a hidden oasis next to the ninth hole of the Broadlands Golf
Course in North Prairie. Golfers have nicknamed it the Blueberry
House in reference to the exterior color, but the real attractions
are the large water feature and beautiful flowerbeds on the
and Mike Schinzerís colorful garden ó a riot of tulips, roses
and peonies, to name just a few ó is the talk of their East Side
drought of 2012 may have left your lawn looking more brown and
crunchy than green and lush. Now that another winter has passed
and spring is upon us, what can we expect from our lawns and
As the caretaker
of Judy Peck and Stephen Kaniewskiís yard for the last decade,
Stewart Dempsey appreciates the ephemeral beauty of the landscape.
"Itís not static. When it comes up you have to enjoy it because
itís never going to be the same again," Dempsey says.
there is such a thing as a "mad gardener," William Radler,
inventor of the wildly popular Knock Out Rose, might qualify.
Radler, who was director of the Boerner Botanical Gardens in
Hales Corners from 1981 to his retirement in 1994, is known as
"Mr. Knock Out" in the gardening community.
Light up the
days inspire us to spend more time outdoors entertaining, gardening or
just meditating amid the sounds of nature. But enjoying the outdoors
doesnít have to end when the sun goes down. The use of appropriately
placed lighting can help you make the maximum use of outdoor spaces.
three-seasons room is the centerpiece of the backyard renovation by
Northouse Landscape Co. for the Gerondale family of Mequon.
natural setting provides the stage for Peter Kudlataís artful design
of Mark and Laurie Tebonís Mequon yard. "I went with more
aggressive perennials that I could plant in large sweeping beds to
create large pools of drama," says Kudlata, owner of Flagstone
Landscape Design and Contracting, Cedarburg.
seeking a tranquil retreat or a fuss-free environment, the following
garden styles are sure to result in an impressive outdoor living
the right plants for your landscape can be overwhelming. Along with
maintenance and expense, you need to consider how plants will fare in
Wisconsinís unpredictable weather conditions.
The edge of
Edge condos in Milwaukee is the setting for the 2011 M Magazine
Designerís Challenge. We paired three of Milwaukeeís top
landscaping firms with a few of our favorite furniture places to
create an urban lounge on the balcony of the sixth-floor penthouse at
The Edge. Their inspired designs up the cool factor on city living and
might just motivate you to create your own outdoor paradise, whether
youíre living in a high rise or in the íburbs.
Espenscheid enjoys looking out at the city skyline from the roof of
the Walkerís Point building in which she lives, but spends most of
her outdoor time looking inward at the lush garden, playground, work
and gathering space she has created in its 4,000 square feet.
ago, immigrants were limited in what they could bring to America. Only
a finite number of things could be packed into a trunk. Often those
trunks were packed with family treasures and heirlooms, many of which
ultimately were buried in the ground once they reached their new
Any excuse for a party. If thereís a
celebration or a reason to get together, Tizza and Glenn Meyer love to
host. For the past 16 years, Stone Fences Farm, their 160-acre
compound outside of Dousman has seen just about everything. Local
charity luncheons, family get-togethers by the lake, a garden wedding
and even dinner parties in the field or an afternoon glass of tea with
a friend. Next up? A birthday party for a tree.
says summer like fruits and vegetables freshly picked from the garden.
Whether your yard is big or small, anyone can grow a kitchen garden,
and itís easier than you think.
fresh bouquets all summer long, plant a cutting garden and reap the
rewards well into the fall. Gilbert Yerke of Yerkeís Frog Alley
Greenhouse, Mukwonago, says a wide variety of blooms perfect for
flower arranging are easy to grow in Wisconsinís climate.
"Zinnias are a great cut flower," Yerke says, "and most
of the time, they can be started from seed right in the garden."
small piece of paradise is perched in the middle of Elm Grove on
Marjorie Clark Taktonís property. The 5-acre parcel has been in her
family for decades and is the location of her childhood home. Takton
tore down the original house and built a new home for her extended
family to enjoy.
