2023 Garden Walk

Garden Walk Poster

A Bloomin’ Good Thyme: Friends of the Library 2023 Garden Walk
Saturday, June 24, 9am – 4pm

The Friends of the Muskego Public Library are thrilled to announce “A Bloomin Good Thyme Garden Walk 2023” on Saturday June 24th from 9am-4pm! Proceeds will help fund outstanding library programs for all ages. The highlights of the day will be the tour of beautiful private Muskego gardens and an exclusive Garden Tea. There will be lecture by Rain Forest Rick on the subject of endangered tropical frogs with live specimens. There will also be a perennial plant sale, bake sale, a pre-owned art sale, a Garden Boutique, a craft fair of garden art, fabulous raffle baskets, and new this year a "Garden Gift Card Trellis". 


Our sponsorship partners include Achtenhagen Services Inc., Bella Garden Landscaping & Design, BP Muskego on Janesville, Elliott Ace Hardware, Henningsen Property Management, Lamb's Nursery, Making the Cut, Muskego Lakes Group of Thrivent, Paul's Petal Pushers, Pop's Marketplace, Spirits of Norway Vineyard, and Summit Credit Union in Muskego. 

Tickets for the Garden Walk and the Afternoon Tea will be on sale from May 13th to June 24th at the Library.  Tickets for the Garden Walk are $15 with children 14 and under free. Afternoon Tea Tickets are an additional $30 and space is limited. Rain date for the Afternoon tea will be Sunday June 25, from 11:30am - 1:15pm.

Paul’s Petal Pushers: Can You Dig It? 9:30am - 10:15am

Learn how to get the best results when you are planting your pots with this demonstration by staff from Paul’s  Petal Pushers. The demonstration will include a sun pot and a shade pot, tips for success in choosing plants and the right potting mix and best watering practices. Paul’s is located in both Muskego in Piggly Wiggly’s parking lot and in Waterford. Planters can be yours by buying a raffle ticket(s) at the Library.


Garden Craft Sale and Boutique, 10am - 3pm

Shop for a variety of outdoor garden art to upgrade your yard, including beautifully painted concrete leaves, flowers painted with alcohol ink on tiles, birds and angels from soda cans, colorful pottery garden stakes and more.


Rainforest Rick, 10:30am - 11:15am

Watch Professor Rick Boyd as he presents an educational, colorful, and entertaining glimpse into the world of raising and breeding (non) poison dart frogs and tree frogs! Complete with several varieties of live frogs.


Gardening from a Wisconsin Point of View - Take Some Time to Smell the Roses, 2pm - 3pm

Listen to Master Gardener Jeff Trader as he shares information about garden design for garden beds. Get some wonderful ideas as you contemplate your plans for this year and beyond. Jeff's gardens in Brookfield have been featured on A CBS Sunday Morning Spotlight.

Friends of the Library Baked Goods and Pre-Owned Art Sale, 9am - 4pm

Enjoy some treats from the Friends’ Bake Sale and shop for a new-to-you piece of art including one of a kind garden items for your home at a wonderful price!


Pop’s MarketPlace, 9am - 4pm

Enjoy a free apple cider donut from 9am - 4pm 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.


Afternoon Tea in the Garden, 11:30am – 1:15pm

Wear your prettiest garden hat and take a break from 

your stroll through this year’s featured gardens and relax at the home of one of our 2021 garden hosts. Come and enjoy a Traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by music and poetry.   *“An Afternoon Tea in the Garden” Ticket is required to attend this event. $30 tickets can be purchased at the Library. Space is limited. Rain Date will be Sunday, June 25, 11:30am - 1:15pm.


Raffle Contest

A chance to win great prizes! Tickets can be purchased at the Library the day of the event. $3 each or 6 for $15!


Gift Card Trellis

New this year!  Everyone is a winner at the library! Pick a flower for $15 and receive a gift card from local businesses ranging from $15—$25. While supplies last!


The Gardens

Green House, Green Thumb, 9am - 4pm

The exterior of this sage green house was just as important to the homeowners as was the interior. Built 5 years ago, it was designed to blend in with the landscape and be surrounded by lovely gardens. A labor of love, the owners have put their green thumbs to good use. Visitors are welcomed by perennials and rose bushes as they walk up the driveway, right to the front door. Arborvitae, boxwood, potentilla, and spirea shrubs provide a green background for all the beautiful color. Behind the home, several berms accent the brick patio and garden shed and enhance the wooded perimeter with additional perennials and weigela bushes. Enjoy live music by Professional Guitarist Mark Strehlow from 10:30am-1:30pm.


Lynnie’s Dairy Farm 9am - 4pm

Over 1/2 an acre, the ground cover is Lamina and Hosta, with mature trees, maple, locust and blue spruce. The shrubs are boxwood, arborvitae, yews, sedum and mock orange. The flowering plants are begonias, geraniums, wave petunias, marigolds, impatiens and a variety of hanging & potted plants in large & small ceramic pots. All accented with spinners & garden ornaments as well as Bird baths and a Hummingbird feeder. 


Bella Gardens, 9am - 4pm

Beginning in 2015, inspired by the New Wave Perennial movement and Chicago’s Lurie Garden by Piet Oudolf, this naturalistic garden design is an evolution of the Dutch wave, featuring huge numbers of perennials in layered plantings and tight spaces.  Featuring a large private pond, salvia river, moss garden and many light and shady areas, the gardens combine to create a low maintenance bee and butterfly sanctuary requiring little weeding and no fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides. 


“Quaint” Architecture in Bloom, 9am - 4pm

Meander through a charming setting at the end of Meadowlands Court in Plum Creek Settlement. The yard maintains its beauty throughout the seasons with lush, green grass and a "pop of color" from spring until fall. Visitors will find features that include an outdoor fireplace, stone planters, creative container plantings, patio dining, and eye-catching pieces in the tree line. The landscape architecture creates an environment that is quaint and homey. Home decor, yard decor, jewelry, and gifts will be available for sale.