2021 Garden Walk

Garden Walk Poster

A Bloomin’ Good Thyme: Friends of the Library 2021 Garden Walk
Saturday, June 26, 10am – 4pm

The Friends of the Muskego Public Library are thrilled to announce an exciting new fundraiser! Save the date for their first Garden Walk entitled “A Bloomin’ Good Thyme” on Saturday June 26th from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. Proceeds will help fund outstanding library programs for all ages. The event will include a “bouquet” of adventures to experience. One of the highlights of the day will be the tour of beautiful private Muskego gardens. There will be outdoor lectures on trees and the natural world, perennial plants for sale, a pre-owned art sale of floral and landscape art, and more! Tickets will be $15 with children 14 and under free. Tickets will be on sale at the Library from May 15 - June 26.

List of Events

Stop 1: COUNTRY HAVEN GARDEN TOUR, 10am - 4pm
Get swept away in a love song, a duet between the home owner and Mother Nature, as you float through this garden. 
Mother Nature provided a creek and an array of mature trees on a wooded lot. Owners built a gazebo for peaceful contemplation, a bridge with custom railings to cross the creek, a fish fountain named "spewie" and added yard art which brings them joy. Enjoy the results of the wife's "overgrown" imagination and her sense of whimsy.

PERENNIAL PLANT SALE, 10am-4pm
Shop a perennial plant sale and true “yard” sale!  All things garden related, including jewelry. 

Stop 2: SHADES OF GLORY GARDEN TOUR, 10am - 4pm
Stroll through an abundant selection of hostas and shade plants, a grand perennial bed and an array of pots and hanging baskets. This garden features an attractive garden house and potting area, as well as statuary scattered throughout the property. Several potted sedum selections throughout the yard, a fairy garden, a variety of flowering shrubs and sitting areas to view the garden all offer charm. The garden is a bird haven throughout the year with feeding stations, bird houses and bird baths for feathered friends.  Revel in this garden’s bountiful shades of glory!

Stop 3: FARMER TOM’S "EDUCATIONAL WALK THROUGH THE ORCHARD,” 10:30am-11:15am
Accompany Farmer Tom on an exclusive orchard tour. Enjoy a free Apple cider donut from 8am - 5pm by redeeming the coupon you received with your Garden Walk ticket. Make time to shop for unique giftable products, traditional & gourmet foods, and of course Pop's AWARD winning popcorn.

Stop 4: TREE PLANTING DEMONSTRATION, 11:30am
Join City Conservationist Tom Zagar for a live tree planting at the Library. Learn the dos and don’ts of how to make your tree survive (it’s more than just “green side up!”).

FRIENDS OF THE LIB PRE-OWNED ART SALE, 10am-4pm
Gain advanced access to the Friends of the Library Pre-Owned Art sale before the sale opens to the general public with your “Garden Walk” ticket. Pick up a new-to-you piece of art for your home at a wonderful price!

MUSKEGO COMMUNITY GARDEN, 10am-4pm
Come see how the Muskego Public Library Community Garden grows! Pick up free seed packets, courtesy of Lowe’s Kenosha Manager Mark Peplinski! Vegetables grown go to the Muskego Food  Pantry.

CHARMTIQUES GARDEN CRAFT SALE, 10am-4pm
Shop for a variety of outdoor garden art to upgrade your yard, including wind chimes, flower bed headboards, decorative birth baths, fairy gardens in wagons, and live edge wood patio cocktail tables.

Stop 5: PRAIRIE RESTORATION DISCUSSION, 12:30pm
Attend City Conservationist Tom Zagar’s talk about natural prairie restorations in Muskego near the beautiful pond habitat of Manchester Hill Park. After that, walk the natural trail, read one of the Library’s outdoor “story walks” and enjoy the new play structure!

Stop 6: VINTAGE GROUNDS, 10am-4pm
Visit community coffeehouse vintage grounds for coffee, cuisine, and cocktails! Present your “Garden Walk” ticket and get a special discount on their featured “Garden Walk” beverage.

Stop 7: FARMHOUSE GARDENS GARDEN TOUR, 10am-4pm
Wander along this garden path, where wonderful adventures await you. An 1859 farmhouse and surrounding structures, including the barn foundation, serve as the perfect backdrop for a diverse palette of textures, colors, and treasures in the gardens. This country haven is planted in a peaceful, serene setting spread out over several acres. The gardens are in full sun, full shade, and semi-shade which allow for a wide variety of perennials, dotted with annuals. Special areas are devoted to hostas, lilies, grasses and succulents and a very long garden with a mixture of plants, provide constant color. Brunnera and bleeding heart are intermingled with ground cover of ajuga, vinca, and pachysandra. Of special delight is the backdrop of a century old barn foundation, cascading with potato vine and popping color of tall annuals mixed with grasses and wispy perennials. The rich soil surrounding the century old structure adds to the flourishing growth. Not seen by many is a series of wooded paths that delight with spring wildflowers and wildlife amongst the serenity of tall black walnuts and a large ancient oak. The home-owners cultivate and maintain these gardens continually, giving them the primal satisfaction of nature, a tapestry of color, the amusement of wildlife, a sanctuary of rest, relaxation, and inspiration. Come, enjoy, and be inspired!

Stop 8: CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT GARDEN TOUR, 10am-4pm
Meander through almost an acre of perennial and annual flowers among trees and a pond with waterfalls. This garden features perennials including shasta daisy, purple coneflower, yarrow, iris, lilies, roses and many others along with numerous annuals, vegetable gardens, a rain garden and a wildflower garden. All of this beauty surrounds a pond with waterfalls and a gazebo. The home-owners spend many relaxing afternoons and evenings reading, visiting with friends and family, or just listening to the calming sounds of the water and the many birds that live and visit the yard. Delight in this majestic, wildlife habitat!