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American Beauty

By JENNIFER HUNHOLZ

June 2014

Fall is often deemed our state’s most picturesque season, but there’s something to be said about the rich greenery and aromatic flowers that fill our yards and landscapes in the summertime. Each year, local gardening aficionados create inspiring and beautiful outdoor spaces, so lace up your walking shoes and experience some of the area’s most immaculately maintained gardens.

South Milwaukee Historical Society Garden Tour, 6/28

This annual tour, now in its sixth year, showcases 10 gardens throughout South Milwaukee. Attendees are encouraged to visit the South Milwaukee Historical Society Museum, where local artisans will sell handcrafted garden items after the tour. www.southmilwaukee.org

Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa Tour, 7/12

Presented by the Wauwatosa Beautification Committee, the 20th annual event includes a tour of the gardens at the Kneeland-Walker House, a beautifully restored Victorian home that sits on the largest remaining residential lot in Wauwatosa. www.wbc-wi.org

Cedarburg Garden Walk, 7/12

The sixth annual garden walk, curated each year by the Cedarburg Woman’s Club, features tours of four gardens located throughout the city and town of Cedarburg. Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarship funds. www.cedarburgwomansclub.org

Riverwest Secret Garden Tour, 7/13

Founded by a group of garden-loving Riverwest residents in 2009, this year’s tour includes the gardens of more than 15 Riverwest homes. Attendees are encouraged to bring plastic baggies, as host gardeners often offer seeds and/or cuttings from their gardens. Tickets are $3; proceeds benefit a Riverwest community project. www.riverwestsecretgardentour.com

Port Washington Garden Club Garden Walk, 7/15

The Port Washington Garden Club aims to offer "down-to-Earth fun" and gardening education to the public. The organization’s annual garden walk visits five Port Washington gardens. www.portgardenclub.org

Gardens of West Bend Tour, 7/19

This year’s tour promises to explore alternative forms of gardening techniques, from straw bale gardening to lasagna gardening. Traditional gardens and floral beds are also on the tour. www.westbendbeautificationcommmittee.com

Tour le Jardin Garden Walk, 7/19

Now in its 11th year, the annual event features tours of more than six gardens throughout Waukesha County, each owned and maintained by a local resident. The tour begins at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. www.elmgrovegardenclub.com

Oconomowoc Woman’s Club Garden Tour, 7/19

Held each year by the Oconomowoc Woman’s Club to raise money for local charities, the tour visits various gardens throughout Lake Country. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual event. www.oconomowoc.org

Shorewood Garden Tour, 7/26

Uncover the diverse beauty of 10 Shorewood area gardens at this annual event, presented by the village of Shorewood Friends of DPW. Proceeds will go toward the restoration and preservation of the parks, streetscapes and landscaped areas throughout the area. www.villageofshorewood.org

Eastside Milwaukee Garden Tour, 7/27

Started just last year, the tour explores more than 20 gardens throughout Milwaukee’s vibrant neighborhood. Plus, the self-guided tour requires no fee to participate, and maps and additional literature are available to all attendees. The tour is sponsored by the East Milwaukee Community Council. www.eastsidemilwaukeecommunitycouncil.com

 




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