A self-proclaimed “plant geek,” Cheryl received her Horticulture degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College. She spent many years working in the Otter Creek Landscape division and at John Michael Kohler Arts Center gardens. She’s now the office manager for The Wreath Factory and Otter Creek Landscape. Check out her blog for tips, travels and things that pop up in her garden.


Gardens To See This Year
by Cheryl Walsh - posted 04/22/14

Every summer, my calendar fills up quickly with family and friends events and I also make sure to include visits to several gardens as well.   This year my must see gardens are:

Rotary Gardens in Janesville, WI – You must go there to see their gorgeous display of over 100,00 colorful annual flowers along with their eighteen unique themed gardens and several plant collections.  Sculptures, obelisks, engraved benches with garden quotations, trellises, paths and water features are sure to inspire you to borrow one of their ideas for your garden.

Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay, WI – Masses of color, quaint buildings, plant collections and the playful Children’s Garden are a few of my favorite things about this botanical garden.  There is so much to see that you need to make sure to allow enough time to be able to view it all!

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I fell in love with the butterfly garden art planted with sedum and after seeing the Senna didymobotrya (Popcorn Plant) and experiencing the buttery popcorn smell, I had to add several of those annuals to my garden.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI – Beautiful containers, roses, hostas, conifers, herbs, theme gardens, unusual cultivars and so much more.  The last time I was there, someone commented to my friend and I (as we were carefully looking at every plant and taking lots of pictures) that at the rate we were moving through the gardens we would never see it all before it was dark.

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Beautiful landscape beds and breath taking containers are around every corner at Olbrich.

Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, IL – In July, I will be going there for the second time and am very anxious to see the 26 gardens.  There are more than 2.4 million plants with 9,084 different kinds…..need I say more?  I will definitely have to blog about it and take lots of pictures.

For several years, I have been considering going with the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society Trip to England to visit gardens.  There have always been reasons not to go (money, too busy of a summer, etc.) but this year I ignored all those reasons and have signed up to go!  The plane tickets have been bought and the reservations have been made.  The itinerary includes nine days of visiting three public or private gardens per day along with several days of sight seeing.  I plan on blogging from England so you can “see”  a few of these gardens with me.  Stay tuned as the plane takes off in seven weeks.



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