Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and Birds & Blooms columnist Melinda Myers will present a much-needed and in-depth “Garden Revitalization” series at Boerner Botanical Gardens this growing season. After the heat and drought of 2012 and this year’s cold rainy spring that has left many landscapes and gardeners stressed, this series, hosted by the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, is sure to revive gardeners’ spirits and give people lots of ideas for revitalizing their landscapes throughout the year.
The series begins on May 15 and runs through October with themes of Spring Renewal, Sizzling Summer Beauties, and Fall Finale.
“I’m excited about this series,” explained Myers. “We’ll showcase possible plant replacements, stress tolerant low maintenance plants, and plant combinations to give landscapes a seasonal facelift after the extreme conditions we’ve faced over the past year.”
New this year, attendees who bring a new walk participant will receive a free annual membership to the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens.
Proceeds from the series will support the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens’ Children’s Plant Science and Environmental Education at Boerner Botanical Gardens.
Spring Renewal - Wednesday, May 15th & Tuesday, May 21st, 6:30 pm
See what's blooming in the gardens and start a list of colorful spring beauties you'll want to add to your garden. We will look at a variety of plants from groundcovers to the towering trees. Form, texture and colorful flowers and emerging leaves will be the focus of this walk.
Sizzling Summer Beauties - Wednesday, July 17th & Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:30 pm
The annuals are up and growing and summer perennials are in bloom. We will look at new plant introductions and traditional favorites that are thriving this summer that also tend to perform well in Wisconsin's variable weather, giving you plenty of ideas for jazzing up your landscape.
Fall Finale - Saturday, October 5th, 10 am
Fall is a great time to plant bulbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees. And a walk through Boerner Botanical Gardens will help you gather ideas for additions you'll want to add to your landscape now or next season. We will look at multi-season plants that provide interest to the landscape in fall and beyond.
Fall Finale Family Fun Walk - Saturday, October 5th, 1 pm
$25 per family (up to 5 individuals).
We'll explore the touch, sound and smells of the gardens as we find all that fall offers. Our walk includes a scavenger hunt, bark rubbings, leaf prints and a garden activity you'll take home to grow.
Cost: Adult Walks - Members $25/walk; Non-members $30/walk
Family Fun Walk - $25 per family (up to 5 individuals).
For more information or to register call 414-525-5659. Class size is limited - so please register early. Sign up for one or all.
The Garden Revitalization series is sponsored by: Kanavas Landscape Management, Aurora Health Care and American Transmission Company. 99.1 The Mix is the official media sponsor.
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