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Botanical gardens to open for summer

Arbor View marks 19th anniversary of being public garden
By: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

Arbor View Gardens, a public botanical garden deeply rooted in Wisconsin horticulture, will open its gates for public visitation May 17.

The gardens will be open most Wednesdays through Sundays through September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens are located a half mile southeast of Embarrass, on the corner of Palmer Road and County Road C.

The first trees were planted in the gardens in 1975. In the 44 years since, thousands of plant species have been added to create diverse plant environments, ranging from xeric or drought-tolerant gardens to ponds. This year marks the 19th anniversary of being open to the public.

This is the third year of emphasis in the gardens to renovate garden beds with an increased emphasis on groundcovers. Additionally, more native plants will be incorporated in the landscapes. Numerous brochures, handouts and trail maps are available in the visitor center, containing information on woody planting, invasive species, Native American land history and design perspectives.

Books on gardening and natural and environmental sciences are available in the garden’s Little Free Library. A plant sale is planned for later in June.

Admission to Arbor View Gardens is through a freewill donation. Visitors are asked to use the main entrance located on Palmer Road. For information, call 715-823-2763.