Vertical gardening is getting a lot of
buzz as the "next big thing," but Lisa Neske, horticultural
consultant at Bayside Garden Center, says the technique is really as
old as the hills. "People have done it forever, but itís
getting trendy now because of limited space," Neske says.
partial ravine in the backyard of Maureen and Chris Greene has been
transformed from eyesore to eco-friendly eye candy, thanks to a rain
garden grant from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District,
Maureenís diligence and the expertise of her landscaping team.
personalities define us, shaping our wardrobes, our homes and even our
landscapes. A home can tell a visitor a great deal about its owner,
but so too can what is found outside of its doors, making a garden a
creative way to express yourself.
garden is filled with enticing sights and smells, but it can be a
potentially dangerous place for people and pets. Young children are
There is nothing like stepping out your back door in the summer and
picking fresh herbs for dinner. Growing herbs is easy and certainly
has its perks of adding fragrance to your yard and taste to your food.
When Peggy Ann looked at her property in the town of Mukwonago, she
envisioned paths wandering through her woods and how the mowed
landscape would abut and blend with the natural grass in the meadows.
have been around for centuries, yet people still donít understand
the purpose of having a roof with holes in it. This is especially true
in the Midwest, where the weather can turn on a dime and, frankly, weíre
just a tad more practical when it comes to our structures.
"You canít plant roses and forget about them, because theyíll
pop up and say, ĎHere I am, look how beautiful I am," jokes
Chuck Steele, long-time garden enthusiast and rose expert.
best way to enjoy a well-landscaped yard is to get outside and savor
it. Homeowners can make it an even more unique experience by custom
designing a pathway with stepping stones.
a little girl growing up in Shanghai, Anna Tsai never dreamed of
having her own garden. "I was always crazy about flowers and
stopped by a nursery every day on my way home from school," the
Bayside resident says.
Renovating the exterior of a 1953 contemporary house opened up a
multitude of landscape and gardening possibilities for Joe Kresl and
his wife, Jennifer.
Only the occasional traffic noises from nearby Silver Spring Drive
remind Patty Tagliapietra that she is in the city. The Glendale
interior designer has transformed the backyard of her city-sized lot
into a lush urban retreat.
Garden tours provide plant lovers with
inexpensive inspiration. Wondering what to do with that sunny area of
your yard? Take a look at what gardeners featured on this yearís
Waukesha Symphony Orchestra League Garden Tour have done in a similar
With over 200 species of irises, how
does the amateur gardener know which ones are the best to grow?
Durability and easy maintenance make the tall bearded irises some of
the easiest to grow.
Hasselkus willingly admits that the seed for his lifeís work was
planted while growing up on a farm two miles south of Dousman.
A taste of
India comes to Elm Grove
In many ways, Vinod and Anjani Shidham
are just like any other gardeners in the area. They grow flowers,
fruits and vegetables as well as perennials and annuals in their Elm
Peter Van Ommerenís backyard proves the point that small can be
beautiful. Not letting size reduce his vision, over the past 15 years,
this Wauwatosa homeowner has planted 18 trees in his postage-stamp
size space while leaving room for both a significant selection of
perennials and a bit of grassy lawn.
As people spend more time at home, they naturally want to make
their surroundings more livable ó and that includes the outdoors. In
fact, landscaping is now one of the top discretionary projects for
With plenty of varieties of daffodils to choose from, even veteran
gardeners have a hard time picking which ones to put in their yard.
Next spring, take your garden to the next level with the advice of UW
master gardener Ann Weid and Tom Kulich of Prairie Gardens in
Cedarburg. All six varieties will grow in Wisconsin.
