Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – 4:00 pm – dark
These directions are just one option for the order of the gardens. We encourage people to also use the alternate order to prevent overcrowding.
Ed Feige – 6118 Old Sauk Rd, Madison
In 1917 geology Professor Charles Leith, built his home adjacent to the Brittingham property on the remnants of the terminal moraine left by the last ice age glacier. Leith planted the rows of oaks, ash, white and scots pines, which form the structural foundations of the present garden. The northern stone wall and its backdrop of lilacs, and some peonies survive from Leith’s original garden, as do the rugosa roses in the western garden.
Over the past forty six years I have gradually enlarged the north and west gardens. The newer southern, eastern and patio gardens have been established since my retirement in the mid 1990’s. The most recent additions are the far western sections beyond the row of ash trees including the casual “Ramble” in the far northwestern corner, planted after clearing a half-acre of buckthorn and overgrown woods. I suggest a counter clockwise circular tour of the garden beginning down the drive at the right of the entrance and exiting from the south in front of the small brown shed. I recommend pausing on the benches en-route and enjoying an overview of the garden from the patio.
Thanks to the advice of friends, neighbors and the youthful energies of university students, plantings now include varieties of Japanese maples, rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwoods, ninebarks, viburnum, spirea, beech, barberry, smoke bushes, Rose of Sharon, hydrangea, Kerria, malus, bridal veil, paeonia, potentilla, hemlocks, yews, arborvitae, juniper, redbuds, weigela, buddleia, hostas, lilies, vinca, hibiscus, perovskia, campanula, alliums, irises, heuchra, ligularia, cimicifuga, astilbes, lavender, monarda, epimediums, crocosmia, ferns, phlox, sedums, dicentra, rodgersia, yarrow, hellebores, pulmonaria, ajuga, brunnera, monkshood, aralia, Japanese sedge and aruncus.
Directions: Coming west on University Avenue take the Old Middleton Rd exit. Turn left off Old Middleton Rd at the stop sign onto Old Sauk Rd. Drive up the hill past Crestwood School on the right and follow the chain link fence until it ends. Turn right at the first driveway before the mailboxes and park in the Brittingham parking lots. Continue on foot up the hill on the curved driveway to the Feige garden.
Lois Kinlen – 26 Merlham Rd, Madison
My garden has collections of Anemonella, Arisaema, Epimedium, ferns, Fritallaria, Trillium, Hellebores, Primula and a few orchids. Many plants are in the gardens because their leaf form gives interest after blooming. I’ve started transitioning the gardens to lower maintenance. This translates to adding many peonies, lilies (especially Martagons), clematis and experimenting with growing Iris ensata. A crevice garden has been added around a pool with waterlilies for my son-in-law’s hybridizing activities. The garden has several raised beds and a few troughs.
Directions: Turn north off University Ave onto Midvale Blvd (at Hilldale). Turn right onto Merlham Rd (one block after Regent). The Kinlen garden is in one block, on the corner of Merlham and Christopher Ct.