Native Plantings Garden Open House #3

Native Plantings Garden Open House #3

The prairie plants along Rock Avenue in front of the McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua were planted in the spring/summer of 2016.  A total of 35 different species were purchased and planted by a team of volunteers.  Under the direction of Gary Thompson, a planting...
Native Plantings Garden Open House #2

Native Plantings Garden Open House #2

Roberta Ducharme moved back to Wisconsin in 2014, after teaching in Hawaii for four years, and was lucky to find a little house with a large, open backyard and a small front lawn. Within a month she had planted a raised bed vegetable garden.  Over the next few years,...
Native Plantings Garden Open House #1

Native Plantings Garden Open House #1

This year Valley Stewardship Network held its first Native Plantings Garden Open House that included six homes and businesses around Viroqua, WI.  Each garden featured a different take on native plantings.  This tour was part of our Plant Native for Biodiversity...
Tom’s Story #9 – Finishing the Rural Planting

Tom’s Story #9 – Finishing the Rural Planting

Between the plan staked out at Nature Nooks Retreat in the desolate-looking March 21st “before” photo below and the “after” photo from about the same location on May 22nd,   there has been plenty of sore, stiff, and worn out. Yet, the work has been really fun and...
Tom’s Story #8 – The Planting in Town

Tom’s Story #8 – The Planting in Town

As my son, Andy, and I cut up patches of sod from the lawn at his place on Congress Avenue, the neighbors’ questions and raised eyebrows about our activities taught us something. (See picture below.) There were several possible answers to their queries, and we...
Tom’s Story #7 – Plotting the Planting

Tom’s Story #7 – Plotting the Planting

The first step before actually placing landscape flags in the planned plant locations for my rural planting was to count out the exact number of flags for each of the 10 species of plants and to label and color code these. For example, I planned 9 Northern Bush...