East has definitely met West in the gardens of Wauwatosa residents
Tom and Patti Krause. An Asian influence is reflected through plant
selections, hardscapes and design that was inspired by visits to major
key to enjoying the great outdoors just outside oneís back door is
creating the right environment. Just ask John DíAgostino and John
Borchardt, who last year worked with local landscape design firms to
carve out the perfect niche for their respective suburban and urban
know maintaining a healthy landscape often takes a lot of work, from
proper design and planting to maintenance. Those lush gardens and
velvet lawns require a lot of sweat equity.
gardens are no longer possible only on solid ground. Balconies and
terraces are being transformed into a new kind of backyard for
millions of apartment, condominium and townhouse dwellers across the
country, and the Milwaukee area is no exception.
youíre green youíre growing Ö when youíre ripe, you rot."
This saying covers a lot of ground ó even the rotting part ó
when it comes to organic gardening, the philosophy of using natural
matter to enrich soil and make it useful.
Braunreiter hopes her wildlife-friendly Wauwatosa yard will inspire
others to discover the delights of inviting birds, bees, butterflies
and all manner of critters to share their properties.
gardens" is not a redundancy. Planting your little corner of the
world in grass or flowers or vegetables is great, but there are better
or worse ways to benefit the air, the soil and your own health. For a
more ecologically healthy garden, consider the following...
When Paul Mandracchia was a child growing up in the Southwest
United States, he dreamed of owning a lush, green garden that would
inspire and interest him through each season. Considered a work in
progress, the landscape at his Fox Point home is a fulfillment of that
never-ending canvas of color
happens when two artists collaborate on their homeís landscape? In
Cindy and Alan Vogtís case, the results are a garden thatís artfulóand
If "flowers make our hearts smile" as Dousman gardener
Lark Kulikowski maintains, then this petite fireballís heart must be
grinning all the time.
Zvaraís garden has as many memories as flowers. "I call it a friends and family garden," says Zvara.
"When I look out on my garden, I see things people have given to
beyond flamingos and gnomes for a modern approach to exterior
Nancy Rappaport, owner of Urban Accents,
is enthusiastic about this Adirondack-style chair from Franklin
designer Curt Winter, a mechanical engineer who dabbles in art.
Put on your walking shoes and bring
your green thumb to "A Symphony of Sunset Gardens." On June
22-24, the Waukesha Symphony is hosting a chance to peruse a diverse
mixture of six area Brookfield and Elm Grove gardens. This tour
features landscapes ranging from an exotic vegetable garden to a
professionally-maintained estate. Here is a glimpse of what you can
expect to see.
Lac La Belle shimmering before her and the Lac La Belle Golf Club
beckoning at her back door, itís a wonder Karen Evans has any time
for gardening. Yet from the moment you spy her charming yellow
Victorian, itís clear someone with a green thumb lives here.
is a sight to behold and music to the ears of the happy homeowners who
have discovered the simple pleasures of pond gardens. While the
popularity of gardening continues unabated, the water landscape
business is adding new depths of creativity and fun to backyard
coming up roses, daffodils and thousands of other flowers for
Mukwonago floral designer Kevin Ylvisaker. And no matter what bloom,
blossom, ornamental grass or seed pod he has to work with, the final
arrangement is sure to leave the viewer breathless from the beauty.
Hartland resident Betty Kleimenhagen and her daughter Louisa have
done the nearly unthinkable: Created a subdivision landscape that
doesnít include a blade of grass.
Joeann Genetti-Teeple Abra in green and blue, $225 and up. Call (920)
474-4769 or (262) 443-3282 for buying information.
flowers can provide limitless opportunities for the garden lover
because they offer vibrant color to every garden no matter where that
garden may be.
Peter White gave his landscape architect free expression in
designing an outdoor living area for his Whitefish Bay home, with a
key to successful container gardening is pairing like things together,
says Prairie Gardens manager Paul Grulke. Factors to consider are
soil, sun and water requirements. Once you have matched shade-loving
or sun-loving plants together, have some fun and experiment with
different combinations. Weíve asked local flower experts to pair
some of their favorites.
to make your yard a premiere destination on the avian fly-over map?
With the right materials and a little know-how, you can provide a five
diamond, year-round resort for all of your fine feathered friends.
