Public Gardens

Wisconsin Gardener Segments tagged as Public Gardens

Gardening With Ferns and Moss

While many gardeners combat moss in their yards, Janesville's Rotary Gardens devote an entire garden to moss and ferns. Mark Dwyer explains why moss can actually be desirable and looks at some favorable ferns.

Asian Demo Garden

Community Garden Coordinator Bill Wright at the Green Bay Botanical Center explains what Hmong vegetables grow best in any state garden.

Cutback Trees and Shrubs

At Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping shows us how and why some trees and shrubs actually benefit from being cut back to the ground every couple years and explains the basics of cutback pruning technique. At Olbrich Gardens, willows and locusts are good examples of cutback pruning.

West Madison Agricultural Research Station

Shelley Ryan previews new plants with Judy Reith-Rozelle at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station. Perennials include a large selection of ornamental grasses, shade and sun plants and natives. Also on trial are heirloom tomatoes, new herbs and sunflowers, raspberries, grapes. A working wheelchair-accessible garden is also on display. The station is open year-round, from dawn 'til dusk.

West of Lake Gardens

Shelley Ryan tours Manitowoc's West of the Lake Gardens with head gardener and horticulturist Don Cisler. The path garden includes heliotrope, blue lobelia and lisianthus. Roses include Queen Elizabeth and Red Hot Sally. The formal Mae West Garden features hot colors and vivacious curves. The Garden is private and open to the public from frost to frost, 10 am to 5 pm, weather permitting.

Childrens Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden

Director of Horticulture Mark Konlock gives Shelley Ryan a tour of the Gertrude B. Nielsen Children's Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden. The Peter Rabbit garden features a child-sized shed and fun-to-touch plants like kohlrabi and cosmos. Other child-friendly plantings include a maze, weeping mulberries, tall grasses and Rattlesnake Master. The pond hosts a collection of turtles and frogs.

Bolz Conservatory

Tropical plants are the focus in Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Gardens in Madison. Curator John Worth gives a tour of a garden, which also is home to birds, geckos and butterflies. Good candidates for houseplants include variegated ginger, Chinese evergreen, Dieffenbachia and orchids.

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