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.
 

 

1,137 Acres of Beautiful Public Gardens
by Cheryl Walsh - posted 04/23/12

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  This is a must visit for plant lovers.  It is 1,137 acres of beautiful public gardens with 32 display & specialty gardens and more than 5,000 plant species and varieties.  You can walk or drive the tour and we decided to do the two hour walking tour.  Well as you guessed it, it took over three hours for our group and I am sure it didn't help that I had to take lots of pictures and we had a five year old with us. 

 


As we entered the visitor center, we were greeted by the Great Hall of Orchids Exhibit.  There were so many beautiful plants.  Every time I see an orchid, it reminds me to purchase one soon for my home. 

 


As we left the visitor center, we saw grape hyacinth and tulips nestled around a Redbud Tree - Cercis canadensis.  The weather this year has given us the best show for Redbud  trees in a long time. 


 


Above is a garden that caught my attention from above.  It is a knot garden with boxwood - Buxus, barberries - Berberis and lavender - Lavandula plants.  I would love to see it when the lavender is blooming.  This garden has inspired me to try a smaller version of this in my backyard.

 


It is not often when I come here that I get to see the crabapple trees - Malus sp. blooming.  There were 16 species, 120 cultivars and 268 specimens and most were blooming!  There were white, pink and red flowers. 

This arboretum really deserves to be seen several times in the year.  Last winter, we went snow shoeing there and enjoyed the winter landscape.  Another favorite , especially of my niece was the maze garden.  There were 1,600 shrubs specimens thoughtfully planted to create a challenging maze.  

 Next time you are in Minnesota make sure to visit this arboretum. 
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/default.aspx  

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What’s Blooming?
by Cheryl Walsh - posted 04/02/12

I am excited to be joining the blogging team for Wisconsin Gardening Magazine.  In my blogs, I will share with you my collections of plants from my 13 gardens.   When I am not gardening, I enjoy visiting other gardens and will keep you up to date on my travels.  What's blooming in your gardens this week?  I love this time of year when you can go out in your gardens and see something new every time you venture out.  Recently I noticed newly emerging plants that I can't wait to see bloom, delicate new leaves emerging on trees & shrubs and some blooming plants that I want to share with you. 

This lower growing Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis' almost glows with yellow flowers. 

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This is one of the first perennials I planted when we moved here over ten years ago.  This one plant has been split into many since then.  It is Bergenia cordifolia 'Bressingham White' or Pigsqueak.  The thick, shiny cabbage-like leaves remain through the winter.  When you quickly rub the leaves together, a pig squeak sound is heard.  I've also added the Bergenia with pink flowers to this garden.  They share this garden with three delicate leaved Japanese Maples and my "Lady Bug" garden art collection. 

 

This is one of the first perennials I planted when we moved here over ten years ago.  This one plant has been split into many since then.  It is Bergenia 'Bressingham White' or Pig Squeak.  The thick, shiny cabbage-like leaves remain through the winter.  When you quickly rub the leaves together, a pig squeak sound is heard.  I've also added the Bergenia with pink flowers to this garden.  They share this garden with three delicate leaved Japanese Maples and my "Lady Bug" garden art collection This is one of the first perennials I planted when we moved here over ten years ago.  This one plant has been split into many since then.  It is Bergenia 'Bressingham White' or Pig Squeak.  The thick, shiny cabbage-like leaves remain through the winter.  When you quickly rub the leaves together, a pig squeak sound is heard.  I've also added the Bergenia with pink flowers to this garden.  They share this garden with three delicate leaved Japanese Maples and my "Lady Bug" garden art collection  .  

Below is Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'.  The star shaped flowers are fragrant and this tree can grow to 25' tall.

    

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