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WRC Tour of Gardens a colorful escape! (07/07/2014)
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) will host a Tour of Gardens on July 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Step into a new garden world at each location, and enjoy music from a variety of local musicians.

Tour stops include the following gardens:

• Tess and Howard Kruger, 301 West Broadway, Winona: “Plant Menagerie.” This gracious Greek revival home is surrounded by an array of exotic gardens and trees. Tess and Howie began the great work here in 1986. Some of the trees were moved during the widening of Fifth Street, including the crimson king maple, sugar maple, and ash. Many plants came from Rose and Evie, Howie’s grandmother and mother, throw out piles, and also friends. The garden includes boxwood, angel trumpets, climbing hydrangeas, angel leaf begonias, foxglove, delphiniums, trees, climbing and floribunda roses, poppies, Asiatic lilies, Irish moss, numerous sub tropicals, wisteria, Japanese painted ferns, passion and moon flower vines. Next to the koi pond and waterfall are a thornless Missouri hawthorn and a weeping hemlock.

Mike Munson will perform from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Great River Shakespeare Festival’s Doug Scholz-Carlson will recite Shakepeare in the garden from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• Vicky Englich and Tom Dukich, 625 Walnut Street, Winona: “Bella Flora — An Urban Farm.” This organic garden began three years ago as an experiment to see how much food could be grown on a typical town lot using permaculture methods. Permaculture is a philosophy of agriculture focused on long-term sustainability by continuous improvement of the soil as well as integrated systems of plantings that enhance environmental health. The once strictly ornamental gardens in the front yard have been transitioned into beds and borders that include vegetables, berries, and herbs. Hundreds of flowers, such as native coneflowers, rudbeckia, liatris, cranesbills, goldenrods and monarda, attract pollinators and beneficial insects that promote the vitality of the gardens. The side and back areas feature beds of red and golden raspberries, blueberries, and Mediterranean vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and a variety of herbs and greens. The grape-covered pergola provides relaxing shelter—and delicious jam! To conserve water, rain barrels on each corner of the house catch runoff. Garden and kitchen waste is composted, returning the nutrients to the soil. This year’s addition includes chickens who will provide eggs, entertainment, and manure that will be aged and used as fertilizer for the many beds and borders in this small city lot, thereby completing nature’s cycle.

Tom Dukich will perform on the accordian at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• Mary and Paul Kreidermarcher, 154 Park Street, Rollingstone: “Garden of Angels.” In 1999, Mary and Paul moved a large Victorian home onto a four-acre plot on the north end of town on a dead-end street. They added a conservatory that houses cockatiels, parakeets, finches, lovebirds and turtledoves. The grounds have been designed to encompass a gazebo surrounded by a waterfall, two outside aviaries that house quail, peacocks, bantam show chickens and show pigeons. This stately garden includes a weeping willow, oaks, walnut, birch, pear, crab apple trees and many vines. The home includes perennial gardens, old-fashioned roses, a woodland path and an extensive collection of angels!

The band Turkey Creek, featuring Scott Lowry, Jim Reineke and Bob Stuber, will perform from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Janice and Lee Turek, 822 Spring Brook Drive, Winona: “Bellisimo Giardino Sulla Collina (Beautiful Garden on a Hill).” The creative possibilities when gardening on a hillside are endless. View the large variety of wildflowers, perennials and annuals that cover the hills in perpetual gardens in this secluded setting. One hillside is covered with variety of natural wildflowers. Most are native to the hills when this was farmland: coneflowers, daylilies, and a variety of daisies. Walk the path up the hill, over the splendid wooden bridge and enjoy the waterfall as it flows under the bridge and down the hill. Stroll down the other side of the hill, all the while enjoying rock gardens and assortments of flowers and garden resting spots. Walk the yard and take in the koi pond, and other flower beds and the beautiful gardens on the hill.

Name Clarinet Trio with Ruth and Frank Bures and Jake Kiese will perform from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Anne Simon and Dan Debroux, 426 East Wabasha Street: “Vegetable Omelet Garden.” Anne Simon and Dan DeBroux have been married and gardening together for over 20 years. Anne had chickens, ducks, and vegetable and flower gardens throughout her childhood. She learned to compost, garden organically, and to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees to a garden. Together with her daughter Eden, Anne has butterfly gardens that are a registered Monarch Way Station. Dan contributes to their budding urban farm by building raised beds, chicken habitat, water barrels, fences, benches…the honey-do list goes on and on. Together, they work to combine sustainable living with an aesthetically pleasing view, but also have a yard that can be shared with children and dogs. When you visit Anne and Dan’s garden, you will meet four buff orpington hens (Opal, Petunia, Demeter and Gilly) and see raised vegetable beds, butterfly gardens and bee-friendly flowers. Dan and Anne look forward to sharing what they have learned about gardening, raising backyard chickens, composting, and the importance of providing a safe haven for pollinators.

Dante DeGrazia and Elly Williams will perform at noon.

• Gloria Siewert, Saint Mary’s Village, 62 Brickyard Lane, Winona: “The Secret Porch Gardens of University Village.” Nestled in a valley along Highway 14 entering Knopp Valley is a small village — Mayberry, USA, 2014. The village has 16 cottages, four twin homes and one red brick house dating back to the 1870s. At one time the village was a brickyard, so when digging or planting you may find pieces of brick. All the cottages and twin homes have old fashioned front porches, which boast containers filled with colorful pots of flowers. You may see miniature fountains and whimsical art. Each porch reflects the owner’s personality. It is very magical and peaceful walking on the sidewalks looking into the porches with all their splendor, plus the bonus of a spectacular view of the bluffs.

Kelly Blau and Jack Bryant will perform jazz music at 11 a.m.

• Maxine and Jim Flim, 1813 Mark Street, Winona: “Seeds to Blossoms.” This garden is truly a labor of love. Maxine and Jim harvest most of their own seeds: begonias, marigolds, lobelia, dragons, salvia, zinnias, sweet William, alyssum, fox glove, bee balm, convolutions and pinks. Many plants are recycled from the previous seasons by cuttings, which include geraniums, osteospermums, vinca vines, Swedish ivies and begonias. In April the plants are moved outside into a greenhouse. Spring is the time when Maxine and Jim scour nurseries for interesting plants they can propagate the following year. Rose beds, geranium, begonia and perennial beds, window boxes around the porches and a raspberry bed make this a truly colorful summer garden!

The Winona Fiddlers will perform at 1 p.m.



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