Friends, it’s finally in sight. We’ve endured five months of snow, ice and frigid temps, and coming our way is a well-deserved spring full of sun, rain showers, and, of course, flowers. Treat yourself this spring to a trip to the local greenhouse for some bright colors, fresh smells and pure bliss. Here are a few of our absolute favorites:
Second Nature at Reads Creek, Readstown
Located in the ever-gorgeous Driftless area, Second Nature aims to be a gardener’s vacation. The picturesque Reads Creek property was purchased with the goal of sharing its beautiful location with the community, and offers a variety of plants, including roses, fruits, evergreens, perennials, shrubs and vines. Visitors will enjoy its meandering pathways leading to an abundance of color, texture and variety. A quaint cottage-turned-gift-shop offers unique treasures and a sweeping front porch dotted with rocking chairs to take in both the rain garden and the notorious Reads Creek eagle nest perched in the rolling Southwestern Wisconsin scenery.
Winter Greenhouse, Winter
Filled with gorgeous and high-quality perennials, annuals and vegetables, evergreens, fruit trees, vines, roses, herbs and wildflowers, Winter Greenhouse is a must-stop on your next trip to northwest Wisconsin. Take in the display garden, featuring both sun and shade areas, rock gardens, herb gardens and even a full-sized pond with fish and frogs.
The Flower Factory, Stoughton
The Flower Factory offers more than 4,000 varieties of perennials – one of the largest in the Midwest. If you’re in search of Coral Bells, Hostas, Daylilies or Grasses, the incredible selection here will wow you. On the grounds, you’ll find a charming 100-year-old red barn and unique rock gardens, complete with a mini train winding its way through.
Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses, Mukwonago
What began as a dairy farm in the mid-1800s eventually turned into a greenhouse in 1954, and the fifth-generation family business is celebrating its 64th Yerke Frog Alley grows a vast selection of heirloom plants, annual flowers, vegetables and herbs. Enjoy the colorful array of plants on a family-farm setting!
What will you be adding to your garden this year? Share with us on social media using #discoverwisconsin!
Kristen Finstad is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Having grown up in River Falls, attending UW-Stevens Point and now living in Madison, she’s a Wisconsin girl through and through. Watch Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)
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