Thereís a bit of England tucked
behind a thoroughly Midwestern Lannon stone tri-level home in Elm
no better combination than hot weather and water where friends and
family build lasting memories under the summer sun.
When the Dowdles decided to build a
1,000-square-foot addition to their Washington Highlands home in 2004,
it proved an opportune time to redo their garden as well. The Dowdles,
who have lived in the 1952 home for 11 years, added a great room and a
master suite with library, laundry room, dressing room and bath; they
also converted their one-car garage to a two-car.
Sally Edgettís home was a stop on the American Association of
University Womenís garden club tour, her diverse, well-kept
perennial beds typically attracted, well, women.
air, Wisconsin style
Set in the Cedarburg countryside, the
backyard of the Tice family residence was designed to be a backyard
vacation spot. And thatís pretty much what it has become for Tom and
Judy Tice, their children and friends. "When my children say they
want to have a couple of kids over, I look out and there are 30,"
Judy Tice says. "It rocks."
Mastel enjoys the calmness of curves and itís apparent in her yard. Curves are found throughout all the
spaces from the "carefree" border gardens, to the small rain
garden and even in the childrenís garden created especially for the
Mastelsí 9-year-old daughter, Melinda. There are no sharp angles.
The gardens also include "small gradual berms and shallow swails,
accented with fieldstone," says Mastel.
Not everyone hates change. In fact,
Wauwatosa gardener Gail Morgan actually thrives on it. Unlike the gardeners who like the
predictability of perennials, the gardens on Morganís half-acre lot
contain many varieties of annuals. "Some people shy away from
annuals because of their cost and upkeep," she says. "But I
like to change."
moves fast along Lake Drive. A few twists and turns try to slow down
the hustle and bustle of the city and suburb dwellers, and though many
speed by, overlooking the natural beauty of the areaís landscape,
few have missed a pink-trimmed 1928 Italian style home.
Not everyone hates change. In fact, Wauwatosa gardener Gail Morgan
actually thrives on it. Unlike the gardeners who like the predictability of perennials, the
gardens on Morganís half-acre lot contain many varieties of annuals.
Sommervold never claimed to have a green thumb, but her backyard
garden in the Enderis Park area of Milwaukee is breathtaking all the
Barbara Nickelís husband, Duane,
generally has a few extra hours in his weekend each week. Thatís
because unlike many homeowners, he doesnít have to mow his lawn. His
wifeís plants cover nearly every inch of their city of Waukesha lot.
Itís the plants that smell good that
Pewaukee resident Dianne Henke wants blooming in her gardens. Roses,
peonies and lilacs all contribute both their fragrance and color to
Henkeís desire to make the world a beautiful place. "Iím a
sucker for roses," she admits.
For crossword puzzle lovers, itís
Suduko; the health-conscious are taking their cues from "Dancing
with the Stars." And in gardening circles, the hottest trend is
Let it rain
Weíve all heard the childrenís song
"rain, rain, go away," but to where? Rain falls on roofs,
driveways and roads ó areas where it canít soak in. The water
rushes off in heavy volumes, sweeping pollution like oil and debris
into storm sewers and causing overflows. Polluted water runs into
small creeks with a destructive force.
Moritz shares credit for her spectacular garden with Mother Nature ...
and her own mom. Thatís because Moritz lives in the home she grew up
in. And her motherís green thumb gave birth to the garden Moritz now
tends. "Even when I was a kid, my mom had a garden," she
remembers. "But I sort of enlarged it."
If you have ventured out into your yard
and are shocked by what the elements have done to your landscaping
this winter, donít worry, all is not lost. These area landscaping
pros offer solutions for some of the most common cold-weather damage.
When it comes to gardening, not everyone has the skill, time or
interest in covering new ground.
A rolling stone gathers no moss, but
rock gardeners prefer their stones full of it and strategically
placed. Moss to a rock gardener is like tulips
to a flower gardener; it brings beauty to their landscape.
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