Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fascinating Front Yards and Garden Tours

We're fortunate to have some very creative people in our area.  They make the ordinary grassy front lawn look pretty lame by comparison.  Here are just a few spots I've been to lately.  The most recent was on the River West Secret Garden Tour held last weekend.  Darn it if you missed that one, but there are still a few garden tours left to see.  With the incredible rain we had early in the season, along with the sunshine now, the gardens are filled with flowers.  If you can't do a garden tour, you could take a drive to some of the unusual yards shown here in the photos.

2659 N. Humboldt in Riverwest Neighborhood
Shorewood is hosting a garden walk of seven private gardens in Shorewood. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27. $10 at the gardens. Melinda Myers will answer questions at one of the gardens from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of Shorewood DPW. Proceeds to go toward plantings in the village. (414) 305-8022 or

The inaugural East Side Garden Walk will feature up to two-dozen gardens in the area bordered by: North Avenue, Lake Michigan, Edgewood Avenue and the Milwaukee River
The diversity of the East Side is reflected in the diversity of its homes and gardens. The gardens, in various stages of development, will feature: native plants, annuals, perennials, roses, vegetables, shade gardens, container gardens, water features, and secret gardens
Date: Sunday, July 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission: Free to everyone Featured Attractions:
  • Maps for the event will be available at the North Point Lighthouse (2650 N Wahl Ave), and the Urban Ecology Center (1500 E Park Place) on the day of the tour, or click on their above link  for the preliminary map.
  • Vendors of gardening related items and Master Gardeners to answer questions located at the historic North Point Lighthouse (2650 N Wahl Ave.)
  • Educational programs, displays of rain gardens, native plants and community vegetable gardens at the Urban Ecology Center (1500 E. Park Pl)
  • Bicycle tours guided by Alderman Nic Kovac -3rd District at 9:45 A.M. from the Urban Ecology Center
    Additional Sponsors include: North Point Lighthouse, Urban Ecology Center and the Cambridge Woods Neighborhood Association
 You can also go to their Facebook page for more information.

Don't forget Alice's Garden is open every day.  It's 2 acres of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  If you have never been there during the peak summer months, you are truly missing out.  It's free.  You can bring a blanket or chair for a number of events on their calendar, or just go to walk the labyrinth that is full of healing plants.  They offer yoga, drum circles, cooking classes, gardening tips, and much more.  Every Wednesday there are guided walks through the Labyrinth.

Here are a few more fun yards you can drive by.  I keep these in mind when we have out of town visitors.  Lots of fun and laughs.
The Boat House at 3128 Cambridge.  You can see more photos at JSOnline

Corner of E. Lake Dr and Armour in Cudahy features Big Boy, the Hamburglar, and lots of bowling balls

The "witch's house"  at 7328 N. Beach Dr. in Fox Point filled with Mary Nohl's statues

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