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Horticultural Hall seeking green thumbs to help with garden

July 14, 2011

Editor's Note: This is part of a continuing series on Horticultural Hall events planned for the first week of August in honor of the building's 100th birthday.

The gardens of Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva have been cared for by master gardeners, professional horticulturists and volunteers over many decades, and now a new feature will be added on the north side of the building.

Renowned horticulturist Roy Diblik of Northwinds Perennials is honoring the hall by installing a new shaded woodland garden of 100 perennials in celebration of the hall's centennial and the 20th anniversary of his perennial farm.

The planting will take place on Saturday, Aug. 6, and the hall is seeking five or six members from the community or the surrounding area to assist with the plantings.

The new garden is expected to be a true enhancement to the historic venue. Few plantings have been made on the shaded side of the hall because of a lack of sunlight and irrigation. The irrigation system has now been extended to the north side, the beds are being prepared for the plantings, and those who would like to be part of the hall's history are welcome to participate.

To volunteer to help with the planting of the perennials at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, e-mail An informal open house will also be held at the hall on that day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m to view the new garden, the historic building and courtyard garden.

Diblik will be speaking on Wednesday, Aug. 3, as part of the hall's horticulture speakers series from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Additional speakers include Betty Adelman from Heritage Flower Farms and Marion Gorski of San Filippo Landscape, Inc. Admission for all three speakers is $20. All proceeds will benefit Historic Horticultural Hall. Other events to celebrate the birthday week follow.

- Sunday, July 31 — Centennial Opening Ceremony and Tales of Lake Geneva featuring Harry Hartshorne, Christi Moritz, Sue Morton, Marcie Douglass and Lucy Otzen, hosted by Ken Etten. This event is presented by the Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee, is free and will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

- Monday, Aug. 1 — Benefit Heritage cruise on the historic yacht, the Polaris, and luncheon at Horticultural Hall. Two trips will be at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The cruise is limited to 45 people each and the cost is $75 per person.

- Tuesday, Aug. 2 — Kids Day at Horticultural Hall. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be free activities for the kids. There also will be story hour and nature crafts, including making fairy houses out of natural indoor materials.

- Wednesday, Aug. 3 — Lake Geneva Garden Club floral exhibit and a speaker from the Garden Club of America. This program is at 11 a.m. and costs $10. It will be about landscape architecture as it relates to the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens. Three of the archive gardens are in Lake Geneva.

- Thursday, Aug. 4 — Farmer's Market of 1911 and cooking demo. A recreation of the historic farmer's market along with a fresh produce cooking demonstration by Chef John Bogan of the Lake Geneva School of Cooking at 10 a.m. Seminars from the UW-Extension including Kari Lutz on preservation at noon and Christine Regester on cool season crops and proper harvesting at 1 p.m. The seminars and cooking demonstration are free.

- Friday, Aug. 5 — Hort Couture Garden Gala benefit and auction. Enjoy floral displays, a light dinner, open bar, music and auctions. A silent auction will include Lake Geneva's hidden treasures, featuring personal items from notable Lake Geneva homes like those of the founding fathers. Also, live auction of garden baskets and fashionable floral designs. Cost is $100.

- Saturday, Aug. 6 — Informal open house. The community and friends can take an informal look at the building and garden. The event is free and runs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

- Sunday, Aug. 7 — Old fashioned ice cream social and music by the Country Gentlemen and Spirit of the Lakes choruses. The event is $10 and runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

More details of the centennial events at

Contact (262) 245-1498, call/text to (847) 867-8684 or e-mail for advance tickets. Horticultural Hall is at 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva.