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‘Big Places, Small Spaces’ theme for Port Garden Walk PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:51

“Big Places and Small Spaces” is the theme for this year’s garden walk in Port Washington.
    The walk, which is sponsored by the Port Washington Garden Club, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and feature five gardens.
    The largest garden covers three acres and the smallest is part of a fenced-in patio.
    Joan Stewart, chairman of the walk, said visitors will find dozens of ideas on how to make every size garden look good using annuals, perennials, hardscaping, inexpensive containers and thrift-shop finds.
    “Visitors will see raised-bed vegetable gardens, cozy seating areas, bird and butterfly gardens and ponds stocked with fish,” she said.
    The participating gardens are:
• Dale and Pru Palecek, 511 S. Garfield Ave., Port Washington. A Japenese maple in the front yard welcomes visitors, who will find a former chicken coop serving as the backdrop for a perennial garden that attracts birds and butterflies. The couple’s unusual acidanthera plant should be in bloom in July. The biggest challenge in this yard is finding plants that will grow under the canopy of a walnut tree.
• Jerry Smith and Sharon Beste, 746 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington. Trees and shrubbery on this triple-lot screen the French Normandy house from busy Grand Avenue, while secluded sitting areas and a “friends garden” in the sprawling back yard will entrance visitors. Don’t forget to peek into the garden room next to the patio. Visitors should park on North Spring or Larabee streets.
• Paul Feldhake and Kim Bradley-Cibik, 404 W. Michigan St., Port Washington. The couple used planters, mirrors and thrift-shop finds, as well as colorful comos and zinnias and favorite perennials, to create a fenced-in hideaway on their tiny L-shaped lot.
• Allon Bostwick, 405 W. Michigan St., Port Washington. The double-lot next to Mineral Springs Creek includes marigolds and other annuals, prairie plantings, roses and perennials as well as a vegetable garden.
• Lynn and Jacky Swenson, 559 Starboard Ct., Town of Grafton. When the couple bought their house, there was only a driveway on the three-acre lot. They removed old fence posts and barbed wire, hauled debris, built two ponds, laid brick and stone paths, created several patios and added hundreds of perennials and trees. Their sea of flowers and landscaping, which they call “controlled exuberance,” leads the eye from one feature to the next.
    Tickets to the walk are $5 and may be purchased at each of the gardens on July 5. There is no charge for students and children.
    Proceeds from the walk go toward community projects and scholarships.
    For more information, call Stewart at 284-7451 or visit

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