Monday, June 25, 2012

Garden Tour 2012


The annual Shake Rag Alley Town and Country Garden Tour, and Garden Art and Plant Sale was held on Saturday, June 16th.  Whether visitors took a bus tour with the lovely host, Sue Okas, or did the self-guided tour on their own, they were certainly not disappointed. Seven gardens located in and around Mineral Point were featured on this year’s tour.

Janet and Doug Huebner wowed guests with their beautiful property that includes a seven-acre prairie, a 50+ foot exposed horizontal rock face behind the house teeming with rock garden plants, gorgeous perennial beds, a tidy vegetable garden with raised beds, and a garden shed flanked by larger vegetables growing on trellises including gourds growing on rustic cedar trellises. Janet and Doug have certainly showcased their appreciation and interest in rustic art by intertwining art into their beautiful country garden environment.








Carol and Dean Rademaker impressed guests with numerous wonderful things to see.  Woodland, prairie, stream and pond, numerous perennial beds, rock garden, vegetable plots, and handcrafted garden structures left guests wondering what to see first. A highlight of this garden was Carol’s new greenhouse, where she’s experimenting with hanging cucumber plants, and where she’s also been growing spinach since February! The Rademaker’s garden also showcases some of Carol’s beautiful rustic decorative elements.












Jenny Bonde and Rink DaVee welcomed guests with special self-guided tour handouts for their vast and glorious vegetable gardens at Shooting Star Farm. Over the years the farm has grown somewhat, but they remain a small, diversified vegetable farm with a commitment to selling locally.  All the vegetables at Shooting Star Farm are grown from seed and the produce is 100% certified organic. Not only were guests inspired by these beautiful gardens, but Rink also encouraged visitors to taste test the vegetables!



Wanda and Jerry Wisco stole the prize for the most unique garden this year. Guests were presented with an eclectic mix of ponds, plantings, a game farm, and even railroad train memorabilia. Jerry is a licensed game farmer and raises animals as a hobby. Among the goats, ducks, and peacocks, was a special breed of chickens called Silkies. These adorable little guys were covered in fluffy feathers. At first glance you’d think they had fur!









Ryan and Sarah Fox’s first gardening project left gardeners, experienced and not so experienced, impressed! Ryan, who recently became a Master Gardener, has managed to transform the Fox’s lakefront property into something truly incredible in just a few short years. The property includes a play area for their three children, a large fenced-in vegetable garden with raised beds and arbors, a compost system, a rain barrel system, berry bushes, fruit trees, and a multi-tiered seating deck overlooking Ludden Lake. 








Sharon Kostuch and Ken Richard live on busy Fountain Street. Guests were thrilled to see the gorgeous gardens that awaited them out back. One of the few remaining streams in town wanders through this backyard. The steep stream banks that flow from the front of the property along the back of the yard have garden plants and flowering bushes and trees planted on either side. This quaint home garden has a park-like feel to it.















Carol Graf-Mock and Jim Mock are almost hidden on Spruce Street right in Mineral Point. If it were not for our signs, guests probably would have overlooked the driveway. Lucky they didn’t though; the Mocks garden is truly inspirational. Carol’s gardens include annuals and lots of vegetables. Jim is the handyman of the gardens and has built terraced perennial gardens. The greenhouse and vegetable garden is sure to make any first-time vegetable gardener green with envy. The Mock’s property is still crisscrossed with stonewalls from dismantled stone houses built by Edgar Hellum, who created Pendarvis along with Robert Neal.







The fun didn’t end with the Garden Tour though! Afterwards, guests enjoyed the music of Scott Stieber plus lemonade and munchies!  In addition, the Garden Art and Plant Sale was also open for business all day on the Green at Shake Rag Alley selling plants and garden art produced by local gardeners and artisans.




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