Visit outstanding private gardens in Fitchburg.
Fitchburg Garden Tours
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – 4:00 PM - dark
Of course there are many ways to get to these gardens depending on your starting point and route. These directions begin on Fish Hatchery Rd heading south from Madison. Hopefully people will begin at different gardens to spread out the crowds.
John and Sarah Hasselkus - 3001 Bryn Wood Dr, Fitchburg
Fifteen years ago, this large backyard was covered in buckthorns, honeysuckles, and under growth. Now, a hosta-lined path winds through perennial gardens of shade and sun. The shade garden is under a mature oak canopy and is filled with numerous native plants such as shooting stars, Jacob’s ladder, and trillium. The back of the garden is lined with white pines and redbuds. A smaller sun garden at the top of the hill is highlighted by a variety of peonies. Colorful irises, daffodils, tulips and columbine add springtime excitement to the garden.
Directions: From Madison, head south on Fish Hatchery Rd. Turn right (west) on PD. Just before the top of the hill, turn right on Osmundsen Rd. Turn left on Tree Line Dr. Turn left on Bryn Wood Dr.
Chris and Blaine Biedermann - 2830 Osmundsen Rd., Fitchburg
As with the other gardens on this tour, we have a woodland garden with meandering trails and dry creek beds. My original plan was to take the woods back to what Wisconsin woods are supposed to look like, having played in them as a child and studied them in undergrad. I soon met Joan Severa and learned there were plants other than Wisconsin natives. The woods now abound in ferns, hellebores, spring ephemerals, flowers from bulbs, and epimediums of all shapes and sizes. In the front are my sunnier plants with tree and herbaceous peonies, azaleas, day lilies, and my raised bed vegetable gardens. Come visit and take a walk about.
Directions from Madison, head south on Fish Hatchery Rd. Turn right (west) on PD. Just before the top of the hill, turn left (south) on Osmundsen Rd.
Cherith Bruckner and Roger Fish - 1889 Paddock Place, Fitchburg (between Fitchburg and Oregon)
Our shady gardens are woven throughout wonderful hickories, oaks, and black walnuts on a corner lot. The gardens have taken shape gradually over the last 19+ years—from our first efforts of pulling blackcap raspberry brambles and weeds to what has grown into a passion to enhance the woodland setting. A lot of terra forming played a role in creating a “natural” setting for a water feature that includes a stream, waterfall, and pond. Over any one of three bridges lie plants and structures and crags and crevices that hold countless surprises and rewards. Vignettes of many shade-loving perennials and shrubs continue to evolve along the woodland paths and water elements. Gardens in the front provide a home for more sun-loving shrubs and perennials, including iris, lilies, and daylilies.
Directions: From Madison, head south on Fish Hatchery Rd several miles beyond PD. Turn left (east) on Hwy M at the stop light. Drive one-quarter mile and turn left on Barry Dr (Briarwood neighborhood sign). Turn right on Stable View Lane. Turn left on Paddock Place.