In mid-June the gardens of Afterglow Farm, vibrant islands of perennials and flowering shrubs in a verdant landscape sprawling along the Lake Michigan shore, will be lush with color. That will be the scene on Sunday, June 16, when the gardens and the grounds of the 120-acre property north of Port Washington will be opened to the public for the Spring in Bloom Garden Tour. “Spring in Bloom will be a rare opportunity for people to see one of the region’s most remarkable examples of country gardening in an environment that is amazingly rich in natural character,” said Jean Schanen, co-chair of the event, which is being organized by the Port Washington Historical Society as a fundraiser. “The garden tour is really an invitation to visit a private preserve of botanical beauty.”
Established in 1929 as a summer residence by Joseph an IIma Uihlein, Afterglow Farm has a Germanic-style timber and fieldstone cottage and outbuildings set amid large informal gardens. Afterglow’s Circle Garden, designed as a cottage garden, features plantings around a fountain and fish pool, surrounded by a vine-covered fence with a decorative iron gate. The terraced Elsie’s Garden includes a stonework floor inspired by the Thyme Walk at Highgrove Estate in England. The gardens are set in a landscape in which maple, beech and ash woodland surround ephemeral ponds, small orchards, a cedar plantation, prairie plantings and ravines. Secluded paths, including one leading to the Lake Michigan beach, wind through the property. Spring in Bloom is a self-guided walking tour and will be held rain or shine. Wheelchair and stroller accessibility is limited due to the terrain. Abundant free parking.
DATE: Sunday, June 16th 2013
TIME: 10:00am to 4:00pm
COST: $8 in advance, $10 on the day of the event
LOCATION: Hwy P, Town of Port Washington 5 miles North of Port Washington off of Hwy LL. See Map below.
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Tickets can be purchased at the following locations, or online through the Spring in Bloom website.
Port Washington Ticket Outlets
- Port Washington Historical Society Research Center
- BMO Harris Bank
- Associated Bank
- Port Washington State Bank
- Ozaukee Press
- Pear & Simple
Other Ticket Outlets
- The Garden Room – Shorewood
- Johnson Gardens – Cedarburg
- Bayside Gardens – Bayside
- Otter Creek/Wreath Factory – Plymouth