Mystery garden tour wows participantsOver eighty people participated in the 2nd Annual North Shore Mystery Garden Tour--a three-hour evening tour that featured four local gardens. One participant summed up her favorite part of the tour this way, “Seeing friends and being awed by the creativity of our Lake County residents.” Another simply said, “Wow…Everything!”
By: Wayne Seidel, University of Minnesota Extension, Lake County News Chronicle
Over eighty people participated in the 2nd Annual North Shore Mystery Garden Tour--a three-hour evening tour that featured four local gardens.
One participant summed up her favorite part of the tour this way, “Seeing friends and being awed by the creativity of our Lake County residents.”
Another simply said, “Wow…Everything!”
The Lake County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension staff, organized the tour and put together an informative packet for each participant.
The tour started with a trip up the shore to Sandi and David Gredzens’ home near Castle Danger. Tour-goers had a chance to view the Gredzens’ spectacular pond complete with a cascading water feature, wrap-around deck with 56 potted plants, greenhouse, and view a remarkable mix of native plants and commercial varieties arranged in a shade garden, wildflower garden, enclosed garden and window boxes. They also had an opportunity to see Sandi’s art studio tucked under the new addition.
The next garden stop was in Two Harbors and featured two neighboring gardens--the Schubert’s and the Mielke’s. Angela and Eric Schubert, along with their five children, have created stunning sidewalk gardens flanked by a striking Victorian-style wrought iron fence. The children have each designed, planted and tended their own flower and vegetable gardens. Other special features included an erosion control garden and a secret sitting spot.
Penny and Lynn Mielke have created flowing garden beds with an “au naturel” flair. They have done wonders at creating a spectacular splash of color in a more informal style that brightens their neighborhood. Tour-goers were especially interested in some of the unique varieties of flowers they grow including yellow daisies, bright red poppies, spurge, Crane’s-bill geranium, and crown-vetch.
The final stop was at Wilma Rahn’s home north of Two Harbors along the Press Camp Road. Her property featured gorgeous cottage-style entryway gardens, an eye-catching rock garden complete with a prickly pear cactus, a true raised vegetable garden built for her mother, Henrietta, an elevated screened-in gazebo for bug-free enjoyment of the gardens, a wide variety of trees and a large wildlife pond. The wonderful blend of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and native plant communities combined to create a relaxed setting.
Overall, the participants loved the opportunity to tour the gardens, make new friends, and learn about new research-based information from the University of Minnesota Extension--all while having a fun and entertaining evening out.
The Lake County Master Gardeners responsible for helping to plan this program included: Monica Highmark, Robin Naslund, Michelle Ronning, Kit Sitter, Mabel Tarlton and Inez Wildwood. They are available to answer questions and to provide on-site assistance in your yard and garden. To reach the Master Gardeners, simply contact University of Minnesota Extension-Lake County at (218) 834-8377.