Prairie Garden – Wisconsin Garden Video Blog 724

See More Garden Goodies: – – – We are visiting the Prairie Garden being created on the educational grounds of the Redeemer United Church Of Christ in Sussex, Wisconsin which is open to the public. Our hosts, who take care for the prairie gardens are Nancy and Rick Vollbrecht who guided a prairie garden tour a couple of weeks earlier. After being greatly impressed with their efforts, Richard offered to help film the changing seasons of the prairie by offering to create a series of seasonal videos after receiving lawful permission to publicly share this first video of the prairie garden in fall. Today was a prefect day for filming, as we take a closer look at some of the native prairie plants already established including; directional compass plants, the cool leaves of prairie dock created by a process called evapotranspiration, the unique characteristics of sideoat grama grass, the lush russet colored Indian grass, and big bluestem grass which has become rather invasive. Then we visited the Sanctuary garden with its wheelchair friendly 300’ walkway and entrance archway with honeysuckle vines. We enter into an area with six native garden beds filled with more native perennial plants including rough blazing star – liatris, quinine plant, gray headed coneflower, little bluestem grass, along with many other native flowering plants. We also discussed plans for expanding the prairie garden, new plant selections, gathering and sowing seeds, watchful weeding, and bi-yearly prairie burns that help regenerate growth and maintain the overall health of this beautiful prairie garden and its birds, animals and insects.

We wish to express our deepest thanks to both Nancy and Rick for sharing their time and knowledge and to the church elders for allowing us to document the seasonal changes in their prairie gardens. If you and your family would like to tour this beautiful prairie garden, simply call (262) 246-6710, or stop by and tour the gardens yourself. Google their address, W220 N4915 Town Line Road, Sussex, Wisconsin 53089 for directions.

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