2021 Garden Walk

Garden Walk Poster

A Bloomin’ Good Thyme: Friends of the Library 2021 Garden Walk
Saturday, June 26, 10am – 4pm

The Friends of the Muskego Public Library are thrilled to announce an exciting new fundraiser! Save the date for their first Garden Walk entitled “A Bloomin’ Good Thyme” on Saturday June 26th from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. Proceeds will help fund outstanding library programs for all ages. The event will include a “bouquet” of adventures to experience. One of the highlights of the day will be the tour of beautiful private Muskego gardens. There will be outdoor lectures on trees and the natural world, perennial plants for sale, a pre-owned art sale of floral and landscape art, and more! Tickets will be $15 with children 14 and under free. Tickets will be on sale at the Library from May 15 - June 26..

List of Events

Garden Visit 1: “Country Haven,” 10am - 4pm
Our garden is a love song, a duet between the home owner and Mother Nature. Mother Nature has given us a creek and an array of mature trees on a wooded lot. Owners built a gazebo for peaceful contemplation, a bridge with custom railings to cross the creek, a fish fountain named "spewie" and added yard art which brings them joy. Enjoy the results of the wife's "overgrown" imagination and her sense of whimsy. THIS HOME IS THE SITE OF THE PERRENIAL PLANT SALE AND A TRUE "YARD" SALE - ALL THINGS GARDEN RELATED, INCLUDING JEWELRY.  Visit this garden and enjoy "Fun by the Yard"!

Garden Visit 2: “Farmhouse Gardens,” 10am - 4pm
Wonderful adventures await you down the garden path. Our 1859 farmhouse and surrounding structures including the barn foundation are the perfect backdrop for a diverse palette of textures, colors, and treasures in our gardens. This country haven is planted in a peaceful, serene setting spread out over several acres.

The gardens are in full sun, full shade, and semi-shade which allows a wide variety of perennials dotted with annuals. Special areas are devoted to Hosta, lilies, grasses and succulents and a very long garden with a mixture of plants providing constant color. Brunnera, and bleeding heart are intermingled with ground cover of ajuga, vinca, and pachysandra.

Of special delight is the backdrop of a century old barn foundation cascaded with potato vine and popping color of tall annuals mixed with grasses and wispy perennials.
  The rich soil surrounding the century old structure aids to the flourishing growth.

Not seen by many is a series of wooded paths that delight with spring wildflowers and wildlife amongst the serenity of tall black walnuts and a large ancient oak.

Cultivating and maintaining these gardens continually gives us the primal satisfaction of nature, a tapestry of color, the amusement of wildlife, a sanctuary of rest, relaxation, and inspiration.

Garden Visit 3: “Certified Wildlife Habitat,” 10am - 4pm 
Almost an acre of perennial and annual flowers among trees and a pond with waterfalls.  Garden spaces with perennials including shasta daisy, purple coneflower, yarrow, iris, lilies, roses and many others.  In addition there are many annual, vegetable gardens, a rain garden and wildflower garden.  All surround a pond with waterfalls and a gazebo.  Many relaxing afternoons and evenings are spent reading, visiting with friends and family or just listening to the calming sounds of the water and the many birds that live and visit our yard.

Garden Visit 4: “Shades of Glory,” 10am - 4pm
This garden features a large selection of hostas and shade plants, a large perennial bed and a large selection of pots and hanging baskets.  The garden features an attractive garden house and potting area and statuary scattered throughout the property. Also featured in the garden are several potted sedum selections throughout the yard, a fairy garden, a variety of flowering shrubs and sitting areas to view the garden. The garden is a bird haven throughout the year with feeding stations, bird houses and bird baths for our feathered friends. 

Tree Planting Demonstration, 11:30am
Join City Conservationist Tom Zager for a live tree planting demonstration at the Library.  Learn the dos and don’ts of how to make your tree survive (it’s more than just “this end up!”)

Pop’s MarketPlace, Orchard Walk 10:30am - 11:15am, shopping 10am - 4pm
Farmer Tom's "Educational Walk Through The Orchard". A special tour is planned exclusively for participants of the "Garden Walk" from 10:30am - 11:15am at Pop's MarketPlace. Use your coupon presented with your ticket to receive a free Apple cider donut for each ticketholder available that day from 10am - 4pm. Make time to shop their unique giftable products, traditional & gourmet foods, and of course Pop's AWARD winning popcorn.

Vintage Grounds, 10am-4pm
Visit community coffeehouse vintage grounds for coffee, cuisine, and cocktails!  Present your “Garden Walk” ticket and get a special discount on their featured “Garden Walk” beverage.

Friends of the Library Pre-Owned Art Sale, 10am - 4pm
Gain advanced access to the Friends of the Library Pre-Owned Art sale one day before the sale opens to the general public with your “Garden Walk” ticket.  Pick up a new-to-you piece of art for your home at a wonderful price!

Spirits of Norway Vineyard Wine Tasting (must be 21 for tasting participation)
This private vineyard will be open exclusively to “Garden Walk” ticket holders on June 26th.  Tour the beautiful vineyard grounds and taste samples of wine.  There are limited tour spots available and reservations must be made at the Library in advance.  A special $10 add-on ticket is required in addition to the purchase of the general “Garden Walk” ticket.  Those who purchase a tour ticket will receive a free $10 gift certificate towards a wine purchase.

Prairie Restoration Discussion, 12:30pm
City Conservationist Tom Zager will give a talk about natural prairie restorations in Muskego near the beautiful pond habitat of Manchester Hill Park.  After that walk the natural trail and enjoy the new play structure!

Featured Garden Crafter Diana Messner, 10am - 4pm
Meet local crafter Diana Messner!  Shop for a variety of outdoor garden art to upgrade your yard, including stunning wind chimes, flower bed headboards, decorative birth baths, fairy gardens in wagons, and live edge wood patio cocktail tables.

Muskego Community Garden 10am - 4pm
Follow the outdoor story walk and see the how the Muskego Public Library Community Garden grows from library staff member and vegetable gardener Ms. Courtney!  Learn gardening tips, take a turn watering the garden, and receive free vegetable and herb seed packets, courtesy of Lowe’s Kenosha Store Manager Mark Peplinski!  Vegetables grown from the library garden go to our own Muskego Food Pantry.