Gardens - Friday
We've put together 10 outstanding private gardens for your touring pleasure. Visit four private gardens in the Appleton area on Friday and six private gardens in the Green Bay area on Saturday.
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Tammy & Paul Borden
Surrounded by mature woodlands, our yard started out as a blank canvas when we moved to the home in 2004. The previous owner's idea of landscaping was a single blue spruce. Since then, we’ve carved out multiple garden beds filled with approximately 600 hosta varieties and numerous other perennials, shrubs, trees, structures, and tastefully displayed garden decor.
While the towering trees offer shade, they also offer root competition, so many of our hosta are displayed in beautifu lcontainers.
Visitors are welcome to meander the yard and venture through the woodland path where they may find Jack in the Pulpit, Hepatica, Trillium and other native flowers.
My obsession with hostas began about 15 years ago. My first garden is in the front yard and wraps around my koi pond. It took me three months to build this 8000-gallon koi pond.
After I got the “hosta bug” it went crazy from there! A huge new garden wraps around our garage. Then I started putting them all the way around our house. A giant garden across the entire back of our two-acre yard was the next step – it was a two-year process.
My collection now consists of over 700 named varieties and a few special seedlings from friends and some of my own. I love the durability, beauty, and ease of care of hosta gardens. You’ll also find unique garden art collected from across the country. My favorite piece is a 5-foot-long metal iguana hauled all the way home from Arizona!
Jen Peterson "Cheesehead Gardens"
In 2013, Jen and her husband, Corey, were on the search for the perfect house. Jen wanted a large yard with just enough shade for her ever expanding hosta collection, and Corey wanted a basement large enough for his pool table. They found just the right house in the Town of Winchester, with a one-acre lot set a-top a hill with enough trees to move her then collection of over 500 hostas to.
Besides giant hostas, Jen has found a second love in glass, both fusing her own and collecting. Glass pieces are woven throughout the gardens adding colorful pops of color.
Arriving from a quiet cul-de-sac street the front yard offers only a glimpse of the gardens to be discovered throughout the acre plus property. Abundant shade creates a perfect place for approximately 1100 hostas (most one of a kind) and other complementing perennials. Most of the older varieties are mature and the newer varieties are beginning to reach full potential.
Roses, hydrangea, lilies, and clematis flourish as well as many ornamental trees.
Personality and character comes in the form of unique garden art. Begonias and many annuals in summer add to the color and textures.
The gardens are at least 15 years old in redesign and additions. Rock outcroppings and stone walks lead you around the gardens. A moment to sit a spell can be enjoyed on the spacious decks.
We hope you will enjoy your time in our gardens.
Subject to change without notice.