowers.
Maribeth and Bill Baker
Just 6 miles south of Sauk City, the Baker Farm was established in 2012. The barn was built in the 1870’s and has been fully restored and furnished with family heirloom antiques and quilts. During the garden tour, the barn and farmhouse will be open for viewing. The circular garden contains vegetables, herbs, perennials and annuals with an effort to blend colors and textures. One section of the garden is exclusively native prairie plants with emphasis on medicinal plants. Our greenhouse will be filled with succulents and heat tolerant plants. The farm includes one of the highest elevations in Dane County and visitors are welcome to climb to the hillside.
Chair Planter Silent Auction: June 16-June 23
Bid on one-of-a-kind, chair planters to raise funds for River Arts Inc.!
Funds for the silent auction, with bidding online from June 16-June 23, support River Arts Inc.’s mission “to inspire, enrich, and educate the community through the arts.”
Auction ends June 23rd at 5pm.
Chair planters will be at River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac) starting June 5th.