raffle tickets at each of the gardens and at Shady Lane Nursery,
Community League garden art items at one of the gardens,
and special discounts from many of our advertisers.
Please look at the descriptions that our gardeners wrote about their gardens.
Addresses are listed, because you can buy a ticket at any gardens for $10.00.
You can visit the gardens in any order.
Shady Lane Greenhouses W172 N7388 Shady Lane
We’d like to thank Shady Lane Greenhouses for advertising and selling tickets for our garden tour. Shady Lane has a wide variety of perennials and annuals on sale the day of the show. Be sure to stop by.
1. Patti and Brian Nagai_________ ______N52 W 15905 Bette Drive
Patti (horticulturist) and Brian (amazing husband with tools) have created an array of beautiful gardens around their home using many unique plants and garden art throughout. In front, native plants like white wild indigo, side-oats gramma, pale purple coneflower and blue flag iris fill the rain garden. In back, the butterfly gardens attract pollinators with dozens of different plant species including coneflower, verbena, buddleia, bee balm and penstemon. Shade areas are brightened with dwarf Japanese maples, hosta, coral bells and other shade-loving plants. Vegetables, fragrant herbs, and colorful annual flowers are used together in interesting container combinations on decks, patio and in several gardens. And for fun, look under the oak tree and you may catch the fairies gardening around their homes.
2._Mary and Greg Winn___________ N67 W13529 Daylily Drive
Our backyard pool has been described by others as feeling like you are at a resort. The space is very secluded with a barrier of arborvitaes to the south, honeysuckle vines to the west and orange trumpet vines to the east. Our open air pergola provides a respite to enjoy fires at night by the dancing pool lights with the fragrances of lilac and wisteria in the spring time air. A tropical feel can be felt with the mango-colored furniture and hand painted Adirondack chairs for relaxing and sunning. Annual flowers decorate whiskey barrels and planters around the pool to compliment the brightly painted furniture. Birds, attracted by the vines and tree protection provide outdoor music.
3. Ed and Caroline Summers_____ _ N84 W 15030 James Avenue
Step into this serene setting with a path that leads to hidden seating areas to enjoy nature at its best. Complete with a water feature, decorative trees and vines, many perennials, hostas, and Japanese painted ferns. It is a perfect place for quiet meditation. This garden has been developing for 35 years and is a bird’s paradise.
4. Bob and Holly Voisin________ ___N86 W15087 James Avenue
A peaceful habitation and a quiet resting place is how we describe our garden. Our garden boasts of Wisconsin’s hardy vegetation randomly thriving in various garden beds. This multi-level garden of hostas, roses and hydrangeas invites the weary to rest. Three arbors welcome you to step inside and sit. Every rock in the walls and borders was collected by family and friends and carried in by hand. Cardinals, hummingbirds, robins and yellow finches enjoy the hotel like accommodations of the arborvitaes. Children and grandchildren have witnessed the transformation of the yard into a secret garden that will continue to bring nature’s lessons and blessings to future generations of our family.
5. Larry and Linda Kraus N86 W15839 Shore Crest Dr.
This home located on a corner lot expands its vistas by taking advantage of the Menomonee River parklands. It demonstrates how even a modest garden, sprinkled with small treasures can provide pleasure every day. This garden has four distinct areas to relax and enjoy its small treasures and quirky art pieces: the front porch, which is perfect on a rainy day; the hosta garden with a brightly painted antique bench and the home owner’s favorite views; the serene patio garden; and the sunny parkway island bench. Mature trees, perennials and colorful annuals planted in mass create impact and continuity.
6. Sherry and Randy Buettner W184 N8942 St. James Drive
Our ¼ acre lot is small in size, but big in purpose. Throughout the years it has contained a large pool when the kids were small, a circular perennial garden, a basketball court where we later enjoyed line dancing with our friends and hosted our granddaughter’s outdoor wedding and now a gazebo. My husband, although not fond of gardening, supports my ideas and helps with the heavy work. For a small yard, it has given big blessings for all the seasons of this family’s life.
Our 4 Raffle Items this year:
A unique stained glass garden item
created by Susan Corkum of Purloin Art Studios
A $50.00 gift card and 6 plants donated by Johnson Nursery
Another $50.00 gift card and 6 plants donated by Johnson Nursery
A quilt with a floral design created by a Community League member.
A special thank you to
Dr Thomas Slota and
Emmanuel Community United Methodist Church
for donating the use of their copiers and materials for numerous copies throughout the year.
Thank you for your support. Part of the proceeds from this year's Garden Tour will benefit the many area charities and scholarships we support through our philanthropic giving. For a list of our charities, please look at the Charities/Projects tab.
The mission statement of Community League is to enhance the quality of life in our village, state, and nation through philanthropic gifts and community service, while promoting fellowship among our members.