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Celebrate all the blossoms of the Kneeland-Walker gardens and thank the volunteers, led by Carolyn Dressler, who make it so beautiful, at the WHS annual Friends of the Garden reception!
The garden party was scheduled for Wednesday, June 22
HOWEVER, due to the weather forecast, we are implementing the prearranged rain date: Thursday, June 23 (still at 6:30-8pm).
RSVP to the WHS office and submit payment in advance of the event:
$10 per person or $18 per couple.
You can pay via check or using the Paypal "donate" button on our home page.
(Include a note: "payment for Garden Party")
Rain Date: June 23
Undated and hand-colored historical image of the gardens
The 1.5 acres of gardens and grounds on the Kneeland-Walker property are suitable for strolling or holding special events. The grounds contain many plants that are characteristic of a midwestern Victorian-era garden, such as flowering quince and climbing rose, and old-fashioned favorites like hollyhocks. Mass plantings of annuals in combination with perennials produce the profusion of color so popular at the turn of the 20th century.
Lee Somerville, author of Vintage Wisconsin Gardens, includes several photographs of the gardens at the Kneeland-Walker House, which Somerville lists among her favorite gardens in the state.
Garden blogger Carrie Hennesey also featured the Kneeland-Walker Gardens in her design blog at Johnson's Nursery.
Volunteers, including SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardener volunteers, are the heart and soul of our gardens. Volunteers plant, prune, weed, and maintain the grounds. There are scheduled work days, but volunteers are also able to work at their own convenience.
Contact us to volunteer in the gardens, or visit the UW Extension's Master Gardener program to learn more.