Discover Vintage Gardens


Hello Forest County Residents!

The photo above features the Crandon Women’s Club Annual Garden Show in 1961 courtesy of the Forest County Historical Society. The individuals from left to right are: Edith Tracy, Rose Kline, Mrs. Oyer, and Hazel Skrupky. This photo is featured to celebrate this county’s long tradition of gardening including floral, vegetables, and herbs. To learn more about Wisconsin’s garden traditions please attend the first of our Summer Speaker Series on Monday, June 30th at 7:00 pm at the Crandon Public Library.  Lee Somerville will be presenting an hour long power point on her book “Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening” in which she  introduces the audience to the region’s ornamental gardens of the 19th and early 20th centuries, showcasing the gardens of average Wisconsin resident created for their own use and pleasure. The presentation will feature period and contemporary images of plants and gardens, recommended plant lists, and garden layouts. “Vintage Wisconsin Gardens” will attract those curious about the history of the state’s cultural landscape and inspire readers to restore or reconstruct period gardens. Clarice Ritchie, President of the Forest County Genealogical and Historical Society, will bring sample of plants that can be placed in an heirloom garden. I encourage you to check out the beautiful gardens surrounding the Forest County Historical Society Museum. There will be also “garden party” refreshments for all to enjoy! I hope to see you there!

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