A Day in the Garden, a series of garden tours is being offered by the department of Continuing Education at UW-Washington County. The garden tour initiative will begin with day trips to gardens near southeast Wisconsin and further its reach to extended visits in the Midwest and beyond. The inaugural trip is to the Anderson Gardens in Rockford, Illinois on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Named one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine since 2004, the 12-acre award winning landscape is comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding paths, gentle streams, cascading waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th century traditional architecture is found throughout the garden.
The tour will be led by Bambi Butzlaff Voss, an experienced gardening educator and accomplished gardener in landscaping, flowers and ornamentals. She is a Certified Master Gardener in the State of Wisconsin, has taught continuing education courses for UW Extension, is a 4-H Flowers leader and has spoken for numerous public and civic groups. Growing up on a Wisconsin farm, she learned vegetable gardening from an early age, but as an adult migrated more to the joys and rewards of floral and decorative gardening. Having toured numerous Japanese Gardens across the nation, the Anderson Japanese Garden is her favorite and she is excited to share her knowledge regarding this marvelous Midwest gardening treasure with the community. In the evening, the group will be treated to music by the Danielle Nicole Band.
Future Day in the Garden tours may include Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Holland Michigan Tulip Festival, Meier Gardens in Grand Rapids, and Columbus Botanical Garden.
To learn more or register for the Anderson Gardens Tour, phone 262-521-5460 or register online at http://waukesha.uwc.edu/continuing-ed/travel. The $77 fee includes transportation from UW-Waukesha, admission to the gardens, a docent-led tour, and prime seats for the evening concert.
The department of Continuing Education at UW-Washington County is part of the UW-Colleges—Southeast Region, serving the campuses for Washington County, Sheboygan and Waukesha.