Master Gardeners plan bus tour

Join Sheboygan County Master Gardeners on a visit to Milwaukee area gardens Saturday, July 30.

The first stop will be Growing Power, a community food center and urban farm, located on Silver Spring Drive. Founder Will Allen is recognized as a pre-eminent practitioner of urban agriculture in America and throughout the world. You will get a tour of their greenhouses and hoop houses and see their growing methods at work; including worms eating waste, fish fertilizing plants, and honeybees pollinating the neighborhood.

From Growing Power the tour will proceed to Boerner Botanical Gardens, an internationally renowned horticultural showplace in the Milwaukee County Park systems. You will be able to enjoy the annual garden, bog walk, daylily path, perennial mall, rose garden, rock garden, rain harvest garden and more. Lunch will be on your own in the gardens.

Next you will head to Waukesha County to wander the six-acre display gardens of Paul Bobrowicz Spectacular Sculptures. Bobrowicz has been creating hand-made metal art for more than two decades. Delight in his whimsical, funky point of view. A short ride down the road will take you to Monches Farm Nursery, a premium destination for discerning and adventurous gardeners, specializing in hardy field-grown perennials, herbs, dried flowers, garden art and antiques.

The final stop of the day will be in River Hills at Greenfire Wood, the small, but sweet garden of Hattie and Jim Purtell. Located on a wooded site along the banks of the Milwaukee River, this garden will participate in a national Garden Conservancy Open Day Aug. 6.

The cost of the trip is $35 for Master Gardeners and $45 for others. A bus will depart at 7:50 a.m. from UW-Sheboygan East (Fine Arts) parking lot. We will return to Sheboygan at around 7 p.m.

A registration form is available at the Sheboygan County Master Gardeners webpage in the coming events section. For more details contact Sue at 458-1848 or Tammy at 459-5904.

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