Be Inspired by Annual Garden Parade, July 14

Tickets are now available for one of the summer’s signature events in Portage County: The annual garden parade will be held Saturday, July 14.

The parade will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one day only, and will lead participants from Whiting to Rosholt for stunning views and clever combinations. The parade offers an inside look at five beautiful residential properties:

  • Lori Wagner, 2924 N. Lakeview Road, Rosholt, has been building her flowerbeds for 33 years. She drew inspiration and ideas from her many years as an employee of Jung’s Garden Center and continues to enjoy the birds, butterflies and beauty her colorful gardens provide. Wagner created connecting walkways among the beds, added two ponds – and hosted her son’s wedding.
  • Dennis and Laurie Kosmalski, 2527 N. Hamilton Road, Rosholt, transformed two overgrown acres into a colorful, whimsical retreat. Visitors will delight to see the 1954 Fork truck overflowing with perennials and annuals. A restored wagon is planted with more than 100 impatiens. These are just a few of the clever plantings and garden art that will inspire every step. See how many frogs you can find.
  • Joe and Audrey Somers, 5458 Old Highway 18, Stevens Point, put their landscaping skills and time into their own yard after retiring 23 years ago. They installed a backyard pond, completed a vibrant perennial bed in the front yard and added a spiritual walking path with an oil painting of the Stations of the Cross by a local nun. Immerse yourself in the solitude and beauty.
  • Don and Sally Dehlinger, 341 Verrill St., Whiting, moved to a more spacious property with room for a vegetable garden and plantings for multiple seasons of interest. Spring flowering bulb and shrubs give way to lilacs, peonies, lilies and roses. In July, visitors can expect red bee balm, white daisies and blue delphinium in bloom. Learn the secret to succession planting for non-stop perennial color.
  • Kelly and Jim Berg, 416 Wadleigh, Stevens Point, moved to a “blank slate” six years ago – and brought 250 plants and rocks with them from Door County. Focusing on native plants, they have created a diverse habitat for animals, birds, and pollinators, and enriched soil with mulch. They scavenge for materials to build a natural fence and pond. Vegetable gardens provide food year-round.

Garden Parade tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on parade days at any of the parade sites. They are available at several locations:

In Stevens Point, tickets are for sale at Jung’s Garden Center, Stevens Point Area Co-op, Gallery Q, and the Master Gardener information table at the Farmers’ Market at Stevens Point Public Square (Saturdays).

Tickets are also at Village Gardens in Plover; and Judah Studios in Nelsonville.

For more information, contact Portage County UW-Extension, 715-346-1316.

The annual Garden Parade features five beautiful five yards July 14. Laurie Kosmalski, 2527 N. Hamilton Road, Rosholt, plants a variety of “containers” including a full-sized truck.


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