7/6/2011 1:56:00 PM 'Twilight Tour' Saturday will feature six gardens
AMONG THE GARDEN tour hosts are, from left, Laurie Kasuboski, Vicky Wuest, Julie Crook, Connie Ernser and Jodi Kulick. submitted photo
Six offer gardens to view
Host gardens include:
Vicky & Tim Wuest W816 Brooklyn J Road The Wuests will be the first to admit that they had a little help turning their property’s fully exposed, steep sloping hillside into a thing of beauty admired by all who pass by. Over the years Bloch’s Farm, at the request of the Wuests, has worked to incorporate many spectacular points of interest into the natural stone steps and outcroppings. The addition of a pond, perennials, irrigation, lighting, berms, and most recently native woodland plantings, give visitors many ideas for projects that go a step beyond gardening. It also demonstrates how any land features can be transformed with a little imagination and a little bit of help.
Laurie & Peter Kasuboski N9207 County Road FF Since 1993, the Kasuboskis have been dedicating each spring and summer to turning their park-like property into an amazing landscape complete with fantastic views of the city of Ripon and rolling countryside. The unique layout of the Kasuboskis’ perennial gardens immediately appeals to all of the senses. They continue to test the challenges that come with working around hillsides, varied soil types, as well as shaded and sunny areas to bring out the brightest, boldest, and most awe inspiring flora to be found in the local area. The natural topography of the yard provides an opportunity to create landscaped gardens that curve and sway with the land. This garden provides an opportunity to see how beautiful any plant can be in the hands of an inspired gardener!
Jodi & Steve Kulick N9383 S. Koro Road Kulick gardens, established in 1996, are set amid more than 90 acres of slowly progressing glacial preservation and prairie restoration. The gardens around the homestead reflect the color and natural vegetation of this environment. The gardens consist of a variety of flower beds containing perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs and two raised vegetable gardens. Jodi is the main gardener. She is especially fond of the perennial lilies, daisies, hollyhocks and annuals, zinnias and cosmos. Steve does most of the “heavy work,” the most recent project being a 620- square-foot flagstone patio that he created last summer. As you stroll through the yard you may want to take the short walk down the nature path to the first pond where you will see wildflowers and native grasses and vegetation. The closeness of the marsh and prairie, along with the color that the house gardens offer, create an area of peace and serenity. This is true whether you sit on the patio and enjoy the view or get up close and personal with nature by taking a stroll along the trails around the ponds, through woods or in the glen.
Gail Reiber 2110 Rabbit Trail Road It was love at first sight, when property owner, Gail Reiber, visited three acres for sale at 2110 Rabbit Trail in 1992. The avid gardener immediately made plans to enhance an already unique, magnificent natural property. A 200-foot rock ledge, running the roadside was barely visible. It has since been cleared and boasts an array of seasonal color. “An inspiration,” said a passerby. Among mature shag-bark hickory, oaks and evergreens, hosta beds are woven into the landscape. Hundreds of perennials, annuals, prairie plants, shrubs and trees peacefully coexist on the acreage. The rock-ledge perch provides a spectacular view to the east of hundreds of acres of lowland marsh with opportunities to see red tail hawks, sand hill cranes, numerous song birds and maybe a glimpse of a doe with her fawns.
Julie Crook W12990 Lake Shore Road Julie Crook has enjoyed her garden hobby for almost 20 years, the delight she gains from gardening is second only to the happiness found in time spent with her daughters taking care of gardening tasks. Each spring, she finds new inspiration, changing and adding to her garden on a whim. This small, backyard get away provides residential dwellers with many creative ideas on how they too, can create an outdoor living space and make the memory of those long-cold Wisconsin winters a thing of the past. Julie has many more great ideas for future projects and is looking forward to incorporating a small pond surrounded by aquatic foliage into her garden.
Connie & Martin Ernser 1092 Newbury St. The Ernsers have lovingly tended their garden for 12 years. Their project started small, bordering Barlow Park, and then expanded in recent years to include areas located along either side of their home. Connie equates the experience of seeing the palate of beautiful colors that stretch across the yard to stepping into a painting. She also enjoys watching the birds and squirrels, as well as her house cats as they play in the outdoors, in her own personal “Animal Kingdom.” This garden holds many cherished family memories: Connie’s mother’s favorite flower, the Bluebell; a variety of yard art collected by her father; and rocks collected on adventures with her sisters over the years. Though this beautiful garden started out as a way to get out of mowing a lawn, it turned into an opportunity to step into a world where cherished memories could be reflected on.
Six private gardens will be opened to the public Saturday for the Twilight Tour Garden Walk. A benefit for the Ripon Area United Way, the annual garden walk will enable visitors to enjoy a casual stroll through the peaceful setting of local gardens, where nature and mankind have joined forces in harmony. The gardens will be open from 2 to 7 p.m., with tickets costing $10 in advance, or $12 at any of the gardents. The tour will feature refreshments, garden art, plant sale, live music, professional horticulturists and more. A map of the route and locations will be provided with a purchased ticket. Each ticket also will provide the chance to win door prizes including a beautiful, home-grown perennial donated by participating gardeners. The garden walk provides an opportunity for growers of all skill levels to get out and enjoy nature and to share ideas with other gardeners. It will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit www.Ripon-WI.com or call 748-6764.