The fountain located in the middle of the garden space on the property of Jesus and Elsa Anaya balances the center of the garden spaces.
PHOTOS: THOMAS CORRAO

Capturing Kenosha: The Four Seasons Garden Club’s Garden Walk

Take a peek at the beautiful backyards maintained by local residents

By Thomas CorraoKENOSHA.COM

Recently retired after 25 years with the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, Corrao enjoys fishing, gardening, foraging for wild foods, golfing and photography. His favorite subjects are sunrises and sunsets. Corrao's future retirement plans include traveling the United States in a recreational vehicle with his wife and documenting their journey through a travel blog and YouTube channel.

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to another edition of Capturing Kenosha. On Saturday, July 9, my wife and I participated in the Four Seasons Garden Club’s annual Garden Walk. This event has become a favorite event of ours for the past several years.

Since 1963, the Four Seasons Garden Club has worked to stimulate an interest in gardening, landscaping and floral arranging. The club also promotes civic beautification and conservation along with the protection of forests, wildflowers and birds.

The Garden Walk gives the general public a chance to see some of our community’s best gardens that many times are hidden away in backyards and out of sight. This year’s event featured some really outstanding examples of the gardening skills of our local garden club members.

My hopes are that these photos spark an interest in some of you to maybe start a garden of your own or at least put the Garden Walk on your to-do list for next year.

This year’s event featured six local gardens and also the garden of the Gateway Technical College’s horticultural students. Here is a closer look at this year’s Garden Walk.

Garden No. 1

The first garden was named “Our Secret Garden Oasis” and it is the garden of Jesus and Elsa Anaya. They stated that their garden is a tribute to their parents who taught them to respect, love, and care for their natural surroundings. The garden had a Mexican or Mediterranean feel to it and featured some wonderful fountains and gathering areas.

This northside property is 15 acres with garden spaces surrounding the house and fountain.
Garden walkers found this space to be especially inviting.
Cobblestone patio just off the main house.

Garden No. 2

The second garden, belonging to Mark and Char Petersen, was named the “Spinning Treat for the Eye” and it was a shade garden that featured moving and stationary garden art. The garden was a truly outstanding example of what a shade garden can be.

A modestly sized backyard garden with a focus on shade and a variety perennials and annuals.

Garden No. 3

The third garden featured was called “The Sharing Garden” and was created by Edward and Mary Kubicki. This garden created an inviting feeling and featured a full-sized children’s playhouse in the rear of the garden space.

Forest Park backyard garden.
This garden featured a full-sized children’s playhouse.

Garden No. 4

The fourth garden was named “My Personal Sanctuary” and was created by Jerry and Linda Demske. This garden was a unique backyard that featured its very own “she-shed” in the back.

This garden has cool spaces in which to relax and a “she-shed” for a personal place to escape.

Garden No. 5

The fifth garden was named “Peni’s Garden Home” after garden creator Peni Keeling. The first of two southside gardens on this year’s walk, this garden was quaint and cozy tucked away from sight in Peni’s backyard.

A modest and well-manicured garden located on the southside of Kenosha.

Garden No. 6

The sixth garden on this year’s walk was called “Our Secret Garden.” This garden was created by Milt and Jackie Dean, another southside member of the Garden Club.

This garden had a cool tropical feel to it and featured a pond on one end of the garden.

Gateway Technical College

This year’s Garden Walk also included a chance to check out the horticulture area of Gateway Technical College and the gardens planted and maintained by the program’s students. Some of them were on hand to answer questions.

Every year, the Four Seasons Garden Club holds this event to help fund various projects associated with the love of gardening. These include scholarships for local horticulture students, the Margret Meyers Memorial Garden at Kemper Center, Land Preservation at Chiwaukee Prairie, Arbor day plantings, Kenosha Public Library horticulture book collections, Downtown BID planters, St. Matthew’s Elder Garden, as well as other organizations on a year-by-year basis. If you’re interested in the Garden Club, go to 4seasonsgardenclub.org.

That’s all for this edition of Capturing Kenosha. If you didn’t get a chance to participate in this year’s Garden Walk, I hope you enjoyed viewing these pictures of the gardens.

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